We all know that on June 5 Il Volo will make a tribute event in memory of the great composer Ennio Morricone, who died in July 2020 at the age of 91.
But are we sure we know who Ennio Morricone was and what were his compositions?
Surely Morricone’s fame is due to his compositions for filmography, which includes more than 70 award-winning films.
We recall only some of these films, which have music that certainly remained in our memory:
THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY, of which I propose this beautiful video recorded in Venice in 2007 with an orchestra directed by Ennio Morricone himself.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST,very beautiful and poignant.
Theme that we heard sung in Sanremo with so much sweetness and emotion by Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca:YOUR LOVE ❤
ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
Naturally you will have recognized the sweetE PIÙ TI PENSO,and so let’s listen to a small piece performed by very young Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio directed by Maestro Morricone.
How sweet they are and what a skill.❤
MISSION TO MARS
MISSIONof which we listen to the beautiful “Gabriel’s Oboe” which Gianluca likes so much and which I hope will include in the program of the event.
SACCO & VANZETTIincluding the theme “Here’s to You” sung by the good Joan Baez, and which I now propose to you in a choral performance directed by Morricone.
THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS
THE HATEFUL EIGHT…….and many others.
Ennio Morricone was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
In 2016 Morricone had sold more than 70 million records worldwide.
His successes include three Grammy Awards, three Golden Globes, six BAFTAs, ten David di Donatello, eleven Nastro d’Argento, two European Film Awards, the Golden Lion Honorary Award and the Polar Music Prize in 2010.
Much of his success is due to the columns of western films, in particular the films of Sergio Leone (Italian director and his schoolmate), several of these films are played by Clint Eastwood, who will remain a good friend of Morricone and who in 2007 will deliver to him the Academy Honorary Award.
How much emotion in Morricone who speaks slowly so as not to allow the tears to fall, I admit that I was moved by watching this video.
Surely you have recognized on the balcony of the theater, Quincy Jones, his good friend, and next to him, Maria, Morricone’s beloved wife, to which he dedicates the award.
But Morricone is not only film music, it also has a “minor” production – but “minor” only for the role that the “small” and “light” songs have always played in relation to other music, the “heavy” ones. “ it’s big”. Ennio Morricone began working at the end of the fifties as an arranger, and put his signature on many juke-box songs conquering new audiences of young people.
Among these we certainly rememberIL MONDO,which we are used to hearing from the beautiful voice of IL VOLO that I propose live in a video of LA SHOWCASE, but how small they were. 😘
The composer’s genius is found in the use of various orchestral instruments, considered “unusual” such as the oboe, to which Morricone gives a lot of importance. He also used the most unusual instruments: the harmonica, the whistles, the snap of the whips, the trumpet, the screams, just to name a few. In addition, in the 40s he will also be a good jazz trumpeter, in short, an all-round artist.
Morricone also wrote many sacred music and many classical music and also an opera and a mass, in short, a multifaceted artist.
In 2016, he received his only competitive Academy Award for the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and will once again dedicate the award to his wife Maria.
The power of Morricone’s music is that it does not stop at the barriers imposed by the various musical styles.
His music “Ecstasy of Gold”, was used by the heavy metal band Metallica at the opening of their concerts.
In the television series The Sopranos, they played “Man with the Harmonica” taken fromONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST,and which in the following video I propose played by the rock band MUSE.
Even the cartoon, The Simpsons, paid homage to Morricone using the music of the Cinema Paradiso theme.
Dolce & Gabbana, like many others, used Morricone’s music for their commercials.
In 1977 Morricone composed the official theme for the 1978 Fifa World Cup, which was held in Argentina. 🇦🇷
But who was Ennio Morricone in private life?
A very humble and simple man, very respectful of the rules and schedules, in an almost military way. Used to getting the most out of himself.
One great love, his wife Maria.
“A moment of distraction, and she had an accident while driving her father’s car. They put the cast on her from the neck to the waist, as was done then. She was in great pain. I stayed close to her. And so, day by day, drop by drop, I made her fall in love.”
Ennio and Maria got married and had 4 children: Marco and Andrea, who followed in the footsteps of their father, Alessandra, and finally Giovanni, screenwriter and director. I also believe that the eldest girl in the photo below is not their daughter.
At his side for over 60 years, his beloved wife Maria accompanied him in all his goals and in his dark periods, advising and supporting him in his artistic production by actively participating, like any self-respecting soulmate.
“While I was composing she was sacrificing herself for our children. For fifty years we saw little: either I was with the orchestra or I was closed in my studio composing.”
And this great love of his, he will remember until the end. Upon his death, Ennio Morricone left a posthumous letter, of which I translate the content:
ENNIO MORRICONE is dead.
This is how I announce it to all the friends who have always been close to me and also to those who are a little distant, whom I greet with great affection. Impossible to name them all.
But a particular memory is for Peppuccio and Roberta, fraternal friends very present in these last years of our life.
There is only one reason that drives me to greet everyone like this and to have a private funeral: I do not want to disturb.
I greet with great affection Ines, Laura, Sara, Enzo and Norbert, for sharing most of my life with me and my family.
I want to remember with love my sisters Adriana, Maria, Franca and their loved ones and let them know how much I loved them.
A full, intense and profound greeting to my children Marco, Alessandra, Andrea, Giovanni, my daughter-in-law Monica, and to my grandchildren Francesca, Valentina, Francesco and Luca. I hope they understand how much I loved them.
Lastly Maria (but not last). To her I renew the extraordinary love that has kept us together and that I am sorry to abandon. To you the most painful farewell. ❤
His son Andrea, will direct Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca in the concert-tribute in Rome, on June 5th, the date should be certain, however nothing is yet known about the participation of the people, but if he is admitted, I will do everything to be present and keep you updated.
In any case, it has already been said that Italian and American televisions will be present at the event, so everything will be well recorded and proposed.
And now let’s enjoy this magnificent performance of E PIÙ TI PENSO, from the voices of Gianluca, Piero and Ignazio .❤
Now we know Ennio Morricone a little better – composer and man, a truly exceptional artist. So we understand well why Il Volo wants to try their hands at this great tribute, to pay homage to a composer of unforgettable music that creates emotions and makes the heart vibrate.
Surely Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, with their splendid voices will be able to make the most of Morricone’s music and songs.
There will be guests with whom to make duets and a large orchestra and choir, and what about the magnificent Piazza San Pietro that will be the background?
It will be magnificent, unforgettable and we will all be witnesses of this event.
Time goes by and our guys are getting ready for the best, I can’t wait !!
Immediately before the beautiful performance in Sanremo, Il Volo made this small clip to congratulate Radio Subasio for 45 years of activity.
I propose it because in any case we see Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, quite serene.
As soon as the performance was over, Il Volo was interviewed by Radio Italia. Or rather, only Piero and Gianluca were present, because Ignazio, as soon as the performance was over, left immediately.
Perhaps not everyone has already seen this interview, as soon as I heard the first sentences, my heart was filled with gratitude for Piero ❤ and Gianluca ❤, for the beautiful words of affection towards Ignazio.
Mario Volanti = Two of Il Volo came to visit us …
Piero = Two thirds of Il Volo …
Gian = Happy to see you.
MV = We greet Ignazio who had to leave immediately …
Piero = Do we want to thank Ignazio because he has the strength of a lion? If we are here today it is thanks to him.
Gian = Our great life and travel companion.
MV = How long have you been traveling together, guys?
Piero = 12 years.
Gian = It all started in 2009, right here, in Sanremo, at the Ariston. Then a few things happened.
MV = Do you still feel Italian or have you become a bit globalized?
Piero = Imagine. Perhaps the thing we have suffered most in recent years has been to do concerts only abroad before 2015. After 2015, thanks to Sanremo, we started doing concerts in Italy. I must say that when concerts are held in Italy it is always more beautiful. You feel close to home and this is nice for us, who spend 8/9 months a year away from our home, from Italy. However, abroad, the public manages to appease this lack.
MV = What was it like to sing on the Ariston stage, without an audience and in those somewhat particular conditions?
Gian = It looks like a soundcheck. But you are aware that millions of people are watching you. We lose empathy with the public, but we have given our best, because we must always try to be impeccable. We are really happy with this performance, but above all to be able to pay homage to the great Maestro Ennio Morricone. We are working on a new musical project, a record, with all the Maestro’s soundtracks sung, in English and Italian, from Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, to Once Upon a Time in America, Sacco and Vanzetti, to the Ecstasy of Gold. We are working on a very nice project, we hope.
MV = I have to pull your ears though. At the Sanremo Festival you are extra-elegant. Then come to us, in Palermo, in front of 100 thousand people, with t-shirts and jeans. Why?
Piero = Can I give you a great answer? When we come to you we feel at home. We make ourselves comfortable.
You are here now with the jacket and pants, as soon as you get home, you put on your tracksuit or pajamas, right? You make yourself comfortable ….
MV = Do you mean that next time you come to me in your pajamas?
Piero = With you we feel at home, we make ourselves comfortable.
Gian = We don’t come in pajamas though.
MV = You are highly forgiven.
Do you remember Palermo? (beautiful outdoor show in front of thousands of guys).
Piero = And who forgets it.
MV = Crazy. An infinite crowd.
Gian = We will be back. Very early.
MV = As soon as possible.
Piero = Have you already thought about it?
MV = In 2020 we had already organized Palermo. Then what happened happened. And it jumped. You, you came in 2019, the last RADIO ITALIA LIVE – THE CONCERT in Palermo. You made 100,000 people sing.
Gian = We will soon be back to normal. Let’s be optimistic.
MV = Thanks anyway, it has always been nice to have you as our guests, and hearing you sing is always something exciting, and unique, you are good.
P + G = Thanks
MV = What happens in the near future?
Piero = We are in full registration phase. It is a very delicate phase. When an artist works on a new musical project, he has that doubt: “Will he like it or will he not like it?” We can say that the name of Ennio Morricone clearly helps us a lot. In June we will hold this concert-event, dedicated to Ennio Morricone, taken up by all the American, Japanese, South American televisions and, we hope, a tour will follow in 2022.
Gian = There will also be duets, musicians and international singers.
Piero = But if you give us the date of the Radio Italia concert …
Gian =… We already fix it and we won’t have any commitments.
MV = Promise?
Best wishes for your production. Goodbye, at the next RADIO ITALIA LIVE – THE CONCERT.
P + G = With the T-shirt
MV = No, I fly you in my pajamas !! Bye guys!
P + G = Bye
For those who want to review the performance of Il Volo at the Radio Italia Concert in Palermo, here is the video.
What a fantastic performance, and what a beautiful choral participation of all the many young people of Palermo. We hope that soon, these beautiful experiences can be made again.
I am positive and we will do them again soon.
Now look at this photo, it is from 2017.
There are Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca with Hauser, the famous cellist, who was then part of the 2CELLOS. They had promised then to do something together but the common commitments never allowed it, but in these days has been published this beautiful video, a “virtual meeting”.
Really nice work and the song acquires a different but very sweet sound.
Now in addition, I want to offer you this beautiful statement, made by Lello Analfino, who is a good Sicilian singer-songwriter, his songs are true poems.
Education and Respect are values that cannot be studied, cannot be bought, handed down from parents to children, you cannot lose them, if you have them you will have them forever no matter what happens. I would like to congratulate Messrs Barone and Boschetto for having handed down these values to their children.
Today I had the privilege of being able to personally verify the human depth of these two guys, who were guests in my studio which is then my home, and who made me fall in love with their vitality and their music that they communicate not only with their beautiful voices, but also through that simple way of being great artists. Thank God I make music and I still manage to be moved and the world still manages to amaze me.
PS = the following photo shows the swabs we made before starting work, so please don’t criticize our selfie because today the only thing I missed is not being able to hug and hold tightly these two guys too good . ❤❤
When words like this are written, which come directly from the heart, but also from the deep intellectual honesty, which admires respect and education, in addition to the undeniable skill ….. what to say ….. I am ecstatic and proud, almost as if they were my children.
And I’m sure Analfino didn’t get to know Gianluca, otherwise the compliments would surely have been extended to him too.
Life is like a book, there are beautiful pages and less beautiful pages, and now we turn the page on the events that have just passed and we hope to always find positive pages.
In fact good news is coming and it’s called MÀKARI.
On the evening of Sanremo I was waiting impatiently for the arrival of Il Volo on TV, advertising promos were passing and one concerned an upcoming 4-episode television miniseries. I was not paying attention, but something immediately attracted me ….. the beautiful and unmistakable voice of Ignazio !!!
Immediately on the web, the rumors of other fans circulated who had the same thought and here it is, it is him, Ignazio.
But what is Màkari? Is the fiction in 4 episodes, deals with the works of Gaetano Savatteri(Sicilian writer) set between the Zingaro Nature Reserve and Baia Santa Margherita, (Trapani area)
Plot: The series of 4 yellow novels, stars Saverio Lamanna, writer by vocation and detective by chance. During the four evenings, Saverio engages in investigations into murders, disappearances and mysteries that bloody his land.
But here’s the promo that aired just before their performance in Sanremo.
And here is the explanation of MÀKARI from the voice of Il Volo, yes because the theme song will be sung by Il Volo, but the song is written by Ignazio.
This is the video of the remote press conference of Il Volo on the Màkari project.
IGNAZIO = Let’s say it is a Sicily told by a twenty-five year old who lived Sicily, through stories, through images. Màkari is a landscape that I experience every summer, because I have many friends in S. Vito lo Capo and every summer I take the opportunity to return to this land.
It is a song that tells about my Sicily, land of sages, land of fools, made of devils and saints, but I have also seen some images from the series and this series is also about love, which is something that I love, love combined with yellow (they are detective stories).
It is a song linked to traditions, from how it speaks, and for us, at least for me who wrote it, it is an honor to tell about my Sicily through a fiction that tells the truth of this Sicily.
In days it will be available on all platforms, for those who want to listen to it. Sony is working to make it available on all platforms.
GIANLUCA = I also have a great passion for acting, so, hoping one day to undertake this journey as well, I wanted to congratulate all the actors.
We got to see some small parts, so I was also happy to be able to preview some parts of this fiction that we will all watch. We can’t wait, I have anxiety waiting for this moment, so I renew my congratulations to everyone for this great project and we are delighted to be part of it.
PIERO = I am very happy, but all three of us are, to have married this project. In fact, Gianluca and I are very proud of Ignazio, of the work he did in this song, and it was exciting to record a song by Ignazio in the recording studio, to hear it in the commercial, every time it is exciting.
We wanted to thank Carlo degli Esposti, Marco Cingoli and Luigi Pinto for choosing us, it’s not something to be taken for granted. (a little taste of the fiction and the beautiful song follows,)
In the final piece of the video there is a small verse of the song, which is accompanied by a classical guitar. Ignazio sings.
The text is in Italian with a few words in Sicilian, here’s what it says:
“Sing louder but do it in silence, because no one here hears and sees us, but Makari is home is joy is love. I don’t forget Màkari anymore.
Chista è na storia nu pocu curiosa nu pocu scuntrusa mi parla di amuri (Sicilian dialect = This is the story a little curious, a little grumpy, it speaks to me of love.)
For the traditions, for my roots, Màkari is home and the heart sings for you.”
in the photo the two protagonists of Màkari
One more thing to be very proud of these guys.
A nice surprise, no one expected this gift.
Ignazio, you are fantastic, your talent as a composer has finally found the right launch, and it can be heard and tasted by many people, who will surely love it.
Once again I am very proud of you, once again you have shown that you are united and great.
Your talent knows no bounds.
I look forward to hearing the whole beautiful song.
When I heard the sad news on Monday that Ignazio’s father passed away, I was shocked! It was so sudden. And of course, I immediately thought about Ignazio and his family and my heart went out to them.
Life is so short and, just when it seems all is right, it’s over! It doesn’t always happen that way but when it does, it creates a silence in us that is almost deafening. Everything goes away and sorrow takes its place! There’s no trying to explain it. If we could, we would know the secret of life. So, we try to do what we can to help the people we love. And that’s what Fabio did!
When I saw the Heart on BOIN, I thought about Ignazio and Fabio. They have been friends since they were teenagers. I’m sure Fabio was hurting for his friend. He was feeling Ignazio’s pain. I believe Fabio needed to do something. And he did what he does best, he expressed his feelings in art.
Look up! That’s Ignazio’s heart. Fabio drew it and then he noticed there was a break in it and, he felt the pain. He immediately drew a Little Band-aid and said, “God please help my friend, he’s in pain!” And for a few moments, Ignazio’s pain was alleviated. Then he thought, the pain will come back and he still will be very sad. Maybe some friends can cheer him up! So, he sent that beautiful Heart to all of us. What was touching about the Heart was the Little Band-aid in the middle. It spoke volumes! It said my, friend, Ignazio is in pain and he is very sad.
I understood what needed to be done! I took the Heart with the Little Band-aid and I sent it with a message to Ignazio friends, you, the fans to let you know he needed our help! And suddenly the break in the Heart began to close. The Little Band-aids were helping the pain.
The space in Ignazio’s heart was rapidly filling with beautiful
expressions of love to comfort him in his time of sorrow.
We are at his side, in prayer, and we will remain with
him for as long as he needs us!
Yes, the Little Band-aids are there but, you can’t see them. They’re invisible! They’re called Words!
When all of you received the message, you immediately responded! This has been going on for days! Even, now, messages are coming in from around the world on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram! Not hundreds, not thousands but, tens of thousands! And that’s just what came to me! Messages expressing condolences, sympathy, prayers! Please send our Condolences to Ignazio and his family. Please send our deepest Sympathy to the family. Please let Ignazio know “we are praying for the family.”
All those tens of thousands of Little Band-aids you sent, they are there on Ignazio’s Heart and they are easing the pain.
We found out Ignazio is a Lion, a very courageous young man. Just listen to his very emotional performance of “Your Love” at Sanremo. Vito that was for you! Amazing strength! And I must say some of that courage and strength came from all of you. Remember those six little words you said? “We are praying for the family!” They gave Ignazio the strength and courage to follow a path he never followed before. Your prayers were with him all the way.
But what will happen with the Little Band-aids? Will they ever go away? Soon, soon the pain will begin to subside and, the Little Band-aids will take on a new role. They will become Memorieswhich Ignazio will store away for those days when he is sad and needs some comfort. Then he will reach into his beautiful head and pull out a wonderful memory!
Now, Ignazio has become the man of the house and we know he will be “a rock” for those beautiful ladies, mom Caterina and sister, Nina!
I would love to be able to reply to all of you, personally, to thank you for all those, beautiful expression of love, which were so important to Ignazio and his family. The fans are an important part of Ignazio’s life. I’ve come to know many of you personally. You are Ignazio’s family and my family because we are all one family, the Il Volo family. And I know Ignazio appreciates what each and every one of you did for him this week. The time you took to write your words of love and all your prayers for his family. He will hold them in his heart forever.
Yesterday, Vito was laid to rest! More than ever the family needs your prayers! Please continue to keep Ignazio close to your heart and in your prayers!
I want to thank Fabio for sending us Ignazio’s Heart so we could alleviate some of the pain and share our love with him.
I can’t even imagine how they got through that very touching song. So appropriate!If Ignazio wanted to tell his father how he felt, he certainly couldn’t have said it better than with that song.
You could feel the emotion! You could feel the support for Ignazio! Many times, Ignazio had to hold back tears but, so did Gianluca! If ever there was a question of how these guys feel about each other, the question was answered at Sanremo. True brothers!
Isn’t it fitting that they began their wonderful journey on the Ariston stage and, they showed their true love for each other on that same stage? These three, amazing, young men poured out their hearts for the love of Vito. And Gianluca and Piero showed their love for Ignazio in their support for him in one of the most difficult times in his life. These guys are so strong for one another!
Ignazio is a, true, showmen! He knew the show must go on! And he knew that’s how his father would want it to be! No question this was a very difficult decision for Ignazio to make but, he knew there was only one answer. Yes, the show must go on! And when it did it was with such dignity, that it left us all speechless. Every performance they give is exceptional but when it’s also emotional it goes to another level. I don’t know about the rest of you but, I was in tears.
We have to remember these young men have been together for 11 years and so have their families. So, the loss goes beyond Ignazio because Gianluca and Piero are also his family. They were teenagers when they came together and, they are used to having each other’s parents traveling with them. They traveled for very long periods of time with Mr. Boschetto. He was a part of the Il Volo family so it’s only natural that they are also feeling the loss.
Vito you will be missed by your family but, you will also be missed by your Il Volo family with whom you shared many wonderful moments! And, the Il Volo fans, will miss you too!
Ignazio you made your father very proud. His love will always shine in your heart!
Your Love (Once Upon A Time In The West)
I woke and you were there
Beside me in the night
You touched me and calmed my fear
Turned darkness into light
I woke and saw you there
Beside me as before
My heart leapt to find you near
To feel you close once more
To feel your love once more
Your strength has made me strong
Though life tore us apart
And now when the night seems long
Your love shines in my heart
Your love shines in my heart
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