The Mission (soundtrack)

The Mission is the soundtrack from the film of the same name (directed by Roland Joffé), composed, orchestrated, conducted and produced by Ennio Morricone. The work combines liturgical chorales, native drumming, and Spanish-influenced guitars, often in the same track, in an attempt to capture the varying cultures depicted in the film.[3] The main theme, "Falls", remains one of Morricone's most memorable pieces, and has been used in numerous commercials since its original release. The Italian song "Nella Fantasia" ("In My Fantasy") is based on the theme "Gabriel's Oboe" and has been recorded by multiple artists including, Sarah Brightman, Amici Forever, Il Divo, Russell Watson, Hayley Westenra, Jackie Evancho, Katherine Jenkins, Amira Willighagen and Yasuto Tanaka.

The Mission
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedAugust 5, 1986 (Original)
December 17, 2002 (Remastered)
RecordedSeptember 1985-February 1986, London
LabelVirgin Records
ProducerEnnio Morricone
Ennio Morricone soundtracks chronology
The Venetian Woman
The Mission
C.A.T. Squad
Singles from The Mission
  1. "Gabriel's Oboe"
    Released: August 5, 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores

The soundtrack was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986 and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and the BAFTA Award for Best Music. It was selected as the 23rd best film score in American Cinema in the American Film Institute's 100 Years of Film Scores.[4] The music was also used during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Track listing

All songs by Ennio Morricone.

  1. "On Earth as It Is in Heaven" – 3:50
  2. "Falls" – 1:55
  3. "Gabriel's Oboe" – 2:14
  4. "Ave Maria Guaraní" – 2:51
  5. "Brothers" – 1:32
  6. "Carlotta" – 1:21
  7. "Vita Nostra" – 1:54
  8. "Climb" – 1:37
  9. "Remorse" – 2:46
  10. "Penance" – 4:03
  11. "The Mission" – 2:49
  12. "River" – 1:59
  13. "Gabriel's Oboe" – 2:40
  14. "Te Deum Guaraní" – 0:48
  15. "Refusal" – 3:30
  16. "Asunción" – 1:27
  17. "Alone" – 4:25
  18. "Guaraní" – 3:56
  19. "The Sword" – 2:00
  20. "Miserere" – 1:00


Chart (1987) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 26


Region CertificationCertified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[6] Gold 30,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Gold 50,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[8] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[9] Gold 50,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


Academy Awards

Morricone's score for The Mission did not win the Oscar for Best Original Score, losing to Herbie Hancock's Round Midnight. The award is considered one of the most controversial in that category, because it beat out James Horner's score for Aliens, Jerry Goldsmith's score for Hoosiers and that of Ennio Morricone for The Mission. In his review of the score to Hoosiers, Christian Clemmensen of stated: 'The awarding of the Original Score Oscar for 1986 to Herbie Hancock for Round Midnight is considered one of the greatest of the many injustices that have befallen nominees for that category. Ennio Morricone and, to a lesser extent, James Horner were worthy of recognition that year, though Goldsmith's Hoosiers stands in a class of its own because of its immense impact on the picture.'[10] Morricone, who did not win a competitive Oscar until 2015 (for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight), said in an interview: 'I definitely felt that I should have won for The Mission, especially when you consider that the Oscar-winner that year was Round Midnight, which was not an original score. It had a very good arrangement by Herbie Hancock, but it used existing pieces. So there could be no comparison with The Mission. There was a theft!'.[11]

See also


  1. Allmusic review
  2. review
  3. The Mission soundtrack review at Retrieved 2011-03-27.
  4. AFI's 100 Years Of Film Scores from the American Film Institute. Retrieved 2011-03-27.
  5. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 284. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  7. "Canadian album certifications – Ennio Morricone – The Mission The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Music Canada.
  8. "Polish album certifications – Ennio Morricone – Mission" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  9. Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  10. Hoosiers soundtrack review at Retrieved 2011-03-27.
  11. Adam Sweeting (2001-02-23). "The Friday interview: Ennio Morricone | Film". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
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