Ennio Morricone is born in Rome on November 10. His father, Mario
Morricone, trumpet player, and the mother Libera Ridolfi, housewife live
in the Via San Francesco a Ripa in the district Trastevre. Later, around
1932, they move to the Via Luciano Manara, where there are born Adriana,
Aldo, Maria and Franca.
First compositorial tryouts
Morricone's brother Aldo dies at the age of 3.
Inscription at the Conservatory of S. Cecilia for the trumpet class of
Umberto Semproni, who after his death is followed by Reginaldo Caffarelli.
Morricone is chosen among the students of the Conservatory to be a part of
the Orchestra of the Opera directed by Carlo Zecchi on the occasion of a
tour of "Veneta" (the region of Venice).
The teacher of complementary Harmony Roberto Caggiano, recognizing his
gifts, promotes him to the course of principal Harmony which the student
completes in 6 months, and is the first to suggest the study of
Not by chance Morricone replaces his ill father in the band of Costantino
Ferri, who play for the German troops at the Nightclub Florida in Rome.
Enters the course of elementary composition together with Carlo Giorgio
Garofalo and Antonio Ferdinandi. He is second trumpet, beside his father,
in the musical ensemble conducted by Alberto Flamini which plays for the
American and Canadian troops in the hotels "Mediterraneo" and "Massimo
d'Azeglio" of Rome.
On October 11, he receives his trumpet diploma with a mark of 7/10. The
comission consits of C. Di Nicola, Riccardo Scozzi, Arrigo Tassinari,
Carlo Tentoni, Carlo Clementi and another member, whose signature can't be
read (R. Caffarelli?).
Morricone composes Il Mattino for voice and piano on a text by Fukuko
(translation by Balbi), first in a group of seven juvanile songs.
First engagement as instrumentalist and arranger in the revue theater.
Morricone composes Imitazione, for voice and piano on a text by Giacomo
Leopardi, Iintimità, for voice and piano on a text by Olinto Dini.
First engagement as composer of music for the serious theater.
Meets Maria Travia, his future spouse. In occasion of the "Anno Santo"
(Holy Year), he arranges a long group of popular songs of devotion for
Attends the third and last year of the course of Choral Music and Choral
Direction at the Conservatory (under the teacher Giovanni Antonelli,
director of the Cappella Giulia), but abandons before obtaining his
On July 14 he obtains the diploma in instrumentation for bands
(fanfare)under the teacher Antonio d'Elia with a 9/10 grade. Morricone
composes Barcarola funebre for piano and Preludio a una Novella senza
Morricone writes his first background music for radio dramas.
Morricone composes Distacco I and Distacco II for voice and piano on a
text by Ranieri Gnoli; Verrà la morte for contralto and piano on a text by
Cesare Pavese; Oboe sommerso for baritone and five instruments on a text
by Salvatore Quasimodo.
Realizes his first arrangements for a long series of evening radio shows.
Morricone completes the Sonata for brass, timpani and piano - the first
work to be entered in his offical Opus Catalog.
On July 6 he concludes his studies under Goffredo Petrassi, obtaining the
diploma in Composition with a grade of 9.5/10. The comission consists of
Guido Guerrini (director), Virgilio Mortari, Goffredo Petrassi, Fernando
Previtali and Guido Turchi.
Morricone starts to write or arrange music for films credited to other
already well-known composers.
Leaves for military service the same year. First at the
informationservices, later at the grenardiercorps in Montereale, Siena and
Rome, where he has the opportunity to transcribe many compositions by
various authors for military-bands.
At the Church "Santa Cosima e Damiano" Morricone marries Maria Travia on
October 13. With his wife he moves from the Via delle Fratte to the Via
Mattia Montecchi and so he stays in the district Trastevere.
His first child, Marco, is born.
Morricone does his first music for a TV-theatre-show.
At the competion for the direction of the Conservatory of Sassari he gets
the fourth place (First of the non-fitting).
Morricone gets hired at the "Rai" as musical assistant, but gives his
resignation on the first day of work.
He goes to Darmstadt, where he attends a seminar given by John Cage, and
goes to the first performance of Cori di Didone by Luigi Nono.
At the opening of the concert-season of the theatre La Fenice in Venice
the first performance of the Concerto per orchestra takes place.
Morricone starts to collaborate as arranger on variety television shows.
His second child, Alessandra, is born.
Morricone moves from the Via Maurizio Quadrio to the district
Morricone signs for his first soundtrack for the film Il federale by
His third child, Andrea, is born.
Morricone starts the collaboration with Sergio Leone and Bernardo
His activities as arranger for RCA, since a few years already very
intense, comes to its peak.
Morricone receives the "Nastro d'Argento" for his music for Per un pugno
He is invited by Franco Evangelisti to join the "Nuova Consonanza" and
starts to take part in the activities of the international group of
improvisation of the same name.
His fourth child, Giovanni, is born.
Begin of his collaboration with Pier Paolo Pasolini and with Gillo
Morricone moves to Mentana in the Via delle Molette.
Start of the collaboration with Mauro Bolognini.
Is asked to be part of the jury of the XXth "Festival International du
Film in Cannes".
Morricone reduces sensibly his activities as arranger in favor of film
music, and signs 20 film scores in this single year.
Start of his collaboration with Elio Petri.
Morricone receives the award "Spoleto Cinema".
Start of his collaboration with Giuliano Montaldo.
Teaches Composition in the new municipal school of music "Linicio Refice"
of Frosinone, where he has Silvano Aureli, Luigi De Castris, Luigi Di
Stefano, Antonio Poce and Riccardo Zenadocchio as students. He will
abandon the position in 1972.
He receives the "Nastro d'Argento" for his music for the film Metti, una
sera a cena.
He receives the "Nastro d'Argento" for his music for the film Sacco and
Collaborates with the "Studio R7 for Electronic Music" of Rome.
Receives the "Cork Film International Award" for the music of La califfa.
His father Mario dies.
Morricone moves back to the Viale Libano in the district Eur.
Death of Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Academy Award nomination for the music of Days of Heaven.
Death of Franco Evangelisti.
Morricone moves to his actual flat opposite of the Campidoglio.
He receives the award of the "critica discographia" (critics of the
recording industry) for the music of the film Il prato.
Death of Elio Petri.
Morricone is elected to the board of administration of "Nuova Consonanza"
He reduces sensibly his production of film music.
In Zagarolo, he reads an inaugural speech in occasion of the festivities
for the 80th birthday anniversary of Goffredo Petrassi.
Along with Paola Bernardi, Egisto Macchi and Carlo Marinelli, he founds
the "I.r.te.m." (Institute of Research for the Musical Theatre).
He receives the "Nastro d'Argento" and the BAFTA (The British Academy of
Film & Television Arts) for the music for the film C'era una volta in
Oscar Nomination, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for his score for The
With the score consisting of only two titles Morricone reaches a minimum
in the history of soundtracks.
The "Gruppo di Ricerca e Sperimentazione Musicale" of Rome organizes in
the "Sala ex Stenditoio" (S.Michele monument Complex) a concert of chamber
music by Egisto Macchi and Ennio Morricone, on the occasion of their 60th
For the music of the film The Untouchables Morricone receives the "Nastro
d'Argento", the BAFTA, the Grammy Award and an Oscar nomination.
For the music of the film Gli occhiali d'oro he receives the "David di
The "Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti" in Rome -44th Season of
Chamber Music- dedicates an entire concert to him in the Aula Magna of the
university "La Sapienza", later to be broadcasted by RAI3.
The "Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Liege" presents a symphony concert
entirely dedicated to Morricone, and also conducted by him.
The XXVth Festival "Pontino di Musica" dedicates a concert to him in
Sermoneta, to which Petrassi attends.
The group "Musica 900" of Frosinone dedicates an entire concert of chamber
music to him.
Death of Sergio Leone.
Morricone receives the award "David di Donatello" for the music of the
film Nuovo Cinema Paradiso.
He receives the "Ninth Annual Ace Winner" for the music of the film Il
Receives the "Pardo d'Oro" for career achievement from the "Festival del
Cinema" of Locarno.
He is made honorary citizen of Arpino, country of origin of his paternal
The "Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia" programs for its Symphonic
Season 1989/90 the Cantata per l'Europa performed in the auditorium of the
"Via della Conciliazione".
The "Accademia Italiana di Musica Contemporanea" dedicates an evening of
chamber music to him at the Teatro Ghione.
The XXVIIth festival of "Nuova Consonanza" dedicates a concert of chamber
music to him at the "Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna" of Rome.
He conducts the symphonic orchestra of city Bari in the "Auditorium Nino
Rota", in a program of film music.
He receives the BAFTA, the "Prix Fondation Sacem" of the XLIIIrd Cannes
Film Festival for the music of Nuovo Cinema Paradiso.
He participates in the international conferenc of music and cinema at the
"Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana" of Siena.
At the request of Luciano Alberti, the "Accademia Chigiana" re-establishes
its summer courses in film music, which they entrust with Ennio Morricone
and Sergio Miceli.
The 60th "Estate Musicale Chigiana" presents a concert with music by
Ghirardi, Donatoni and Morricone.
Morricone receives the "David di Donatello" for the music of Stanno tutti
The English musicologist Philip Tagg proposes Morricone as the recipient
of the doctorate (honoris causa) at the University of Goeteborg.
On the occasion of a course on film music organized by the
"Internationales Seminar für Filmgestaltung" of Basilea, given both by
Hansjoerg Pauli and Sergio Miceli, the "Musikakademie der Stadt Basel"
dedicates a chamber music concert to him.
At an idea of Egisto Macchi Morricone reworks Puccini's Tosca for small
orchestra and sampler.
Morricone is nominated as a member of the artistic Commission of the
"Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti" of Rome.
Oscar nomination for the music of Bugsy.
Death of Egisto Macchi.
The University and Conservatory of Osnabrueck dedicate a chamber music
concert to him, at the initiative of musicologist Hans-Christian Schmidt.
Is part of the jury of the 49th "Mostra del Cinema" of Venice.
The French Minister of Culture Jack Lang gives him the title of "Officier
de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres". Morricone receives in Saint Vincent
the "Grolla d'Oro" for career achievement.
Morricone receives honorary citizenship of Fermo
. "David di Donatello" and "Efebo d'Argento" for the film Jona che visse
The 50th "Settimana Musicale Senese" presents in scenic form Epitaffi
In Maastricht, Una Via Crucis is performed in its entirety.
Morricone receives the soundtrack-award of the actor's community.
Morricone reads a short speech in occasion of the award "Michelangelo"
given to Goffredo Petrassi.
He is the first non-American composer to receive the career achievement
award of the SPFM (Society for Preservation of Film Music).
He receives the award Golden Soundtrack given by ASCAP (American Society
of Composers, Authors & Publisher).
His mother dies at the age of 88.
His third child Andrea completes his studies in Composition.
Along with Michele Campanella, Uto Ughi and Vittorio Antonellini, he is
among the participants in a conference on the political and economical
problems in music, organized by the CAMI (Comitato Autonomo Musicisti
Italiani) at the "Teatro dell'Opera" of Rome.
At the proposal of the President of the Council of Ministers Lamberto
Dini, the President of the Republic Oscar Luigi Scalfaro awards him the
honor of "Commendatore dell'Ordine Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana".
His son Andrea receives his diploma in orchestral Conducting.
Philip Tagg (Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool),
proposes him as a recipient for the Honorary Doctorate in Music.
He receives the "Leone d'Oro" for career achievement at the 52nd "Biennale
del Cinema" in Venice.
He receives the award "Rota", newly created by CAM Editions and the
Morricone receives the international award "Carlo Alberto Capelli".
He is entitled "Accademico di Santa Cecilia".
Though already mentioned in the schedules Morricone ends his
tutorial-assigement at the "Accademia Musicale Chigiana".
He is prime-member of the jury of the 2nd International Composition
Competition "2 agosto", that is organized by the city of Bologna and the
"Associazione Familiari delle Vittime della Strage del 2 agosto 1980".
In Pescara Morricone receives the award "Flaiano".
The city of Bologna and the "Associazione Familiari delle Vittime della
Strage del 2 agosto 1980" order a composition for speaker, soprano and
orchestra, that will be performed on August 2nd 1998 at the Piazza
Maggiore in Bologna.
At an inquiry of the PDS (Partito Democratico della Sinistra) Morricone
composes the hymn Un canto on a text of Serio Bardotti.
He receives the title of the Visiting Professor by the University of
Liverpool from October 1st 1997 until September 30th 2000, but he refuses
to accept the invitation.
In the course of the symphonical season of the "Accademia di Santa
Cecilia" Morricone directs a concert of filmmusic, of which the last
performance takes place on his 70th birthday.
A Committee consisting of Lina Bucci Fortuna, Michele dall'Ongaro, Gianni
Marinato, Carlo Marinelli, Segio Miceli and Gillo Pontecorvo organize
together with "Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti", "Nuova Consonanza\
and "I.r.te.m" a concert for string-quartets, that Franco Piersanti,
Fabrizio Gallina Sabarino, Michele dall'Ongaro, Antonio Poce, Irma
Ravinale, Ivan Vandor, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Aldo Clementi and Nicola
Piovani have dedicated to Morricone's 70th birthday. At the same occasion
the publisher Suvini Zerboni offers the book Norme con ironie to the
participants. It's a collection by Sergio Miceli of contributions written
by Giorgio Adamo, Luciano Alberti, Sergio Bassetti, Michel Chion, Franco
Fabbri, Hanns-Werner Heister, Carlo Marinelli, Sergio Miceli, Luigi
Pestalozza, Carlo Piccardi, Philip Tagg and Antonio Trudu.
Morricone restarts his tutorial activities and holds the seminar Comporre
per film together with Sergio Miceli at the CRSDM (Centro Ricerca
Sperimentazione Didattica Musicale di Fiesole).
As a member of the jury of Morricone takes part at the "Festival di S.
In Bonn Morricone recieves the international award of film- and mediamusic
"Erich Wolfgang Korngold".
He intensifies his conducting activities with concerts of filmmusic in
Rome (Valle Giulia), Rimini, Linz and Sevilla.
He receives the Life Time Achievment Award of the European Film Acadamy in
Berlin, where he was the only artist to receive a standing ovation.
At a proposal of Antonio Trudu the "Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature
Straniere dell'Università di Cagliari" gives Morricone the "Laurea Honoris
On the ministry of culture's proposal, the President of the Italian
Republic gives him the "Medaglia di prima Classe di Benemerito dell'Arte e
Morricone receives the honorary citizenship of L'Aquila.
He wins the "Golden Globe" by the foreign press in Italy.
He is nominated honorary member of the "Claustro Universitario de las
Artes" in Alcala/Madrid.
For the first time Morricone conducts two symphonic concerts at the
Barbican Centre in London, dedicated to his film scores and "absolute
Morricone receives the honorary degree by the "Seconda Università" of