sábado, 4 de julho de 2009

Henry Mancini - The Concert Sound of Henry Mancini


01. Academy Award Selection:

a) Never on Sunday (from 'Never on Sunday')
b) Highy Noon (from 'High Noon')
c) Over the Rainbow (from 'The Wizard of Oz')
d) Buttons and Bows (from 'The Paleface')
e) Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (from 'Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing')
f) Three Coins in the Fountain (from 'Three Coins in the Fountain')
g) Moon River (from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's')

02. A Tribute to Victor Young:

a) Golden Earrings (from 'Golden Earrings')
b) When I Fall in Love
c) Sweet Sue - Just You
d) Stella by Starlight
e) My Foolish Heart
f) Love Letters
g) Around the World in 80 Days

03. The Music of David Rose:

a) Holiday for Strings
b) One Love
c) American Hoe Down
d) Manhattan Square Dance
e) The Stripper
f) California Melodies
g) Dance of the Spanish Onion
h) Our Waltz

04. Peter Gunn Meets Mr. Lucky:

a) Mr. Lucky
b) Lightly Latin
c) Dreamsville
d) Timothy
e) March of the Cue Balls
f) Joanna
g) My Friend Andamo
h) Peter Gunn


Talento e Sofisticação

Compositor, regente e arranjador, Henry Mancini foi um dos músicos mais versáteis do século XX. Mancini não é apenas sinônimo de grandes temas para o cinema, séries para a TV e peças de teatro: seu inigualável talento também brilhou em interpretações de peças clássicas. Henry Mancini recebeu nada menos do que 72 indicações ao Grammy, tendo sido premiado em 20 ocasiões. O músico recebeu ainda duas estatuetas do Oscar, das 18 indicações que recebeu.

Mancini nasceu na cidade de Ohio, Estados Unidos, em 1924. Aos 8 anos foi apresentado à música por seu pai, elegendo a flauta como seu primeiro instrumento. Aos 12, preferiu ter aulas de piano. Depois de completar o segundo grau, em 1942, entrou para a famosa escola de música Juilliard School, em Nova Iorque, porém foi obrigado a suspender seus estudos com a explosão da Segunda Guerra Mundial. Alistou-se em 1943, primeiramente na Força Aérea e, depois, na Infantaria. Em 1946, Henry vivenciou um capítulo decisivo em sua evolução musical, passando a integrar a fabulosa orquestra de Glenn Miller e Tex Beneke, como pianista e arranjador.

Em 1952 Mancini passou a fazer parte do departamento de música dos estúdios da Universal. Durante os seis anos seguintes, contribuiu com seu talento em mais de 100 curtas e longa-metragens. Vale destacar arranjos compostos pelo maestro para os filmes "A História de Glenn Miller", "A História de Benny Goodman" e na produção de Orson Welles intitulada "A Marca da Maldade". Não poderíamos deixar de mencionar clássicos como "A Pantera Cor-de-Rosa", "Bonequinha de Luxo", "Arabesque", "Hatari!" e "Days of Wine and Roses", entre tantos outros.
Mancini realizava cerca de 50 concertos por ano, ao redor do mundo, acompanhado por várias orquestras, como The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Boston Pops, The London Symphony e The Israel Philharmonic. Além disso, acompanhou artistas ilustres, como o tenor Luciano Pavarotti, o flautista James Galway e o cantor Johnny Mathis, entre muitos outros.

Mancini faleceu em 1994, mas sua obra e seu talento permanecerão para sempre em nossos corações.


Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994) was an Academy Award winning American composer, conductor and arranger. He is remembered particularly for being a composer of film and television scores. Mancini also won a record number of Grammy awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. His best-known works are the jazz-idiom theme to The Pink Panther film series ("The Pink Panther Theme") and "Moon River".

Mancini was born Enrico Nicola Mancini in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the steel town of West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. His parents emigrated from the Abruzzo region of Italy. Mancini's father, Quinto, was a steelworker, who made his only child begin flute lessons at the age of eight. When Mancini was 12 years old, he began piano lessons. Quinto and Henry played flute together in the Aliquippa Italian immigrant band, "Sons of Italy". After high school, Mancini attended the renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York. In 1943, after roughly one year at Juilliard, his studies were interrupted when he was drafted into the army. In 1945, he participated in the liberation of a South German concentration camp.

Upon discharge, Mancini entered the music industry. In 1946, he became a pianist and arranger for the newly re-formed Glenn Miller Orchestra, led by Tex Beneke. After World War II, Mancini broadened his composition, counterpoint, harmony and orchestration skills during studies with two acclaimed "serious" concert hall composers, Ernst Krenek and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

In 1952, Mancini joined the Universal Pictures music department. During the next six years, he contributed music to over 100 movies, most notably The Creature from the Black Lagoon, It Came from Outer Space, Tarantula, This Island Earth, The Glenn Miller Story (for which he received his first Academy Award nomination), The Benny Goodman Story and Orson Welles' Touch of Evil. Mancini left Universal-International to work as an independent composer/arranger in 1958. Soon after, he scored the television series Peter Gunn for writer/producer Blake Edwards, the genesis of a relationship which lasted over 35 years and produced nearly 30 films. Together with Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Leith Stevens and Johnny Mandel, Henry Mancini was one of the pioneers who introduced jazz music into the late romantic orchestral film and TV scores prevalent at the time.

Mancini's scores for Blake Edwards included Breakfast at Tiffany's (with the standard, "Moon River"), and with "Days of Wine and Roses," "Experiment in Terror," The Pink Panther, (and all of its sequels, such as "A Shot in the Dark"), The Great Race, The Party, "Victor/Victoria". Another director with a longstanding partnership with Mancini was Stanley Donen (Charade, Arabesque, Two for the Road). Mancini also composed for Howard Hawks (Man's Favorite Sport, Hatari! — which included the well-known "Baby Elephant Walk"), Martin Ritt (The Molly Maguires), Vittorio de Sica (Sunflower), Norman Jewison (Gaily Gaily), Paul Newman (Sometimes a Great Notion, The Glass Menagerie), Stanley Kramer's (Oklahoma Crude), George Roy Hill (The Great Waldo Pepper), Arthur Hiller (Silver Streak), and Ted Kotcheff (Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?), and others. Mancini's score for the Alfred Hitchcock film, Frenzy (1972), was rejected and replaced by Ron Goodwin's work.

Mancini scored many TV movies, including The Thorn Birds and The Shadow Box. He wrote his share of television themes, including Mr. Lucky (starring John Vivyan and Ross Martin), NBC News Election Night Coverage, NBC Mystery Movie, What's Happening!!, Newhart, Remington Steele, Tic Tac Dough (1990 version) and Hotel. Mancini also composed the "Viewer Mail" theme for Late Night with David Letterman.

Mancini recorded over 90 albums, in styles ranging from big band to classical to pop. Eight of these albums were certified gold by The Recording Industry Association of America. He had a 20 year contract with RCA Records, resulting in 60 commercial record albums that made him a household name composer of easy listening music.

Mancini's range also extended to orchestral and ethnic scores (Lifeforce, The Great Mouse Detective, Sunflower, "Tom and Jerry: The Movie", Molly Maguires, The Hawaiians), and darker themes ("Experiment In Terror," "The White Dawn," "Wait Until Dark," "The Night Visitor").

Mancini was also a concert performer, conducting over fifty engagements per year, resulting in over 600 symphony performances during his lifetime. Among the symphony orchestras he conducted are the London Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He appeared in 1966, 1980 and 1984 in command performances for the British Royal Family. He also toured several times with Johnny Mathis and with Andy Williams, who had sung many of Mancini's songs.

Mancini had experience with acting and voice roles. In 1994 he made a one-off cameo appearance in the first season of the sitcom series Frasier, as a call-in patient to Dr. Frasier Crane's radio show. Mancini voiced the character Al, who speaks with a melancholy drawl and hates the sound of his own voice, in the episode "Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast?" Mancini also had an uncredited performance as a pianist in the 1967 movie Gunn, the movie version of the series Peter Gunn, the score of which was originally composed by Mancini himself.

Mancini died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles, California in 1994. He was working at the time on the Broadway stage version of Victor/Victoria. At the time of his death, Mancini was married to singer Virginia "Ginny" O´Connor, with whom he had three children. Ginny Mancini went on to found the Society of Singers a non profit organization which benefits the health and welfare of professional singers worldwide. Additionally the Society awards scholarships to students pursuing an education in the vocal arts and holds the annual Ella Awards. One of Mancini's twin daughters, Monica Mancini, is a professional singer.

In 1996, the Henry Mancini Institute, an academy for young music professionals, was founded by Jack Elliott in Mancini's honor, and later under the direction of composer-conductor Patrick Williams. By the early 2000s, however, the institute could not sustain itself and closed its doors on December 31, 2006. However, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers(ASCAP) Foundation "Henry Mancini Music Scholarship" has been awarded annually since 2001.

Mancini was nominated for an unprecedented 72 Grammys, winning 20 Additionally he was nominated for 18 Academy Awards, winning four. He also won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for two Emmys.

Mancini won a total of four Oscars for his music in the course of his career. He was first nominated for an Academy Award in 1955 for his original score of The Glenn Miller Story, on which he collaborated with Joseph Gershenson. He lost out to Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In 1962 he was nominated in the Best Music, Original Song category for "Bachelor in Paradise" from the film of the same name, in collaboration with lyricist Mack David. That song did not win. However, Mancini did receive two Oscars that year: one in the same category, for the song "Moon River" (shared with lyricist Johnny Mercer), and one for "Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture" for Breakfast at Tiffany's. The following year, he and Mercer took another Best Song award for "Days of Wine and Roses," another eponymous theme song. His next eleven nominations went for naught, but he finally garnered one last statuette working with lyricist Leslie Bricusse on the score for Victor/Victoria, which won the "Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score" award for 1983. All three of the films for which he won were directed by Blake Edwards. His score for Victor/Victoria was adapted for the 1995 Broadway musical of the same name.

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  1. I Had an enchanted evening. Thanks for the music!!!

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