Legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone has passed away aged 91 in Rome.
Affectionately known as ‘Maestro’ he is involved in some of the most memorable scores in film history.
Once Upon a Time in America, The Untouchables, Cinema Paradiso, The Hateful Eight. His haunting melodies for Sergio Leone’s trilogy of westerns A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. A lot of these films I have caught up with watching over the past few months and the scores blew me away each and every time.
He was presented with an honorary Oscar in 2007 and then went on to win for The Hateful Eight.
Let’s take a little bit of time to appreciate some of his most famous music from films . . .
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Over the past few weeks I have eventually had the time to watch The Sopranos, all six outstanding and amazing seasons of it! I can now fully understand why it is regarded as one of the greatest tv series of all time, its truly amazing. So in celebration of finishing it all yesterday I though what better way to start this Monday than having the theme song of ‘Woke Up This Morning’ by Alabama 3?
We’ll Meet Again is a song that was first around in World War II and was sung to the troops by Vera Lynn before they left England to fight. The lyrics are truly poignant and powerful, last night The Queen addressed the nation and finished by saying we will meet again and other references to the war were within the speech. So since then I have been thinking about this song especially considering it reminds me of my Nanna who was evacuated during WWII so much so we had it as the final song at her funeral.
I know that Musical Moments is usually a Monday feature but considering the current world pandemic due to the Coronavirus I felt as though we need more Musical Moments!
I’ve had this song in my head most of the week “For Now” as I think thats important to remember that this pandemic is only for now and we will see better days! Also if you want more Avenue Q I really recommend watching other songs from the show.
The best thing about seeing it on stage is that they often change the final “For Now” to someone who is currently relevant in the country your in!
Music legend Neil Diamond has had a slight lyric change to his incredible song Sweet Caroline and another little reminder to people about washing hands and not reaching out to touch anyone! Great to see the legend looking so well it has to be said.
During the film I have to say the moment that music hit and he danced down the steps it was utterly outstanding. Well someone on YouTube has created a whole music video to the song and I have to say it is the perfect choice for this weeks Musical Moment! Joaquin Phoenix is unreal in the leading role (check out my review here) giving a truly haunting performance.
I am super excited about the preview of Judy tomorrow night before opening on Wednesday. Judy Garland was a truly incredible performer and I thought this Monday why not have her incredible performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow to try and lift everyone’s spirits!
I am going to see Les Miserables for the second time at the Theatre tonight having seen it in the West End a few years back. I am really looking forward to it as the UK Tour is the new production and will be starting in the West End later this year after the theatre has been refurbished.
One Day More is one of the most incredible songs so I thought for todays musical moment it would be the version from the 10th anniversary concert show!
Last night I found myself watching the 1994 version of The Lion King so decided todays musical moment would be Hakuna Matata . . . Mainly because on a Monday everyone needs cheering up right?
After seeing the Fabulous John Barrowman show on Thursday evening I just had to have today’s musical moment with John in it. Was a very tough choice to pick from so many amazing songs and the work he has done over the years. I have decided on I Am What I Am from his time in La Cage Aux Folles in the West End (I saw it before he took over from Graham Norton). This is clip is from the Paul O’Grady Show which used to air every night at 5pm, that was a good show! Plus the added fact that it is Pride Month! 🏳️🌈