The Maestro finally makes it to Helsinki. One Quart Magazine celebrates Ennio Morricone with a very wide ranging playlist of the composer’s music.
Is there a more recognizable composer in music than Ennio Morricone? A scream, a harmonica, Bolero guitars and a violent whip cracking all point to the Italian maestro. Of course the music Morricone composed for those cheap variations on the true American film, Spaghetti Westerns, ring through popular culture as much today as they did in the 1960s. One could also argue that no filmmaker or composer since Sergio Leone and Morricone have managed to marry as magical a line between the visual and the musical as those two did together. Perhaps Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann come close and if you’re being generous, Steven Spielberg and John Williams are in with a shout. But the choreographic excellence of Once Upon A Time In The West still remains the cineasts high point is sound and vision.
Of course, there is so much more to Ennio than the many Spaghetti Western soundtracks. Since 1946 Morricone has composed over 500 scores for the movies and over 100 classical compositions. Since the 1970s Hollywood beckoned and Morricone lifted many a dull adventure or drama. His relevance in 2016 lies undiminished, with long time fan Quentin Tarantino finally realising his own dream to get Morricone to score last year’s The Hateful Eight. The long overdue Oscar arrived duly. Perhaps there’s another reason why Morricone finally appearing in Finland is something so special as not to even contemplate missing. The best of Ennio’s work reaches an emotional level rarely available in composition – or anywhere – it’s a mainline to our hearts that endures with each passing year.
Ennio Morricone plays Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena on the 30th November.
Special thanks to Nick Triani, Juulia Niiniranta, Astrid Swan, Billy Brentford and Dave ‘Mozza’ Morison.