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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, 1961
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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, 1961

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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, 1961
Three copies of the commercial sheet music for Moon River from the 1961 Paramount production Breakfast at Tiffany's, published by Famous Music Corporation, 1961, one the guitar edition, two stamped Chappell & Co. Holland
Largest 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm.)
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Composer Mancini produced the musical score for the 1961 Paramount production Breakfast At Tiffany's, most famously composing the music for Moon River, which would be sung by Hepburn as Holly Golightly while strumming a guitar on a New York fire escape. On seeing the film with Mancini's score for the first time, Hepburn wrote to the composer 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. Mancini likewise admired Hepburn's performance, later noting that ...there have been more than a thousand versions of 'Moon River' but hers is unquestionably the greatest. At the 1962 Academy Awards, Mancini picked up two Oscars for Best Original Song for Moon River and Best Musical Score for Breakfast At Tiffany's.

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