Ennio Morricone: Oscar-winning composer dies at 91

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Written by Javier Romero, CNNAmy Woodyatt, CNNRome

Oscar-winning film composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91, his lawyer told CNN on Monday.

He died at dawn in a Rome hospital after a fall and a broken leg, said his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma.

Morricone is best known internationally as the composer behind the immediately recognizable melodies of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Once Upon a Time in the West”.

The Italian composer was famous for the lively scores of spaghetti westerns and won an Academy Award for his soundtrack for “The Hateful Eight” by Quentin Tarantino in 2016, after five previous nominations and an honorary award in 2007 which recognized the accomplishment of his life.

The Rome-born composer has scored more than 500 films and has been awarded and nominated for numerous BAFTA and Golden Globes awards, as well as the star winner on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Although probably better known for creating music for Westerners, the composer has also developed soundtracks for cinematic classics, notably “The Mission” and “Cinema Paradiso”.

Composer Ennio Morricone poses with the Oscar for Best Original Music for “The Hateful Eight”. Credit: ROBYN BECK / AFP / Getty Images

Morricone has requested a private funeral, said Assumma.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte paid tribute to the composer on Monday, writing on Twitter: “We will always remember, with infinite gratitude, the artistic genius of Maestro #EnnioMorricone. ”

“It made us dream, move, think, write memorable notes that will remain unforgettable in the history of music and cinema,” he added.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella offered his condolences to the family of the “distinguished” artist.

“Both a refined and popular musician, he left a deep mark on the history of music in the latter part of the 20th century,” he said. “Thanks to his soundtracks, he has greatly contributed to spreading and reinforcing the prestige of Italy in the world. “

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