Stanley Myers (6 October 1930 – 9 November 1993) was a prolific British film composer who scored over sixty films. He also wrote the guitar piece " Cavatina".
Biography [ edit ]
Myers was born in
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; as a teenager he went to King Edward's School in Edgbaston, a suburb of Birmingham. [1 ]
Myers wrote incidental music for television: for example,
The Reign of Terror, a 1964 serial in the television series ; the theme to Doctor Who ; and the theme for the All Gas and Gaiters BBC's . Question Time [2 ]
He is known for composing music for cult films
, House of Whipcord and Frightmare for filmmaker House of Mortal Sin Peter Walker.
He is best known for "
Cavatina" (1970), an evocative guitar piece that served as the signature theme for Michael Cimino's 1978 film , and for which Myers won the The Deer Hunter Ivor Novello Award. A somewhat different version of this work, performed by John Williams, had appeared in . And yet another version had lyrics added. The Walking Stick Cleo Laine and Iris Williams, in separate recordings as He Was Beautiful, helped to make "Cavatina" become even more popular.
During the 1980s, Myers worked frequently with director
Stephen Frears. His score for (1987) won him a "Best Artistic Contribution" award at the Prick Up Your Ears Cannes Film Festival. He also scored several low budget features ( Time Traveler, Blind Date, The Wind, Zero Boys) for director Nico Mastorakis, collaborating with Hans Zimmer. He won another Ivor Novello Award for his soundtrack to in 1991. The Witches [1 ]
Myers died of cancer aged 63 in
Kensington and Chelsea, London. [3 ] [1 ]
Selected filmography [ edit ]
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