"Ennio Morricone" (born November 10, 1928, Rome) is an Italian composer especially noted for his film scores. He has composed the scores of more than 500 films and TV series. Although only 30 of these are for Western films, it is for this work which he is best known. Morricone's sparse style of composition for the genre is particularly exemplified by the soundtracks of the classic spaghetti westerns ''The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'' (Sergio Leone, 1966) and ''Once Upon a Time in the West'' (Sergio Leone, 1968). In more recent years, his haunting scores for ''The Mission'' (Roland Joffé, 1986), ''The Untouchables'' (Brian DePalma, 1987), ''Cinema Paradiso'' (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988), and ''Lolita'' (Adrian Lyne, 1997) have demonstrated his giftedness and the power of his work. He is also credited as "Dan Savio".
Morricone was born in Rome and was educated at the Conservatory of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in the trumpet and composition under Goffredo Petrassi, and choral music and choral direction. In the beginning, he regarded himself to be destined to compose modern classical music, but this changed when he was invited to write arrangements for popular Ital...