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Stanley Myers (6 October 1930 – 9 November 1993) was an English composer and conductor who scored over sixty films and television series, working closely with filmmakers Nicolas Roeg, Jerzy Skolimowski & Volker Schlöndorff. He is best known for his guitar piece "Cavatina", composed for the 1970 film The Walking Stick and later used as the theme for The Deer Hunter. He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Film Music for Wish You Were Here (1987), and was an early collaborator and mentor of Hans Zimmer.
|Born||6 October 1930|
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, UK
|Died||9 November 1993 (aged 63)|
|Associated acts||Hans Zimmer|
Myers wrote incidental music for television: for example, The Reign of Terror, a 1964 serial in the television series Doctor Who; the theme to All Gas and Gaiters; and the theme for the BBC's Question Time.
Myers is best known for "Cavatina" (1970), an evocative guitar piece that served as the signature theme for Michael Cimino's 1978 film The Deer Hunter, and for which Myers won the Ivor Novello Award. A somewhat different version of this work, performed by John Williams, had appeared in The Walking Stick. And yet another version had lyrics added. 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 Prick Up Your Ears (1987) won him a "Best Artistic Contribution" award at the Cannes Film Festival. He also scored the film Wish You Were Here and 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 The Witches in 1991.
|1968||The Night of the Following Day||Hubert Cornfield|
|No Way to Treat a Lady||Jack Smight||Composed with Andrew Belling|
|1969||Man on Horseback||Volker Schlöndorff||Composed with Peter Sandloff|
|Two Gentlemen Sharing||Ted Kotcheff|
|Age of Consent||Michael Powell||Composed with Peter Sculthorpe|
|1990||Ladder of Swords||Norman Hull|
|The Witches||Nicolas Roeg||Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Music|
|Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead||Tom Stoppard|
|Cold Heaven||Nicolas Roeg|
|1992||Claude||Cindy Lou Johnson|
|Sarafina!||Darrell Roodt||Final film score|
|1961||ITV Television Playhouse||Episode: "A Resounding Tinkle"|
|1964||Doctor Who||6 episodes|
"The Reign of Terror" serial
|Diary of a Young Man||6 episodes|
|1965-66||The Wednesday Play|
|1967||Four Tall Tinkles||4 episodes|
|A Series of Bird's||6 episodes|
|1969||World in Ferment|
|1967-71||All Gas and Gaiters||31 episodes|
|1973||Divorce His, Divorce Hers||Television film|
|1973-84||Play for Today||4 episodes|
|1974||Shoulder to Shoulder||Miniseries|
|1975||The Legend of Robin Hood|
|1978||Summer of My German Soldier||Television film|
|1980||The Martian Chronicles||Miniseries|
|1983||A Pattern of Roses||Television film|
|The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood||Television film|
|1985||My Brother Jonathan||5 episodes|
|Black Arrow||Television film|
|Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill|
|The Singing Detective|
|Nature||Episode: "Pantanal: Prairie of Great Waters"|
|1986-93||Screen Two||6 episodes|
|Pack of Lies|
|A Wreath of Roses|
|1988||Stones for Ibarra|
|1989||The Play on One||Episode: "Heartland"|
|Danny, the Champion of the World||Television film|
|Screenplay||Episode: "A Small Mourning"|
|Age-Old Friends||Television film|
|1990||Never Come Back||3 episodes|
|1991||A Murder of Quality||Television film|
|1992||My Friend Walter|
|Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris|
|1993||Head over Heels||7 episodes|
|Stalag Luft||Television film|
|Heart of Darkness|
Composed with Christopher Gunning
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