“The Duel – Morricone Draws First” by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra

For decades, celebrated Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has been lending his musical talents to some of the most iconic movie soundtracks of all time. The Danish Broadcast Corporation recently aired a concert called “The Duel – Morricone Draws First” performed by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra / DR SymfoniOrkestret, The Danish National Concert Choir with various soloists conducted by Sarah Hicks.

In popular culture, the name Ennio Morricone summons up images of cowboy hats, cheroots, and swarthy, dusty men dying in extreme close-up while a whistle sound dramatically pierces the background. Morricone’s work for Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western films is justly famous, but it’s only the very tip of his musical genius. His collaborations with directors Pier Paolo Pasolini and Sergio Leone to Terrence Malick and Quentin Tarantino made movie history. Since 1946, he has composed over 500 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. His filmography includes over 70 award-winning films.

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra filled an entire evening with a best of Ennio Morricone’s hits. The music they performed were titles from a wide range of western and mafia movies reflecting different perspectives on an Italian-American movie and film music style.

The playlist feature spectacular live renditions of “Once Upon a Time in the West”, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “For a Few Dollars More”, “A Fistful of Dollars“, “The Godfather”, “Kill Bill”, “Inglorious Basterds“, “The Sicilian Clan“, “The Untouchables“, “Once Upon a Time in America” and “Taxi Driver“.

Since 1925 the Danish National Symphony Orchestra has been the cultural flagship of DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. The Orchestra offers everything from Classical sounds through Romantic tone-poems and modern masterpieces to new creations by the composers of tomorrow. At the same time, the Orchestra has a special feeling for Danish music.

This excursion into movie scores is not new to them. In the past they have hosted three orchestral concerts called Galaxymphony which included some of the soundtrack from various space and sci-fi movies. Here they focussed on the famous themes of “Star Wars”, “Star Trek”, “Interstellar”, “Blade Runner”, “The Fifth Element” and more.