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Vote up to 3 of your favourite composers a week. The entry with most votes that week receives an induction into the Score Composer of the Week Hall of Fame.

WELCOME TO SCORE COMPOSER OF THE WEEK!

Each week you can pick up to 3 of your favourite Score Composers and nominate them for the HALL OF FAME. There are no restrictions on time period, genre or style so bring them all on and let's see who comes up trumps.

The winning artist will be revealed each Sunday.

HALL OF FAME
Week 33 Winner Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994) was an Academy Award-winning American composer, conductor and arranger. He is remembered particularly for being a composer of film and television scores - his best-known works are the jazz-idiom theme to The Pink Panther film series and Moon River. Mancini won a record number of Grammy awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. Mancini was born Enrico Nicola Mancini in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the steel town of West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. His parents emigrated from the Abruzzo region of Italy. Mancini’s father, Quinto, was a steelworker, who made his only child begin flute lessons at the age of eight. When Mancini was 12 years old, he began piano lessons. Quinto and Henry played flute together in the Aliquippa Italian immigrant band, “Sons of Italy”. After high school, Mancini attended the renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York. In 1943, after roughly one year at Juilliard, his studies were interrupted when he was drafted into the army. In 1945, he participated in the liberation of a South German concentration camp. Mancini recorded over 90 albums, in styles ranging from big band to classical to pop. Eight of these albums were certified gold by The Recording Industry Association of America. He had a 20 year contract with RCA Records, resulting in 60 commercial record albums that made him a household name composer of easy listening music. Mancini’s range also extended to orchestral and ethnic scores (Lifeforce, The Great Mouse Detective, Sunflower, “Tom and Jerry: The Movie”, Molly Maguires, The Hawaiians), and darker themes (“Experiment In Terror,” “The White Dawn,” “Wait Until Dark,” “The Night Visitor”). Mancini was also a concert performer, conducting over fifty engagements per year, resulting in over 600 symphony performances during his lifetime. Among the symphony orchestras he conducted are the London Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He appeared in 1966, 1980 and 1984 in command performances for the British Royal Family. Mancini had experience with acting and voice roles. In 1994 he made a one-off cameo appearance in the first season of the sitcom series Frasier, as a call-in patient to Dr. Frasier Crane’s radio show. Mancini voiced the character Al, who speaks with a melancholy drawl and hates the sound of his own voice, in the episode “Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast?” Mancini also had an uncredited performance as a pianist in the 1967 movie Gunn, the movie version of the series Peter Gunn, the score of which was originally composed by Mancini himself. Mancini was nominated for an unprecedented 72 Grammys, winning 20 Additionally he was nominated for 18 Academy Awards, winning four. He also won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for two Emmys. Mancini won a total of four Oscars for his music in the course of his career. Mancini died at the age of 70 in Beverly Hills/Los Angeles, California of pancreatic cancer. He was working at the time on the Broadway stage version of Victor/Victoria. At the time of his death, Mancini was married to singer Virginia “Ginny” O´Connor, with whom he had three children. Ginny Mancini went on to found the Society of Singers a non profit organization which benefits the health and welfare of professional singers worldwide. Additionally the Society awards scholarships to students pursuing an education in the vocal arts and holds the annual Ella Awards. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers(ASCAP) Foundation “Henry Mancini Music Scholarship” has been awarded annually since 2001.

First score: Sally and Saint Anne - (1952).
Latest score: Son of the Pink Panther (1993).

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  • GreatKenji

    It's a shame this group is so dead... I wonder what happened to its leader and why he left.

    20 jan 2013 Svara
  • PetarA

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    7 jun 2012 Svara
  • GreatKenji

    Hey, you should consider the Japanese composers, they're very talented~

    30 maj 2012 Svara
  • EMFiloP

    Hi. Your song for the month of May is "The Black Archer". You can hear "The Black Archer" at http://www.last.fm/music/Errol+Michael+"Filo"+Phillips

    1 maj 2012 Svara
  • mechah

    you sucked as a leader anyways...

    14 sep 2011 Svara
  • Biscuit1978

    I went to message everyone with the List for the week but all the editing options had disappeared. the only it gave me was the 'Leave Group' option. There isn't anyway at present for me to re-take the leadership.

    2 jul 2011 Svara
  • noiresque

    Well that blows. What on earth happened?

    2 jul 2011 Svara
  • Biscuit1978

    Massive apologies guys but Last.FM seems to have abdicated me as the leader. I don't know if it has suggested leading the group to any of you though. Until I can figure out what's happened I'm afraid that's it for the group!

    26 jun 2011 Svara
  • Ravensbarbarian

    First two soundtracks I ever bought was Blade runner and Dune

    31 maj 2011 Svara
  • thejackson4

    just a suggestion, but how about carter burwell? (the coen brother movies).

    18 maj 2011 Svara
  • Epitymbidia

    Philip Glass! Finally!

    8 maj 2011 Svara
  • Alfaddur

    Basil Poledouris ? Alan Silvestri ? David Arnold ? Michael Giacchino ?

    29 apr 2011 Svara
  • mechah

    I vote for The Mars Volta, they rock!!!

    5 feb 2011 Svara
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    R.I.P. John Barry

    4 feb 2011 Svara
  • Biscuit1978

    RIP John Barry, who died today (31 January 2011) aged 77.

    31 jan 2011 Svara
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    Yay Bear McCreary made the Hall of Fame!!! Battlestar Galactica rules!!!

    24 jan 2011 Svara
  • Biscuit1978

    Well thanks for staying. Hopefully the group will get up and running again shortly.

    3 jan 2011 Svara
  • photon_man62

    Finally. Just yesterday I was about to leave this group, but in the end decided to stay.

    3 jan 2011 Svara
  • benxander

    I have to apologise for not updating things for this week. I may have to pass the torch of the group leader to someone else, I have a lot of university work to do. All apologies.

    14 okt 2010 Svara
  • photon_man62

    You could leave her out as to not spark an argument about whether it's a he or a she or whatever, agh.

    5 okt 2010 Svara
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