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Published on November 28th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie

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Ennio Morricone Quotes: The Maestro’s Thoughts

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Ennio Morricone Quotes

Here is a selection of the best Ennio Morricone quotes.

‘There was a theft! But, of course, if it was up to me, every two years I would win an Oscar.’


‘You can see my decision as either a distinctive factor or as a limitation. I don’t feel it is a limitation.’

‘I was offered a free villa in Hollywood, but I said no thank you, I prefer to live in Italy.’

‘I also used these realistic sounds in a psychological way. With The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, I used animal sounds – as you say, the coyote sound – so the sound of the animal became the main theme of the movie.’

‘Bernard Herrmann used to write all his scores by himself. So did Bach, Beethoven and Stravinsky. I don’t understand why this happens in the movie industry.’

‘I come from a background of experimental music which mingled real sounds together with musical sounds.’

Ennio Morricone Quotes

‘Not only the film industry, but the music industry at large, are deeply indebted to this phenomenal composer whose expressivity embraces so many genres with such integrity and creativity. The evocative nature of his work dramatically enhances the visual image and resonates in our deepest emotions.’ – Renee Fleming.

‘To me his music is just absolutely inspirational, corny as that may sound. He has taken so many risks, and his music is not polished whatsoever. It’s very rude and blatant. All of a sudden a Mexican horn will come blasting through and just take over the melody. It’s just so raw, really raw, and it feels real, unpolished. You hear mistakes in it, and that’s just great — if they are mistakes. Who knows? There’s so much character in it, and I appreciate that in such a polished world of soundtracks.’ – James Hetfield.

‘He is someone with two identities. One is the composer of contemporary music, and the other is this composer of big epics, this popular music for movies. All his life he has been trying to nourish one identity with the other one, and it is as if the two voices were enriching each other. He has a great capacity of harmonizing in himself.’ – Bernado Bertolucci.

‘He doesn’t have a piano in his studio. I always thought that with composers, you sit at the piano, and you try to find the melody. There’s no such thing with him. He hears a melody, and he writes it down. He hears the orchestration completely done.’ – Barry Levinson.

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Check out Yellow Magpie’s Ennio Morricone: The Greatest Composer The World Has Ever Known for a closer look at the man and what he has achieved.

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