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HENRY MANCINI  

(1924 - 1994)

Henry Mancini (Enrico Nicola Mancini) was born on 16 April 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, but he grew up in Pennsylvania. His father, an Italian immigrant, taught him to play the flute and piccolo. As a young boy, he played the flute in a youth band for several years. After graduating from high school he received musical training from Max Adkins, the musical director of the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, who encouraged Henry to pursue further musical studies. Mancini decided to attend the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh (now Carnegie Mellon University). Adkins introduced Henry to Benny Goodman, who encouraged Henry to move to New York. Mancini took Goodmans advice and left Philadelphia. Soon after his move to New York, he was accepted into the Julliard School of Music.

After only a year in New York, Mancini was drafted in into the Air Force in 1943 during WWII. After his service ended, he moved to Los Angeles with his new wife, Ginny OConnor and began working as a freelance musician. He received a wonderful opportunity in 1952 when he was hired for a temporary assignment at Universal studios, working on an Abbott and Costello film. His talent earned him a permanent position at Universal Studios where he remained for 6 years, building his reputation as a skilled film composer and arranger. One of his earlier projects, The Glenn Miller Story, earned him an Oscar in 1954 (Best Adaptation of a Score). Mancini went on to receive eighteen Academy Award nominations, winning two Oscars for Breakfast at Tiffanys, one for The Days of Wine and Roses, and one for Victor/Victoria. Mancini was also nominated for 72 Grammys. Among the twenty Grammys that he was awarded are five for Breakfast at Tiffanys and three for The Pink Panther. He also received two Emmy nominations and was given a Golden Globe Award for his work in Darling Lili in 1970 (Best Song).

In addition to his motion-picture work, Mancini did work for television films (including The Thorn Birds), wrote the themes of many popular television shows (including Newhart, Peter Gunn, and Remington Steele) and recorded more than ninety albums. Through the nineteen-eighties, Mancini continued his work on film scores, while also working as a conductor and performer.

After a long battle with Cancer, Henry Mancini passed away in Beverly Hills, CA on 14 June 1994.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
129TH ARMY BAND: 129th Army Band Altissimo
75442261232
Film and TV Music
DIBUSSOLO, Frank: Straight Up Naxos Jazz
9502
Contemporary Jazz
Film Music - SHORE, H. / BERNSTEIN, E. / YARED, G. / MORRICONE, E. / ROTA, N. / ROTA, N. / TIERSEN, Y. / ENYA (Cinema Concertante) (Zacher) Oehms Classics
OC785
Film and TV Music
Flute Recital: Marcusson, Goran - CHEN, G. / HE ZHAN, H. / SIBELIUS, J. / MANCINI, H. / ROTA, N. (Inspiration, Vol. 2: Melodies of a Silver Flute) Naxos
8.570389
Film and TV Music
GREAT MOVIE THEMES 2 (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Carl Davis) Naxos
8.572111
Film and TV Music
LOEKI STARDUST COLLECTION (Loeki Stardust Quartet) Newton Classics
NC8802044
Film and TV Music
MANCINI: Music of Henry Mancini (The) (arranged by Richard Hayman) Naxos
8.557825
Orchestral, Film and TV Music, Orchestral, Film and TV Music, Orchestral, Film and TV Music, Orchestral, Film and TV Music
Orchestral Music: ANDERSON, L. / PORTER, C. / DOELLE, F. / WINKLER, G. / MANCINI, H. (Invitation a la Danse) (Finnish Radio Symphony, Saul) Ondine
ODE795-2
Orchestral
PROTEUS 7: For Your Ears Only Dorian Sono Luminus
XCD-90258
Contemporary Jazz
STOR MUSIK FOR SMA ORON Naxos
8.570395
Film and TV Music
STOR MUSIK FOR SMA ORON (Big Music for Little Ears) - Children's Music Compilation Naxos
8.503156
Film and TV Music
The Music Of Henry Mancini Naxos International
8.990038
Orchestral, Film and TV Music, Orchestral, Film and TV Music, Orchestral, Film and TV Music, Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AIRMEN OF NOTE: On the Air Altissimo
75442253472
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND DIPLOMATS: Do You Hear What I Hear Altissimo
75442260242
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: On Wings of Song Altissimo
75442260582
Film and TV Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND: First Flights Altissimo
75442260572
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
When You Wish Upon A Star Naxos International
8.990032
Film and TV Music
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