The forthcoming show in LA presents the Italian conductor, composer and orchestrator, Ennio Morricone. Also a popular former trumpet player, Ennio has composed music for over five hundred television series and motion pictures. Born in 1928 in Rome, Italy, Ennio Morricone’s father, Mario Morricone was a respected trumpet player of his era. Encouraging his son to carry on the legacy, Ennio composed his first piece at the tender age of six. Enrolling into one of the oldest music institutions in the world, Ennio attended the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Taking on a four year program at the age of twelve, Ennio completed the entire course over a period of two years. At the institution he studied choral direction, choral music, composition and the trumpet under Goffredo Petrassi.
Ennio Morricone names Gofferdo Petrassi as a major influence in his early works. A time period that had a strong influence on his compositions include the World War II years, when his city suffered from hunger and frequent bombing. Receiving his diploma in the art of trumpet playing in 1946, Ennio started composing pieces such as “II Mattino”, “Intimita”, “Distacco I”, “Imitazione”, “Oboe Sommerso” and “Verra la Morte.” During the 50s, Ennio enrolled into the National Academy of Santa Cecilia once again and received Diplomas in Composition and Instrumentation for Band Arrangement. His professional career began in 1953 when Ennio was approached by Lelio Luttazi and Gorni Kramer to compose American style medleys that would be played on several radio shows. The pieces that he composed showcased his unique ability and flexibility in terms of composing. Some of his most popular compositions during these years include “Musica per archi e pianoforte (1954), viola e violoncello, Invenzione and Sestetto per flauto (1955), violoncello e piano, Dodici Variazione per oboe, corno e violoncello and Trio per clarinetto (1956) and Quattro pezzi per chitarra (1957). Ennio Morricone also wrote Concerto per orchestra in 1957 that was dedicated to Gofreddo Petrassi.
In the late 50s, Ennio became a member of a jazz band to support his family. Approached by the RAI in 1958, Ennio started composing pop arrangements for artists that include Alberto Lionello, Gianni Morandi, Edoardo Vianello, Jimmy Fontana, Rita Pavone, Gino Paoli, Francoise Hardy, Paul Anka and Demi Roussos. Some of his most popular compositions include “It Couldn’t Happen Here” that was performed by Pet Shop Boys, “My Heart and I” sung by Sting and “Conradian” performed by Andrea Bocelli. Soon afterwards, Ennio Morricone was hired by several directors to compose scores for motion pictures. His music has been used by 60 award winning feature films that include top-grossing box office hits such as “The Thing”, “the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “Exorcist II: the Heretic”, “The Untouchables”, “Frantic”, “Bugsy”, “In the Line of Fire”, “Wolf” and “Mission to Mars.” He has also composed music for 5 of Quentin Tarantino’s films namely “Kill Bill Volume 1”, “Death Proof”, “Django Unchained”, “Inglorious Basterds” and “Kill Bill Volume 2.”
To date Ennio Morricone has been honored with prestigious awards such as an Academy Award , two Golden Globes for his score for films namely “the Mission” and “Legend of 1900” and four Grammy Awards in categories namely “Best Original Score”, “Best Instrumental Performance”, “Grammy Trustees Awards” and “Grammy Hall of Fame.” Watch this multi-award winning composer and conductor as he prepares to conduct a 200-piece orchestra. Get Ennio Morricone tickets.