There are few people who rise to iconic. Ennio Morricone is one. There are few composers who are instantly recognizable. John Williams is well known and created many iconic scores, but they are tied to the movies and characters that they underscore.
Morricone transcended film. When you think of a shootout in a western between the good guy and the bad guy, your mind goes to his score, without even knowing it. That high whistle followed by a chorus of wah-wah-wah. That piece of music, his score for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. He composed over 400 scores for cinema and television and over 100 classical works.
Morricone passed away yesterday, July 6, 2020, at the age of 91.