Legendary Italian composer and conductor Ennio Morricone has died aged 91.
Born in 1928, Morricone is one of the most prolific and beloved silver screen composers, having provided hundreds of scores for both cinema and television.
Throughout the latter half of the century, Morricone composed some of the most influential soundtracks in history, most notably The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966), Once Upon A Time In The West (1972), Exorcist II (1977), The Thing (1982) and In The Line Of Fire (1993) among dozens of other award-winning classics.
To this day, some of this biggest works are still used in a number of films and TV shows, from The Simpsons to Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.
Beyond cinema and TV, Morricone also composed the official theme for 1978 FIFA World Cup and over 100 classical works.
Morricone’s list of awards is endless, with the Italian composer having an extensive list of Oscar nominations – the first of which he only received four years ago, earning him title of the oldest person to ever win a competitive Oscar – to a slew of honorary titles including the Grammy Hall of Fame.
A cinematic force to be reckoned with, Morricone is being mourned by millions of fans worldwide, no less Malta, where Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns are still adored to this day.