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
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  • 76.
    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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    Hollywood Screen Classics / Gerhardt, National Philharmonic
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 71 Release Date: 06/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manos Hadjidakis,  Miklós Rózsa,  Fumio Hayasaka,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dances For Flute / James Galway
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60917 Release Date: 02/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Saverio Mercadante,  Fritz Kreisler,  François Joseph Gossec  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Conneff,  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Graham Oppenheimer
    Conductor:  Marisa Robles,  Claudio Scimone,  Charles Gerhardt,  James Galway  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marisa Robles Harp Ensemble,  The Chieftains,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Galway At The Movies
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61326 Release Date: 02/09/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Lennon,  Amanda McBroom,  Dave Grusin,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Galway Pops Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Mancini in Hollywood - Mr. Lucky and Other Film & TV Greats
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61517 Release Date: 02/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  David Rose,  Various
    Conductor:  Henry Mancini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Henry Mancini Orchestra
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  • 81.
    The Telarc Collection Vol 3
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89103 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thelonious Monk,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Mark Fisher,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Charlie Sepulveda,  Wynton Marsalis,  Dizzy Gillespie,  Paul Katz  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Erich Kunzel,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland String Quartet,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Prague Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 82.
    James Galway - Greatest Hits Vol 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61178 Release Date: 05/12/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Traditional,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Cleo Laine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Chieftains
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  • 83.
    As Time Goes By & Other Classic Movie Love Songs / Mancini
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60974 Release Date: 04/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herman Hupfeld,  Henry Mancini,  Harold Arlen,  Bryan Adams  ... 
    Conductor:  Henry Mancini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Henry Mancini Orchestra
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  • 84.
    The Domingo Songbook
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48299 Release Date: 03/10/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jule Styne,  John Kander,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo
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  • 85.
    Star Tracks 2 / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80146 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Don Dorsey,  John Williams,  Henry Mancini,  James Horner  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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    Chiller / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80189 Release Date: 08/10/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Jerry Goldsmith,  John Addison,  Bernard Herrmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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