To commemorate composer Ennio Morricone, who died in July this year, five of his closest collaborators, his so-called Dream Team, reunited at his legendary Forum Music Village studio in Rome. Argentinian organist Giorgio Carnini, guitarist Bruno Battisti D’Armario, saxophonist Gianni Oddi, pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and vocalist Edda Dell’Orso came together to listen to the composer’s first posthumous album, Morricone Segreto, containing seven previously unreleased chamber pieces. The Dream Team were joined by Forum Music Village general manager Marco Patrignani and Morricone’s eldest son, Marco.
Forum Music Village is today considered one of the temples of film music, the place where Morricone developed his characteristic sound during the 1950s and gave voice to numerous other internationally acclaimed artists.Over the course of his long career, Morricone created more than 600 original pieces of film music and is seen as a legend of twentieth-century Italian and American cinema. His work has influenced several generations of musicians and film composers. Morricone Segreto showcases some of the composer’s lesser known compositions from his most fruitful period, from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.
You can see the musicians’ reactions to the album, on which they themselves performed, and their memories of the composer in the short documentary film Celebrating Ennio Morricone: The Secrets Behind His Genius, which was uploaded to YouTube on what would have been the composer’s 92nd birthday (10 November).