Music Composers Unite!
This is a piece that I composed for the Garritan Composers Competition earlier this month. It's a theme written in the style of Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand and Johnny Mandel. I will eventually re-render this using better, non-Garritan sounds. That said, I think the mockup sounds pretty decent. If your browser has difficulty playing the MP3 for some reason just download it to your computer.
Enjoyed and followed the score with interest - I also love those composers you mention.
I liked the independence of the cello and double bass - obviously part of the style.The counter melodies in thirds were simple but effective - as was all the step wise voice-leading. The ending not being on the tonic chord threw me a bit, but I could grow used to that.
Thanks for the kind words. Good orchestral writing is all about the voice-leading and the melodic lines. It's more important than vertical voicings. I mess with triads a LOT even though it may not sound like it.