Riding off into the musical sunset

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That music has almost come to define the Western genre, at least a certain era of it. Sadly, the brilliant composer who wrote it died at the age of 91 the other day.

Ennio Morricone is probably best known for the spaghetti Westerns he scored in the late sixties and early seventies. However, over the course of his long career he wrote scores in almost every genre for movies made in numerous countries (particularly Italy, the US, and France). He also picked up a few awards along the way, including winning the Oscar for Best Original Score at the age of 87 for The Hateful Eight, a Quentin Tarantino film that hearkened back to those old spaghetti Westerns.

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Director John Carpenter usually writes his own scores, but for The Thing, his masterful 1982 s-f horror movie, he partnered with Morricone. Morricone was no stranger to horror, having worked on giallo, Italian horror-thrillers, and while quite different from his familiar Western scores, it is still a great score to a great film.

 

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One of Morricone's most popular pieces has to be "Gabriel's Oboe" from The Mission. I see it come up on a lot of concert programs and "Best movie music" albums.

 
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