Saturday 15 April 2017

Ennio Morricone for Easter

It is Easter in less than an hour, and I thought I would give some unusual Easter music, from a little known gem of Biblical movie. I am referring to the score of Moses the Lawgiver, which was composed by Ennio Morricone. The script of the movie/miniseries was written by Anthony Burgess and, since it is the 100th anniversary of Burgess' birth, it is another good reason to share it. The production of Moses was a troubled one and it has its flaws, often due to shoddy cutting (the film has many different versions of different length). But I daresay that it is far superior to any other Moses movie. Great dialogues, provocative deconstruction and rationalization of the Exodus, it is an iconoclastic, skeptical, sometimes blasphemous Biblical story. And there is the music. This piece could be the Israeli anthem.

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