Ennio Morricone


Ahead of his upcoming 2016 world tour ‘THE 60 YEARS OF MUSIC WORLD TOUR’, Ennio Morricone has been nominated for his sixth Academy Award in the category of ‘Best Original Score’ for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Music from the film will feature in the tour and his concert at 3Arena, Dublin on Sunday 14 February, 2016.

Morricone is one of only two film composers in history to have received the honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievement. The Academy Award nomination follows a string of awards for the score including the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Best Soundtrack New York Films Critics Award for the film and a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Music.

Ennio Morricone has composed over 500 scores for cinema and television as well as over 100 absolute music works. Highlights include his scores for Once Upon a Time in the West, One Upon a time in America, A Fistful of Dollars, The Untouchables and The Mission. Morricone’s score for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly holds the number two position in the Top 200 ranking of best film soundtracks ever composed.

The internationally renowned Italian film composer will appear at 3Arena Dublin on Sunday 14 February 2016 as part of a large-scale world tour, with a completely new programme to mark his 60-year Anniversary as a professional composer and conductor.
The 2016 tour follows a hugely successful European arena tour which ended in Zagreb last April, and which saw the Maestro perform to over 200,000 audience members in 22 European cities. Across the continent the tour received standing ovations and overwhelming critical acclaim in the media.

His first work for a western since Once Upon A Time In The West over 45 years ago, Morricone recently composed and recorded the score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Morricone and Tarantino recently recorded the music for ‘The Hateful Eight’ soundtrack straight onto vinyl record live in front an invited audience at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios. Both Morricone and Tarantino were keen to evoke a nostalgic sound and look for ‘The Hateful Eight’ by using both 70mm celluloid film and vinyl record. Over 100 cinemas in North-America and Europe have been equipped with 70mm projectors for audiences to enjoy the film in classic “cinemascope”.

Ennio Morricone has also reunited with director Giuseppe Tornatore on romantic drama The Correspondence, starring Jeremy Irons, which has just been released to cinemas this week. Its release is exactly 30 years after the 1986 release of “The Mission”, which also starred Irons. Morricone and Tornatore have previously collaborated on Cinema Paradiso, Malena, The Legend of 1900, Baaria and The Best Offer.
Discussing his new forthcoming tour, Morricone said:

“Performing my work live in all these different cities for people of so many different ages and cultural backgrounds is an incredibly gratifying experience. This year I celebrate my professional career of 60 Years during which I composed over 600 works”.
“On this coming tour I will perform a whole new program with new highlights, which I am already working on. Of course there will always be the classic pieces from the great Sergio Leone westerns and The Mission. But overall the experience will be different this time. I plan to include music from my collaboration with Quentin Tarantino as well as a few works from the Leone Westerns that I have not included on previous tours”

Recently the Maestro also conducted a very special mass dedicated to Pope Franciscus in Rome. The mass was a one-off composition, for which he was commissioned by the Jesuit Order to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of their reformation in 1814 by Pope Pius VII. It was performed at the Jesuit Church of Gesù in Rome at Piazza del Gesù.

Mr Morricone conducted an unforgettable sold out 3Arena concert last February, which received extended standing ovations and overwhelming critical acclaim.

Morricone said “ The last show in Dublin was such a moving experience, there was such a strong emotional connection made between every member of the orchestra, the choir and the audience. I just had to return to your lovely city and recreate that magic one more time. It was one of the most memorable experiences I ever had in my lifetime in music".

“Spectacular. A true master at work” The Irish Independent

“Next year I will perform a whole new program with new highlights, which I am already working on. Of course, there  will  always  be  the  classic  pieces  from  the great  Sergio  Leone  westerns  and  The Mission. But overall, the experience will be different this time. I plan to include a suite, for example, with pieces of music, which I composed for 7 different movies which all won Oscars!”

The announcement follows a hugely successful European arena tour which saw the Maestro perform  to  over  150,000  audience  members  in  22  European  cities.

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