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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Musical Interlude

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Enjoy some easy-listening Christmas music, arranged and conducted by American composer and conductor Henry Mancini (1924-1994), winner of four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and twenty Grammy Awards, as well as a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995:



An original Christmas piece composed by Henry Mancini (released in 1996):


[Henry Mancini Web Site]

12 comments:

  1. This brings back good memories of the days of the artists of the time, with those LP's that my parents enjoyed so much. Still wonderful music.

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    1. I loved the LP "A Merry Mancini Christmas" so much that I bought the audio CD so that I can play the selections in our van when Mr. AOW and I cruise around to see the houses decorated to Christmas.

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  2. Memories! Mancini's music was always there for ice dancing/skating with my girl at old Rainbow Arena in Chicago many years ago. And let''s never forget the Pink Panther theme.

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    1. Joseph,
      Mancini composed quite a variety of types of music.

      I first became acquainted with Mancini's music via "Peter Gunn." I was just a little kid then, and my older cousin watched the TV show. I fell in love with the show's theme music the first time I heard the song!

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  4. Wonderful. Mancini is SOOO wonderful, so musical.

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    1. Mancini was a pen American-music gem! And quite the master of the piccolo, too.

      Mr. AOW and I twice had the privilege of attending his concerts wherein he conducted the National Symphony Orchestra -- once at the Kennedy Center and once at Wolftrap. Great evenings!

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  5. luv it AOW! Happiest holidays to you my friend!!! xoxox hugsssssssss!!!

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  6. Good Stuff AOW. Henry Mancini is one of the best. True Artist. So many great tunes.

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  7. Funny! I watched Victor/Victoria two nights ago for the fourth or fifth time since it first came out –– 33 years ago. I think it's Mancini's masterpiece –– a perfect blend of quirky elements that might appear seamy and unduly controversial –– even offensive in lesser hands –– yet Mancini's music blesses it with a gentle, elegantly light touch that elevates Victor far above the level of farce.

    What might have been a travesty became a comic masterpiece thanks largely to the work of Henry Mancini –– and an exceptionally lovely, very fine performance by Julie Andrews too, of course. She too did her best work in this film.

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