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Irish Independent chats with Ennio Morricone in advance of the maestro's final return to Dublin

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Ennio Morricone sits in his spacious and elegant apartment in central Rome in the company of Gioia, his interpreter. On the threshold of his tenth decade, he remains firmly rooted in the city of his birth and prefers the familiarity of his native Italian to the English that dominates the industry where he has made such an indelible mark. Whether it's the ocarina breathing - those two menacing notes that mimic a coyote's howl to introduce the American Civil War epic The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - or the haunting woodwind that suffuses The Mission, the magic of Morricone's movie scores is unmistakable.

The boldness and unconventionality of his music has marked him out and made him instantly recognisable on the global stage. He is still at the top of his game, and well worthy of his favoured style of address - Maestro. He's invited the Irish Independent for a chat in advance of his return to Dublin in September. Just about to turn 89, it'll be his final performance for an Irish audience whose passion for his music has moved him in the past.  READ THE INTERVIEW