Ennio Morricone – Gabriel’s Oboe (1986)

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Ennio Morricone 1986

Ennio Morricone was awarded an Oscar for The Hateful Eight last month. Perhaps the lack of competition warranted it, but the 6,000 voting members of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences get their selections wrong so regularly that they have their own built-in save face – the Honorary Oscar. Before he received his in 2006 for “magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”, Morricone had been obscenely overlooked for 1984’s Once Upon a Time in America and 1986’s The Mission. I select the latter’s ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ as a glimpse of what heaven must sound like.

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