ROME – One of Italy’s most renowned musical composers and orchestra directors is set to bring the curtain down on an illustrious career this year, at the age of 90, with a farewell tour spanning 10 European countries and a final performance in Rome’s historical Caracalla Baths.
Former jazz trumpeter Ennio Morricone (Rome, 1928) has composed more than 500 film and TV scores, including over 70 award-winners, and 100 classical works.
“I feel privileged to celebrate my 90th birthday in such good health,” he said in Nov. “I am blessed to still be able to conduct my orchestra across so many wonderful European cities and for the generosity my public continues showing towards me.”
His final – sold-out – performance in Rome created such an expectation that, two additional Caracalla venue dates: June 18-19, were added this week.
Morricone’s tour dates are as follows: Rome on June 15, 16, 18, 19, 21 and 22, Arena di Verona on May 18-19 and his European concert dates in Poland, Germany, Hungary, Denmark, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Ireland kick off this month.
Morricone’s grand finale ends his “60 years of Music Tour” that began in 2016 and spanned 50 concerts in 35 countries and was attended by over 650,000 spectators.
The winner of a Honorary Oscar (2007) and another Academy Award for Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” score (2015), plus three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes and six BAFTAs, among many others, was congratulated on his birthday by Italy’s culture minister his “Masterworks capable of captivating and enthralling all generations.”
Morricone gained international fame when he began composing musical scores for his friend Sergio Leone, the creator of the “Spaghetti western” genre including “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964), “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) or “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968), among others.
His other musical masterpieces include the scores of Tornatore’s “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” (1988); Bertolucci’s masterpiece “Novecento” (1976), or “The Mission” (1986).
He has worked with other world-class film directors such as Brian de Palma, Roman Polanski, Warren Beatty, Oliver Stone, Luis Buñuel, or Pedro Almodovar.
In 1995, the record industry paid him homage with a tribute record titled: “We all love Ennio Morricone,” where some of his musical standards were covered by stars such as Celine Dion, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Quincy Jones or Pink Floyd’s co-founder Roger Waters.