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Remember the showdown in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?" Well Ennio Morricone, one of the world's greatest living composers, wants you to tear your eyes away from the film's gunslingers and listen instead. "In the cinema you cannot actively listen to the music - there's dialogue, noises, special effects, it all distracts the audience," he told AFP as he prepared for the next stages of a world tour celebrating 60 years in the business. "Music has to be listened to and the concerts allow the audience to listen to my music, and my music alone," the 88-year old Italian said in an interview in his large Rome apartment.

Morricone's long-running collaboration with Spaghetti Western film director Sergio Leone saw him pen prize-winning soundtracks for everything from the "Dollars Trilogy" to "Once Upon a Time in the West". The former trumpet player has composed over 500 scores for film and television - including Roland Joffe's "The Mission" and Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" - and over 100 classical works. He cites Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nonno and Aldo Clementi as composers who have influenced him - along with Goffredo Petrassi, who his dubs "my master" - but also has a fondness for Stravinsky and Bach.   Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP


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