Henry Mancini

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Throughout his illustrious career, Henry Mancini would be nominated for an astonishing 72 Grammys, taking the coveted trophy home on 20 occasions. He was also honored with the Golden Globe Award for his notable contribution to the world of music. He was the first to introduce jazz into television and film scores that made his works unique.

A man of rare talent, a prolific musician who doled out a slew of television and motion picture scores year after year, for nearly five decades, he is rightfully regarded as one of America’s best ever composers.



Recommended reading

Sounds and Scores: A Practical Guide to Professional Orchestration (Henry Mancini) 1962

Henry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music (John Caps)

A source of some considerable envy in the eyes of Nelson Riddle, Mancini wielded influence in Hollywood and around the world with his iconic scores: dynamic jazz for the noirish detective TV show ‘Peter Gunn,’ the sly theme from ‘The Pink Panther,’ and his wistful folk song ‘Moon River’ from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Whilst Riddle would win acclaim amongst his peers, and had some success as a composer, Mancini would appear to effortlessly convert mere background music in movies into pop culture – an expression of sophistication and wit with a modern sense of cool and a lasting lyricism that has not dated.

The first comprehensive study of Mancini’s music, Henry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music (University of Illinois Press) describes how the composer served as a bridge between the Big Band period of World War II and the impatient eclecticism of the Baby Boomer generation, between the grand formal orchestral film scores of the past and a modern American minimalist approach. Mancini’s sound seemed to capture the bright, confident, welcoming voice of the middle class’s new efficient life: interested in pop songs and jazz, in movie and television, in outreach politics but also conventional stay-at-home comforts. As John Caps shows, Mancini easily combined it all in his music. There was a feeling of being “out of touch” if you didn’t own at least one of his soundtracks. If the 70’s generation had to own Carole King’s “Tapestry,” a similar sense of commercial ‘hipness’ would apply to “The Pink Panther.”

Through insightful close readings of key films, Caps traces Mancini’s collaborations with important directors and shows how he homed in on specific dramatic or comic aspects of the film to create musical effects through clever instrumentation, eloquent musical gestures, and meaningful resonances and continuities in his scores. Accessible and engaging, this fresh view of Mancini’s oeuvre and influence will delight and inform fans of film and popular music.


Henry Mancini - Official Website