Ennio Morricone: Oscar-winning movie composer dies at 91

Ennio Morricone: Oscar-winning film composer dies at 91

Written by Javier Romero, CNNAmy Woodyatt, CNNRome

Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning movie composer, has died on the age of 91, his lawyer instructed CNN Monday.

He died at daybreak in a Rome hospital after falling and breaking his leg, his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, stated.

Morricone is finest recognized internationally because the composer behind the immediately recognizable melodies from “The Good, the Unhealthy and the Ugly” and “As soon as Upon a Time within the West.”

The Italian composer was well-known for the tension-filled scores of spaghetti Westerns, and gained an Academy Award for his soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” in 2016, after 5 earlier nominations and an Honorary Award in 2007 that acknowledged his lifetime’s achievement.

The Rome-born composer scored greater than 500 movies, and was a winner and nominee for quite a few BAFTA awards and Golden Globes, in addition to being the recipient of a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame.

Though arguably finest recognized for creating music for Westerns, the composer additionally developed soundtracks for cinematic classics together with “The Mission” and “Cinema Paradiso.”

Composer Ennio Morricone poses with the Oscar for Finest Authentic Rating, for “The Hateful Eight.” Credit score: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Photographs

Morricone requested a personal funeral, Assumma stated.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte paid tribute to the composer on Monday, writing on Twitter: “We’ll at all times keep in mind, with infinite gratitude, the creative genius of the Maestro #EnnioMorricone.”

“It made us dream, transfer, mirror, writing memorable notes that may stay unforgettable within the historical past of music and cinema” he added.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella provided condolences to the household of the “distinguished” artist.

“Each a refined and well-liked musician, he has left a deep mark within the historical past of music within the second a part of the 20th century,” he stated. “By means of his soundtracks, he has tremendously contributed in spreading and reinforcing Italy’s status around the globe.”

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