MUSICAL maestro Ennio Morricone, who has died at the age of 91, composed the score for an iconic movie based on the life and times of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty who grew up in Killarney.
His 500 smash hit movie and TV scores included the 1983 hit The Scarlet and the Black, starring Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer, which chartered the work of the mam remembered as the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican.
The Oscar winning composer is best remembered for his wonderful scores for spaghetti westerns like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars, also scripted the music for The Mission, Once Upon a Time in the West and The Untouchbles.
Nominated six times for an Oscar, the Italian musical genius finally won the coveted award in 2016 for his score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. He had previously received an honorary Oscar in 2007.
Morricone, who played to packed arenas in Dublin on a number of occasions in recent years, died in a Rome hospital early on Monday of complications after he broke his leg in a fall.
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