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Ennio Morricone Has died: "Comforted by the Faith"

Ennio Morricone, 91, died in Rome from a fall and fractured femur a few days ago.

His name is especially linked to the film Mission (1986), the story of a converted slave trader who joins a Spanish Jesuit among the South American Indians in the 18th century.

Years later, one morning, while Morricone was bying the newspapers in Piazza del Gesù, a Jesuit approached him and asked him to write a Mass for the two hundredth anniversary of the reconstitution of the Society of Jesus, after its suppression in 1773,

"Shortly before the performance, Pope Francis came to visit the church and they arranged a meeting. Alone with him, Maria [his wife] and I burst into tears; Francis looked at us silently," Morricone recounted later:

"After a few minutes I was able to speak, I told him about Mission, the Mass and asked him to come and listen. He gave us two rosaries. But he did not come. The Vatican said that he had to receive Putin. And what was the problem? We waited. Maybe he was bringing Putin too."

"The truth is that Francis never attended a concert. Go and check it out, you'll see if it's not true. Don't think I'm a crybaby anyway: I only cried those two times there, for Mission [when he saw a scene from the film] and when meeting the Pope".

His family specified that Morricone died “comforted by the faith” at the Opus Dei Università Campus Bio-Medico.

Morricone wrote the music for more than 500 films and TV series, as well as works of contemporary music.

Ultraviolet
"especially linked to the film Mission"? C'mon... this is man who did the film scores for the best Westerns ever made incl. The Good The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West. His scores are the definitive musical voice for the Cowboy/ Western genre, the way John Williams defined science fiction with Star Wars and "sharks in the water" with Jaws. Morricone's "spaghetti Western" …More
"especially linked to the film Mission"? C'mon... this is man who did the film scores for the best Westerns ever made incl. The Good The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West. His scores are the definitive musical voice for the Cowboy/ Western genre, the way John Williams defined science fiction with Star Wars and "sharks in the water" with Jaws. Morricone's "spaghetti Western" music is instantly recognizable. The Mission? pfft. Nice but hardly memorable. John Debney's score for The Passion Of The Christ has the same lack of distinction.

But since it's GTV, the article is going to focus on the "Catholic-themed" movie and ignore Morricone's undeniably more famous works.. This is what I was talking about last night with tearlach. In this case, it's the difference between the movie scores Catholics will promote and the ones they listen to.
Eva
Morricone on Gregorian Chant (2009 interview to Edward Pentin):

"Today the Church has made a big mistake, turning the clock back 500 years with guitars and popular songs. I don’t like it at all. Gregorian Chant is a vital and important tradition of the Church and to waste this by having guys mix religious words with profane, Western songs is hugely grave, hugely grave. The same thing happened …More
Morricone on Gregorian Chant (2009 interview to Edward Pentin):

"Today the Church has made a big mistake, turning the clock back 500 years with guitars and popular songs. I don’t like it at all. Gregorian Chant is a vital and important tradition of the Church and to waste this by having guys mix religious words with profane, Western songs is hugely grave, hugely grave. The same thing happened before the Council of Trent when singers sang profane songs with sacred melodies and sacred words."

"After the Second Vatican Council I was asked to be a consulter to the Vicariate for two pieces of sung Church music and I refused. The Church and Christians have Gregorian chant and they said we had to now have this other music, so I refused. All the musicians in Rome also refused to work with it. All those who know Gregorian chant understand that it’s something very high brow."
CatMuse
Yes indeed!
philosopher
Anyone who has experienced a High Mass with Gregorian chant has encountered a taste of heaven.
MEwbank
Although I paraphrase, I recall Etienne Gilson once remarking how, strictly speaking, not even the great dramatic settings of the Mass by Beethoven, Mozart, or any other composer truly is liturgical music. As popes and tradition indicate, solely Gregorian Chant is this, and it is what the Church forged in history for the sake of honoring the Holy Trinity and redeeming men.