Hans Zimmer Pays Tribute to Ennio Morricone: “Icons Just Don’t Go Away, Icons Are Forever”

Also read tributes from John Carpenter, Edgar Wright, Metallica, Justin Vernon, New Order, Massive Attack, Chance the Rapper, and more

Hans Zimmer's Ennio Morricone Tribute
Ennio Morricone and Hans Zimmer, photo by Philip Cosores

    Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer who gave life to over 500 titles for film and television, passed away on Monday at the age of 91. In the wake of his passing, close friends and colleagues all offered their thoughts and condolences.

    Hans Zimmer led the charge this morning during an appearance on BBC Breakfast. “Ennio was an icon and icons just don’t go away, icons are forever,” he said of the late composer. “The first movie I ever saw was Once Upon A Time In The West. I heard the music and saw those images and I said, ‘That’s what I want to do’.”

    Director John Carpenter, who worked with Morricone on 1982’s The Thing, tweeted: “A friend and collaborator, his talent was inestimable. I will miss him.”


    Similarly, director Edgar Wright offered his condolences on Twitter, writing: “Where to even begin with iconic composer Ennio Morricone? He could make an average movie into a must see, a good movie into art, and a great movie into legend. He hasn’t been off my stereo my entire life. What a legacy of work he leaves behind.”

    Not surprisingly, Morricone’s passing has had quite an impact on the music industry. Metallica, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Massive Attack,  Chance the Rapper, and several other artists have all shared tributes this morning.

    Below, you can read them all and see the influence Morricone had over the world.