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 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

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.

You're welcome, Francis.

I expect you are already familiar with the thrillers/giallos.

Perhaps other areas to explore include some of the 'art' films, such as those directed by Elio Petri (A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY) or Marco Bellocchio (FISTS IN THE POCKET).

Interestingly, Morricone's 2 collaborations with Hollywood director Edward Dymytryk are on my list, too [BLUEBEARD and THE HUMAN FACTOR).

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

NINFA PLEBEA (THE NYMPH), ... Have you even got it? (etc)

Hi, Graham.

No - I haven't even got that title.

I, too, don't have a truly representative spread on Morricone.
There's 80 soundtracks by EM in my collection, so that's around 20% of what's available on his music.

Maybe selecting 28 out of 80 is easier than choosing 28 out of 480. smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

...

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)


I'm no expert ... I just have a lot of his scores and, yes, Ninfa Plebea (The Nymph) (1996) is in my collection. A lovely score which, on another day, may have been in my top 28.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2014 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

...

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


It's not my thread ... I started out collating contributors' choices out of my own interest. Partly to see what titles I don't own.

As at the summary above, 178 titles have been chosen.

As for Prefetto di Ferro, Il (The Iron Prefect/I Am the Law) (1977) ... a great main title and driving melody but I find the vocals less to my taste (then again: now I'm listening to opera, et al. perhaps I should give the score another try).

I recall talking with my better half's Italian cousin a few years ago about this film - it's one I'd like to see provided there are English subtitles. We're off to Rome next weekend but my linguistic skills start and end with the basics.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2014 - 3:26 AM   
 By:   fommes   (Member)

Mitch - thank you for keeping track!

Do you also have a list of how many votes each of those scores has? Or a list of the scores who have at least two or three votes?

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2014 - 5:26 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Mitch - thank you for keeping track!

Do you also have a list of how many votes each of those scores has? Or a list of the scores who have at least two or three votes?



Ha! Mitch won't be able to resist!

On a more serious note, if 178 titles have been put forward, that means there are over SIX possible lists of 28 completely different titles with no duplications, chosen by people who care enough to rank them. I struggle to think of any other creative endeavour undertaken by one person that can compete with that. Any suggestions?

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 1:57 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Congratulations to all who can complete a 28. This has to be the greatest challenge I've seen here, considering Morricone's stupendous discography let alone filmography.

  • Addio fratello crudele 'Tis Pity She's A Whore
  • Una lucertola con la pelle di donna A Lizard In A Woman's Skin
  • La migliore offerta The Best Offer
  • La Tarantula del vientre negro The Black Belly of The Tarantula
  • Gli occhi freddi della paura The Cold Eyes of Fear
  • Macchie Solari Autopsy
  • L'Uccello dalle piume di cristallo Bird With The Crystal Plumage
  • Mose Moses The Lawgiver
  • Two Mules for Sister Sara
  • Veruschka
  • Navajo Joe
  • Two Mules for Sister Sara
  • The Stendhal Syndrome
  • Un tranquillo posto di campagna A Quiet Place In The Country
  • Mio Caro Assassino My Dear Assassin

  •  
     
     Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 8:16 AM   
     By:   Morricone   (Member)

    When I first saw this thread I simply thought overkill. It was no problem coming up with 28 for me but I thought this would be a short thread. I am so impressed on how many did come up with 28 and without a whole lot of soul searching. He has indeed more of a following than I anticipated. There are not many other composers that such a list could readily be coughed up. Like the Oscars, I think if you ask a few days later the outcome would be different but the consensus here is there is a lot to this composer, and like all the other composers, there is a lot of his music that doesn't get the attention it deserves.

     
     
     Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 10:09 AM   
     By:   MusicMad   (Member)

    Mitch - thank you for keeping track!

    Do you also have a list of how many votes each of those scores has? Or a list of the scores who have at least two or three votes?



    Ha! Mitch won't be able to resist!


    Yes, I can ...

    ... well, maybe not smile

    Nothing scientific ... I merely printed my Windows Explorer list of EM titles and placed red ticks against chosen titles ... looking for titles I have not got! Whether I add these 9 or 10 titles to my collection is another matter.

    As for titles with two or three votes ... far too many to list. I named the most popular titles and looked at titles with no nominations - see postings above.

    On a more serious note, if 178 titles have been put forward, that means there are over SIX possible lists of 28 completely different titles with no duplications, chosen by people who care enough to rank them. ...

    Sorry, Tall Guy, but I'm not sure I agree with your logic. I accept that there may be (over) SIX possible lists of 28 completely different titles with no duplications but this is not certain.

    I struggle to recall the maths to prove this but a review of the votes shows this is not so. Okay, not everyone nominated 28 titles but I collated 22 replies and of these 15 choose C'Era Una Volta Il West (Once Upon a Time in the West) ... which means that of the other 7 correspondents you would need 5 to have totally different lists in order to meet your six distinct lists - highly unlikely.

    Or have I misunderstood the point you were making?

    Mitch

     
     
     Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 4:00 PM   
     By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

    Mitch - thank you for keeping track!

    Do you also have a list of how many votes each of those scores has? Or a list of the scores who have at least two or three votes?



    Ha! Mitch won't be able to resist!


    Yes, I can ...

    ... well, maybe not smile

    Nothing scientific ... I merely printed my Windows Explorer list of EM titles and placed red ticks against chosen titles ... looking for titles I have not got! Whether I add these 9 or 10 titles to my collection is another matter.

    As for titles with two or three votes ... far too many to list. I named the most popular titles and looked at titles with no nominations - see postings above.

    On a more serious note, if 178 titles have been put forward, that means there are over SIX possible lists of 28 completely different titles with no duplications, chosen by people who care enough to rank them. ...

    Sorry, Tall Guy, but I'm not sure I agree with your logic. I accept that there may be (over) SIX possible lists of 28 completely different titles with no duplications but this is not certain.

    I struggle to recall the maths to prove this but a review of the votes shows this is not so. Okay, not everyone nominated 28 titles but I collated 22 replies and of these 15 choose C'Era Una Volta Il West (Once Upon a Time in the West) ... which means that of the other 7 correspondents you would need 5 to have totally different lists in order to meet your six distinct lists - highly unlikely.

    Or have I misunderstood the point you were making?

    Mitch



    I was merely struck by the wide-ranging choices that people had made, and that in a relatively short number of replies. Fewer than 20 people provided full lists of 28, and a handful found that to be beyond them for one reason or another, yet it generated enough different titles for six such lists. I think my operative word would be "possible"!

    If it shows anything, perhaps it's that Morricone's work is to an astonishingly high standard throughout his career, so that there may be little actual difference between the enjoyment one gets from a favourite and from a less-liked score. I was listening to playlists of "lounge" Morricone today - Mondo, Aromatico, that kind of thing - and whilst the music is by and large less to my liking than most of the titles in my top 28 list, I'd rather listen to it than most other composers' work. I'm building up to an answer to the current "how important is melody?" thread, and you can bet that Morricone's name will feature heavily in that.

    You also need to bear in mind that it took me three goes to pass the Quantitative Methods exam that formed part of my insurance qualification!

    C

     
     Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 4:17 PM   
     By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

    When I first saw this thread I simply thought overkill. It was no problem coming up with 28 for me but I thought this would be a short thread. I am so impressed on how many did come up with 28 and without a whole lot of soul searching. He has indeed more of a following than I anticipated. There are not many other composers that such a list could readily be coughed up. Like the Oscars, I think if you ask a few days later the outcome would be different but the consensus here is there is a lot to this composer, and like all the other composers, there is a lot of his music that doesn't get the attention it deserves.
    Agreed! Morricone's output is so vast and varied, almost any advocate of a particular style of music could find many scores to admire.
    If you like:
    -lush, purely orchestral scores full of beautiful melody and no dissonance or "challenging" music - check
    -wildly experimental scores full of dissonance and complex composition - check
    -hard driving action scores - check
    -textural sound landscapes - check
    - light "pop" scores with pleasing tunes - check
    -comedy scores with catchy tunes and weird orchestrations and vocals – check

    And so on…

    I think this is also why folks who are relatively new to Morricone may have trouble exploring his work. If you discovered him through his “giallo” scores for instance, and were looking for more creepy, dissonant horror music and got a hold of METTI UNA CERA A SENA or CINEMA PARADISO, you might think: “what’s this Muzak crap?” (Not that I would ever characterize it that way…but someone looking for something different might). Conversely, if you want orchestral melodies and you stumble across his experimental stuff you might be appalled.

    Those of us who have been following him since he first burst into our consciousness with A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS or earlier have grown to love all his styles (or at least appreciate them).

     
     Posted:   Nov 12, 2014 - 9:50 PM   
     By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

    Congratulations to all who can complete a 28. This has to be the greatest challenge I've seen here, considering Morricone's stupendous discography let alone filmography.

  • Addio fratello crudele 'Tis Pity She's A Whore
  • Una lucertola con la pelle di donna A Lizard In A Woman's Skin
  • La migliore offerta The Best Offer
  • La Tarantula del vientre negro The Black Belly of The Tarantula
  • Gli occhi freddi della paura The Cold Eyes of Fear
  • Macchie Solari Autopsy
  • L'Uccello dalle piume di cristallo Bird With The Crystal Plumage
  • Mose Moses The Lawgiver
  • Two Mules for Sister Sara
  • Veruschka
  • Navajo Joe
  • Two Mules for Sister Sara
  • The Stendhal Syndrome
  • Un tranquillo posto di campagna A Quiet Place In The Country
  • Mio Caro Assassino My Dear Assassin

    Half way!

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     Posted:   Nov 13, 2014 - 1:31 AM   
     By:   BillCarson   (Member)

    you may like the score but you aint half way yet!
    you got 2 mules in twice at 9 and 12 ha ha!


    * *"Two Mules for Sister Sara"*

    * *"Veruschka"*

    * *"Navajo Joe"*

    * *"Two Mules for Sister Sara"*


    That said id probably sneak GBU in about 3 times and hope nobody noticed!!

     
     
     Posted:   Nov 13, 2014 - 2:31 AM   
     By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

    I don't think I could do 28, but here's a few that I listen to a lot & that give me a lot of pleasure:

    Giu La Testa
    Metti Una Sera A Cena
    Tepepa
    La Donna Invisible
    Il Mercenario
    My Name Is Nobody
    Il Grande Silenzio
    Scusi, Facciamo L'Amore
    Companeros

     
     Posted:   Nov 13, 2014 - 5:32 AM   
     By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

    Oh, go on then.

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    L'Assoluto Naturale
    For A Few Dollars More
    Once Upon A Time In The West
    Navajo Joe

    The Thing
    A Fistful of Dollars
    Marco Polo
    La Califfa
    Il Mercenario

    Giu La Testa
    Cosi Come Sei
    Incontro
    Mettu Una Cera A Cena
    Cosa Avete Fatto A Solange?

    I Malamondo
    Una Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna
    Citta Violenta
    Battle of Algiers
    Guns For San Sebastian

    The Untouchables
    Days of Heaven
    The Mission
    Theorem
    La Tarantola Dal Ventre Nero

    Le Casse
    Faccia a Faccia
    Quiemada

     
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