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According to the Internet source given below, Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini was an American composer, conductor and arranger, best remembered for his film and television scores. His best-known works include the theme to The Pink Panther film series and his song Moon River.Mancini was born in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the steel town of West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. He began piccolo lessons at the age of eight and when 12 years old, he began piano lessons. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Mancini broadened his skills in composition, counterpoint, harmony and orchestration during studies opening with the composers Ernst Krenek and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
A multi-talent he was also a concert performer, conducting over fifty engagements per year, resulting in over 600 symphony performances during his lifetime. He conducted nearly all of the leading symphonies of the world, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. One of his favorites was the Minnesota Orchestra, where he debuted the Thorn Birds Suite in June 1983. He appeared in 1966, 1980 and 1984 in command performances for the British Royal Family. He also toured several times with Johnny Mathis and also with Andy Williams, who had each sung many of Mancini's songs; Mathis and Mancini collaborated on the 1986 album The Hollywood Musicals.
Recorder Music CDs:
Gudrun Heyens on "Vivaldi, Mancini, Barbella: Flötenkonzerte"
Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam on "Extra Time"
American Recorder Orchestra of the West on "Fancy Free"
Brass Music CDs:
South Shore Circus Concert Band on "Sounds of the Circus - Volume 19" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
South Shore Circus Concert Band on "Sounds of the Circus - Volume 24" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)