At 87 years of age, and having composed some of cinema’s most unforgettable scores, including ones for Sergio Leone films, The Untouchables, Cinema Paradiso, The Mission and countless others, Ennio Morricone is still going strong. And his original compositions for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film The Hateful Eight are as much awaited as the film itself.
Tarantino has used some of Morricone’s music in his previous outings, but this is the first time the popular American director commissioned him to compose an original one for his film. The Hateful Eight is also the first sountrack Morricone has composed for a western in over 40 years.
Despite it having been nominated for a Golden Globe already, the big question remains whether or not he will have Oscar eligibility, given the fact that a large portion of the score is made up of music that he had written but never used for Jon Carpenter’s film The Thing in 1980.
The Italian maestro received an honorary Academy Award “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music” in 2007.
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is set to be released on Christmas Day, when it will only exclusively be screened in Ultra Panasonic 70mm film. It will then open wide on December 31st. But for now, with a little more than a week away from release date, you can hear the excellent, opening theme by Morricone, which is entitled “L’Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock”.