The Italian Almanac

Ennio Morricone

Italian Music - August 16

Italian composer Ennio Morricone, best known for film scores that have graced silver screen productions for more than four decades, will make his Seoul debut next month. For the concert scheduled to be staged at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul, Morricone will lead the 100-member Rome Symphony in numbers that were featured in films like ``Cinema Paradiso'' and ``Once Upon a Time in America.''

The 76-year-old native of Rome, who trained in trumpet at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia, started to write film scores in 1962 and now has to his credit a catalogue of more than 500 films and TV series. The use of whistling, bells and harmonicas to create sparsely arranged memorable tunes in his 1966 collaboration with director Sergio Leone in ``The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'' not only made his name synonymous with spaghetti westerns but also remains one of his most famous scores.

However, through the years he has also contributed compositions to a wide range of movie genres including comedies, dramas, romances, thrillers and horror. The moving dramatic tunes featured in ``Once Upon a Time in America,'' ‘’The Untouchables,'' ``The Mission,'' ``Bugsy'' and ``Cinema Paradiso'' are just a few in the long list of his works acclaimed by fans and critics alike.