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
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  • 51.
    Light Classics - Music Of Henry Mancini / Hayman, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557825 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Richard Hayman Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Encore! / John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000260602 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Leonard Bernstein,  Frederick Loewe,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  John T. Williams,  Boston Pops
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 53.
    The Essential Wedding Collection
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000233302 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Wright,  Francis Lai,  Bryan Adams,  Giorgio Moroder  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Peter Hurford,  Richard Farnes,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Conductor:  Nick Ingman,  Michael Kamen,  Julius Rudel,  Wyn Morris  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Cinema Paradiso
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4761604 Release Date: 04/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  Henry Mancini,  Charles Chaplin,  Francis Lai  ... 
    Performer:  Shefali Pryor,  David Hobson,  Guy Noble,  Phil Buckle  ... 
    Conductor:  Guy Noble
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  • 55.
    Deep Purple / Jeremy Backhouse, Vasary Singers
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7267 Release Date: 12/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bill Grayston Ives,  Bix Beiderbecke,  Ward Swingle,  Frank Loesser  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Balzan,  Daniel Burges,  Jess Stansfield,  Ben Pilling  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
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  • 56.
    Live Through The Years / Elision Saxophone Quartet, Et Al
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 56 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chick Corea,  Bill Evans,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Dave Brubeck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elision Saxophone Quartet
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  • 57.
    Voyage Nostalgique - Brahms, Bizet, Et Al / Trio Artemis
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1100 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Adler,  Antonín Dvorák,  Henry Mancini,  Zequinha de Abreu  ... 
    Performer:  Myriam Ruesch,  Bettina Macher,  Katja Hess
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Artemis
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  • 58.
    André Rieu - Dreaming
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17159 Release Date: 11/05/2002  
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Traditional,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Conductor:  André Rieu
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  • 59.
    Round Midnight / Twelve Cellists Of The Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57319 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cootie Williams,  Chick Corea,  Shigeaki Saegusa,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Till Bronner,  Janne Saksala,  Ludwig Quandt,  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
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  • 60.
    Eloquence - American Classics - Copland, Etc / Boston Pops
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468156 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Henry Mancini,  John T. Williams,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 61.
    Moments & Movements - Brouwer, Et Al / Guitars A Quattro
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 67 Release Date: 01/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Roland Dyens,  Norton Dudeque,  Jaime Zenamon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guitars a Quattro
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    The Classical Collection Part 1 / Vanessa-Mae
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67456 Release Date: 11/07/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sze-Du,  Albert Hammond,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Paul McCartney  ... 
    Performer:  Vanessa-Mae
    Conductor:  Nicholas Cleobury,  Anthony Inglis,  Kees Bakels
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Belgian Chamber Orchestra,  London Mozart Players,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 63.
    I Salonisti Play Film Music
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61731 Release Date: 07/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaplin,  Francis Lai,  James Horner,  Mikis Theodorakis  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Füri,  Lorenz Hasler,  Béla Szedlák,  Ferenc Szedlák  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
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  • 64.
    The Domingo Collection / Placido Domingo
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63027 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domingo, Placido, Jr.,  Henry Mancini,  Nicholas Brodszky,  Mitchell Leigh  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Julio Iglesias,  Samuel Ramey,  Nina Stemme  ... 
    Conductor:  Vjekoslav Sutej,  Paul Gemignani,  Zubin Mehta,  Bebu Silvetti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Vienna Opera Children's Chorus  ... 
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  • 65.
    John Williams Plays The Movies
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63000 Release Date: 04/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bob Telson,  Luis Enriquez Bacalov,  John T. Williams,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Brendan Power,  John Williams,  Kenneth Sillito,  Nicole Tibbels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Fontaine,  Nick Ingman,  Christopher Gunning,  Steve Gray  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Tenors On Tour / Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62886 Release Date: 03/04/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Eldo Di Lazzaro,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Cesare Andrea Bixio  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Andrea Griminelli,  Peter Hofmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Luis Cobos,  Emerson Buckley,  Roland Heck,  Richard Österreicher  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456079 Release Date: 01/28/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Steiner,  Nino Rota,  Leonard Bernstein,  Barbra Streisand  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Little Tunes For The Big Bassoon / Susan Nigro, M. Lindeblad
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 348 Release Date: 05/28/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Henry Mancini,  Ruth Gipps,  Eugčne Bozza  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Nigro,  Mark Lindeblad
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  • 69.
    Mancini: Classic Film Scores / Nestor, Kanengiser
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1069 Release Date: 02/05/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini
    Performer:  Gregg Nestor,  William Kanengiser
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  • 70.
    The London Trombone Sound
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 108 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Eric Clapton,  Henry Mancini,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Edwards
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orch Trombones,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Trombones,  BBC Symphony Orchestra Trombones  ... 
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  • 71.
    1812 / The Swingle Singers
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45134 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Paul McCartney,  John Lennon,  Leon René  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers
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  • 72.
    Pavarotti & Friends 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444460 Release Date: 06/06/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Bryan Adams,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Performer:  Nancy Gustafson,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Andreas Vollenweider,  Giorgia  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Michael Kamen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Bryan Adams Band,  Andreas Vollenweider
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  • 73.
    100 Fiedler Favorites
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62698 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Stevie Wonder,  George Cory,  Jerry Herman  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Litwin,  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo,  Toni Noichl  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Top 20 - The Very Best Of Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80401 Release Date: 09/27/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Brad Fiedel,  Traditional,  Eduard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Muckenfuss,  Paul Patterson,  Jeanne Dulaney,  Tim Berens  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Central State University Chorus
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    Three Tenors In Concert 1994 / Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti
    Label: Atlantic   Catalog: 82614 Release Date: 08/30/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Helen Guy,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Luciano Pavarotti,  José Carreras
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus
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