|born on||10 November 1928 at 22:25 (= 10:25 PM )|
|Place||Rome, Italy, 41n54, 12e29|
|Timezone||MET h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||18°15' 01°46 Asc. 08°16'|
Italian musician, a composer and arranger who has written scores for more than 400 movies and TV series. Although initially known to film audiences for his "spaghetti Western" soundtracks, Morricone has worked in almost every imaginable musical style and he is probably the most extensively heard film composer of the 20th century. He was presented with an honorary Oscar at the Academy Award celebration held on February 25, 2007.
At the age of 12, Morricone began his studies of music at Rome’s Conservatory of Santa Cecilia. There he studied trumpet, composition, conducting, and choral arrangement. To support himself, he played the trumpet in jazz bands although his instructors urged him to concentrate on composition. After his graduation, he went to work for Italy’s national radio network before starting to score films with his first release being “Il Federale” in 1961.
In the mid-1960s, he attracted international attention when he collaborated with director Sergio Leone on "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964), and it was his work with Leone that has arguably brought him the most acclaim throughout the years. Morricone has received five nominations for an Academy Award for his scores for "Days of Heaven," 1978, "The Mission," 1986, "The Untouchables," 1987, “Bugsy,” 1991, and “Malena,” 2001. None of these nominations specifically resulted in an Oscar but he was honored with a gold statuette for lifetime achievement in 2007. He has been presented with several other awards throughout his career including two Nastri d’Argento awards, one in 1970 and the other in 1971. Although he is most noted for his work in film scores, he has written several orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have garnered praise and admiration.
A man who projects sincerity and seriousness of purpose, Morricone works hard at his craft even at age 78. Despite working so often for Hollywood productions, he has never wanted to live outside his native Italy. In fact, he refuses to speak English, preferring to communicate in his native Italian, with a translator at his side if necessary. Morricone and his wife Maria have been married since 1956. Their four children include Andrea Morricone, who has followed in his father’s professional footsteps.
- Work : Gain social status 1978 (Oscar nomination)
- Work : Gain social status 1987 (Oscar nomination)
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- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (Composer & arranger, noted movies)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Played in jazz band)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Trumpet, initially)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer (Film scores)