Mancini and "Moon River"
Enrico Nicola Mancini, Or Henry Mancini, is the best known of the Italian-American composers. Mancini was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924; but spent his childhood in West Aliquippa in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before he had any formal musical training, he was taught, by his Italian immigrant father, to play the piccolo and the flute. He served in the U.S. military during World War II, playing in a military band. Trading his uniform for mufti, he headed to Hollywood and a career writing music for films. This wide recognition is largely due to his television theme music and his music for motion pictures, where moviegoers enjoyed compositions that included his "Pink Panther" and "Moon River themes. His music earned twenty Grammy awards and four Academy Awards. He wrote a wide variety of musical scores for dozens of films and television programs.
Henry Mancini had a wagon-load of musical award nominations that resulted in twenty Grammy awards and four Academy Awards: 1 For the musical score of Breakfast at Tiffanys, 2 For the score of Victor/Victoria...
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