'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and the Musical Magic of Henry Mancini

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Saturday, December 07, 2013

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":

Comments [5]

Joe Sikoryak from San Francisco

A very enjoyable program, David. I appreciated how you drew comparisons between the popular and dramatic sides of Hank's music by example. Mancini doesn't always get the respect as a composer that he deserves (partly due to his own commercial instincts) and it's nice that you helped rectify that a bit. Thanks!

Dec. 14 2013 09:56 AM
Stephanie J. Hughes from Manchester, NJ

Oh, David, what a wonderful Christmas gift you've given me! I was (still AM!)a huge Henry Mancini fan - went to one of his concerts once, even, and always wondered why the "soundtrack albums" weren't actual soundtracks. Hearing this is like an ethereal moment! The film and its music comes alive again!! Thank you! I'm getting this for myself, thanks to you!! Hearing Audrey sing that song is pure heaven!!

Dec. 07 2013 09:21 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard W

HENRY MANCINI magically infuses each scene in the movies where his unique musical substance pervades the scenario to such an extent that it becomes the essence, the audio portrayal of what the author choses to convey. AARON COPLAND's music also has that distinction of communicating America and our peoples as no other composer. I am a romantischer Wagnerian heldentenor. On St. Valentine's Day, Friday February 14, 2014, my TEN DVD SET on the VALHALLA RECORDS label of "The 300 Greatest Love Songs of Broadway Musicals, Movies and the Grammys" recorded in ten live concerts will be obtainable. My website is www.WagnerOpera.com, where one may download, free, at RECORDED SELECTIONS 37 out of the nearly 100 selections that I have sung in 4 three-hour-long solo concerts in CARNEGIE HALL'S ISAAC STERN AUDITORIUM.

Dec. 07 2013 07:07 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

Awh! "Two For the Road." I cried .. for the MG.


Audrey Hepburn was a timeless ingenue. Whenever I drive by Tiffany's on 57th street I point out where Hepburn looked in the window. Same for the big red "9" on the next block (Superman). I even remember "Robin and Marion."

Dec. 07 2013 06:16 PM

My favorite Mancini movie theme, "Two for the Road":


Dec. 07 2013 01:12 AM

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