Maestro Ennio Morricone Dead at 91 Leaves Behind Iconic Body of Work


The Oscar-winning composer scored more than 500 films over 70 years.

Ennio Morricone, the legendary Italian composer—whose credits include the Spaghetti Westerns that made Clint Eastwood a star–died in Rome at age 91 on Monday.

Morricone passed away in the hospital, after having fractured his femur in a recent fall, according to Ansa, the Italian news agency.

The composer also wrote music for The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in America and Cinema Paradiso.

Having received an honorary Oscar in 2007, he went on to win one in 2016 for The Hateful Eight, directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Morricone, who was known as “Maestro” in his home town of Rome, scored more than 500 films over 70 years.

Listen to some of his most memorable compositions below:

(Photo credit: Sven Sebastian Sajak)

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