Oscar-winning Italian Film Composer Ennio Morricone Dies at 91

Italian maestro Ennio Morricone has sadly passed away aged 91. Morricone’s extraordinary contribution to music includes the unforgettable symphonic scores and atmospheric soundtracks for films such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, The Thing, The Mission, La Cage Aux Folles, Cinema Paradiso, The Untouchables and The Hateful Eight.

Born in Rome in 1928, Morricone took up the trumpet and had written his first composition at the age of six. He went on to study classical music and after graduating began scoring for theatre and radio. He was later hired as an arranger by the label RCA in Italy before launching his career in film music in 1961 with Luciano Salce’s Il Federale.

Morricone composed over 400 scores for cinema and TV in almost every genre, as well as over 100 classical pieces during his lifetime. His musical works are some of the most influential of our time and are instantly recognisable across the globe. Winning countless accolades for this prolific output including Academy awards, Grammys and Baftas, Morricone sold over 70 million records and frequently performed highlights from his catalogue at famous international venues.  

On behalf of our client the Bixio Music Group, Kassner Music is proud to represent a selection of Morricone songs including those comprising the soundtracks to movies such as Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto, La Donna Della Domenica and Metti, una sera a cena.

This repertoire also includes the composition “Chase The Sun”, a hit for Italian electronic group Planet Funk in 2001, which contains an interpolation of “Alla Luce Del Giorno” from Metti, una sera a cena. The dance track peaked at No. 5 in the UK charts upon release and is now best known as the song chanted by fans during the darts coverage on Sky Sports!

To listen to the Maestro’s music, access our spotlight playlist here.

← Back to news