Composer Morricone sets menacing mood for new Tarantino film

Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:12am EST
 
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By Michael Roddy

LONDON (Reuters) - Octogenarian Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has written music for at least 400 films, including unforgettable signature tunes for 1960s "Spaghetti Westerns", but for Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" he's managed something very dark.

Although Tarantino has used Morricone's music before in his movies, including both instalments of "Kill Bill", this is the first time Morricone has written a complete soundtrack for the American director.

It was nominated for a Golden Globe on Thursday in the Best Original Score category, although Morricone was not yet aware of that when Reuters asked for his reaction at the London premiere.

"That's good! I am happy, I didn't know," he said.

The soundtrack could well be the most menacing piece that Morricone, who wrote the themes for "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "Fistful of Dollars", has ever composed.

Grumbling, low-voiced bassoons and droning string basses are among the instruments he uses in an all-purpose piece called "Snow". It evokes the storm that traps the film's heavily armed cast of bounty hunters in a remote, snowbound haberdashery in Wyoming after the American Civil War.

"It's almost a motionless piece of music," Morricone, 87, told Reuters in an interview in conjunction with the premiere.

He had traveled from his home in Rome to conduct a Czech orchestra for a direct-to-vinyl recording of the score at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London that will be released by Decca Records. Tarantino attended the recording session.   Continued...

 
Composer Ennio Morricone poses as he arrives for the European premiere of "The Hateful Eight" at Leicester Square in London, Britain, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor