August 19, 2012 – 4:35 am

ENNIO MORRICONE R.I.P. 1928 - 2020

Ennio Morricone, the  Italian composer whose atmospheric scores for spaghetti westerns and some 500 films by a Who’s Who of international directors made him one of the world’s most versatile and influential creators of music for the modern cinema, died on July 6, 2020 in Rome. He was 91. His death was confirmed by his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, who said that Morricone had been admitted to the hospital last week after falling and fracturing his femur.

Morricone scored many popular films of the past 40 years: Édouard Molinaro’s “La Cage aux Folles” (1978), John Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982), Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” (1987), Roman Polanski’s “Frantic” (1988), Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso” (1988), Wolfgang Petersen’s “In the Line of Fire” (1993), and Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” (2015).

But the work that made him world famous, and that was best known to moviegoers, was his blend of music and sound effects for Sergio Leone’s 1960s spaghetti westerns: a ticking pocket watch, a sign creaking in the wind, buzzing flies, a twanging Jew’s harp, haunting whistles, cracking whips, gunshots and a bizarre, wailing “ah-ee-ah-ee-ah,” played on a sweet potato-shaped wind instrument called an ocarina.

Imitated, scorned, spoofed, what came to be known as “The Dollars Trilogy” - “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964), “For a Few Dollars More” (1965) and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), all released in the United States in 1967 - starred Clint Eastwood as “The Man With No Name” and were enormous hits, with a combined budget of $2 million and gross worldwide receipts of $280 million.

“The Ecstasy of Gold,” the theme song for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” was one of Morricone’s biggest hits. It was recorded by the cellist Yo-Yo Ma on an album of Morricone’s compositions and used in concert by two rock bands: as closing music for the Ramones and the introductory theme for Metallica. -

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The sound of distant drums and a rumour of war.

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(with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI)
Torino 2012 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Auditorium RAI “A. Toscanini”, Torino, Italy; by “Il Cartellone - Radio Tre Suite”, Radio 3 RAI. March 24, 2012. Excellent FM stereo.

Since 2001, film composer Ennio Morricone has been touring Europe and North America with a full orchestra to play selected works from a repertoire that started in the early ’60s and includes the significant music from the films of classmate Sergio Leone. This concert is in Torino, Italy in March 2012.

The performance is divided into six parts with a concentration on his music for political films (what Morricone refers to as “socially committed cinema”). The first suite is dedicated to two anti-Mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. The former was assassinated 57 days before the latter was blown up in a car bomb in 1992. Both were part of an Antimafia Pool that tried to link the mob with rich businessmen and the state.

His music for “socially committed cinema” traces Morricone’s own commitment to music for a cause. The Battle Of Algiers is from 1966, Burn! from 1969 while Casualties of War stretches up to 1989.

No Morricone concert is complete without his music for spaghetti westerns, a derisive labelling of non-American cowboy films. Thankfully, Morricone’s music as much as Sergio Leone’s stylings have made this an impressive genre. The films and the scores are now part of pop culture legend. Who can forget Alessandro Alessandron’s whistling in A Fistful of Dollars?

The final selections are reserved for music from what he describes  as “epics”. The most memorable of them all is the music from The Mission. Morricone was never one to write incidental music for films. All his scores were finished music, not found sounds to signal some on-screen activity. They drive the films as much as they supplement the emotions in the films.

Morricone turns 84 this year in November. He deserves a standing ovation. His music will certainly outlive him.

Shared first by survivor69 at Dime. You can get the original lossless files here. A huge thanks to survivor69.
- Professor Red

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Disc 1
Varianti su un segnale di polizia (Variations On A Signal Of Police dedicated to the judges Falcone and Borsellino) 13.11
Track 101. segnale (566k)
Track 102. variante1 (6.0MB)
Track 103. variante2 (5.3MB)
Track 104. variante3 (4.3MB)
Track 105. variante4 (4.8MB)

Fogli Sparsi (music from the album Fogli Sparsi) 18.02
Track 106. H2S (4.1MB)
Track 107. il Clan dei Siciliani (The Sicilian Clan) (5.5MB)
Track 108. Metti una Sera a Cena (One Evening At Dinner) (5.6MB)
Track 109. Uno che grida Amore (One That Cries Love from Metti una sera a cena) (7.5MB)
Track 110. Come Maddalena (from Maddalena) (5.9MB)

Modernità del mito nel cinema di Sergio Leone (The Modernity of Myth in Sergio Leone’s Cinema) 12.33
Track 111. il Buono il Brutto e il Cattivo (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) (4.3MB)
Track 112. C’era una volta il West (Once upon a time in the West) (4.6MB)
Track 113. Giù la Testa (Duck You Sucker aka Fistful Of Dynamite) (6.1MB)
Track 114. L’Estasi dell’Oro (da il Buono il Brutto e il Cattivo/The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) (4.9MB)

Track 115. Interview with Morricone in Italian 10.17 (16.4MB)

Disc 2
Cinema dell’impegno (Socially Committed Cinema) 26.03
Track 201. La Battaglia di Algeri  (The Battle Of Algiers) (3.9MB)
Track 202. Indagine su un Cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) (4.9MB)
Track 203. Sostiene Pereira (According To Pereira) (5.4MB)
Track 204. La Classe Operaia va in paradiso (The Working Class Go To Heaven) (5.9MB)
Track 205. Vittime di Guerra (Casualties Of War) (14.5MB)
Track 206. Abolisson (da Queimada) (from Burn) (7.0MB)

Scelta di brani dalla suite “Dedicato a Giuseppe Tornatore” (Songs from ‘Dedicated to Giuseppe Tornatore’) 10.41
Track 207. Baarìa suite (17.1MB)

Cinema tragico, lirico, epico (Tragic, Lyric and Epic Cinema) 19.28
Track 208. il Deserto dei Tartari (The Desert Of The Tartars) (5.6MB)
Track 209. Riccardo III (Richard The III) (5.7MB)
Track 210. il Deserto dei Tartari (The Desert Of The Tartars Reprise) (5.6MB)
Track 211. Gabriel’s Oboe (The Mission) (3.6MB)
Track 212. Falls (The Mission) (4.9MB)
Track 213. On Earth as it is in Heaven (The Mission) (5.6MB)

Track 214. entrance (878k)
Track 215. Deborah (da C’era una volta in America/ Once upon a Time in America) (5.9MB)
Track 216. Ecstasy of Gold (da il Buono il Brutto e il Cattivo/ The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) (5.0MB)
Track 217. On Earth as it is in Heaven (The Mission) (5.8MB)

Total time: 121:19m

Ennio Morricone - conductor
Susanna Rigacci, soprano, with Nuovo Coro Lirico Sinfonico Romano [symphonic choir] conducted by Stefano Cucci (maestro del coro)
Leandro Piccioni - piano and synthesizers
Rocco Zifarelli - guitar
Nanni Civitenga - bass
Massimo D’Agostino - drums
Roberto Ranfaldi - first violin
Carlo Romano - first oboe

The Platinum Collection is a triple CD set released in 2007 and is a good place to start on a master composer with so many soundtracks to his name. Buy it here.

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  1. 19 Responses to “TO ALL WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE, WE SALUTE YOU [ENNIO MORRICONE R.I.P. 1928 - 2020]”

  2. Great sound and orchestred but nothing will
    substitute Edda De’ll orso,she’s unique and
    she’s irreplaceable.But i wonder if she can
    stand a concert tour.

    By easynow on Aug 20, 2012

  3. This is amazing. I’m a huge Morricone fan and am now obsessed with this performance. Beautiful sound, great playing and oh, what music! Thanks, Big O.

    By Jeremy Shatan on Sep 6, 2012

  4. Thanks Big O. I am a huge fan and this is a great sounding recording.

    By JB on Sep 12, 2012

  5. There was actually a time a few years ago when people discussed music , not genitalia, blacks vs whites , politics etc . The good old days .

    By David on Jul 6, 2020

  6. Fuckin nigger bastards all should lynched maimed or shot

    By David Duke on Jul 6, 2020

  7. You wouldn’t leave me hangin’ like this, would you Blondie?
    Sorry Ducho.
    Thanks Big O!

    By BigE on Jul 6, 2020

  8. Charlie Daniels is finally getting to meet The Devil in person . I would shit on that motherfucker’s grave . He let his whore daughter , Stormy fuck Trump’s two incher

    By Derrick on Jul 7, 2020

  9. Police in Lincoln City, Oregon, arrested seven men on Saturday who they say were “highly intoxicated” as they taunted a Black family with racial slurs and Nazi salutes and set off illegal fireworks.


    By David Duke on Jul 7, 2020

  10. Amen DD

    By Derrick on Jul 7, 2020

  11. Hi
    208 cannot be downloaded. Can you check it out please?

    By Daij on Jul 7, 2020

  12. Charlie Daniels died today too. Bless him & Ennio.

    By sking on Jul 7, 2020

  13. Regarding Track 208, kindly refresh the page and try again.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 7, 2020

  14. Unreachable Italian talent … a true genius … RIP Maestro

    By Domenico on Jul 7, 2020

  15. Thanks BigO for this
    An extraordinary man
    RIP Ennio

    By Burp on Jul 7, 2020

  16. Was not me above.

    By David Duke on Jul 7, 2020

  17. No, nor me either.

    By Derrick on Jul 7, 2020

  18. All fakes . It’s obvious

    By Derrick on Jul 7, 2020

  19. According to WIKIPEDIA, Morricone worked on

    356 Film Scores
    318 Additions projects including TV Radio Stage Ads
    Films with his songs & 4dvds
    18 Tribute Ablums to his music by variouys musicians

    27,783,900 Certified Album Sales!!

    IF you were lucky enough to find EVERY SINGLE ONE of his works on cd/dvd/vhs in THE SAME PLACE and you paid ONLY USD$4.99 per item with no tax or shipping it might set you back USD$3,742.50!!

    My favorite work is the Once Upon A Time In America soundtrack. That Sergio Leone and Morricon had the score composed and recorded early enough to have the music played on set to assist in establishing the mood is just sheer magic!

    He will certainly be greatly missed.

    By Sumdh Umfuq on Jul 8, 2020

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