[The following is an excerpt from the Ennio Morricone interview entitled Ã¢â‚¬Å“Once Upon a Tune in the Cinema: The Soundtrack Genius of Ennio MorriconeÃ¢â‚¬? by Gregory Nicoll, which appeared in the magazine STOMP AND STAMMER Vol. 9 , No. 12, October 2004. For a complete and uncut printed copy of the interview with color photos and album covers, send just $1.25 to Ã¢â‚¬Å“Stomp and StammerÃ¢â‚¬? Back Issues, P.O. Box 55233, Atlanta, GA, 30308 U.S.A. and ask for this issue by number/date.]
Nicoll: Quentin TarantinoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s KILL BILL movies used your music from the 1967 western DEATH RIDES A HORSE for a martial arts battle in modern Japan, and a subdued passage from THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY for a wedding scene in modern Texas. How do you feel when your compositions are used in a new, unrelated film?
Morricone: Ã¢â‚¬Å“He did what he wanted to do, and it is right that he did that. He had asked me to compose some tracks for the first film, but I refused because I do not go to America to do two-and-a-half minutes of music! Therefore, I renounced the idea. He took what pleased him – or had it imitated, I do not know Ã¢â‚¬â€œ from my music catalog! I know that in the second film he did it a lot of more.Ã¢â‚¬?