For most folks the films of Dario Argento are synonymous with the haunting music of Goblin. Like Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann or Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, a majority of the directors' more popular works are heavily associated with that of a particular composer, and vice versa.
However, before Argento's collaboration with Goblin, none other than Ennio Morricone had scored his first three giallo films, among them 'Cat o' Nine Tails' ('II gatto a nove code'), a piece from which I've selected for today's entry. When most people think of Morricone his celebrated scores for old Spaghetti Westerns usually to mind--known for their slow, epic melodies accompanied by wailing fuzz from a Les Paul. It's great music indeed, but there's so much more to Morricone than final showdowns under the desert sun. 'Crime and Dissonance,' a compilation of his more experimental works, is a great introduction to his brilliancy off the beaten path.
I have yet to see 'Cat o' Nine Tails,' but Morricone's "Lullaby in Blue" is haunting if not incredibly sorrowful. The pacing reminds me of his Western scores for Sergio Leone, but it's a completely different animal; This strikes me as such a vulnerable piece of music, and I love those vocals in the background.
As a bonus, more Morricone horror awesomeness:
Ennio Morricone - Spasmo (Complete Soundtrack) (1974)
Ennio Morricone: Una Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna (La Lucertola) (1971)