Yep, it has to be Ennio Morricone for me. A lot of his music is very haunting and I love that quality. To take something as simple as a Coyote's cry and to make that into such an epic track (The Good The Bad And The Ugly) is something truly special. A lot of Leone's work would not be as great as it is if it wasn't for Morricone and those are some really strong words. There are composers who make music which sounds good and can be placed anywhere within a film, Morricone's music on the other hand seems to be specially written for a specific scene, if not, then the director (Leone) creates a scene around that music (Once Upon A Time In The West). Another great quality of Leone's is that you can listen to his music without the context of the film. I can sit here in my room, listening to it on a hi-fi and enjoying every minute of it.
However, there are a few tunes I don't like but these are lasrgely overshadowed by his masterpieces. No matter how many times I listen to Il Triello, I still get goosebumps when it reaches it climax, and this is something truly great.
In my opinion, the more music we have from this man, the better. It is unfortunate that Quentin Tarantino did not take up Morricone's offer of a complete soundtrack for the part-spaghetti western, Kill Bill.
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