Music from the Movies: “Once Upon a Time in the West”

As movie soundtracks go, few get better than this. Ennio Morricone’s theme song for Once Upon a Time in the West, Sergio Leone’s 1968 classic western. The theme song is one of those that many try to imitate but few succeed. The reason it is so memorable is its resonance; the melody is lush and expansive, and within minutes, you are moved along dreamily by its epic sweep.

Here are two renditions of Morricone’s masterpiece, the first by Croatian cellist Stjepan Hauser and the second a vocal-piano combination lead by vocalist Steffi Vertriest. Both are lovely.

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