It may, it may not, be a stretch to declare Ennio Morricone the greatest composer for film of all time, but what is pretty certain is he would be the first name on the list of possibilities for that particular title.
It is certainly not easy to think of anyone whose work is so recognisable and varied and that has had such a profound effect and influence, not just in the realm of music for film, but across the entire musical spectrum. Some 500+ credits spanning 60 years, and within that a number of regular collaborators (Leone, Pasolini, Petri, Tornatore…) one of which would be enough to grace most successful careers.
It’s perhaps no coincidence that his best scores, the majority of which are gathered here, are also amongst the best films he scored for, which might suggest that a significant element of what makes them so good is Il Maestro’s contribution… Enjoy!
Rod White, Head of Programming