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Composer Rollo Raphael unearths music from the world of film and video.


This week the world lost the 20th Century’s most iconic film composer, Ennio Morricone. One of the few household name composers, Morricone managed to create some of the most original and iconic scores ever put to film. By 1971, he’d received a Targa d’Oro for worldwide sales of 22 million, and by 2016 Morricone had sold over 70 million records worldwide! 

The Italian born composer was so prolific you could fill pages upon pages with names of his works. From Horror films like The Thing to documentaries and Westerns for which his work on The Dollars trilogy is his most famous. Later in his career his music was frequently used by Tarantino, and went on to compose the original score for The Hateful Eight. 

There is a whole world of Morricone to discover. A composer who lent his music perfectly to picture, he never relied on composition that told the viewer how to feel, but always made the images come to life with a memorable and classic style.   

Here’s a few top picks from his infinitely diverse and colourful career…

A Fistful of Dollars

Cinema Paradiso 

The Thing

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