The man seen above is film composer Ennio Morricone, one of my all-time favorites. You've undoubtedly heard his work before, if only from the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
. His work with Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, and other directors named Sergio, helped define what we think of as the sound of the western film. In Once Upon a Time in the West
, he and Leone brought sound and music to a level of narrative importance seldom seen in other films.
But Morricone is so much more than his western themes. From the lush exotic pop of the theme to Ad Ogni Costo
, to the nervous horror themes of Italian giallos like The Bird With the Crystal Plumage
, to the sweeping and beautiful orchestration of the scores for The Mission
and Cinema Paradiso
, Morricone was and is constantly stretching his talents in new directions.Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a piece of music that's inspired by Morricone
. This can be an homage to a specific piece of music, an exploration of the sorts of sounds he composed, or a piece in your own style intended as a tribute. I'm going to be fairly lenient with what qualifies this round.
If you're drawing on specific pieces, feel free to link to them, or feel free to make us guess!
Competition will end on May 3, and I'll choose a winner. Good luck and happy composing, everyone!