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ISBN-10: 0190681012
ISBN-13: 9780190681012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 03/01/2019
Dimensions: 9.40" L, 6.50" W, 1.30" H

Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words

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Price: $38.95

Overview

Master composer Ennio Morricone’s scores go hand-in-hand with the idea of the Western film. Often considered the world’s greatest living film composer, and most widely known for his innovative scores to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and the other Sergio Leone’s movies, The Mission, Cinema Paradiso and more recently, The Hateful Eight, Morricone has spent the past 60 years reinventing the sound of cinema. In Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words, composers Ennio Morricone and Alessandro De Rosa present a years-long discussion of life, music, and the marvelous and unpredictable ways that the two come into contact with and influence each other. The result is what Morricone himself defines: “beyond a shadow of a doubt the best book ever written about me, the most authentic, the most detailed and well curated. The truest.”

Opening for the first time the door of his creative laboratory, Morricone offers an exhaustive and rich account of his life, from his early years of study to genre-defining collaborations with the most important Italian and international directors, including Leone, Bertolucci, Pasolini, Argento, Tornatore, Malick, Carpenter, Stone, Nichols, De Palma, Beatty, Levinson, Almodóvar, Polanski, and Tarantino. In the process, Morricone unveils the curious relationship that links music and images in cinema, as well as the creative urgency at the foundation of his experimentations with “absolute music”. Throughout these conversations with De Rosa, Morricone dispenses invaluable insights not only on composing but also on the broader process of adaptation and what it means to be human. As he reminds us, “Coming into contact with memories doesn’t only entail the melancholy of something that slips away with time, but also looking forward, understanding who I am now. And who knows what else may
still happen.”

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"The book is set up in an interview style, so the conversation is easy to follow. Each section focuses on the directors Morricone worked with for a particular period of his life, the major films of the period, and his compositional style during that time period. In discussing his evolving style Morricone also references his work outside the cinema world. Summing up: Recommended." – CHOICE


"Enlightening and frequently charming." – Library Journal


"Among the pages of this skilfully translated and annotated book the readers find a wealth of first-hand insights into the work and life of the world's most prolific and recognisable soundtrack composer ... Morricone calls this 'the most authentic, detailed and trust book' about himself. We wholeheartedly agree, and highly recommend this read to any cinema enthusiast, musician, and filmmaker." – Cinema Heritage Group


"This book is a "must" for anyone who admires the music of Morricone." – Chris Green, Suffolk & Norfolk Life


"De Rosa's intelligent questions pave the way for an in-depth analysis of a decade-long oeuvre that does not stop at the most famous film music, but ultimately immerses in the metaphysics of the "musica assoluta" and thus makes Morricone's "creative process" comprehensible..." – Anatol Holzbauer, 6 Strings 24 Frames (translation)


"Throughout his long and distinguished career, Ennio Morricone has consistently proven to be one of the most imaginative and idiosyncratic composers in the history of cinema. This book reveals the powerful personality behind his brilliant work and will be rewarding reading for anyone interested in the magic of music in film." – John Williams


"Maestro Morricone has moved my soul to places I could not go alone. An inspiration like no other." – James 'Papa Het' Hetfield, Singer/Songwriter of Metallica


"I feel so fortunate to be alive at a time where I can say that I have witnessed the work of a genius as he weaves his magic in unlimited ways, in infinite settings, with that rare quality of being distinctive and innovative while always being instantly identifiable, and doing all of this in the service of the film at hand, honoring and enhancing it in ways that are indescribably detailed, vivid and perfect. Maestro Morricone is one of my major heroes." – Pat Metheny


"I have the absolute highest amount of respect for my brother Ennio and I will always be one of his greatest admirers. When I was studying in France, my teacher Nadia Boulanger used to tell me that 'your music can never be more or less than you are as a human being, ' and I truly believe that is why Ennio's music is so special: he is simply a great human being! Ennio is the definition of 'original' and his compositions are like a window into his mind: incredibly beautiful and genius!" – Quincy Jones


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Details

ISBN-10: 0190681012
ISBN-13: 9780190681012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 03/01/2019
Dimensions: 9.40" L, 6.50" W, 1.30" H
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