Ennio Morricone: Oscar-winning movie composer dies at 91

Italian composer Ennio Morricone in 2016.

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

Morricone is finest identified 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 received 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 identified for creating music for Westerns, the composer additionally developed soundtracks for cinematic classics together with “The Mission” and “Cinema Paradiso.”

Morricone requested a non-public funeral, Assumma stated.

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

“It made us dream, transfer, mirror, writing memorable notes that can 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. “Via his soundtracks, he has vastly contributed in spreading and reinforcing Italy’s status world wide.”

CNN’s Sharon Braithwaite and Hada Messia contributed reporting.

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