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Mancini – The Pink Panther Theme Easy Piano Solo arr. (sheet music)
Henry Mancini was an American composer, conductor, arranger, pianist and flutist. Often cited as one of the greatest composers in the history of film, he won four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and twenty Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.
His works include the theme and soundtrack for the Peter Gunn television series, as well as the music for The Pink Panther film series (“The Pink Panther Theme”) and “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The Music from Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky, won the inaugural Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Mancini enjoyed a long collaboration in composing film scores for the film director Blake Edwards. Mancini also scored a No. 1 hit single during the rock era on the Hot 100: his arrangement and recording of the “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet” spent two weeks at the top, starting with the week ending June 28, 1969.
In 1996, the Henry Mancini Institute, an academy for young music professionals, was founded by Jack Elliott in Mancini’s honor, and was later under the direction of composer-conductor Patrick Williams. By the mid-2000s, however, the institute could not sustain itself and closed its doors on December 30, 2006.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation “Henry Mancini Music Scholarship” has been awarded annually since 2001.
In 2005, the Henry Mancini Arts Academy was opened as a division of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center. The center is located in Midland, Pennsylvania, minutes away from Mancini’s hometown of Aliquippa.
The Henry Mancini Arts Academy is an evening-and-weekend performing arts program for children from pre-K to grade 12, with some classes also available for adults. The program includes dance, voice, musical theater, and instrumental lessons.
The American Film Institute ranked Mancini’s songs “Moon River” No. 4 and “Days of Wine and Roses” No. 39 on their list of the greatest songs, and his score for The Pink Panther No. 20 on their list of the greatest film scores. His scores for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), Hatari! (1962), Touch of Evil (1958) and Wait Until Dark (1967) were also nominated for the list.
The Raiders (1952) The Glenn Miller Story (1953) Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953) Law and Order (1953) City Beneath the Sea (1953) Destry (1954) Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) The Private War of Major Benson (1955) The Benny Goodman Story (1956) The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) Rock, Pretty Baby (1956) Summer Love (1957) Damn Citizen (1958) Touch of Evil (1958) The Big Beat (1958) Operation Petticoat (1959) High Time (1960) The Great Impostor (1960) Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Bachelor in Paradise (1961) Experiment in Terror (1962) Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) Hatari! (1962) Days of Wine and Roses (1962) Soldier in the Rain (1963) Charade (1963) The Pink Panther (1963) Man's Favorite Sport? (1964) A Shot in the Dark (1964) Dear Heart (1964) The Great Race (1965) Moment to Moment (1966) Arabesque (1966) What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966) Two for the Road (1967) Gunn ...Number One! (1967) Wait Until Dark (1967) The Party (1968) Me, Natalie (1969) Gaily, Gaily (1969) The Molly Maguires (1970) Sunflower (1970) The Hawaiians (1970) Darling Lili (1970) The Night Visitor (1971) Sometimes a Great Notion (1971) Frenzy (Rejected Score) (1972) The Thief Who Came To Dinner (1973) Visions of Eight (1973) Oklahoma Crude (1973) That's Entertainment! (1974) The White Dawn (1974) The Girl from Petrovka (1974) 99 and 44/100% Dead (1974) The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough (1975) W.C. Fields and Me (1976) Silver Streak (1976) The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) Angela (1977) House Calls (1978) Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978) The Prisoner of Zenda (1979) Nightwing (1979) 10 (1979) Little Miss Marker (1980) A Change of Seasons (1980) Back Roads (1981) S.O.B. (1981) Condorman (1981) Mommie Dearest (1981) Victor Victoria (1982) Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) Better Late Than Never (1983) Second Thoughts (1983) Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) The Man Who Loved Women (1983) Harry & Son (1984) That's Dancing (1985) Lifeforce (1985) Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) The Great Mouse Detective (1986) A Fine Mess (1986) That's Life! (1986) Blind Date (1987) The Glass Menagerie (1987) Sunset (1988) Without a Clue (1988) Physical Evidence (1989) Welcome Home (1989) Ghost Dad (1990) Fear (1990) Switch (1991) Married to It (1991) Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992) Son of the Pink Panther (1993)