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Ennio Morricone talks shoots, scores, and masterpieces we missed / theguardian

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At 88, Ennio Morricone is a towering presence in film history. As he celebrates 60 years in music that haunting harmonica of Sergio Leone's epic 1968 western Once Upon a Time in the West is back. Ennio Morricone celebrates 60 years in music with a concert tour of his film scores and a new album of his best-known themes. Yet like so much of Morricone's music, the melancholic motif – whether inhabiting the dreamy soundscapes of the Orb's "Little Fluffy Clouds" or Bruce Springsteen's cowboy epic "Outlaw Pete" – now breathes with a life of its own. "It's very gratifying that people are enjoying my music even though they don't see it accompanied by scenes on film," says Morricone, when we meet at his apartment in Rome. "Usually nobody thinks about the film composer – a movie could be silent; it could have music or not – whereas in concerts it's different because the audience is there to listen to my music alone." 

The Italian composer talks with theguardian about shoots, scores and the masterpieces we missed