Once Upon a Time in the West (soundtrack)

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Once Upon a Time in the West
Soundtrack album by Ennio Morricone
Released 1972 (1972)
Genre Contemporary Classical
Length 38:23
Label RCA
Producer Ennio Morricone
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Once Upon a Time in the West is a soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone, from the 1968 western film of the same name directed by Sergio Leone, released in 1968. The film score sold about 10 million copies worldwide.[2][3][4][5]

The soundtrack features leitmotifs that relate to each of the main characters of the movie (each with their own theme music), as well as to the spirit of the American West.[6] Especially compelling are the wordless vocals by Italian singer Edda Dell'Orso during the theme music for the Claudia Cardinale character. It was Leone's desire to have the music available and played during filming. Leone had Morricone compose the score before shooting started and would play the music in the background for the actors on set.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

  1. "Once Upon a Time in the West" – 3:46
  2. "As a Judgment" – 3:08
  3. "Farewell to Cheyenne" – 2:40
  4. "The Transgression" – 4:43
  5. "The First Tavern" – 1:41
  6. "The Second Tavern" - 1:34
  7. "Man with a Harmonica" – 3:31
  8. "A Dimly Lit Room" – 5:09
  9. "Bad Orchestra" – 2:25
  10. "The Man" – 1:03
  11. "Jill's America" – 2:48
  12. "Death Rattle" – 1:45
  13. "Finale" – 4:13

Expanded edition[edit]

An expanded and remastered album was released in Italy, November 2005.

  1. "Once Upon a Time in the West" - 3:43
  2. "The Man" - 1:03
  3. "The Grand Massacre" - 2:40
  4. "Arrival at the Station" - 0:55
  5. "Bad Orchestra" - 2:25
  6. "Jill's America" - 2:47
  7. "Harmonica" - 2:27
  8. "The First Tavern" - 1:39
  9. "A Bed Too Large" - 1:32
  10. "Jill" - 1:47
  11. "Frank" - 1:52
  12. "Cheyenne" - 1:16
  13. "The Second Tavern" - 1:33
  14. "The Third Tavern" - 1:19
  15. "Epilogue" - 1:14
  16. "On the Roof of the Train" - 1:19
  17. "Man with the Harmonica" - 3:30
  18. "A Dimly Lit Room" - 5:08
  19. "The Transgression" - 4:41
  20. "Return to the Train" - 0:40
  21. "Morton" - 1:36
  22. "As a Judgment" - 3:08
  23. "Final Duel" - 3:35
  24. "Death Rattle" - 1:44
  25. "Birth of a City" - 4:25
  26. "Farewell to Cheyenne" - 2:38
  27. "Finale" - 4:08

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ "Future Legend Records". Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "De Weekkrant" (PDF). Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Cult Cinema, 2005
  5. ^ Reviews. "chokingonpopcorn, October 23rd, 2003". Chokingonpopcorn.com. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Kehr, Dave (2011). "Once Upon a Time in the West". When movies mattered : reviews from a transformative decade. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-42941-0.