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.
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.”