Once Upon a Time in the West [Original Soundtrack]

Once Upon a Time in the West [Original Soundtrack]

by Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone


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After deconstructing the classic American Western by way of The Good, the Bad & the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars, director Sergio Leone distilled his intentions with 1968's Once Upon a Time in the West, arguably a milestone for both Leone and his musical cohort, Ennio Morricone. For his part, Morricone framed Leone's meditative camera work and mythic narrative with a mix of hauntingly spacious pieces and reconfigured snatches of old-timey tunes. Just within the stretch of the first four pieces here, Morricone evokes the endless expanse of the West with a Copland-esque aria (the main title theme), weaves some twisted grit into the showdown theme with loads of guitar fuzz ("As a Judgment"), ingeniously combines whistling and a clippity-clop rhythm for a respite piece ("Farewell to Cheyenne"), and conjures the surreal end of the cowboy mythos via a wonderfully disjointed serial-style number ("The Transgression"). And whether sounding upbeat or stark, Morricone informs it all with the dry and windswept vacancy of the West. Beautiful and stunning.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078635473629
catalogNumber: 4736
Rank: 13177


  1. Once upon a Time in the West (Morricone)
  2. As a Judgement
  3. Farewell to Cheyenne
  4. The Trasgression
  5. The First Tavern
  6. Man With the Harmonica
  7. A Dimly Lit Room
  8. Bad Orchestra
  9. The Man
  10. Jill's America
  11. Death Rattle
  12. Finale

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