The world has lost a legend today, a great, an amazing talent and a name that will never be forgotten with the passing of legendary composer, Ennio Morricone who passed away at the age of 91. Known for his compositions made for Spaghetti Western films directed by Serio Leone, the Italian composer created soundscapes for more than 500 films during his career and has been the inspiration for other composers and directors including Quentin Tarantino who has worked with the Maestro.

“Morricone’s ripe, pulsating sounds enriched Leone’s low-budget shoot-’em-ups A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) — those three starred Eastwood — Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and Duck, You Sucker (1971).” – Hollywood Reporter

As a kid growing up, I instantly took to the scores and soundtracks of film and could instantly tell that what was happening in my favorite Spaghetti Westerns were created by someone special. Morricone had a way with reading what was happening on screen and enhancing that experience 100 times over. His body of work speaks for itself with both his filmography and discography long enough to write a book.