Westerns, the good ol’ genre that deals with how long can you survive the American West solely on how good you are at quick shooting duels and how much of badass you consider yourself to be. That, and how many trains you’ve robbed while simultaneously cursing ‘them dang savage Indian’
Not so surprising, even films that are full of mustache-ic badassery need a score, something that combines the delicacy of Classical music and the roughness of your usual racist Utah town. Here comes Ennio Morricone, the name most people didn’t know existed till the last Oscar Awards ceremony, where he won an Academy Award for Best Original Score. and if that isn’t enough, he competed against 5 times Academy Award winner John Williams.
Morricone discography includes scores for more than 500 films and about 100 classical compositions. One of these scores had such a vast impact that almost everyone thinks of a random western film whenever they hear it, I’m talking about the infamous The Good, The and The Ugly’s main theme.
I can’t honestly think of anyone, film enthusiast or not, who hears this soundtrack and think of rainbows and butterflies instead of mustaches, gunpowder and a bottle of moonshine stamped with an XXX mark on one side and a skull on the other.
There is another soundtrack up the The Good, The and The Ugly’s sleeve, this one is a personal favorite, since Morricone somehow, miraculously found a way to incorporate an operatic mezzo-soprano into a heavy western-ish influenced compositions of strings.
In his most recent projects, Morricone composed for two Quentin Tarantino films, which, as I mentioned above, he won an Oscar for one of them: Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.
As much as I’d like for Morricone to put all his efforts in one genre, the guy ended up being a multi talented composer. On top of composing music for westerns, he apparently also have an extensive catalogue in Drama, Action and believe it or not, semi-snuff horror films.
Of these films, there is Quartiere‘s main theme Romanza, an Italian 1979 drama, Ninna Nanna Per Adulteri from 1969 Cuore di Mamma, The Untouchable‘s End Title and the most commonly know The Thing’s Main Theme.