In Memoriam – Maestro Ennio Morricone


In the night between 5th and 6th July 2020, Oscar-winning Maestro Ennio Morricone sadly passed away at the age of 91 years old. 

The great musician and composer was author of some of the most beautiful soundtracks of Italian and World cinema like A Fistful of dollars, The good, the bad and the ugly, Mission or Once upon a time in America. 

ECSA wishes to express its deepest sorrow and convey its sincere thoughts and condolences to the Maestro’s family and friends.

His long artistic career includes a wide range of composition genres, from absolute concert music to applied music, working as orchestrator, conductor and composer for theatre, radio and cinema.

Earlier this year, ECSA had celebrated Maestro Ennio Morricone’s outstanding career with the Camille Award for his Lifetime Achievement. As he was accepting the award, the Maestro thanked ECSA’s community of creators and reminded everyone how “composing film music is difficult because it can be right in so many different ways”. 

The Maestro’s remarkable output and influence across a wide range of musical genres together with his unstinting efforts in defending and promoting authors’ rights will remain a shining light for countless generations of composers across Europe and the world.

We will always remember him with gratitude, thankful for his integrity and solidarity towards the work of thousands of European composers. We commemorate his incredible talent, gentle heart and unwavering support for the cause of music creators.

Although the Maestro left us and will be greatly missed, his legacy will continue living on through his music. 

Our thoughts go to his wife Maria Travia and their children Marco, Alessandra, Andrea, and Giovanni.

Addio Maestro. Grazie per aver incantato il mondo intero.

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