legendary composer Ennio Morricone honored with new piece |

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Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone (November 10, 1928 – July 6, 2020) received a commemorative 5 euro coin.

The limited edition piece is part of the series “Great Italian artists”

The limited edition coin, issued by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, is part of the “Great Italian Artists” series created by National Mint designer Maria Angela Cassol.

The coin features a portrait of Ennio Morricone and the reverse features an image of the composer’s hands holding a conductor’s baton.

Although the coins are legal tender, they are intended for the collector’s market with only 8,000 coins made in the silver edition and 10,000 coins in the bimetallic version.

Ennio Morricone composed over 500 scores for film and television and rose to fame for composing spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone, including The good the bad and the ugly and a handful of dollars.

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone

In 2016, Ennio Morricone won an Oscar for his music for the Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight. He was also nominated for his original scores for Terrence Malick Days of paradise (1978), Roland Joffe The mission (1986), Brian De Palma The Untouchables (1987), Barry Levinson Bugsy (1991) and Giuseppe Tornatore Malena (2000).

In 2007, Ennio Morricone received an Honorary Oscar (presented by Clint Eastwood) for his “magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”. He is one of only two film composers in history to have received the Lifetime Achievement Oscar.

Ennio Morricone was born in Rome on November 10, 1928 and wrote his first composition at the age of six. He studied classical music and, after graduation, began to write scores for theater and radio. He was hired as an arranger by the RCA label in Italy and also started writing for pop artists. In the mid-1960s, he discovered the contemporary Italian music scene and created avant-garde music that pushes the limits with the Gruppo di Improvvisazione di Nuova Consonanza, a collective of experimental composers and improvisers. But it is his film scores that have earned him the most fame.

Ennio Morricone is dead on July 6, 2020, at the age of 91, following a fall at his home in Rome.

Listen to the best of Ennio Morricone on Apple Music and Spotify.

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