|Born||6 October 1930|
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
|Died||9 November 1993 63) (aged|
Kensington and Chelsea, London, England
|Associated acts||Hans Zimmer|
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 and 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 with and mentor of Hans Zimmer.
Myers was born in Birmingham, England; as a teenager he went to King Edward's School in Edgbaston, a suburb of Birmingham.
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 .
He is known for composing music for the cult horror films House of Whipcord , Frightmare , House of Mortal Sin and Schizo for filmmaker Pete Walker.
The Pink Floyd website credits the brass parts on their 1968 song Corporal Clegg to "The Stanley Myers Orchestra".
Myers is best known for "Cavatina" (1970), an evocative guitar piece, played by John Williams, 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, not performed by 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 Traveller, 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.
Myers died of cancer aged 63 in Kensington and Chelsea, London.
|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|
|1970||Tropic of Cancer||Joseph Strick|
|The Walking Stick||Eric Till|
|Underground||Arthur H. Nadel|
|Take a Girl Like You||Jonathan Miller|
|A Severed Head||Dick Clement|
|1971||The Raging Moon||Bryan Forbes|
|1972||Zee and Co.||Brian G. Hutton|
|King, Queen, Knave||Jerzy Skolimowski|
|Sitting Target||Douglas Hickox|
|A Free Woman||Volker Schlöndorff|
|1973||The Love Ban||Ralph Thomas|
|The Blockhouse||Clive Rees|
|Road Movie||Joseph Strick|
|1974||House of Whipcord||Pete Walker|
|Little Malcolm||Stuart Cooper|
|Caravan to Vaccarès||Geoffrey Reeve|
|The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz||Ted Kotcheff||Composed with Andrew Powell|
|1975||The Wilby Conspiracy||Ralph Nelson|
|Conduct Unbecoming||Michael Anderson|
|House of Mortal Sin|
|Coup de Grâce||Volker Schlöndorff|
|1977||A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man||Joseph Strick|
|1978||The Greek Tycoon||J. Lee Thompson|
|The Comeback||Pete Walker|
|The Class of Miss MacMichael||Silvio Narizzano|
|The Deer Hunter||Michael Cimino|
|1979||The Great Riviera Bank Robbery||Francis Megahy|
|Yesterday's Hero||Neil Leifer|
|A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square||Ralph Thomas|
|1980||Border Cop||Christopher Leitch|
|The Watcher in the Woods||John Hough|
|1981||Lady Chatterley's Lover||Just Jaeckin||Composed with Richard Harvey|
|1982||The Incubus||John Hough|
|The Honorary Consul||John Mackenzie|
|1984||Success Is the Best Revenge||Jerzy Skolimowski||Composed with Hans Zimmer|
|Story of O - Chapter 2||Éric Rochat|
|Blind Date||Nico Mastorakis|
|The Next One|
|The Chain||Jack Gold|
|1985||The Lightship||Jerzy Skolimowski|
|Insignificance||Nicolas Roeg||Composed with Hans Zimmer|
|My Beautiful Laundrette||Stephen Frears|
|The Zero Boys||Nico Mastorakis||Composed with Hans Zimmer|
|Separate Vacations||Michael Anderson|
|The Wind||Nico Mastorakis|
|1987||The Second Victory||Gerald Thomas|
|Nightmare at Noon||Nico Mastorakis||Composed with Hans Zimmer|
|Wish You Were Here||David Leland||Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Film Music|
|Prick Up Your Ears||Stephen Frears|
|The Nature of the Beast||Franco Rosso||Composed with Hans Zimmer|
|Sammy and Rosie Get Laid||Stephen Frears|
|1988||Stars and Bars||Pat O'Connor|
|Track 29||Nicolas Roeg|
|Taffin||Francis Megahy||Composed with Hans Zimmer|
|The Boost||Harold Becker|
|1989||Torrents of Spring||Jerzy Skolimowski|
|Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills||Paul Bartel|
|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|
|1982–83||Take Hart||35 episodes|
|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|
|1994||Middlemarch|| Miniseries |
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