2020-01-14 – 21:40 h
Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, the current President of the Italian Senate, delivered on Saturday, January 11, 2020, a special Lifetime Achievement Award to maestro Ennio Morricone, during the first meeting ‘Senate and Culture’ of 2020.
Ennio Morricone was accompanied by an ensemble of musicians of the Roma Sinfonietta, which he conducted to the music of some of his movies such as ‘Once Upon A Time in America’, having the support of his son, Andrea Morricone, who conducted the music of ‘Cinema Paradiso’.
A visibly touched Morricone, who turned 91-years-old a few months ago, said with a voice broken in tears ‘I am not prepared to talk…and do you know why? Because I’m very moved’.
In her speech to the Senate, Casellati said that there could be no better debut for 2020 and that: “This event is, in fact, a tribute to the extraordinary career of one of the greatest contemporary artists. Arranger, musician, composer, conductor, Morricone has known like no other to make versatility his trademark. He has received tributes all over the world for his extraordinary ability to make the public daydream with his music, and he is considered a point of reference for entire generations of musicians: from pop to jazz, from classical music to rock. He has achieved international success by making music for over 500 films and TV series, and is universally recognized as one of the greatest soundtrack composers of all time.”
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