Ennio Morricone
Once Upon a Time in the West


5.0
classic

Review

by Zig USER (9 Reviews)
July 6th, 2020 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maestro's finest hour

Once Upon a Time in the West is one of those movie classics that are inexorably linked to music. As always, Sergio Leone worked with Ennio Morricone on the soundtrack to one of his Westerns, and, again, it is a very successful marriage. The highly visual music that Morricone composes here makes the viewer experience the film more than once. He regularly leaves everything in suspension of disbelief and sometimes keeps the scene very sober, but the tension that must arise from the film is always amplified by the music. This track usually also stands out and features leitmotives, small melodies related to each of the main characters in the film, just like a Wagnerian Opera.

Over thirteen tracks, Morricone efficiently captures the desolate expanse of the Western world, using a variety of different themes and arrangements. Above all, the track Once Upon a Time in the West is perfect: the most splendid introduction, replica of violins, choral singing and when the solo voice begins to hum the melody - this is one of the most magnificent moments present on the record. But other tracks are also amazing, of course, starting with the harmonic leitmotif, epic and dramatic, always appropriate. Songs like As a Judgment and Man With a Harmonica incorporate an electric guitar for epic effect, while A Farewell to Cheyenne includes whistles and a clip-clop rhythm. There are also some darker themes and ambience, like The Transgression and the two tracks Tabern, which really confine that slow and dangerous atmosphere. Finally, there is Finale, a simply stunning work of art that grows more and more with the unique voice of Italian singer Edda Dell'Orso.

All in all, Once Upon a Time in the West is exciting, emotional and captivating. The soundtrack definitely works without the film and, in fact, its musical depth is only really noticeable without the opulent flow of images. How Ennio Morricone manages to translate the vastness of the prairie into music is just wonderful. The music as a whole contributes to the greatness of the film and, like the score of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, it is considered one of the greatest works of conductor Morricone.



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Zig
July 6th 2020


2279 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The greatest composer in cinema history.



RIP

parksungjoon
July 6th 2020


25471 Comments


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e210013
July 6th 2020


3158 Comments


Great soundtrack for an amazing film.

Great work, amigo. Pos.

ChaoticVortex
July 6th 2020


1090 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great work, great soundtrack, work an absolute genius.



R.I.P. Maestro.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2020


22846 Comments


His influence is all over a lot of music I love. We lost one of the greatest. RIP.

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e210013
July 6th 2020


3158 Comments


Yeah, very sad really. Great Maestro, indeed. RIP hard.

hel9000
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2020


918 Comments


wow, RIP. will spin this today, nice review

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Deez
July 6th 2020


7099 Comments


Man that is a huge loss RIP

budgie
July 6th 2020


22986 Comments


oh damn, rip
title track is one of the greatest pieces ever written

BallsToTheWall
July 6th 2020


50239 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my favorite movies/scores.

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rockandmetaljunkie
July 6th 2020


9466 Comments


The thing should also be reviewed...

bloc
July 6th 2020


64367 Comments


Damn, didn't even know he was still alive.



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