Composer Ennio Morricone is celebrating his 90th birthday on November 10.
In an article which originally appeared in the Nov. 10 issue of Billboard, Morricone speaks about a number of subjects.
Combating Writer’s Block
“In order to overcome this challenge, everything depends on the technical know-how of the craft, because what we call inspiration doesn’t exist. What exists is the willingness to do more and overcome difficulty. Music is something that must come from your soul, but what really helps me is this combination of technical know-how and willingness.”
“I always lead a regular life. I never smoked a cigarette. I drink moderately, just a glass of wine at lunch or dinner. Early to bed, early to rise. I do exercises for the legs or arms, chest, neck, everything. I do that every single day. Maybe that’s the secret.”
Succeeding As a Composer Today
“I can base this on my experience, so in my opinion, a young composer should do what I did. That’s just to study a lot and try to compose music as they used to do in the past century. I studied with my maestro, Goffredo Petrassi, at the conservatory. This is the starting point, but then the work is really to practice composing, writing and trying to experience all the different possibilities that music can offer today from the highest point to the most simple one.”
Meanwhile this video presents one of his masterpieces, the MISSION directed by himself.