What are your favorite soundtracks or pieces by Ennio Morricone

TomislavEP

Active Member
Certainly not an easy question considering his opus, though personally I can list my absolute favorites.

  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Le Professionnel
  • Piume di Cristallo
  • A Fistful of Dollars
  • Spasmo
 

kleotessard

Old New Member
I love everything but Once Upon a Time in the West is my favorite.
It's the first movie I've seen in a real movie theater. I was to young for the violence of this movie but my brain protected me from remembering. The music was the only thing I remembered.
Two others on my top list :
  • Once Upon a Time in America (I love "Amapola")
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
 

Ned Bouhalassa

Senior Member
I too was initiated into film music by being taken to the cinema as a child to see Once Upon a Time in the West.

Having read of so many others like me, including Hans Z, who had the same experience, I’ve decided that this was our ‘Beatles on Ed Sullivan’ moment, our first spidey-tingle of what a daring score, a great melody can do for a film.
 

MariGea

Simple girl with [almost] no issues
All the mentioned above, and... this piece:



I cannot be 100% sure, but I think the main instrument is Glass Armonica.
 
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TomislavEP

TomislavEP

Active Member
Though I love all his most famous pieces, I equally enjoy discovering the lesser-known gems. I have several CD compilations in my collection featuring those, and I also like to watch films in Polizzioteschi and Giallo genres, as well as European adventure and drama films featuring Morricone's music. For example, recently I rewatched "Grand Slam" - one of my favorite caper movies - featuring a sunny and whimsical theme, a bit in the style of "My Name Is Nobody" which is another piece dear to my heart.
 

Markus Kohlprath

Active Member
One of my favorite movies of all time is 1900. I don't remember the score in detail but I remember that everything together the story, the camera, acting along with the score was incredible moving. It's a 5hour opus which sometimes is hard to bare but well worth it and very relevant to current times.
 

Satorious

Active Member
I'm late to Ennio, so my taste is quite mainstream: The Mission, Chi Mai, The Good The Bad And The Ugly and Ecstacy of Gold, Untouchables: Strength of the Righteous, Cinema Paradiso, Exorcist 2. Also like some of the quirkier Giallo stuff he did (which I'm really getting into during lock-down). In terms of what is absolutely haunting me right now - it's this beautiful piece from Orca.
 

jeremyr

New Member
My favourite Morricone score is Red Sonja. The main theme is kind of a masterclass on how to repeat a theme over and keep it interesting each time using orchestration, not unlike Ravel's Bolero. I especially like the theme at 6:02 which sounds like something out of a Final Fantasy game.

 

LudovicVDP

Member
Seen him live twice ... On both occasions, Ectasy of Gold was played during the concert + in the "encore". Clearly the high point of the events. For me, it always was 4 minutes withouth breathing. That voice. That epicness... Still gives me the chills today.


Apart from that, you've already named them.
Chi Mai
Once upon a time in the West
The Good, the Bad....
My name is Nobody
... Funny how chosing one favorite would lead to writing down a full filmography :-D

Definitely The Mission is one of those up there... if not THE one.

And my 4 y old daughter loves "Here's to you" and sings it a lot (I mean "tries to sing it" as English is not our language... so it can be funny :-D )

 

dcoscina

Senior Member
Quarter records just released a re mastered CD of The Thing which is a masterpiece of horror scoring. Morricone went the Bartok route rather than overt terror/stingers.
One of my all time favourite cues from any score