• Simon Rushby

Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone

#musiceveryday 19 Nov 2020


Ennio Morricone, who died in July this year, was one of the greatest film composers, penning scores for hundreds of films such as the iconic The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and, more recently, The Hateful Eight.


The Mission was released in 1986 and starred Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro in a film about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary, Father Gabriel, in Paraguay. In one scene, Gabriel stands at the Iguazu Falls and plays his oboe in an attempt to win over the local people. Morricone's composition for this scene, Gabriel's Oboe has since become one of his most famous compositions, and has been reimagined for many other instruments and for singers such as Sarah Brightman and Hayley Westenra.

Morricone received an Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe for his score for The Mission. This performance of his haunting composition is conducted by the composer himself.


More to listen to

Morricone's beautiful theme from Cinema Paradiso performed in Venice in 2007


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