I’m a huge fan of Italian film score composer Ennio Morricone, who is largely famous for his work with film director Sergio Leone who made Spaghetti Western films. They collaborated on many titles together and any famous rift from these cowboy movies that springs to mind – Morricone would have written.
What I love about his music is it is sooo dramatic. I have always loved music that makes me feel something. And as horribly pretentious as that statement sounds I don’t mean it like that. I’m just a dreamy person and music helps my imagination go riot.
So here are three of my favourite scores from Ennio Morricone. Turn up the volume, close your eyes and enjoy!
The Ecstasy of Gold
The Man with a Harmonica
The Ecstasy of Gold is just such a beautiful piece of music.
Thanks Vinnie! I love it soooo much!
Eric and I carried on that raunchy conversation that involved you yesterday. Sorry for the late replies, was just basking in my anniversary glory.
That’s cool man!
And I look forward to reading yours and Eric’s exchanges 🙂 I won’t step on your toes!
Feel free to join in anytime Emma, you’re always welcome.
Group activities are always good.
I’ve got the whips and handcuffs all at my disposal.
Let your imagination go indeed. Ennio Morricone has always been one of my favorites, when it comes to film scores. The work he did on the so-called “Spaghetti Westerns” with Leone was great stuff, as you pointed out. His music, I find, has always had not only a really dramatic edge to it, but a moving quality as well, which helps to make the emotions taking place in a particular scene, that much more potent
I think it is wonderful that you allow your imagination to “riot” as you put it, when you listen to his music or your favorite music in general.
Thanks for sharing your favorite scores.
Ennio Morricone’s scores for the spaghetti Westerns were so innovative. They sounded like no other Western scores, and you’ve got a good example here. I also thought the score for the gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America was incredible. The music made the movie, IMO.
Great choice!! I’ve been listening to that recently funnily enough and very, very good. I just have a ‘thing’ for the Western scores because I love the way they make me feel.
Thanks again for a lovely comment Tom 🙂
Of course, now I have various spaghetti Western themes playing in my head, as well as choice bits of dialogue. 🙂
It’s great for feeling dramatic or brave isn’t it 🙂
Sometimes I listen to Western themes whilst I’m driving on my own, for a long time – and pretend I’m on a mission!
(shhh, better not tell anyone that ha ha)
Although the spaghetti Westerns were shot in Spain, the scenes look a lot like the American Southwest. As you imagine yourself riding across the empty, sun-baked landscapes, I guess it would be quite a contrast to England’s green and pleasant land. 😉
You brought two too many…
Hmmm what does that mean?! 🙂
That you really love one of them and the other two are unnecessary?
Thanks for the follow by the way, I’m following you back, nice to meet you!
Nice to meet you too! I saw your comments on The IPC, that’s very brave of you.
“Did you bring a horse for me?”
“Looks like we’re shy one horse.”
“You brought two too many…” is what Harmonica says to the three guys sent to kill him at the train station. One of my favorite quotes ever. 🙂
VERY brave of me! But I can hold my own talking of boobs and sequels 🙂 I like The IPC a lot, very funny and creative.
Oh god sorry, I was wrapped up in the post thinking about the 3 songs, forgive me for not spotting the quote!!!!! *hangs head in shame* you’re right, it is a cool line.
I’m going to go and check our your blog right now!
Haha, no, all these songs are great!
As is…….your blog! Perusing now 🙂
Awesome, thank you!
His work on Leone’s spaghetti westerns is incredible and iconic but I think my favourite scores of his are ‘The Untouchables’, ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ (also Leone) and ‘Days of Heaven’
Sorry Richard I only just saw this comment! Apologies I didn’t reply sooner. Yes The Untouchables is quite a popular one isn’t it, well I guess they all are. I will look up Days of Heaven on youtube now!!
How funny, I have been watching The Good The Bad and The Ugly all week… have you been spying on me??
Shhhh I’m trying to spy on someone…..
*looks around with ink round my eyes*
a la binoculars ink trick!
That is weird you’ve been watching it though, in all seriousness! Do you like the soundtrack? 🙂
HAHA!!! You look awful sneaky like that!!
I do – but I think I like Once Upon a Time in the West better 🙂
Ahhhhhhh I LOVE THAT MOVIE (once upon a time in the west) it’s my grandad’s favourite film too. He said that the duel between Bronson and Fonda was the most realistic from any Western (and he’s the authority!) So do you like Man with a Harmonica? 🙂
I look like a raccoon with my binocular tricked eyes!!!