Ennio Morricone (born November 10, 1928) is this week’s #RespectYourElders feature.

Ennio Morricone is an Italian composer, orchestrator, and conductor who has composed over 500 different works for movies and television. He is most well known for writing the soundtracks of movies such as Cinema Paradiso; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; The Mission and The Hateful Eight.

Born in Rome, Morricone started playing instruments from an early age. He formally entered a conservatory at the age of 12, and finished the four-year harmony program in only six months. After completing his formal music training, Morricone began to arrange and write music for radio stations before eventually making his way to writing scores for movies and television. 

Ennio Morricone’s music has influenced a great variety of artists, and his compositions are some of the most recognizable in the world. Last month, Ennio Morricone received his first Oscar for the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. At age 87, he became potentially the oldest person to win a competitive Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences only records the ages of acting and directing winners, and Morricone is older than any winner in those categories. 

Ennio _Morricone _Cannes _2007 (1) 

Photo by Olivier Strecker

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