I’ve had a sketch of this for a couple decades, unfinished and totally not to my liking. As always the problem is taking something that works absolutely brilliantly with full orchestra. The standard version by Mancini is just wonderful, and I’m not satisfied with my first effort here, but I’m sharing it.
There are all sort of really cool brass effects in the Mancini recording, plus fantastic woodwinds. There is also a lot of development of the theme, and maybe I’ll try to get part of that later.