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​Ennio Morricone was born in Rome on 10.11.1928. His long artistic career includes a wide range of composition genres, from absolute music, which he has always produced, to applied music, working as orchestrator as well as conductor in the recording field, and then as a composer for theatre, radio and cinema.

In 1946 Ennio received his trumpet diploma and in 1947 he was engaged as composer for theatre music.

In 1953 he made his first arrangement for a series of evening radio shows.

In 1954 he received his diploma in Composition at the Conservatory under the guidance of Goffredo Petrassi.

In 1958 he obtained a job at RAI (Italian Television) as music assistant, but he resigned on the first day of work. 

His career as film music composer started in 1961 with the film “Il Federale” directed by Luciano Salce, but he became famous worldwide with Sergio Leone’s westerns: A Fistful Of Dollars (1964),For A Few Dollars More(1965), The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966), Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)and A Fistful Of Dynamite (1971). 

In 1965 Morricone entered the group of improvisation “Nuova Consonanza”; 

in 1984, he and other composers founded the I.R.TE.M. (Institute Of Research For Musical Theatre) in Rome. 

Since 1960, Morricone has scored over 400 films working with many Italian and international directors (among whom Sergio Leone, Gillo Pontecorvo, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Giuliano Montaldo, Lina Wertmuller, Giuseppe Tornatore, Brian De Palma, Roman Polanski, Warren Beatty, Adrian Lyne, Oliver Stone, Margarethe Von Trotta, Henry Verneuil, Pedro Almodovar and Roland Joffè). His most famous films include: The Battle Of Algiers; Sacco and Vanzetti; Cinema Paradiso; The Legend Of 1900, Malena; The Untouchables, Once Upon A Time In America; The Mission and U-Turn. His absolute music production includes over 100 pieces composed since 1946 to this day. Here are some titles: Concerto per orchestra 1 (1957); Frammenti di Eros (1985); Rag in Frantumi (1986); Cantata per L’Europa (1988); UT, per tromba, archi e percussioni (1991); Ombra di Lontana Presenza (1997); Voci dal Silenzio (2002); Sicilo ed altri Frammenti (2006); Vuoto di Anima Piena (2008). 

Ennio Morricone has conducted many orchestras worldwide, including the Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Academy for many symphonic seasons. He also conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Theatre, the Rome Opera House Orchestra, the Budapest Opera House Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacionales de España (ONE), the National Brazilian Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Munich Rundfunk, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Spanish Television.

Morricone often works with the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra for many concerts both in Italy and abroad as well as for the recordings of film scores. 

On 2nd February 2007 Maestro Morricone and the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra held an important concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall to celebrate the UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon taking office. 

In his long career, Ennio Morricone has received many awards other than the Golden Lion and the Honorary Oscar, among which 8 Nastri D’argento, 5 Baftas, 5 Oscar Nominations, 7 David Di Donatello, 3 Golden Globes, 1 Grammy Award and 1 European Film Award. In the 2009 the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, has signed a decree appointing  M° Ennio Morricone to the rank of Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor. 

In the recording field, Morricone has received 27 Golden Records, 7 Platinum Records, 3 Golden Plates and the “Critica discografica” award for the music of the film “Il Prato”. The soundtrack from the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly has been included in the list of inductees for the Grammy Hall of Fame 2009. 

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​Ennio Morricone was born in Rome on 10.11.1928. His long artistic career includes a wide range of composition genres, from absolute music, which he has always produced, to applied music, working as orchestrator as well as conductor in the recording field, and then as a composer for theatre, radio and cinema.

In 1946 Ennio received his trumpet diploma and in 1947 he was engaged as composer for theatre music.

In 1953 he made his first arrangement for a series of evening radio shows.

In 1954 he received his diploma in Composition at the Conservatory under the guidance of Goffredo Petrassi.

In 1958 he obtained a job at RAI (Italian Television) as music assistant, but he resigned on the first day of work. 

His career as film music composer started in 1961 with the film “Il Federale” directed by Luciano Salce, but he became famous worldwide with Sergio Leone’s westerns: A Fistful Of Dollars (1964),For A Few Dollars More(1965), The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966), Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)and A Fistful Of Dynamite (1971). 

In 1965 Morricone entered the group of improvisation “Nuova Consonanza”; 

in 1984, he and other composers founded the I.R.TE.M. (Institute Of Research For Musical Theatre) in Rome. 

Since 1960, Morricone has scored over 400 films working with many Italian and international directors (among whom Sergio Leone, Gillo Pontecorvo, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Giuliano Montaldo, Lina Wertmuller, Giuseppe Tornatore, Brian De Palma, Roman Polanski, Warren Beatty, Adrian Lyne, Oliver Stone, Margarethe Von Trotta, Henry Verneuil, Pedro Almodovar and Roland Joffè). His most famous films include: The Battle Of Algiers; Sacco and Vanzetti; Cinema Paradiso; The Legend Of 1900, Malena; The Untouchables, Once Upon A Time In America; The Mission and U-Turn. His absolute music production includes over 100 pieces composed since 1946 to this day. Here are some titles: Concerto per orchestra 1 (1957); Frammenti di Eros (1985); Rag in Frantumi (1986); Cantata per L’Europa (1988); UT, per tromba, archi e percussioni (1991); Ombra di Lontana Presenza (1997); Voci dal Silenzio (2002); Sicilo ed altri Frammenti (2006); Vuoto di Anima Piena (2008). 

Ennio Morricone has conducted many orchestras worldwide, including the Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Academy for many symphonic seasons. He also conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Theatre, the Rome Opera House Orchestra, the Budapest Opera House Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacionales de España (ONE), the National Brazilian Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Munich Rundfunk, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Spanish Television.

Morricone often works with the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra for many concerts both in Italy and abroad as well as for the recordings of film scores. 

On 2nd February 2007 Maestro Morricone and the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra held an important concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall to celebrate the UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon taking office. 

In his long career, Ennio Morricone has received many awards other than the Golden Lion and the Honorary Oscar, among which 8 Nastri D’argento, 5 Baftas, 5 Oscar Nominations, 7 David Di Donatello, 3 Golden Globes, 1 Grammy Award and 1 European Film Award. In the 2009 the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, has signed a decree appointing  M° Ennio Morricone to the rank of Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor. 

In the recording field, Morricone has received 27 Golden Records, 7 Platinum Records, 3 Golden Plates and the “Critica discografica” award for the music of the film “Il Prato”. The soundtrack from the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly has been included in the list of inductees for the Grammy Hall of Fame 2009. 

Personal Info

Known For Sound

Gender Male

Known Credits 300

Birthday 1928-11-10

Place of Birth Rome, Italy

Official Site http://www.enniomorricone.it/

Also Known As

  • E. Morricone
  • Enio Morricone
  • Maestro Ennio Morricone
  • Mº Ennio Morricone
  • Morricone
  • Leo Nichols
  • Dan Savio

Sound TV ShowsMovies

2017 Voyage of Time: Life's JourneyOriginal Music Composer
2016 Black and White Stripes: The Juventus StoryMusic
2016 CorrespondenceOriginal Music Composer
2015 The Hateful EightOriginal Music Composer
2013 The Best OfferOriginal Music Composer
2012 No Redemption With... Don MitragliaMusic
2009 BaarìaOriginal Music Composer
2006 The Unknown WomanOriginal Music Composer
2006 A CrimeOriginal Music Composer
2006 Karol, un Papa rimasto uomoMusic
2006 Adolfo Celi, un uomo per due cultureMusic
2005 CefaloniaOriginal Music Composer
2005 FatelessOriginal Music Composer
2003 The Good Pope: Pope John XXIIIOriginal Music Composer
2002 Ripley's GameOriginal Music Composer
2000 Padre Pio - Tra cielo e terra(2 episodes)Music
2000 MalenaOriginal Music Composer
2000 Before Night FallsOriginal Music Composer
2000 VatelOriginal Music Composer
2000 Mission to MarsOriginal Music Composer
1999 EstherOriginal Music Composer
1998 The Phantom of the OperaOriginal Music Composer
1998 The Legend of 1900Music
1998 BulworthOriginal Music Composer
1997 U TurnOriginal Music Composer
1997 LolitaOriginal Music Composer
1997 DavidOriginal Music Composer
1997 NostromoOriginal Music Composer
1997 Cartoni AnimatiOriginal Music Composer
1996 Sansón y Dalila: Vol. I Una Fuerza ProdigiosaMusic
1996 The NymphOriginal Music Composer
1996 The Stendhal SyndromeOriginal Music Composer
1995 MosesOriginal Music Composer
1995 JosephMusic
1994 DisclosureMusic
1994 JacobOriginal Music Composer
1994 Love AffairOriginal Music Composer
1994 Genesis: The Creation and the FloodOriginal Music Composer
1994 WolfOriginal Music Composer
1994 AbrahamOriginal Music Composer
1993 In the Line of FireOriginal Music Composer
1993 The EscortOriginal Music Composer
1991 BugsyOriginal Music Composer
1991 Husbands and LoversOriginal Music Composer
1991 MoneyOriginal Music Composer
1991 Desert LawOriginal Music Composer
1990 HamletOriginal Music Composer
1990 Everybody's FineMusic
1990 State of GraceOriginal Music Composer
1990 Tre colonne in cronacaOriginal Music Composer
1989 Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!Original Music Composer
1989 Casualties of WarOriginal Music Composer
1988 Cinema ParadisoOriginal Music Composer
1988 FranticOriginal Music Composer
1987 Gli Occhiali D'OroOriginal Music Composer
1987 The UntouchablesOriginal Music Composer
1987 ControlOriginal Music Composer
1987 Mosca addioOriginal Music Composer
1986 The MissionOriginal Music Composer
1986 C.A.T. SquadOriginal Music Composer
1985 La Cage aux Folles 3: The WeddingMusic
1985 Il PentitoMusic
1985 The TrapOriginal Music Composer
1985 Via MalaOriginal Music Composer
1985 Red SonjaOriginal Music Composer
1984 The Octopus(38 episodes)Original Music Composer
1984 Thieves After DarkOriginal Music Composer
1984 Once Upon a Time in AmericaOriginal Music Composer
1983 The OutsiderOriginal Music Composer
1983 The KeyMusic Director
1983 The KeyMusic
1983 PelotaMusic
1983 Order of DeathMusic
1983 The Scarlet and the BlackOriginal Music Composer
1983 Treasure of the Four CrownsOriginal Music Composer
1982 Blood LinkMusic
1982 White DogOriginal Music Composer
1982 The ThingOriginal Music Composer
1982 ButterflyMusic
1982 Spy, Stand UpMusic
1982 VampirismusMusic
1981 Tragedy of a Ridiculous ManOriginal Music Composer
1981 The ProfessionalOriginal Music Composer
1981 So FineOriginal Music Composer
1981 The Life and Times of David Lloyd GeorgeMusic
1981 Lady of the CameliasOriginal Music Composer
1981 Bianco, rosso e VerdoneMusic
1980 La Cage aux folles IIOriginal Music Composer
1980 Uomini e noOriginal Music Composer
1980 La BanquièreOriginal Music Composer
1980 The Blue-Eyed BanditOriginal Music Composer
1980 The IslandOriginal Music Composer
1980 Stark SystemMusic
1980 The Good ThiefOriginal Music Composer
1980 Fun Is BeautifulMusic
1980 WindowsMusic
1980 Si salvi chi vuoleMusic
1979 Orient-ExpressMusic
1979 I as in IcarusMusic
1979 FootlooseMusic
1979 Operation OgreOriginal Music Composer
1979 La LunaOriginal Music Composer
1979 The HumanoidMusic
1979 Dedicated to the Aegean SeaMusic
1979 Buone notizieMusic
1979 BloodlineOriginal Music Composer
1978 L'immoralitàMusic
1978 Le mani sporcheMusic
1978 La Cage aux follesOriginal Music Composer
1978 Days of HeavenOriginal Music Composer
1978 Noi lazzaroniMusic
1978 An Englishman's Castle(3 episodes)Music
1978 CorleoneMusic
1978 Il prigionieroMusic
1977 I Am the LawMusic
1977 Stato interessanteMusic
1977 Orca: The Killer WhaleOriginal Music Composer
1977 Exorcist II: The HereticOriginal Music Composer
1977 Hitch HikeOriginal Music Composer
1977 The CatMusic
1977 Rene the CaneMusic
1977 Forza Italia!Music
1976 Pedro Páramo - El hombre de la media lunaMusic
1976 1900Original Music Composer
1976 A Sold LifeMusic
1976 San Babila-8 P.M.Music Editor
1976 One Way or AnotherOriginal Music Composer
1976 Per amoreMusic
1976 The Desert of the TartarsOriginal Music Composer
1975 The Sunday WomanOriginal Music Composer
1975 A Genius, Two Friends, and an IdiotOriginal Music Composer
1975 Salò, or the 120 Days of SodomOriginal Music Composer
1975 Gente Di RispettoMusic
1975 Lips of Lurid BlueMusic
1975 Eye of the CatMusic
1975 LeonorOriginal Music Composer
1975 Fear Over the CityOriginal Music Composer
1975 Late Night TrainsOriginal Music Composer
1975 Libera, My LoveOriginal Music Composer
1975 The Two Seasons of LifeMusic
1975 Down the Ancient StairsOriginal Music Composer
1974 Moses the LawgiverMusic
1974 AllonsanfanMusic
1974 The AntichristMusic
1974 Le secretMusic
1974 The Murri AffairMusic
1974 Almost HumanOriginal Music Composer
1974 Arabian NightsOriginal Music Composer
1974 The Infernal TrioOriginal Music Composer
1974 Sex AdviceMusic
1974 Sarah's Last ManMusic
1974 The TempterMusic
1973 My Name Is NobodyMusic Director
1973 My Name Is NobodyOriginal Music Composer
1973 Giordano BrunoOriginal Music Composer
1973 Property Is No Longer a TheftOriginal Music Composer
1973 RevolverOriginal Music Composer
1973 The SerpentOriginal Music Composer
1973 Crescete e moltiplicavetiMusic
1973 When Love Is LustMusic
1973 Woman Buried AliveMusic
1972 The Return of Clint the StrangerOriginal Music Composer
1972 The Master TouchOriginal Music Composer
1972 WhyMusic
1972 La cosa buffaOriginal Music Composer
1972 Life Is Tough, Eh Providence?Original Music Composer
1972 Slap the Monster on Page OneOriginal Music Composer
1972 Fiorina the CowOriginal Music Composer
1972 BluebeardOriginal Music Composer
1972 Winged DevilsMusic
1972 The Master and MargaretMusic
1972 The Canterbury TalesOriginal Music Composer
1972 Who Saw Her Die?Music
1972 Devil in the BrainOriginal Music Composer
1972 What Have You Done to Solange?Original Music Composer
1972 KillerOriginal Music Composer
1972 When Women Lost Their TailsMusic
1972 This Kind of LoveOriginal Music Composer
1972 Chronicle of a HomicideOriginal Music Composer
1972 My Dear KillerOriginal Music Composer
1972 ...Correva l'anno di grazia 1870Music
1972 When Man is the PreyMusic
1972 Anche se volesse lavorare, che faccio?Music
1972 For Love One DiesMusic
1971 Four Flies on Grey VelvetMusic
1971 MaddalenaMusic
1971 The Wind Blows FreeMusic
1971 The BurglarsOriginal Music Composer
1971 IncontroMusic
1971 Short Night of Glass DollsMusic
1971 Duck, You SuckerOriginal Music Composer
1971 Tre donne - L'automobileMusic
1971 Tre donne - 1943: Un incontroMusic
1971 Tre donne - La sciantosaOriginal Music Composer
1971 Tis Pity She's a WhoreOriginal Music Composer
1971 The Working Class Goes to ParadiseOriginal Music Composer
1971 The Fifth CordOriginal Music Composer
1971 Black Belly of the TarantulaOriginal Music Composer
1971 VeruschkaMusic
1971 Sacco & VanzettiMusic
1971 Tre nel milleMusic
1971 A Lizard in a Woman's SkinOriginal Music Composer
1971 The Cat o' Nine TailsOriginal Music Composer
1971 The DecameronOriginal Music Composer
1971 Lady CaliphOriginal Music Composer
1970 CompanerosOriginal Music Composer
1970 When Women Had TailsMusic
1970 Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above SuspicionMusic
1970 Violent CityMusic Director
1970 Violent CityOriginal Music Composer
1970 5th Day of PeaceMusic
1970 Hornet's NestMusic
1970 Two Mules for Sister SaraOriginal Music Composer
1970 MetelloOriginal Music Composer
1970 The Year of the CannibalsOriginal Music Composer
1970 The Bird with the Crystal PlumageOriginal Music Composer
1970 Investigation of a Citizen Above SuspicionMusic
1970 Kill the Fatted Calf and Roast ItMusic
1969 GiottoMusic
1969 Burn!Original Music Composer
1969 The Invisible WomanMusic
1969 The Sicilian ClanOriginal Music Composer
1969 Season of the SensesMusic
1969 The Five Man ArmyOriginal Music Composer
1969 What Did Stalin Do to Women?Original Music Composer
1969 One Night at DinnerOriginal Music Composer
1969 Machine Gun McCainOriginal Music Composer
1969 AlibiMusic
1969 TepepaMusic
1969 Fraulein DoktorOriginal Music Composer
1969 The Magnificent Tony CarreraOriginal Music Composer
1969 He and SheMusic
1969 Dirty AngelsMusic
1969 Ecce Homo - I SopravvissutiMusic
1968 Once Upon a Time in the WestOriginal Music Composer
1968 OrgiaMusic
1968 A Quiet Place in the CountryOriginal Music Composer
1968 A Fine PairOriginal Music Composer
1968 Listen, Let's Make LoveMusic
1968 TeoremaOriginal Music Composer
1968 The MercenaryOriginal Music Composer
1968 A Sky Full of Stars for a RoofOriginal Music Composer
1968 Commandments for a GangsterOriginal Music Composer
1968 EscalationOriginal Music Composer
1968 The Great SilenceOriginal Music Composer
1968 Danger: DiabolikOriginal Music Composer
1968 Eat ItMusic
1968 Come Play with MeOriginal Music Composer
1967 Face to FaceOriginal Music Composer
1967 Her HaremOriginal Music Composer
1967 The RoverMusic
1967 Long Days of VengeanceMusic
1967 Seven Women for the MacGregorsOriginal Music Composer
1967 The WitchesMusic
1967 The HellbendersOriginal Music Composer
1966 The Good, the Bad and the UglyOriginal Music Composer
1966 A Bullet for the GeneralMusic Supervisor
1966 The Big GundownOriginal Music Composer
1966 Navajo JoeOriginal Music Composer
1966 How I Learned to Love WomenOriginal Music Composer
1966 The Hills Run RedOriginal Music Composer
1966 The Battle of AlgiersOriginal Music Composer
1966 Almost a ManOriginal Music Composer
1966 El GrecoMusic
1966 Mi vedrai tornareOriginal Music Composer
1966 Agent 505 - Death Trap BeirutMusic
1966 Wake Up and DieMusic
1966 Seven Guns for the MacGregorsOriginal Music Composer
1966 Hawks and SparrowsOriginal Music Composer
1965 For a Few Dollars MoreOriginal Music Composer
1965 The Return of RingoOriginal Music Composer
1965 Idoli controluceMusic
1965 Fists in the PocketOriginal Music Composer
1965 Snow JobMusic
1965 Altissima pressioneOriginal Music Composer
1965 Se non avessi più teOriginal Music Composer
1965 Nightmare CastleOriginal Music Composer
1965 A Pistol for RingoOriginal Music Composer
1964 A Fistful of DollarsOriginal Music Composer
1964 Bullets Don't ArgueOriginal Music Composer
1964 MalamondoMusic
1964 Before the RevolutionMusic
1964 Full Hearts and Empty PocketsMusic
1963 Gunfight at Red SandsOriginal Music Composer
1963 The Little NunsOriginal Music Composer
1963 Il successoOriginal Music Composer
1962 I MotorizzatiOriginal Music Composer
1962 La cuccagnaOriginal Music Composer
1962 Crazy DesireOriginal Music Composer
1961 The FascistOriginal Music Composer

Acting

Il etait une fois Sergio Leone as Ennio Morricone
2016 The Glance of Music as Himself
2016 Emigratis(1 episode)
2014 Giuseppe Tornatore - Ogni film un'opera prima
2012 Giuliano Montaldo: Quattro volte vent'anni
2007 Ennio Morricone: Peace Notes
2006 Adolfo Celi, un uomo per due culture
2005 Elio Petri: Notes About a Filmmaker as Himself
2004 Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone as composer
2004 Marxist Poetry: The Making of 'The Battle of Algiers' as Himself
2003 Ennio Morricone: Arena concerto
2002 Rosy-Fingered Dawn: A Film on Terrence Malick as Himself
1992 Pontecorvo: The Dictatorship of Truth as Himself
1967 Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza as Himself

Crew

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