Mancini is regarded by his peers, the critics and the public to be one of the
giants of popular music. With a singular playfulness and style, "Hank” composed
a legacy of music for film which broke with cinema's symphonic traditions and
incorporated elements of jazz and popular music.
theme song for Blake Edwards' Breakfast at Tiffany's, the hauntingly beautiful
Moon River (with lyrics by Johnny Mercer), perfectly encapsulates the mood of
the era and is amongst the most celebrated compositions of the second half of
the twentieth century.
Mancini won two Oscars for Breakfast at Tiffany's one for Best Original
Score, and another for Best Film Song of the Year, Moon River.
River and Me comprises Danny Williams' version of the ballad that reached
number one in the UK single chart and Jerry Butler's interpretation that was a
hit in America, along with seventeen cues from the original film score of
Breakfast at Tiffany's (including Audrey Hepburn's plaintive version of Moon
River that the composer insisted was the best) and hip jazz variations on both
Moon River and the Breakfast at Tiffany's score by Barney Kessel, Eddie Harris,
Art Blakey and Al Caiola.
from Truman Capote's novella, Breakfast at Tiffany's by virtue of the daring
naturalness, the elegant minimalist allure of Audrey Hepburn's iconic Holly
Golightly - is arguably the first sixties film. As much of a landmark for
Audrey Hepburn as it was for Mancini, Tiffany's is the pinnacle of her career
and the film's stylistic influences (in attitudes and fashion) continue to