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Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The

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Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone (arr. Ted Parson)


General Info

Year: 1966 / 2008
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Editions Marc Reift
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €191.30


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
E-flat Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Soprano Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass (optional)
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Floor Tom
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tubular Bells


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic "spaghetti western" film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood as "the Good", Lee Van Cleef as "the Bad", and Eli Wallach as "the Ugly". Ennio Morricone composed the film's score including its main theme. It is an Italian-led production with co-producers in Spain, West Germany and the United States.

In 1862, during the American Civil War, a trio of bounty hunters attempt to kill fugitive Mexican bandit Tuco Ramírez.

The score is composed by frequent Leone collaborator Ennio Morricone, whose distinctive original compositions, containing gunfire, whistling, and yodeling permeate the film. The main theme, resembling the howling of a coyote, is a two-note melody that is a frequent motif, and is used for the three main characters, with a different instrument used for each one: flute for Blondie (Man with No Name), arghilofono (Ocarina) for Angel Eyes, and human voices for Tuco.

It is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most original film scores in history. The score complements the film's American Civil War scenes, containing the mournful ballad, The Story of a Soldier, which is sung by prisoners as Tuco is being tortured by Angel Eyes. The film's famous climax, a three-way Mexican standoff, begins with the melody of The Ecstasy of Gold and is followed by The Triple Duel. This epic showdown is considered by many film critics to be one of the most electrifying climaxes ever filmed, and the music is an integral component of the drama.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


This medley of music from the 1966 film includes Main Theme, Death of a Soldier, The Story Of A Soldier The Trio, and Ecstasy Of Gold.


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