Ennio Morricone received the Polar Music Prize

Today, August 30th, 2010, Ennio Morricone received the Polar Music Prize from the hand of His Majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf, in Stockholm, Sweden.

The very prestigious Polar Music Prize is awarded to individuals, groups and institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements.

The music score is often a very important part of a movie, so it was very nice that the Polar Music Prize finally was awarded to a movie music composer. Ennio Morricone really deserved to be awarded with the Polar Music Prize. He composed the musical scores for around 500 movies and TV programs, of which many are very well-known masterpieces.

Ennio Morricone is the man behind the music scores for many of Sergio Leone‘s classic spaghetti westerns, such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).

At the same time, the Icelandic singer Björk also received the Polar Music Prize.