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Celebrating The Life And Works Of Composer Ennio Morricone

Composer Ennio Morricone was a titan in the world of classical and film music. "City Lights" takes a look at his legacy.
Composer Ennio Morricone was a titan in the world of classical and film music. "City Lights" takes a look at his legacy.
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Film composer Ennio Morricone died Monday in Rome at the age of 91.

Morricone, a titan in the world of classical and film music, had a 66-year career in music composition, scoring over 500 films and television shows and creating over 100 classical compositions.

He is perhaps best known for his music for “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” — a score that ranks up there with some of the most easily recognized in all of film history.

Morricone himself was a musician, having attended the National Academy of Santa Cecilia as a trumpeter when he was just 12 years old. He began his career playing in jazz bands and arranged music for pop bands.

It was in the 1960s that he achieved international fame for scoring Westerns, through the eyes of an Italian viewing the American West.

WABE film music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes to talk about the many works of Morricone and his lasting legacy in film and music.

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