Classic Mancini

Classic Mancini

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The Classic Film Scores of Henry Mancini for Guitar Duo and Other Instruments


Cambria Records/CD-1069/1991


Clear Note (CD)


Henry Mancini gave his autobiography, published by Contemporary Books of Chicago in 1989, the title Did They Mention the Music? , voicing the anxiety common to all composers for motion pictures. For no matter the long experience and the success, composers in this genre always wonder if what has been written for the screen will be noticed enough for anyone to comment upon it. After all, the art of scoring is largely subliminal – the music is meant to be felt rather than heard. However, in the case of Henry Mancini, it is an anxiety that applies less to him than to anyone who has ever written music for the screen. Even people who hardly ever notice music in the movies notice Mancini – in fact his is probably the dominant name that comes to the mind of most people when asked to name a film composer. The reasons for Mancini’s immediate identity go far beyond his skill scoring films. What he has written has not only fulfilled the functions of scoring – the subtle process whereby a film is given another dramatic and emotional dimension – but so much of what he has produced has had a lasting appeal. He is a man gifted with that most sublime of musical gifts – melody, along with the ability to craft his creations so that they touch the listener in a direct manner.


1. Who Is Killing The Great Chefs? – Henry Mancini
2. Dear Heart – Henry Mancini  
3. Theme from “The Mollie Maguires” – Henry Mancini
4. Pennywhistle Jig – Henry Mancini  
5. The Sweetheart Tree – Henry Mancini  
6. Sunflower – Henry Mancini
7. Pie In The Face Polka – Henry Mancini
8. Theme For The Losers – Henry Mancini
9. Theme from “The Thorn Birds” – Henry Mancini
10. Meggies Theme (“Thorn Birds”) – Henry Mancini
11. Mancini Chases Mancini (Punch and Judy, Shades of Sennett, They’re Off)- Henry Mancini  
12. The Glass Menagerie – Henry Mancini
13. Three By Mancini and Mercer (Days of Wine and Roses, Charade, Moon River) – Henry Mancini  
14. Whistling Away the Dark – Henry Mancini
15. The Girl in No Man’s Land – Henry Mancini
16. Theme from “Lifeforce” – Henry Mancini
17. Yasmin – Henry Mancini
18. Suite: “The White Dawn” – Henry Mancini


Gregg Nestor and William Kanengiser, Guitars
Tracks 2,16 with Alex Iles, Trombone
Track 13 with Dennis Karmazyn, cello
Track 5 with David McKelvy, Harmonica
Tracks 9, 10 with Francisco Castillo, Oboe, English Horn
Track 12 with Robert Shulgold, Flute
All arrangements by Gregg Nestor
Cover Art and Layout Design: Mark Banning
Special thanks to Henry Mancini for direct access to his scores for this project and for his encouragement
Produced by Lance Bowling and Gregg Nestor
Recorded at Penguin Recording, Eagle Rock, CA
Engineer: John Strother
Digital Preparation by CMS Digital
Engineer: Robert Vosgien
Mr. Nestor’s Guitar by Manuel Ramirez, 1987 (courtesy of Jason Yoshida)
Mr. Kanengiser’s guitar by Miguel Rodriguez, 1977