He was “one of the rare rock stars in film music”: the specialists’ tribute to Ennio Morricone
The Italian composer Ennio Morricone, world-renowned for his film music, died in Rome on Sunday night at the age of 91.
The composer Ennio Morricone, who died in the night of Sunday to Monday at the age of 91, was “one of the rare rock stars in film music,” recalls Stéphane Lerouge, film soundtrack restorer and head of the “Ecoutez le cinéma!” record collection, on Franceinfo.”The Italian maestro, an “experimental composer”, managed to “reach a mass audience thanks to the cinema” and in particular thanks to Sergio Leone’s films, but not only: “No composer has explored so many film genres,” Lerouge points out.
“You see his filmography, you get dizzy. Stéphane Lerougeà franceinfo.
He’s a man who often scared people a bit,” says Vincent Perrot, a journalist specialising in film music, who had “the privilege of meeting him on several occasions.
Ennio Morricone could sometimes be very hard on international journalists: “He got up and left several times if he didn’t like the questions or the interview or if he realised that the person he was facing didn’t know him well enough. Not everyone was able to meet him.
We couldn’t interview Ennio Morricone that easily. He was a superstar and he didn’t give many interviews. Vincent Perrotà franceinfo
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Composer of at least 500 scores, Ennio Morricone was “a musician who worked all the time” and “who had a passion for scripts, for films and for directors, for the pleasure of the spectator,” explained Bertrand Dicale, a journalist specialising in music from franceinfo.
His passion for cinema was reflected in his music, which always became “a film character in its own right,” says Thierry Jousse, a film critic and producer at France Musique, “Sometimes people say that film music is made so that it won’t be heard. At Morricone, it’s not. It’s very present. I’d say it’s a film character in its own right, and in particular, of course, at Sergio Leone’s, with whom he formed a mythical and fusional duo,” says the journalist.
He’s really a complete man who also had an absolutely incredible knowledge of music.he knew everythingThierry Jousseà franceinfo