|Genres:||Classical Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||instrumental easy listening mantovani 50s orchestral|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||BBC Music page discogs IMDb lyrics VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
Annunzio Paolo Mantovani, 15 November 1905, Venice, Italy, d. 30 March 1980, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. A violinist, pianist, musical director, conductor, composer and arranger, Mantovani was one of the most successful orchestra leaders and album sellers in the history of popular music. His father was principal violinist at La Scala, Milan, under Arturo Toscanini, and also served under Mascagni, Richter and Saint-Saens, and subsequently, led the Covent Garden Orchestra. It is said that Mantovani received encouragement to become a professional musician from his mother, rather than his father. He began his musical training on the piano, and later learned to play the violin. After the family moved to England in 1912, he made his professional debut at the age of 16, playing the Bruch Violin Concerto Number 1. Four years later he had installed his own orchestra at Londons Hotel Metropole, and began his broadcasting career. In the early 30s he formed the...