LEGENDARY COMPOSER WROTE SCORES FOR DE PALMA'S UNTOUCHABLES, CASUALTIES OF WAR, MISSION TO MARS
Ennio Morricone died early this morning in Rome after falling and suffering a hip fracture. He was 91.
Morricone was extremely prolific and simply one of the best composers of film music that ever lived. His scores are innovative and often unforgettable. His propulsive "Strength of the Righteous" theme for Brian De Palma's The Untouchables is as striking now as it was in 1987. Just hearing Morricone's music for Casualties Of War brings De Palma to tears. The music Morricone provided for De Palma's Mission To Mars is truly inspired-- full of mystery and emotion, tangling hope and fear within a simple yet daringly otherwordly symphony of suspense. There's nothing else like it.