Morricone brushes off "repetitious" criticism

Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:33am EDT
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

MILAN (Reuters Life!) - Ennio Morricone's dramatic scores to the "Dollars" classics were a key part of the spaghetti western trilogy -- maybe even more powerful than the films themselves, some critics say.

But the Italian maestro has faced accusations in the past that some of the music in the 400 or more films he has scored has been repetitious.

It is not a jibe that worries him.

"A few years ago, some said that I was repeating myself, it was some kind of an accusation," Morricone told reporters. "But each author repeats himself, each author writes his work.

"His personality has to come out, it continues to be there."

Morricone, 80, who has composed the scores of more than 400 films including "Cinema Paradiso" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," says he cannot pick a favorite from his works.

"I just don't know. I am fond of everything," Morricone, known as "maestro" in Italy, said ahead of a concert in Milan.

"I don't know how to pick which I like the most. In each I tried to give everything. Each is part of a progression that I wanted to follow."   Continued...

<p>Italian Academy award-winning music composer Ennio Morricone conducts during the Mawazine Festival in Rabat May 15, 2009. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante</p>