Monday, April 22, 2024

An appreciation of Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn Theme."

From left: composer Henry Mancini, Peter Gunn star
Craig Stevens, and writer-director Blake Edwards
On Philadelphia's WRTI, journalist Shaun Brady writes an appreciation of Henry Mancini's theme for the 1958–61 TV detective show Peter Gunn—"its propulsive rhythm suggesting the steady thrum of tires on pavement, its skulking piano-guitar ostinato, and its Doppler-effect brass fanfares."

Some "Peter Gunn Theme" versions:

Henry Mancini and His Orchestra, Ed Sullivan Show, 1969

Emerson, Lake and Palmer, 1978

Lahti Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Nick Davies), 2011

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, 2016

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