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 Posted:   Apr 30, 2014 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   miguel   (Member)

Ok, here it goes, just in (more or less) chronological order:

El Greco
Metti una sera a cena
La Califfa
La classe operaia va in paradiso
The Red Tent
Maddalena
My Name is Nobody
Novecento
L'ereditá Ferramonti
Il deserto dei Tartari
Orca
Exorcist 2
Days of Heaven
La Dame aux Camelias
La Banquiere
La Tragedia di un Uomo Ridicolo
Marco Polo
The Thing
Once Upon a Time in America
The Mission
The Untouchables
Cinema Paradiso
I promessi sposi
Sostiene Pereira
Nostromo
Phantom of the Opera
Mission to Mars
Vatel

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2014 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

I'm really digging the trumpet parts in Mission to Mars. What scores are closer to this? The synths are surprisingly not distracting.

Not Surprising...Morricone was a trumpet player before concentrating on composing.

Tough to pick other scores like MISSION TO MARS. Just off the top of my head, I think some parts of MARCO POLO have some similarities, although parts are wildly different. More Orientalism, less SF suspense. There are some nice trumpet lines in MARCO.


Fellow board member 'Morricone' had some great suggestions:


Over the years many hardcore traditionalists (whatever that is) have told me scores like these have been attractive:

I PROMESSI SPOSI
CANON INVERSO
THE RED TENT
METELLO
LA CALIFFA
STANNO TUTTI BENE
THE MISSION
ADDIO FRATELLO CRUDELE
IL MAESTRO E MARGHERITA
ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
RED SONJA
NOVECENTO

It depends on where you draw the line on experimental. For me a piece like THE MERCENARY has a symphonic grandeur to it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFJMNo8r8Xo


I totally agree re: THE MERCENARY. It's another Western score that is largely symphonic. Not knowing what type of "experimental" music turns you off, it's a bit hard to narrow some of these down. But the most off-beat thing about THE MERCENARY is the somewhat strident chorus in a couple of cues. 'Course, for some of us that's part of the charm. wink

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2014 - 2:20 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Thanks for the clarification. Regretfully I do not know the MSV publication to which you refer and most of my research (read: information) stems from IMDb and ChiMai.

Anyhow, I gave the score a play this morning - it has been a while - and yes, the Malavita theme (tr.7) is particularly beautiful. But the score, as a whole, doesn't creep into my Top 28.

Query solved.

Mitch



Actually, I'm starting to resent being limited to 28 when I think of all the scores I was obliged to omit and which on another day could be in my top 10!

Fistful of Dollars
For a few dollars more
Once upon a time in America
La Luz Prodigioso
Il Gatto
Holocaust 2000
Rene la Canne
Wolf - and La Lupa
Il Magi Randagi
Vatel
Marco Polo
Cinema Paradiso
Guns for San Sebastian
Companeros


It almost literally doesn't end...


 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2014 - 2:31 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

28 tone?? I could list my fave 487 !!!

Seriously guys, 28 scores and no GBU on some lists???!!
Sacrilege!!


Idi...idi...idiots!!! Its for you!! Haha

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2014 - 3:55 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

I was only able to select 26 titles before my head was totally pickled

How far can you get Bill?

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2014 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I didnt wayoutwest- im crap at these things.
Get 28 down then think of another better 28 titles!

Think i wil get back to my snuff box!

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2014 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

And another 28!

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2014 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Among all these beautiful lists I might share, I would pick only Alex Zambra's.
That's the only one with MARCO POLO at the top chart.

My list would also include the amazing IL GATTO (not to be confused with IL GATTO A NOVE CODE).

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 12:57 AM   
 By:   Christo   (Member)

My actual list with the most essential / qualitative scores by Morricone:

1. The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (1966)
2. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
3. Nostromo (1996)
4. The Mission (1986)
5. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
6. Guns for San Sebastian (1968)
7. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
8. Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005)
9. Marco Polo (1982)
10. Legend of 1900 (1999)
11. Fateless (2005)
12. La Califfa (1970)
13. The Untouchables (1987)
14. Days of Heaven (1978)
15. Novecento (1976)
16. La Sconosciuta (2006)
17. My Name is Nobody (1973)
18. For a Few Dollars More (1965)
19. I Promessi Sposi (1989)
20. Malèna (2000)
21. Il Papa Buono (2003)
22. I Guardiani Del Cielo (1998)
23. Moses the Lawgiver (1974)
24. Il Principe Del Deserto (1990)
25. Il Cuore Nel Pozzo (2005)
26. Vergogna Schifosi (1969)
27. Questa Specie D'Amore (1972)
28. Slalom (1965)
and many others: Canone Inverso, Tre Donne, Revolver, Red Sonja, Nana, Aida degli alberi, La Venexiana, Libera, Amore Mio, Danger Diabolik, Le Due Stagioni Della Vita, etc.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 1:04 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Since Ennio Morricone was born in 1928, I think it's interesting to see what Morricone fans might list as their top 28 favorites.

Here's mine:

1. Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero, La (Black Belly Of The Tarantula)
2. Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna, Una (A Lizard In A Woman's Skin)
3. Addio Fratello Crudele ('Tis Pity She's A Whore)
4. The Stendhal Syndrome
5. Giustiziere, Il (The Human Factor)
6. Uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo, L' (The Bird With The Crystal Plumage)
7. Poliziotto Della Brigata Criminale, Il (Fear Over The City)
8. Giornata Nera Per L'Ariete (The Fifth Cord)
9. Macchie Solari (Autopsy)
10. Mose' (Moses The Lawgiver)
11. Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura (Cold Eyes Of Fear)
12. Tranquillo Posto Di Campagna, Un (A Quiet Place In The Country)
13. Disclosure
14. Wolf
15. The Thing
16. Guns For San Sebastian
17. The Island
18. Corta Notte Delle Bambole Di Vetro, La (Short Night Of Glass Dolls)
19. Two Mules For Sister Sara
20. Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene, Le (Forbidden Photos Of A Lady Above Suspicion)
21. Resa Dei Conti, La (The Big Gundown)
22. Barbablu (Bluebeard)
23. Fraulein Doktor
24. Navajo Joe
25. Chi L'Ha Vista Morire? (Who Saw Her Die?)
26. Figli Chiedono Perche', I
27. Gatto A Nove Code, Il (Cat O' Nine Tails)
28. Pugni In Tasca, I (Fists In The Pocket)


Does anybody have 28 favorites?



A lot of scores in your list that I dig from Morricone, it would seem we have similar taste so I'm definitely going to check out some of the titles I'm not familiar with! Thanks for posting.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Well, after a week - and over 20 contributors (limiting nominated titles to 28 or 29 - but no second lists - e.g. Tall Guy smile ) then I've counted a total of 423 nominations incl. repeats.

And still top: C'Era Una Volta Il West (Once Upon a Time in the West) with 15, followed by Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) and Giu' La Testa (A Fistful of Dynamite/Duck, You Sucker) each with 12.

There are many titles - that I know of - not mentioned and, whilst no surprise for, say, L'Attentato (Plot) (1972), Grazie, Zia (Come Play with Me) (1968) and L'Istruttoria E'Chiusa: Dimentichi (The Case Is Closed, Forget It) (1971) ...

... omissions of Il Prato (The Meadow) (1979), Corleone (1978), L'Avventuriero (The Rover) (1967) and Senza Movente (Without Apparent Motive/Sans Mobile Apparent) (1971) do surprise me.

And, especially: Le Marginal (Professione: Poliziotto) (1983)

Then again, I didn't choose these so why should anyone else.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   morrifan   (Member)

in chronological order

LA VOGLIA MATTA
EL GRECO
Il BUONO IL BRUTTO E IL CATTIVO
LA RESA DEI CONTI
SVEGLIATI E UCCIDI
AD OGNI COSTO
L'AVVENTURIERO
GLI INTOCCABILI
CITTA VIOLENTA
IL GATTO A NOVE CODE
LA TENDA ROSSA
INCONTRO
GLI OCCHI FREDDI DELLA PAURA
LA BANDA J & S...
IL DIAVOLO NEL CERVELLO
QUESTA SPECIE D'AMORE
REVOLVER
L'ANTICRISTO (+ Bruno Nicolai)
FATTI DI GENTE PERBENE
UN GENIO, DUE COMPARI, UN POLLO
SPASMO
MOSE
Il BANDITO DAGLI OCCHI AZZURI
WHITE DOG
LA DISUBBIDIENZA
LA STORIA VERA DELLA SIGNORA DALLE CAMELIE
RED SONJA
LA SINDROME DI STENDHAL

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 4:40 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

An impossible task for me, but only because I really only "know" about 10% of the composer's vast output, so I'd be listing 28 titles out of the 50 I've got/ heard. Hardly representative. Actually, I must admit that I have a kind of love-hate relationship with Morricone - so many of the passages I adore form parts of soundtracks which don't really stand up (for me) as a satisfying complete listen, and I don't want to just list 28 things which have got great bits in them. Anyway, what I'm going to do is mention ONE score which I always adored in its entirety and which nobody has mentioned yet - either because I'm the only one who's got it (unlikely) or because nobody thinks it's amongst the best (possible..) - So without further rabbits, I recommend -----

NINFA PLEBEA (THE NYMPH), from 1995/96ish. Beautiful overlapping strings, sunny optimism, jaunty faux-classical mimimalism, achingly romantic themes on violin, the touching innocence of what sounds like a recorder, darkly romantic passages spelling possible tragedy, an outrageous tango and a few blasts of downright violent horror.

Any thoughts on this one from the Morricone experts? Is it a highly-regarded work within his ouvre? Do YOU like it? Have you even got it? (etc)

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

2. Il Sorriso del Grande Tentatore (The Devil is a Woman) [I love, love, love this score]


Hi, FamousEccles.

I like this one a lot, too.
IL SORRISTO DEL GRANDE TENTATORE ranks in @ # 30 on my internal listing, so it missed my Top 28 by merely 2 slots.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

I could easily name fifty titles, but as most I would be hard pressed to place them in any other order than 'the very best of'.

Advise & Consent has over 50 Morricone soundtracks?

I thought A&C wasn't familiar with Italian genre movies ...

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

name

wink

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)


VERUSHKA


My 29th choice is for VERUSHKA

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

28 tone?? I could list my fave 487 !!!

Seriously guys, 28 scores and no GBU on some lists???!!
Sacrilege!!


Hi, BillC

While I like GBU, there's many more that I like better than GBU.

Hope you don't mind my disregard for any given title's status as a 'classic'...

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

name


Ah - so A&C doesn't own that many Morricone albums.

Glad to know you have awareness of 50+ Morricone titles. smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Well, after a week - and over 20 contributors (limiting nominated titles to 28 or 29 - but no second lists - e.g. Tall Guy smile ) then I've counted a total of 423 nominations incl. repeats.

And still top: C'Era Una Volta Il West (Once Upon a Time in the West) with 15, followed by Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) and Giu' La Testa (A Fistful of Dynamite/Duck, You Sucker) each with 12.

There are many titles - that I know of - not mentioned and, whilst no surprise for, say, L'Attentato (Plot) (1972), Grazie, Zia (Come Play with Me) (1968) and L'Istruttoria E'Chiusa: Dimentichi (The Case Is Closed, Forget It) (1971) ...

... omissions of Il Prato (The Meadow) (1979), Corleone (1978), L'Avventuriero (The Rover) (1967) and Senza Movente (Without Apparent Motive/Sans Mobile Apparent) (1971) do surprise me.

And, especially: Le Marginal (Professione: Poliziotto) (1983)

Then again, I didn't choose these so why should anyone else.

Mitch




Oo, you're a harsh judge, not allowing second lists!

A score I used to own on LP which hasn't been mentioned yet is Il Prefetto di Ferro (The Iron mayor) which had a rural mafia feel and which I enjoyed very much. Would like to track that one down again (is it even on CD?)*

Mitch - you count things smile - how many different scores have been mentioned in people's top 28?


EDIT - * yes, on Beat

 
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