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Breakfast at Tiffany's: Music from the Motion Picture

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Breakfast at Tiffany's:
Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Released1961 (1961) (LP)
1988 (1988) (CD)
RecordedHollywood, California
LabelRCA Victor Records
ProducerDick Peirce
Singles from Breakfast at Tiffany's: Music from the Motion Picture
  1. "Moon River"
    Released: 1961

Breakfast at Tiffany's: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack from the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn. The tracks were re-arranged parts of the film music composed and conducted by Henry Mancini. At the 1962 Academy Awards, Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer won Oscars for Best Original Song for "Moon River", while Mancini picked up a second statue for Best Original Score. The album also stayed on Billboard's album charts for over ninety weeks.[2]


Because of his success with title themes, such as the hit theme to the television show Peter Gunn, Henry Mancini was asked by director Blake Edwards to compose the soundtrack to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a symphony jazz soundtrack. A protégé of jazz legend Glenn Miller, he created the Academy Award winning score for The Glenn Miller Story.[2] After a preview screening of the film an executive from Paramount Pictures was convinced that the song “Moon River” was dead weight in the film and it was due to be cut. Upon learning this, Hepburn responded, “Over my dead body.”[3] This response was likely due to the friendly relationship that she had with Mancini. Subsequent to the insistence that the song stay in the film it was not cut and went on to be a hit.


Blake Edwards and Henry Mancini met through Mancini's wife whom Edwards had known for a number of years. After connecting they decided to collaborate on the television show Peter Gunn, for which Mancini created the title theme. When Edwards learned he would be directing Breakfast at Tiffany’s he chose Mancini as his partner. Both times their partnership scored gold, and went on to work collaborate on four other films together.[4] All the credit for the song “Moon River” cannot be given to Mancini, as Johnny Mercer provided the lyrics for the song. The pair of artists also had a smooth relationship, which resulted in the creation of this song.[3] After Mancini played the melody for Mercer, he offered three different variations of lyrics and the two decided on a final combination. Mancini believed that Hepburn's recording was the best. He is quoted saying, “Moon River was written for her. No one else has ever understood it so completely. There have been more than a thousand versions of "Moon River", but hers is unquestionably the greatest.”* Mancini held complete adoration and respect for Audrey Hepburn and the feeling was mutual; after watching the film Audrey wrote a letter to Mancini saying, “Your music has lifted us all up and sent us soaring. Everything we cannot say with words or show with action you have expressed for us. You have done this with so much imagination, fun and beauty. You are the hippest of cats - and the most sensitive of composers!”[5]

Track listing

All music composed by Henry Mancini.

  1. "Moon River" (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer)
  2. "Something for Cat"
  3. "Sally's Tomato"
  4. "Mr. Yunioshi"
  5. "The Big Blow Out"
  6. "Hub Caps and Tail Lights"
  7. "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
  8. "Latin Golightly"
  9. "Holly"
  10. "Loose Caboose"
  11. "The Big Heist"
  12. "Moon River Cha Cha" (Mancini, Mercer)


Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1962 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) (stereo) 1


  1. ^ "Henry Mancini – Breakfast At Tiffany's (Music From The Motion Picture Score)". Retrieved February 25, 2017. Notes: RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood, December 8, 1960 – April 20, 1961 – April 27, 1961
  2. ^ a b Jeffrey Paul Smith (1998). The Sounds of Commerce: Marketing Popular Film Music. Columbia University Press. pp. 288. ISBN 9780231108638.
  3. ^ a b Kaiser, Frank (2004). "My Love Affair With The Hepburn Women".
  4. ^ Timothy E. Scheurer (Spring 1996). "Henry Mancini: An Appreciation and Appraisal". Journal of Popular Film & Television.
  5. ^ "Breakfast at Tiffany's - The Music". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
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