The composer Ennio Morricone died at the age of 91. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Composer who contributed scores to over 500 films and TV series, including more than 60 award-winning movies. He was primarily known for his work on Spaghetti westerns such as the Dollars Trilogy.
He fathered four children with his wife Maria Travia, one of whom, Andrea, followed in her father’s footsteps to become a film composer.
Bernard Herrmann used to write all his scores by himself. So did Bach, Beethoven and Stravinsky. I don’t understand why this happens in the movie industry.
I dislike cats. I like horses, some monkeys, and sweet dogs that aren’t too aggressive. I used to have a wonderful, big cat, and one day I came into the kitchen and it was on the table, ruining all the food we were about to eat. I was so annoyed that I took it to a friend’s house in the country.
I often use the same harmonies as pop music because the complexity of what I do is elsewhere.
I also used these realistic sounds in a psychological way. With The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, I used animal sounds – as you say, the coyote sound – so the sound of the animal became the main theme of the movie.
I was born in 1928, so in 1943, 1944, we had the war in Rome. There were a lot of hardships, a lack of food, many shortages. So when I worked with the Americans, the English, and the Canadians soon after the war, when I played with them, they paid me with food. That will give you an idea how widespread poverty was at that time.