Henry Mancini


Born: April 16, 1924; Cleveland, OH   Died: June 14, 1994; Beverly Hills, CA  
Henry Mancini was not the first composer to introduce jazz elements into film and television scoring, but he was the first to become wildly successful with the public, particularly with the slinky, playful theme for the Pink Panther movies and the brassy, big band sound of the TV series Peter Gunn. Mancini was equally adept at broader, lyrical pop styles, especially in the song "Moon River," the achingly beautiful theme for the film Read more Breakfast at Tiffany's. He won 20 Grammy awards out of 73 nominations and became a familiar public figure as a gentle, avuncular presence on his own syndicated musical TV series and as a frequent guest conductor of orchestral pops concerts.

Young Enrico Nicola Mancini played piccolo and flute with his father in a local Sons of Italy band. In his early teens, he determined to become a film composer and was sent to Pittsburgh to study piano and arranging. Mancini entered Juilliard to study piano in 1942, but within a year was drafted; Glenn Miller arranged for him to play with a service band until he was assigned to combat duty in Europe. Discharged in 1946, Mancini joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra as pianist and arranger. The following year, he followed his wife-to-be to Los Angeles, where he wrote music for bands and radio shows, while bolstering his composition skills through studies with Ernst Krenek and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Mancini landed a job with Universal Pictures in 1952; over the next six years, he worked on 100 films, most of them forgettable low-budget affairs. He made his reputation in 1954, though, with his score for The Glenn Miller Story, which garnered his first Academy Award nomination.

Universal laid Mancini off in 1958, but the composer quickly developed an association with producer Blake Edwards, scoring his TV show Peter Gunn, the theme from which won him a recording contract with RCA. Mancini began issuing extremely popular and award-winning LPs of arrangements of pop and jazz hits, ultimately working on crossover albums with such classical artists as James Galway and Luciano Pavarotti.

Meanwhile, Mancini and Edwards would collaborate on 26 movies between 1960 and 1993. Three of Mancini's most enduring hits came from 1961: "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's, the similarly lush theme from Days of Wine and Roses, and the playful "Baby Elephant Walk" from Hatari! Despite averaging three film scores a year through the 1980s, Mancini would always be best-remembered for these earliest efforts, along with the theme from 1964's The Pink Panther and perhaps his score for the 1983 TV miniseries The Thorn Birds. He was a more versatile composer than his mainstream fans may think; for example, he adopted an avant-garde style for the 1985 science fiction movie Lifeforce. Mancini's final work was on a stage adaptation of Edwards' Julie Andrews vehicle Victor/Victoria, which originated as a 1982 film and opened on Broadway in 1995, shortly after the composer's death, running more than 700 performances. Read less
Light Classics - Music Of Henry Mancini / Hayman, Et Al
Release Date: 01/17/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557825   Number of Discs: 1
On sale!
CD: $8.99
In Stock
On sale!     CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

Browse 26-50 of 87 Available Recordings
1 2 3 4
  • 26.
    100 Greatest Tv Themes, Vol. 3
    Label: Silva Screen   Catalog: 1423 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Christopher Gunning,  Ronnie Hazlehurst,  John M. Keane,  Earle Hagen  ... 
    Performer:  Tara Clark,  Keith Ferreira,  Adam Greenup,  Johnny Griggs  ... 
    Conductor:  James Fitzpatrick,  Evan Jolly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Works,  Michigan Music Works
    CD: $41.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $41.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 27.
    American Classics - Bernstein, Gershwin, Mancini / Clamor, Krautwurst, Saxon Wind Philharmonic
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 12247 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Henry Mancini,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Ines Agnes Krautwurst
    Conductor:  Thomas Clamor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Wind Philharmonic
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 28.
    Let's Dance / Eckert, United States Air Force Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT61652 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  John LaBarbera,  Arthur Johnston,  Edward "Duke" Ellington  ... 
    Conductor:  Joe Eckert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note
    ArkivCD $17.99
    In Stock
    ArkivCD:  $17.99 Add to Cart

  • 29.
    Perkin' At Merkin
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 25 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Iannis Xenakis,  Recorded Sound,  Morton Feldman,  Nils Vigeland  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Pugliese,  Jan Williams,  William Trigg,  Kory Grossman  ... 
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 30.
    The Party [original Soundtrack]
    Label: Reel Time   Catalog: 1012 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini
    Performer:  Henry Mancini,  Ronny Lang,  Bill Plummer,  Shelly Manne  ... 
    Conductor:  Henry Mancini
    On sale! $19.98
    CD: $16.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $19.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 31.
    John Williams & The Boston Pops - A Celebration
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001649302 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Williams,  Vangelis,  Max Steiner,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Conductor:  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
    CD: $21.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $21.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 32.
    The Hi-fi Sound Of Orchestra
    Label: Premium Records   Catalog: 27824 Release Date: 01/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Steiner,  Larry Kusic / Nino Rota,  Stanley Myers,  Andrew Lloyd Webber  ... 
    On sale! $59.98
    CD: $57.49
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $59.98   CD:  $57.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 33.
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 381205 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Danny Elfman,  Paul Lavender,  Carlos Gardel,  Hans Zimmer  ... 
    Performer:  Sergej Synelnikov,  Juliane Sigler
    Conductor:  Stefan Fraas
    SuperAudio CD: $19.99
    In Stock
    SuperAudio CD:  $19.99 Add to Cart

  • 34.
    Invitation To Romance
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7412 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Kosma,  David Raksin,  Henry Mancini,  Erroll Garner  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Szczesniak,  Doug Riley,  Chung-Oo,  Alex Dean  ... 
    Conductor:  Doug Riley
    CD: $17.98
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.98 Add CD to Cart

  • 35.
    Label: Biruta Grunwald (Label)   Catalog: 5637706545 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Schubert,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Biruta Grunwald
    CD: $14.99
    Special Order
    CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 36.
    Cinema Concertante / Herkenhoff, Zacher, Kurpfalzisches Kammerorchester
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 785 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elmer Bernstein,  Gabriel Yared,  Ennio Morricone,  Yann Tiersen  ... 
    Performer:  Ulrich Herkenhoff
    Conductor:  Frank Zacher
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 37.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Orchestral Gems In Stereo
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5165 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tolchard Evans,  Jerome Kern,  Jule Styne,  Charles Trenet  ... 
    Conductor:  Carmen Dragon,  Paul Weston,  Warren Barker,  Xavier Cugat  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victor Silvester & His Silver Strings,  101 Strings (Orchestra)
    CD: $9.99
    Back Order
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 38.
    Label: Silva Screen   Catalog: 1309 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Pete Moore,  Bernard Herrmann,  David Raksin,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Performer:  Gareth Williams,  Mark Ayres
    Conductor:  Evan Jolly,  Paul Bateman,  Nic Raine,  Bill Ashton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Ensemble
    CD: $63.99
    Back Order
    CD:  $63.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 39.
    Digital Jukebox / John Williams, Boston Pops
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422064 Release Date: 04/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Pestalozza,  Alex North,  Max Steiner,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Conductor:  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 40.
    Guitar Mosaic: Music For Solo Guitar
    Label: Tom Silver   Catalog: 5637564622 Release Date: 09/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Danilo Caymmi,  Henry Mancini,  Luiz Bonfá,  Alfonso Montes  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Silver
    CD: $19.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $19.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 41.
    Cinema / Laurent Korcia
    Label: Apm {all Parts Move}   Catalog: 65642 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Churchill,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franco Mannino,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Camille,  Laurent Korcia,  Baptiste Vay,  Florian Frere  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthieu Gonet,  Michael Wendeberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Orchestra
    CD: $11.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $11.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 42.
    James Galway - Celebrating 70: A Collection Of Personal Favorites
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 742201 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  François Joseph Gossec,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Sarah Cunningham,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Eduardo Mata,  Charles Gerhardt,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti di Zagreb,  London Symphony Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $9.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 43.
    Film Music Classics - Great Movie Themes Vol 2 / Davis, Royal Liverpool PO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572111 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Danny Elfman,  Henry Mancini,  Lalo Schifrin,  Francis Lai  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    On sale!
    CD: $8.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!     CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 44.
    Pops Concert / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 6213 Release Date: 12/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ambroise Thomas,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Krips
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 45.
    Invitation À La Danse
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 795 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raimond Valgre,  Hughie Charles,  Nacio Herb Brown,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Conductor:  Peeter Saul
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 46.
    Moon River - The Memorial Screen Music 1 / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35043 Release Date: 01/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Jarre,  Francis Lai,  Bob Wills,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 47.
    Clowning Around / London Brass
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46069 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Stephen Foster,  Julius Fucik,  Jan Koetsier  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Crowley,  Mark Bennett,  Robert Farley,  Anne McAneny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 48.
    Themes From Academy Award Winners
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60966 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Maurice Jarre,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Henry Mancini,  Arthur Fiedler,  Charles Gerhardt,  David Raksin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mancini Chorus,  Mancini Orchestra,  Boston Pops  ... 
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 49.
    My Tunes / Jan Vogler
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 713065 Release Date: 08/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Henry Mancini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Vogler
    Conductor:  Helmut Branny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresdner Kapellknaben
    CD: $11.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $11.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 50.
    Masters And Commanders - Music From Seafaring Film Classics
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80682 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  John Debney,  Morton Gould,  Franz Waxman  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Lees
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

1 2 3 4