Ennio Morricone

(b. 1928)

1964    A Fistful of Dollars

1965    For a Few Dollars More

1966    The Battle of Algiers

1966    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

1968    Once Upon a Time in the West

1971    Maddalena

1987    The Untouchables

1988    Cinema Paradiso

Known in the U.S. for his scores to Sergio Leone’s “spaghetti” westerns of the the 1960’s, Ennio Morricone has composed music for over 400 films, ranging from comedies, dramas, art films, horror films, and practically every other film genre. Beginning with A Fistfull of Dollars, Morricone singlehandedly defined music of the western genre in the 1960’s and beyond.

A Fistfull of Dollars (1964)

A hallmark of this score is Morricone’s use of unusual instruments within a sparse texture. This unique mix of instruments (electric guitar, jew’s harp, harmonica) provides a unique match to Leone’s cinematic style.


A Fistful of Dollars (1964) - Gunfight Scene

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Centered around three western outlaws on a quest for buried confederate gold, this film shows the Leone/ Morricone partnership at its peak. The soundtrack blends elements of Mexican and American folk music idioms, Tiomkin-style choruses- all wrapped in an Italian aesthetic

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - Tuco finds the tombstone

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - Finale

Interview with Clint Eastwood on working with Sergio Leone (2003)