Henry Mancini

Biography

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 Breakfast at Read more 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
American Classics - Bernstein, Gershwin, Mancini / Clamor, Krautwurst, Saxon Wind Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/31/2012   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 12247   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Tell Me Once Again / Kidd, Clark
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: AKD377 Release Date: 04/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini
    Performer:  Carol Kidd,  Nigel Clark
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  • 27.
    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
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  • 28.
    Loeki Stardust Collection 1980-2000
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802044 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Tarquinio Merula,  Gioseffo Guami,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven,  Bertho Driever,  Daniel Brüggen,  Paul Leenhouts
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam,  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 29.
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 924132 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Rodgers,  Franz Lehár,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  Wilma Smith,  Geoffrey Payne,  Jack Harrison
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ponkin,  André Rieu,  Richard Bonynge,  Leonard Dommett  ... 
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  • 30.
    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)
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  • 31.
    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
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  • 32.
    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 T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 4409 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lew Pollack,  Henry Mancini,  Alessandro Cicognini,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
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  • 34.
    Send In The Clowns / London Brass
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 4686174 Release Date: 01/11/2010   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
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  • 35.
    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
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  • 36.
    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
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    James Galway - Celebrating 70: A Collection Of Personal Favorites
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 742201 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Franz Doppler,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Elton John,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip Moll,  Jeanne Galway,  James Galway,  Sarah Cunningham  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt,  Vincent Fanuele,  Henry Mancini,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Galway Pops Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 38.
    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
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  • 39.
    Pops Concert / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 6213 Release Date: 12/16/2008   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
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  • 40.
    Invitation Ŕ La Danse
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 795 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raimond Valgre,  Hughie Charles,  Nacio Herb Brown,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Conductor:  Peeter Saul
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Moon River – The Memorial Screen Music 1 / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35043 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Jarre,  Francis Lai,  Bob Wills,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 42.
    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
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  • 43.
    The Arthur Fiedler Legacy - From Fabulous Broadway To Hollywood's Reel Thing
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001005902 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John T. Williams,  Stephen Sondheim,  Barbra Streisand,  Paul Simon  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 44.
    Themes From Academy Award Winners
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60966 Release Date: 11/13/2007   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  ... 
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  • 45.
    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
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  • 46.
    Extra Time / Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425222 Release Date: 03/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Schott,  Charlie Parker,  Paul Leenhouts,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Leenhouts,  Daniel Brüggen,  Bertho Driever,  Karel Van Steenhoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
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  • 47.
    The 14 Berlin Flutists - Flute Waves
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 9081393 Release Date: 09/19/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  14 Berlin Flutes
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  • 48.
    Presenting David Hobson
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4765690 Release Date: 08/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  Randy Newman,  George Frideric Handel,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Shefali Pryor,  David Hobson,  Phil Buckle,  Teddy Tahu Rhodes [Baritone Vocals]  ... 
    Conductor:  Guy Noble,  Anthony Walker,  Marco Guidarini,  Thomas Woods  ... 
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  • 49.
    The Essential James Galway
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 80318 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Elton John,  Alan Menken,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway
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  • 50.
    Best Of The Swingle Singers
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 82132 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Traditional,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers
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