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The Italian Cultural Institute in Pretoria, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in South Africa and the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg, is pleased to announce the tour of the free show titled Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words, that will be performed in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships, Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. He was hired by Leone for A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and his score for that film, with its sparse arrangements, unorthodox instrumentation (bells, electric guitars, harmonicas, the distinctive twang of the jew's harp), revolutionized the way music would be used in Westerns. Although his name will always be synonymous with the spaghetti Western, Morricone has also contributed to a huge range of other film genres, making him one of the film world's most versatile artists. He has written nearly 400 film scores, so a brief summary is impossible, but his most memorable work includes the Leone films (including Once Upon a Time in America), Roland Joffé's The Mission (1986), Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987), Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso (1988).

What are the secrets behind his journey? How did the Maestro become a recognised and recognisable icon worldwide through his music?

In a three-voice performance Alessandro De Rosa, composer and co-author of the biography of Ennio Morricone, recounts some salient moments of the Maestro's life and work, creating a red thread through film clips, unpublished footage, and the interpretations of Fausto Beccalossi (accordion) and Claudio Farinone (guitars), who reread some passages from Morricone's musical career and shape them on their instruments.

Retracing the history of Ennio Morricone means getting acquainted with the life of a genius of our time, as well as with the cultural and social context in which his identity was able to interact and evolve. A changing context, full of contradictions and opportunities, able to fascinate and to speak to us about our present, about us.

Dates and Venues:

  • Wednesday 23 Nov. h18:30 – WITS University, Johannesburg
  • Thursday 24 Nov. h18:30 – Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, Cape Town
  • Sunday 27 Nov. h18:30 – The Jewish Club, Durban

Free entrance – Mandatory Registration

23 Nov 18:30 - Johannesburg - Wits Great Hall: 

24 Nov 18:30 - Cape Town - Hugo Lambrechts Music School of Music: 

27 Nov 18:30 - Durban – The Jewish Club: 




Date: Da Wednesday, November 23, 2022 a Sunday, November 27, 2022

Organized by : IIC Pretoria, Ambasciata d'Italia a Pretoria, Consolato Generale d'Italia a Johannesburg, Consolato d'Italia di Cape Town

Entrance : Free