Ennio Morricone passed away at the age of 91

Ennio Morricone passed away at the age of 91. He was known for composing and writing incredible pieces for movies like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Thing, The Mission, and The Hateful Eight.

The Italian composer, who scored more than 500 films died in Rome following complications from a fall last week in which he broke his femur. He remains best known for the haunting melodies he wrote for the trilogy of 1960s westerns Sergio Leone made with the then little-known Clint Eastwood. Leone called the composer's contributions "indispensable" and would have him write the score before shooting so he could design his shots around Morricone's contributions. Known as “Il Maestro,” he also received an honorary Oscar in 2007 for his “magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music,”. Before his win for The Hateful Eight, Morricone received Oscar nominations for Days of Heaven, The Mission, The Untouchables, Bugsy, and Malena.

We'll remember "Il Maestro" today by listening to some of the wonderful soundtracks he composed.

"They're all my children... every score I've done." - Ennio Morricone