Morpheus on… The Unknown Ennio Morricone

Everyone is familiar with Ennio’s work on Sergio Leone’s “spaghetti westerns” – but what few know is that these are but a tiny percentage of his output, during the Sixties and Seventies.

At his peak – before Hollywood took him under its wing – poor old Ennio was bashing out scores at the rate of one a FORTNIGHT. But virtually none of them were ever released outside of central Europe.

One such is his most popular piece that does not hail from the Leone canon; it is called “Metti Una Sera A Cena” – which freely translates as, “Imagine, One Evening At Dinner” – although back in ’69, when it was released, this passion play would probably have been called something raunchier in Britain and America (a device many distributors used in those days, when serving up a spicy European concoction).

It is a highly complex, multi-level piece, featuring the remarkable three-octave range of the woman who has been described as Morricone’s Muse – Edda Dell’Orso.

Click here to enjoy possibly the most beautiful piece of music that YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J13EYaj_pKM

And while there, search “Ennio Morricone Edda Dell’Orso” for more unknown gems from this combo.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I gather the woman in the picture is the dinner?

  2. Posted by Vincent on January 9, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Ha-ha! Actually, the picture pre-dates the movie by about five years – but I needed a visual representation and… well, she IS rather tasty!

  3. You probably already know this one but L’assoluto Naturale is another hidden classic by Morricone.

    Thanks for the information tip off above. Listening now. If you have anymore recommendations in this vein or more titles by Morricone out with his Spagetti western stuff then do please give me a shout!

  4. Posted by Vincent on January 29, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Nope! I’d not heard that one (I have now, though – thanks). Sylva Coscina was a babe – pity Lawrence Harvey was gay! Nice piece. But while Ennio is a genius, this is a number that could have benefitted from the inclusion of Edda Dell’Orso. Still nice though (I’m listening to it again, as I type).

    There are so many pieces: “Faccia A Faccia”, “Giu’ La Testa”, “Tema” and “Valzer” – to name but four – plus the afore-mentioned “Meti Una Sera A Cena”. Hit “Ennio Morricone Edda Dell’Orso” on YouTube’s “search” – for over FORTY of these gems!

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