Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack masterpiece


My personal favorite among movie soundtracks.

Once Upon a Time in the West..

Once Upon a Time in the West is Sergio Leone’s 1968 spaghetti western, cinematic masterpiece film; starring Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, and Claudia Cardinale. It’s a tale of epic badassery involving a harmonica playing man of mystery, a vengeful widow, an innocent thief, and a murderous villain. The overall production is beautiful, amazing; attributing to its detailed settings, inventive sequences, developed story and characterizations.

And, I love the soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone, now and forever among the greatest movie soundtrack creators of all cinematic history. He sets everything wonderful about this movie in its proper place, with lyrical tones and character specific themes. I love his use of varied simple handheld instruments, and use of natural hums and whistles.

Enjoy below, the very best of his music for Once Upon a Time in the West. Even if never seen, there is much to appreciate.

The main theme

Cheyenne’s theme.

Jill’s theme

The mystery man with the harmonica, and his final duel:

And, the Finale:


2 thoughts on “Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack masterpiece

  1. I watched this movie for the first time recently. Henry Fonda as a bad guy was beyond weird. The soundtrack is not my favorite Ennio Morricone, but my tastes might be more simple than yours. I basically liked the Clint Eastwood movies better, but I have read that true movie aficionados like this one more.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Thanks for your response. Also, bah on true aficionados. Both this and the Dollars trilogy are great movies but I think on different levels depending on the viewer. Fortunately, I wasn’t too familiar with Henry Fonda, especially when I first saw this movie as a kid so that didn’t distract too much. I think being mesmerized by the female lead added to that. But most of all, I personally like the music. That and the Good, Bad, and the Ugly theme made me a big Ennio Morricone fan.


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