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Pink Panther Theme - How To Play & Sheet Music

Updated on September 12, 2011

Henry Mancini's Masterpiece Explained

The Theme for The Pink Panther is one of the most iconic tunes in cinema history. It was written in 1963 for the opening animated sequence of the first of many Pink Panther Films. The music was subsequently also used in the spin-off TV animated series, which featured the actual Pink Panther itself. The instrumental theme was written by the American composer Henry Mancini, who also wrote The Peter Gunn Theme. The track proved to be so strong, it was released as a single and, it hit the top 10 in the US and won three Grammy Awards.

How To Play The Pink Panther Theme On The Piano

Here I play the theme, and then go through step-by-step how to play the trickiest bits of the track. Fo the full arrangement, check out the Pink Panther sheet music.

Original Opening Sequence

This is the original animated opening sequence of the first Pink Panther movie, starring David Niven, Robert Wagner, Capucine and Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau. The sequence was created by the Hollywood based DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, which is no longer in existence, as it was sold to Marvel Comics in 1981.

Which Is Your Favourite Pink Panther Movie

Ok - for this poll only the first three original movies qualify, as the rest definitely drop in quality.

Which is your favourite Pink Panther Film

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Amazon DVD/CD/Book

In this amazon module I have selected the three original films, the soundtrack cd, as well as a book on scoring that Mancini wrote, which is very useful: Sounds And Scores. This is a great book if you are looking to learn how to score for film and tv.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I love the "Pink Panther" theme. I was lucky to see Mr. Mancini tour and perform when I was young. I liked his music then, but appreciate it even more now! Of course, you know that it is best on saxophone! ;)