A Look Back: Ennio Morricone (1928-2020)

June 5, 2021, 8:55 am

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Ennio Morricone (Photo: Sven-Sebastian Sajak, CC BY-SA)

It has been nearly one year since the passing of the great film composer known simply as The Maestro. In anticipation of the documentary on the legendary composer being released on July 6 2021, Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips shares a pick from a movie showing this week at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, Greg shares a theme by Morricone incorporated into ta videogame soundtrack, and Maggie contributes selections from a 2020 tribute recording featuring cellist Stjepan Hauser and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. And from a collaboration between the composer and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, a suite for the director of Morricone’s masterpiece, Cinema Paradiso, Giuseppe Tornatore.

Chicago’s Music Box Theatre will be featuring movies score by Ennio Morricone as part of their Back To The Big Screen series sponsored by MUBI.

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Ennio Morricone and Leo Kotte: Two selections from Days of Heaven (1978); Enderlin amd The Harvest.

Beethoven: Bagatelle #25 in a, “Fur Elise”; Anatol Ugorski, piano.

Ennio Morricone/Arranged by Harry Gregson-Williams: Here’s to You (The Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti), from the videogame, Metal Gear Solid 4, sung by Lisbeth Scott.

Ennio Morricone/arranged by Hauser: Playing Love, La Califfa, and The Ecstasy of Gold; cellist Stjepan Hauser and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ennio Morricone: The Giuseppe Tornatore Suite; the composer leading the Roma Sinfonietta with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.