All posts under Henry Mancini

9 Favorite Henry Mancini Scores

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Before there was John Williams or Hans Zimmer, there was Henry Mancini—the first film music superstar. Through a string of chart-topping studio albums, Mancini’s indelible tunes were played on hi-fi’s around the world, and his songs and themes were sung and recorded by the top artists of his era. But that popularity came at a price. “A problem arose from the re-recording of those scores,” Mancini said in his autobiography, Did They Mention the Music?  “The albums were made up of the most melodic material from the films. A lot of…

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9 Favorite Movie Songs

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This month’s “9 on the 9th” post deviates a bit from the expected subject matter to focus on the combination of film music and lyrics. Over the years, movie songs have had their ups and downs. The best songs work within the film and/or encapsulate the story or an emotion. And there’s arguably no bigger marketing tool for a film than a hit song. With 85 years of movie songs to choose from, narrowing the list down to nine was, as usual, ridiculously difficult. There are arguably better crafted songs…

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9 Favorite Comedy Scores

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Because everyone’s sense of humor is different, everyone’s taste in comedy films is also different. (Duh!) I’m not usually a big fan of obvious, slapstick humor. I prefer comedy that has a human element, some darkness to it, and wit and sophistication (he types oh so snobbishly). You likely won’t find me at the latest Kevin James or Adam Sandler yuck fest (with “yuck” being the key word in that phrase). The most successful comedy film scores for me have some heart and drama to them, as well as an…

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Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Breakfast At Tiffany's

Literary purists may balk at the sanitized version of Truman Capote’s BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961). But film buffs were rewarded with Audrey Hepburn in her signature role as Holly Golightly, a young, free-spirited woman living in New York, who forges an unusual relationships with her writer/gigolo neighbor, George Peppard. The success of the film rests on the gamin shoulders of the remarkable Hepburn and the hip, haunting music of Henry Mancini. When Blake Edwards was hired to direct the film, he had to convince the Paramount brass to hire Mancini….

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Two for the Road

Two for the Road

Henry Mancini often doesn’t get much respect as a film composer. And on some level, you can understand why. Mancini’s soundtrack albums more often than not were re-recorded and repackaged to make them more palatable as albums. As such, they can be great fun to listen to, but usually don’t present the score in its best possible light. You’ll hear the highlights, but miss the meat of the music. With its smooth sheen, Mancini’s instantly recognizable sound gets unfairly lumped in with the “easy listening” crowd. Categorizing him as such means missing…

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My Huckleberry Friend

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It’s pre-dawn on 5th Avenue. The normally bustling shopping thoroughfare is improbably empty. As the morning sun peaks over the horizon, a taxicab pulls up and a vision in black emerges from the backseat. In a stunning Givenchy black gown, upswept hair, black arm gloves, five strands of pearls, and sunglasses, Audrey Hepburn gazes longingly up at the name “TIFFANY’S” inscribed in the polished marble, and a 1960s icon of glamour and elegance is born. The main titles for BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) contain one of the most famous openings of…

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