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About this Piece

Composed: 1969

Length: 3 minutes

Orchestration: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets (3rd = bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (suspended cymbals, snare drum, Brazilian sand can, xylophone), harp, piano, and strings

Strings on Fire! is an original concert piece composed by Henry Mancini for the Debut album with the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra conducted by Mancini, released in 1969. (It was also recorded by the Cincinnati Pops with Erich Kunzel conducting in 1989.) Strings on Fire! was a popular orchestral piece and used often in Henry's concert performances.