Nocturne: Ennio Morricone @ Blenheim Palace


Very few composers can be considered truly great. 
Thomas Newman, Carter Burwell, Hans Zimmer and Howard Shore to name but a few are all wonderfully talented musicians and composers, but even they would admit that the Italian Maestro, Ennio Morricone, is on a different planet entirely. It’s the sheer variety of music that he’s written. So many different styles. Nobody can accuse Ennio of playing it safe. 

On a damp evening in rural Oxfordshire, the Maestro conducted the Czech National Symphony Orchestra through a string of instantly recognisable, classic film scores and themes, and a few others which, I admit, I’ve never heard of. On the plus side, I’m now familiar with more of his work and enjoyed all of it, particularly the beautiful Vatel’s Theme, from the Italian film of the same name. 

At 87, Ennio looks frail. He’s now an old man. But don’t write him off. Only a few months ago, his Hateful Eight score won him an Oscar – his first (not including the honorary one in 2007) – in over 60 years as a film composer. An incredible achievement and proof there’s life in the old dog yet. It was an honour to witness him live. Something I’ll never forget, and with an air of sadness as it is likely to be his last ever live performance. 

Musical Programme:

A Homage to Giuseppe Tornatore
The Best Offer (from the film The Best Offer)
The Legend of 1900 (from the film The Legend of 1900)
Rabbia e tarantella (from the film Baarla)

Scattered Sheets
Chi Mai (from the film Maddalena)
H2S (from the film H2S)
Metti, una sera a cene (from the film Metti, una sera a cene)
Croce d’Amore (from the film Metti, una sera a cene)

The Modernity of the Myth in Sergio Leone’s Cinema
The Man with the Harmonica (from the film Once Upon a Time in the West)
The Fortress (from the film The Good, The Bad and the Ugly)
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly – Main theme
Jill’s Theme (from the film Once Upon a Time in the West)
Sean Sean (from the film A Fistful of Dynamite)
The Ecstasy of Gold (from the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly)

The Hateful Eight
Stage Coach to Red Rock

3 Adagi
Deborah’s Theme (from the film Once Upon a Time in America)
Addio Monti (from the film I promessi sposi)
Vatel’s Theme (from the film Vatel)

A Homage to Mauro Bolognini
Per le antiche scale
Irene-Dominique (from the film L’eredita Ferramonti)

The Red Tent
Do Dreams Go On
They’re Alive (SOS)
Others Who Will Follow Us)

The Mission
Gabriel’s Oboe
On Earth as it is in Heaven


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