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Two Times Oscar Winner, Ennio Morricone, Italian Composer Passed Away at 91

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Ennio Morricone, dies aged 91On 6th July 2020, two times Oscar winner, Ennio Morricone, Italian Composer passed away at the age of 91 in Campus Bio-Medico, a clinic in Rome, Italy, where he was admitted due to a broken femur. He was born on 10th November 1928 in Rome, Italy.

Early life:

i.At the age of 12 he joined Rome’s conservatory and started studying trumpet and later joined the orchestra of Academy of Santa Cecilia.

ii.He worked for theatres and radios and worked with Italy’s popular pop stars from 1950s to 1960s.

iii.He got his first credit for the feature film, Il Federale in 1961.

Career:

i.He worked as a composer for 500 films, television programmes, songs and orchestras.

ii.He became famous through his scores for Spaghetti Westerns starring Clint Eastwood directed by Sergio Leone.

iii.He used distinctive instruments like Jew’s harp, amplified harmonica, mariachi trumpets, cor anglais and the ocarina(Chinese instrument) and used real sounds like whistling, cracking of whips, gunshots.

iv.He worked in the films like, The Untouchables, Bugsy, The Long Silence, Once Upon a Time in America.

Awards:

i.He won the golden globe for his soundtracks for The Mission by Roland Joffe in 1986.

ii.He received the honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2007 and won an Oscar for the best original score for The Hateful Eight of Quentin Tarantino in 2016 for which he also received  his second Golden Globe award.

iii.He received four Grammys and other international awards for his compositions.

iv.He was inducted in the Grammys hall of fame in 2009 for his soundtracks of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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