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The Pink Panther--Henry Mancini (Instrumental)

The Pink Panther Theme was written by composer Henry Mancini, for the 1963 film The Pink Panther.  A jazz instrumental piece, it was nominated for the 1964 Academy Award for Best Original Score.  The song was also issued as a single in the U.S. in 1964 and won three Grammy Awards.  It reached the Top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.  

Originally played in the key of E minor, The Pink Panther Theme is noted for its unusual use of chromaticism, defined as “a compositional technique  interspersing the primary diatonic pitches and chords with other pitches of the chromatic scale” and derived from the Hungarian Minor Scale.

The Pink Panther Theme is undoubtedly one of Mancini's best known works, along with Moon River (from the film Breakfast at Tiffany's) and the theme to the Peter Gunn television series.  The Peter Gunn theme won the very first  Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1959.

For the film's opening credits, the producers of the film hired David DePatie and Friz Freleng to create the now iconic cartoon character, whose gait was animated in time to the theme. The tenor saxophone solo was played by Plas Johnson.  In the plot line of the film though, the “Pink Panther” was the name for the largest diamond in the world.

The Pink Panther  was selected in 2010 to be preserved by the Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”.

The Pink Panther

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