Mancini: The Pink Panther Theme


The instantly recognisable Pink Panther Theme arranged for bassoon quartet is Mancini at his jazziest and slinkiest best. Triangle shared between parts 2/3.

  • Instruments : 4 Bsns + triangle (shared between Bsn 2 & 3)
  • Difficulty : C – approx. ABRSM Grade 5
  • Duration : 2’15
  • ISMN : 979-0-708088-48-6
  • Portus Press reference : PPB21


The Pink Panther film series began in 1963 and introduced the bungling French police detective Jacques Clouseau.  Henry Mancini, fresh from his Breakfast at Tiffany’s Oscar success, penned the score, including the instantly recognisable and jazzy Pink Panther Theme which accompanies the film’s extended animated opening sequence. The title music featured in almost all of the subsequent Pink Panther films and the wily cartoon character (and his theme) were so popular that he was given his own spin-off show.

The Pink Panther Theme is Mancini at his slinkiest, playful best and it remains one of his most-loved works.  Mancini’s contribution to the film was also extremely successful in its own right, winning him three Grammys, an Oscar nomination and a prolonged period in the charts.

Both in Mancini’s original version and in this arrangement, the piece starts with the triangle – but that’s where the similarity ends!  Here the triangle part is shared between bassoons 2 and 3.

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For copyright reasons this title is only available in printed sheet music format.

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