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After outlining a whole new genre with three earlier collaborations Ennio Morricone and director Sergio Leone took the Western a stage further with 1969's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST.For Leone there was the luxury of draping the composer's deeply atmospheric pre-recorded pieces around the movie as it was filmed. The way this cinematic epic's images combine with Morricone's rich score suggests telepathy was by then at work between the two men. ONCE UPON A TIME encompasses so many memorable themes: the elegant waltz that accompanies Edda del Orso's wordless phrasing on the title piece; 'Man with a Harmonica' and its nagging cry sliced apart by the chime of a desert guitar; 'The First Tavern ' where Morricone typically sets up incongruous instrumentation and then lets sinister orchestration fight it out with a jaunty barroom piano. A score that truly transcends the incidental or indeed any categorization you attempt to throw at it.
One of the most lyrical Western movie scores from one of the all-time greatest movie Westerns. Unlike the slightly more cartoonish music (in the Raymond Scott sense) for Sergio Leone's earlier "Man with No Name" Westerns starring Clint Eastwood (Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), Once upon a Time in the West is epic in scope and elegiac in tone. Composer Ennio Morricone uses a haunting, wordless female vocal on the main theme (and in the equally beautiful soundtrack for Leone's companion gangster epic, Once upon a Time in America, many years later) that sends chills down your spine and may even bring tears to your eyes
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