Henry Mancini's music for movie classics such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Charade," and "Days of Wine and Roses" have been loved and celebrated for years. But the actual, original scores have only just recently been released.
Back in 1961, when "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was new, it was Mancini's routine to rearrange and record easy-listening versions of some of the themes from his scores, and those old soundtrack albums are charming. But they lack the subtlety, depth, power and poignancy of the music heard in the films.
The soundtrack specialty label Intrada has just released the original music for "Breakfast at Tiffany's," and it's a revelation. David Garland presents highlights of this and other Mancini scores.
Watch the opening scene of "Breakfast at Tiffany's":