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Composer Ennio Morricone in action

Composer Ennio Morricone in action

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Composer Ennio Morricone in action

The word "great" is woefully over-used, especially when someone dies. In the case of Ennio Morricone, though, it's valid. The Italian composer, who has died aged 91, was genuinely great, both in the sense of his obvious and immense talent, and the influence he had on two art forms: music and film.

As Aedín Gormley, presenter of Lyric FM's Movies & Musicals (Sat-Sun 1pm), explained to Morning Ireland (Radio 1, Mon-Fri 7am), Morricone's work on Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns went deeper than merely soundtracking footage already shot.

"The actors appear to move almost to the music," Aedín said. This was because it was written ahead of time, so the cast knew what it sounded like and reacted accordingly - a unique collaboration between Leone and Morricone. She went on: "He really created a new sound - nobody had heard music like this before."