Farewell, Maestro

Dear Editor:

On July 6, 2020, the world bid a fond farewell to Ennio Morricone, the “Maestro of all Maestros.” Ennio Morricone composed over 400 scores for cinema and television. He is best known for the 1966 soundtrack to “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” a soundtrack that continues to influence composers to this day.

His repertoire includes composing soundtracks for noted directors such as John Carpenter, Sergio Leone, Brain de Palma, Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino, and Giuseppe Tornatore. Ennio Morricone excelled in a wide range of music. To that extent, he composed popular music for Paul Anka and Andrea Bocelli.

Throughout Ennio Morricone’s illustrious career, he has influenced a wide range of performers in very diverse musical genres, to include musical acts such as Metallica, Radiohead, Dire Straits, Danger Mouse, and Hans Zimmer.

Ennio Morricone believed that music is an experience, not a science. His vitae curriculum clearly indicates that he lived by that belief. Morricone firmly held to the supposition that creative stagnation; or, resting on one’s laurels, is detrimental to musical composition. In his own words, “I always think that when something is currently very trendy, it is already very old.”

Ennio Morricone gave the world beautiful music for half a century. Now, he has an opportunity to compose for the angels. Addio, Maestro. Andate con Dio!

Albert J. Cupo
President, Dante Alighieri Society, Jersey City