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Henry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music

John Caps


Through film composer Henry Mancini, mere background music in movies became part of pop culture—an expression of sophistication and wit with a modern sense of cool and a lasting lyricism that has not dated. This, the first comprehensive study of Mancini's music, describes how the composer served as a bridge between the Big Band period of World War II and the impatient eclecticism of the Baby Boomer generation, between the grand formal orchestral film scores of the past and a modern American minimalist approach. Mancini's sound seemed to capture the bright, confident, welcoming voice of the mid ... More

Keywords: Henry Mancini, film composer, pop culture, Big Band period, Baby Boomer generation, film scores

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036736
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Caps, author