Legend Morricone wins Golden Globe

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Ahead of his upcoming 2016 world tour, which opens in Prague this Friday, Ennio Morricone won his third Golden Globe last night in the “Best Original Score” category for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’.

This follows his “Best Soundtrack” New York Films Critics Award for the film and a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Music. Music from the film is confirmed to feature in Morricone’s 2016 world tour and upcoming concert her in Dublin at 3Arena next month. (Sunday 14th February.)

Morricone and Tarantino recently recorded the music for ‘The Hateful Eight’ soundtrack straight onto vinyl record live in front an invited audience at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios. Both Morricone and Tarantino were keen to evoke a nostalgic sound and look for ‘The Hateful Eight’ by using both 70mm celluloid film and vinyl record. Over 100 cinemas in North-America and Europe have been equipped with 70mm projectors for audiences to enjoy the film in classic “cinemascope”.

Ennio Morricone has composed over 500 scores for cinema and television as well as over 100 absolute music works and is one of only two film composers in history to have received the honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievement. Highlights include his scores for Once Upon a Time in the West, One Upon a time in America, A Fistful of Dollars, The Untouchables and The Mission. Morricone’s score for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly holds the number two position in the Top 200 ranking of best film soundtracks ever composed.

The internationally renowned Italian film composer will appear at 3Arena Dublin on Sunday 14 February as part of a large-scale world tour, with a completely new programme to mark his 60-year Anniversary as a professional composer and conductor.

The 2016 tour follows a hugely successful European arena tour which ended in Zagreb last April, and which saw the Maestro perform to over 200,000 audience members in 22 European cities. Across the continent the tour received standing ovations and overwhelming critical acclaim in the media.

His first work for a western since Once Upon A Time In The West over 45 years ago, Morricone recently composed and recorded the score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

Ennio Morricone has also reunited with director Giuseppe Tornatore on upcoming romantic drama The Correspondence, which stars Jeremy Irons. Its release is exactly 30 years after the 1986 release of “The Mission”, which also starred Irons. Morricone and Tornatore have previously collaborated on Cinema Paradiso, Malena, The Legend of 1900, Baaria and The Best Offer.

Discussing his new forthcoming tour, Morricone said:

“Performing my work live in all these different cities for people of so many different ages and cultural backgrounds is an incredibly gratifying experience. This year I celebrate my professional career of 60 Years during which I composed over 600 works”.

“On this coming tour I will perform a whole new program with new highlights, which I am already working on. Of course there will always be the classic pieces from the great Sergio Leone westerns and The Mission. But overall the experience will be different this time. I plan to include music from my collaboration with Quentin Tarantino as well as a few works from the Leone Westerns that I have not included on previous tours”

Recently the Maestro also conducted a very special mass dedicated to Pope Franciscus in Rome. The mass was a one-off composition, for which he was commissioned by the Jesuit Order to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of their reformation in 1814 by Pope Pius VII. It was performed at the Jesuit Church of Gesù in Rome at Piazza del Gesù.

The World Tour will premiere in Prague this Friday 15 January 2016. Prague is home to Morricone’s beloved Czech National Symphony Orchestra, which accompanied the Maestro on his previous international tours and which recorded with him for major international motion pictures including Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. As with previous tours, the production will feature over 200 musicians and singers on stage.