Film score composer Hans Zimmer shows his respect and love for legendary film and TV music composer, Ennio Morricone, after hearing his devastating death.
The Italian legend Ennio Morricone died following complications he suffered last week at the age of 91. His death was confirmed by his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, and he reported that he had been admitted to the hospital last week after falling and fracturing his femur.
Speaking about the legendary composer on ‘BBC Breakfast,’ Zimmer said that he is devastated by his death because he thought that the icons never died. He stated:
“I am devastated by this news because Ennio was an icon and icons just don’t go away, icons are there forever, and it really has taken me by surprise. I saw him about a year ago, he seemed strong, he was conducting at the O2.”
He continued and explained what he actually means:
“I mean, come on, you’ve got film music at the o2, that’s a major achievement. And it wasn’t just the music he wrote for Spaghetti Westerns; think about The Mission, think about Once Upon A Time In America, what beautiful music that truly was.”
He also pointed out his great effect on the 1972 Sergio Leone’s movie ‘Once Upon A Time In The West.’ He added:
“I was a huge fan, of course, he was a major influence on me. The first movie I ever saw was ‘Once Upon A Time In The West.’ I heard that music and I saw those images, and I went ‘that’s what I want to do.’
Sometimes he worked on no such great movies but his music was always outstanding and done with great emotional fortitude and great intellectual thought.”
Six times nominated for the Oscar for ‘Best Original Score,’ Morricone won the award for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight which was released in 2016. He also won an Honorary Academy Award in 2007.
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“Ennio was an icon and icons just don’t go away"
On #BBCBreakfast composer @HansZimmer reflects on the death of the film and TV music composer Ennio Morricone.https://t.co/poOdCpb3a2 pic.twitter.com/Azliaelk0N
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) July 6, 2020