He passed away earlier today in Rome.
The revered Italian composer, who died earlier today in Rome, wrote more than 400 scores for film and TV, as well as more than 100 classical works. He's perhaps best known for his work in the '60s scoring spaghetti westerns such as A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.
In 2016, Morricone won his first competitive Academy Award for his work on Quentin Tarantino's film The Hateful Eight. He wrote that score, like every other throughout his life, in his beloved Rome, where he was born in 1928.
Speaking to the Guardian in 2015, Morricone criticised the advent of electronic instruments in film scores. Nevertheless, his music was hugely popular in the electronic music community. We've collated some tributes below.
Listen to Morricone's OST for the 1968 film Once Upon A Time In The West.
"I saw with great sadness that one of my musical heroes, Ennio Morricone has passed away today. His music introduced me to albums and the first album I ever bought was one of his. He made beautiful emotional music and was the master of melody."— New Order (@neworder) July 6, 2020
- Bernard Sumner pic.twitter.com/yBBK5GYDLe
Morricone's music has meant a great deal to me for many years, this is probably my favourite theme of his. RIP. https://t.co/Ph8U99pxqo— Sarah Davachi (@sarahdavachi) July 6, 2020
Rest in peace Ennio Morricone.. A phenomenal composer, the world will miss you..https://t.co/PrJ8Knj3hs— The Bug(official) (@thebugzoo) July 6, 2020
One of the things I did in one of my many lives - promoting Ennio Morricone concert in Belgrade in 2009. Bye maestro.— TijanaT (@TijanaT) July 6, 2020
RIP Ennio Morricone. Godspeed maestro, your incredible music & endless inspiration lives on. 🖤— R.A. Irisarri (@blackknoll) July 6, 2020