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In 2020, Ambassador Keichii Katakami communicated the decision of the Japanese Emperor to confer a Ennio Morricone the honor of the Order of the Rising Sun, explaining well how much Japan loved the Italian composer: “The Maestro, with his musical compositions for the works of the most representative directors of the Italian film world, has greatly contributed to the diffusion of the films of his country in Japan, increasing its notoriety among the Japanese public ”.
Today, two years later, that bond continues, although Ennio Morricone is no longer with us on this Earth. The tour Ennio Morricone, The official concert celebration in fact, it will start again from Tokyo with two dates at the beginning of November, before touching then other fourteen European capitals including Vienna, London and Paris.
From father to son
Ennio Morricone had four children. One of these, Andrea, had the courage to follow in his footsteps, becoming the conductor of the orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia and of the orchestra of the Budapest Opera. In an interview he told what was the sober reaction of his father when he confessed that he had chosen the same path as him: “I told my father Ennio Morricone that I would make music. He just replied ‘good luck’ ”. Today Andrea Morricone is the first custodian of a great legacy that he is not afraid to share with the whole world. In fact, he will direct the orchestra on this world tour, handing down the great legacy of this man who, as his loved ones remember, lived music as an unshakable faith to the end.
The soundtrack of our lives
The Italian ambassador in Tokyo Gianluigi Benedetti thus presented the first stage of this musical journey that starts right from the Japanese capital: “The event is a gift to the many music lovers of the maestro, but it is also a praise to the contemporaneity of Ennio Morricone, whose compositions, so dynamic and innovative, and immediately recognizable from the first notes – even after many years, continue to have a worldwide success “.
The concert schedule will include the performance of all the most famous themes written by Ennio Morricone for cinema: from Once upon a time in America to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as far as The Untouchables And New Cinema Paradiso. Without forgetting the most recent compositions, such as the soundtrack for The Hateful Eight, which in 2016 made him win another well-deserved Oscar after the career one in 2007. At the same time as the performance, scenes from the various films will be projected on the screen, recalling how there was a unique commonality between the images and their accompaniment, in able to guarantee enrichment for both parties.
Ennio Morricone, The official concert celebration it is a project conceived by the Maestro himself two years ago. Today it is finally realized, representing a perfect way to pay yet another tribute to a simple but complex author at the same time. Morricone was able to build compositions capable of immediately reaching the listener’s heart but which in reality remain more difficult to reproduce than you think. The attention to detail and the richness of his works make the Roman composer a difficult author to copy, even if many have tried to emulate him, almost always without success.
This man, who used to write ideas on slips of paper for fear that the latter would escape him forever, today more than ever deserves to receive a message consisting of a single word, which would be well written even in a post- it: “Thank you”.