Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Keep special tryst with film music composer Ennio Morricone at Taipei Arena on May 31

By Nancy T. Lu

A big concert this coming Sunday will be a chance to meet the Mozart of film music. Film music composer Ennio Morricone will present his works on May 31 at the Taipei Arena. The famous Italian musician at 81 will personally conduct the Gyoer Philharmonic Orchestra from Hungary along with a 120-member chorus.

Morricone’s father was a trumpeter who played in the opera house. Thus, he grew up in a music environment. At the age of 13, he was already an opera musician. This paved the way for his interest in a music career.

Over the years, he was exposed to a wide and enriching range of composition genres. He went from absolute music to applied music, wearing hats of orchestrator and conductor in the recording field. He composed for theater, radio and cinema.

Born in 1928, Morricone got his trumpet diploma in 1946 and his composition diploma in 1954. His film music composition career began when he was only 27. Since then, he has not stopped writing music.

Morricone first drew worldwide notice collaborating with Sergio Leone in the Italian director’s “spaghetti western” series. He used special musical instruments in his creative movie soundtracks to fan the imagination of the moviegoers. Morricone, in fact, introduced whistling with remarkable impact. He turned to the violin and the cello. Meanwhile the panflute stood out in “Once Upon a Time in America.”

Morricone worked closely with Sergio Leone in westerns like :”A Fistful of Dollars” (1964), “For a Few Dollars More” (1965), “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” (1966), “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968) and “A Fistful of Dynamite” (1971).

From 1980 to 1990, Morricone composed memorable music for “The Mission,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” and “The Legend of 1900,” among others.

He was said to base his music composition on the script. He also discussed the music lengthily with the director each time.

The international directors who have worked with Morricone have included Sergio Leone, Gillo Pontecorvo, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Giuliano Montaldo, Lina Wertmuller, Giuseppe Tornatore, Brian de Palma, Roman Polanski, Warren Beatty, Adrian Lyne, Oliver Stone, Margarethe Von Trotta, Henry Verneuil, Pedro Almodovar and Roland Joffe.

Tickets to the concert to start at 7:45 p.m. on May 31 cost from NT$800 to NT$600. Call tel. (02)2577-2568 or (02)2341-9898. Photo reproduced here is courtesy of New Aspect.

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