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Last week, the brilliant trumpeter Ryan Anthony passed away at age 51 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He created 'Cancer Blows' as a charitable foundation. Morricone"s 'Gabriel"s Oboe' from The Mission became a signature concert piece for Anthony.

 

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The closing scene* & theme of Cinema Paradiso gives me goosebumps everytime. So as not to spoil the impact for anyone who hasn"t seen it, here it"s performed by Pat Metheny & Charlie Haden:

 

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* It"s available on YouTube.

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I got to know him once, 15 years ago or so.

 

It happened at a concert by the great IALS Sax Quartet here in Rome; they played both a piece of mine ("Rewind" for saxes and electronics), and a suite of pieces from Morricone, quite typical of his "serious" music. He was there, so we were introduced, and started talking a bit.

 

He was incredibly available to chat and exchange ideas, not a trace of looking down on others. He seems genuinely interested in my piece, and asked for info about the electronic sonorities, the synchronization, etc.

Also a very serious guy, not very inclined to joke or laugh - but at the same time, totally humble and genuinely curious.

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What a master. He'll be missed.

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Last week, the brilliant trumpeter Ryan Anthony passed away at age 51 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He created 'Cancer Blows' as a charitable foundation. Morricone"s 'Gabriel"s Oboe' from The Mission became a signature concert piece for Anthony.

 

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I don't log in often and I post even less frequently, but I've been around this forum for 15 years. Your post is why I keep coming back. I don't know anything about trumpets other than Miles Davis' work. I never heard of Ryan Anthony. I never heard of Ennio Morricone although I am apparently familiar with a lot of his work.

 

But this was just incredible. So moving. Just a beautiful performance and so emotional. Thank you for posting this.

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I can't recommend "The Legend of 1900" enough. Its one of the best music-based films I've ever seen, with great humor and ample passion. Tim Roth has immense acting range and this is one of his very best vehicles. Its a major contrast with his playing of the bad guy 'The Abomination' in "The Incredible Hulk," of all things! Put "1900" on your short list. Its yet another celebration of Morricone.

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One of the greatest!

I'm Greek and he was Italian so we were "neighborhoods"...

Let me say goodbye with words from both languages...

 

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