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Whereas my ears say (maybe erroneously!) that Morricone's theme was written while watching the scene....

Nope, just the opposite. From what I know, director Sergio Leone often used to play the music for the actors while filming! But there was a back-and-forth included: Leone's films are like compositions themselves, he knew what angles, takes, timings and cuts he wants, and wrote detailed and technical scripts. So, already at the start of a project, Leone and Morricone would sit down with Leone's script and get an idea of what kind of music is needed in which scene.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri May 2nd, 2008 at 08:01:57 AM EST
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