Cover for caps: Henry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music. Click for larger imageThe February 18, 2012, issue of the The Wall Street Journal features a review of John Caps’s new book Henry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music.

“As a composer of scores for television and films, Mancini wrote hit title tracks for shows such as ‘Peter Gunn’ and ‘Mr. Lucky’ and movies such as ‘The Pink Panther’ and ‘A Shot in the Dark,’ and Oscar-winning songs like ‘Moon River’ (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and ‘Days of Wine and Roses.’ In an admiring musical biography, Henry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music, John Caps surveys the composer’s career and attempts to make the case that Mancini was a significant figure in modern cinema scoring, an artist worthy of high regard. . . . [Caps] succeed(s) in arguing that we should look past the pop pablum and credit Mancini with creating an original and compelling sound for films.”

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