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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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Henry Mancini

John Caps

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the early life of Henry Mancini. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1924 as Enrico Nicola Mancini, the young Henry would grow up just over the Pennsylvania border in the steel town of West Aliquippa, where two great rivers, the Allegheny and the Monongahela, come together to become the Ohio River. The first time Mancini became aware of the music score behind a movie was during a trip to the local movie theater with his father in 1935. Something in the grandiose score to a picture called The Crusaders, composed by Rudolf Kopp, made him pay attention to the role that music was playing in the adventure story. That day Henry decided that he wanted to be a composer, to somehow be involved in music for the movies. On his eighteenth birthday, Mancini circumvent the draft and enlisted. He was sent to Atlantic City for basic training where he met members of the band that Glenn Miller was trying to form.

Keywords:   Henry Mancini, film composers, film scores, movie music, film scoring, The Crusaders, Enrico Nicola Mancini, Glenn Miller

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