Ennio Morricone poses after winning the Best Original Score during the 88th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, the United States, on Feb. 28, 2016. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)
BEIJING, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Ennio Morricone, the Italian music genius who wrote timeless scores for movies like "Once Upon a Time in the West," "The Legend of 1900" and "The Hateful Eight," has died, Italian media reported. He was 91.
Morricone established his reputation as a world-class composer for film scores when he began to work with Italian director Sergio Leone in Spaghetti westerns like "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "Once Upon a Time in America."
The score to "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is widely hailed as one of the most influential soundtracks in the 20th century.
Throughout his long and prolific career that spans almost 70 years, Morricone composed nearly 500 scores for cinema and television. He was awarded the Honorary Academy Award in 2007 after he had been nominated for the Best Original Score for five times but lost on all occasions.
In 2016, the Italian won his competitive Academy award for his score to "The Hateful Eight."
This is a screenshot of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's tweet, posted on July 6, 2020, remembering famous composer Ennio Morricone. (Xinhua)
Morricone died early Monday morning in Rome, Italian news agency ANSA quoted his lawyer Giorgio Asumma as saying.
To pay his tribute, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted: "We will always remember, with infinite gratitude, the artistic genius of the Maestro #EnnioMorricone. It made us dream, feel excited and reflect, writing memorable notes that will remain inedible in the history of music and cinema."
Morricone is survived by wife Maria Travia and their four children.■