If I were a dreamer and one for fantasies, I’d like to imagine Sergio Leone is up there, somewhere, making more of his great movies and his Heaven is even more perfect, now, because now Sergio’s buddy Ennio Morricone is up there to make those great movies even greater.
The passing of Ennio Morricone today is… well, how does one put into words the sense of loss when someone as great as this musical genius, is lost to us, especially after so many years- that’s oddly why the news earlier felt so unreal, it really felt like he would be around forever.
So Ennio Morricone then: all those great Western scores (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, Guns For San Sebastian, so many its impossible to list them), and Once Upon A Time in America, The Mission, so many others. Of course I’ve been listening to his chilling classic The Thing recently thanks to its remaster/re-release. Occasionally I’d have spells buying Morricone scores for films I could never see, Veruschka, Maddalena, The Red Tent… wonderful music, sometimes strange, always crazily inventive. That’s the thing about Morricone- he had a fantastic gift for melody, almost unparalleled, but didn’t rest at that; he was so incredibly inventive and creative and trying all sorts of crazy things with his music. Well, its hopelessly prosaic to say it, but we will always have that music, and the films he wrote that music for. But yeah, another one gone.