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Best Movie Soundtracks - 1980s
Ennio Morricone wrote one of his most lyrical scores for The Mission, a 1986 British drama about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in 18th century South America. The standout moment is 'Gabriel's Oboe', a lilting two-minute masterpiece which manages simultaneously to be both lyrical and stately. The piece has been arranged for cello, organ, even a four-piece boy band, and has also become a very popular piece at weddings. Morricone was honoured with both a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for The Mission, with an Oscar still eluding him until an honorary academy award in 2007.