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There is only one way to visit the Iguazu Falls of Brazil, the Brook­lyn Bridge, and the Death Val­ley in just one night. Solveig Steinhardt is go­ing to En­nio Mor­ri­cone’s con­cert to im­merse her­self in her fa­vorite movies.

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Be swept away by En­nio Mor­ri­cone and his melodies from your fa­vorite movies.

He is the king of movie sound­tracks, the man who man­aged to de­fine the whole Spaghetti Western genre of the 1960s with a theme of just a few notes played on a gui­tar. In his un­par­al­leled ca­reer, Ital­ian com­poser En­nio Mor­ri­cone has writ­ten more than 400 film scores rang­ing from pop and jazz to clas­si­cal, fre­quently col­lab­o­rat­ing with direc­tors like Giuseppe Tor­na­tore and Ser­gio Leone, and some of his tunes im­me­di­ately evoke en­tire at­mos­pheres. For most of us, that pan flute melody that in­sists on the same three notes over and over on an or­gan base is syn­ony­mous with misty Brook­lyn land­scapes and the child gangs of Once Upon a Time in Amer­ica. The sweet, for­giv­ing or­ches­tral har­monies ac­com­pa­ny­ing an almost hu­man clar­inet in­stantly bring us back to the strug­gles of the small Guaraní com­mu­nity de­picted in The Mis­sion. The se­cret to Mor­ri­cone’s pop­u­lar­ity, some have said, lies in the sub­tle in­ge­nu­ity of his writ­ing: while never re­ally abandoning the stan­dards of clas­si­cal Western mu­sic, his sound­tracks are filled with un­ex­pected but al­ways gen­tle har­monic turns, a wise use of si­lence, and an ex­per­i­men­tal ap­pli­ca­tion of the en­tire in­stru­men­tal pal­ette, in­clud­ing clas­si­cal and mod­ern sounds, from retro elec­tric key­boards to mouth harps. The 86-year- old com­poser who re­ceived an honorary Academy Award in 2008 is still in good shape to­day, and is now tour­ing the world to con­duct his most popular scores. Be­ing sur­rounded by his mu­sic is an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence, so get your tick­ets to his con­cert at O2 World (p. 55) on 10 Fe­bru­ary and pic­ture your­self in the Far West, drink­ing whisky in a sa­loon with a young Clint East­wood.

“Some of his tunes im­me­di­ately evoke en­tire at­mos­pheres.”

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