Friday, April 11, 2014

Score Sample - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

A genre of film music that I've been enjoying quite a bit lately is the Western. I'm not a big fan of the movies themselves. I usually have to be in the right mood to enjoy one. But man, there has been some great music for Westerns of all shapes and sizes. One of the biggest Westerns is, of course, The Good, the Bad and The Ugly. And the music by Ennio Morricone is some of the most recognizable of all time. Play the main theme from this film and nearly anyone will know it is a) from a Western and b) it has Clint Eastwood in it.

However Morricone went beyond simply writing a score for a Western, he basically rewrote the musical language of the whole genre. His first crack at this was for A Fist Full of Dollars. But the score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly really fires on all cylinders for the entirety of it's run time. This score would influence countless Western scores following it, including Jerry Goldsmith's 100 Rifles. It would also serve as one of the main influences on Hans Zimmer. Just listen to some of his music to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise - you'll hear more than a little Morricone in there. That said, here is one of my favorite tracks from Morricone's score The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - The Ecstasy of Gold.

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