The man who was never a Western hero…

Ennio Morricone was a quiet man, introverted and without scandal. Even if his name will forever be connected with (western) film, he never wanted to be a cowboy. Rather, he will go down in history as a great musician and composer, when perhaps after his death people will recognize his work around classical music. So his fight was not for the evil in man, but for recognition as a composer of his symphonic music.

As the ORF reports, Morricone composed over 500 film scores for cinema and television in his career and was awarded two Oscars. The maestro died early on Monday morning in a clinic in Rome, where he had been treated for a fractured thigh after a fall. “The Maestro was present and dignified right up to the end,” his manager said.

The last piece Morricone created is a homage to the victims of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, which collapsed in August 2018. The work for orchestra and choir was composed by 91-year-old Morricone for a concert scheduled for the day before the inauguration of the newly built bridge at the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa.

Morricone had responded positively to a request from the director of the Genoa Theatre, Claudio Orazi, to write a play for the 43 victims of the bridge collapse. “The four-minute play entitled ‘Many Stones in Memory’ is extremely moving and is the last work Morricone completed before his death,” the Genoa Theatre announced on Monday.

Despite his international success, the grey-haired Italian with the horn-rimmed glasses was always concerned about his privacy. Morricone had been married to Maria Travia since 1956, and the couple have three sons and a daughter. One of the sons also works as a composer. (Source: ORF)

Arrangements for wind orchestra (symphonic orchestra)

compositions for string, symphony and other orchestra forms

Arrangements for ensembles

Choir works

Soloistic works

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