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Henry ManciniReinventing Film Music$
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John Caps

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036736

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036736.001.0001

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First Cadence

First Cadence

(p.97) Chapter 7 First Cadence
Henry Mancini

John Caps

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the start of Mancini's musical evolution in the 1960s. If the word cadence can be defined as the notes or chords that resolve a melody, or at least lead to a new development, then this next transitional period in Mancini's career can be seen as his first cadence. It was the first sign of real evolution since he had come into his own as a jazz-pop film composer, demonstrating not only a contemporary enrichment of the harmonies and instrumental blends he had learned in the big band era, but also a broadening of the dramatic architecture of his orchestral writing into scores that were not just collections of admirable tunes and isolated film scenes but more cohesive compositions as well. Something was stirring. It is only speculative to connect this maturity in Mancini's writing to any one event in his personal life. Nevertheless, it was also at this time that his father, Quinto, died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of nearly seventy.

Keywords:   Henry Mancini, jazz-pop composer, film composer, musical score, film scoring, big band, orchestral writing

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