Today’s Track of the Day, “Rodeo,” comes from crazy-prolific composer Ennio Morricone’s score to the 1971 French crime film The Burglars (known in France as Le Casse and Italy as Gli Scassinatori), directed by Henri Verneuil and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. The Burglars was Morricone’s third project with Verneuil, after scores he’d composed for Verneuil’s films La Bataille de San Sebastian and The Sicilian Clan.
Nobody’s gonna argue the legacy of Ennio Morricone. The Italian composer—best known for his work with director Sergio Leone, of course—has had a career spanning more than sixty years. So if you want to know more about Morricone, there’s plenty out there to find. The soundtrack to The Burglars is available on the Web through entirely legal channels, as are many of Morricone’s other scores, even if the films themselves aren’t available in the States. There’s a lot of Morricone out there to trawl through, but if you can get your hands on a copy of the import-only Mondo Morricone series of compilations, you’ll be getting most of the highlights.