Carl Davis Biography (1936-)

Born October 28, 1936, in New York, NY; son of Isadore and Sara (maiden name,Perlmutter) Davis; married Jean Boht (an actress), December 28, 1970 (one source says 1971); children: two daughters.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Composer, music director, music conductor, music arranger, production assistant, actor
Birth Details
October 28, 1936
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Conductor, The Other World of Winston Churchill, 1964
  • Music director, Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition, Mithras, 1970
  • Researcher, The Late Great Planet Earth, 1978
  • Production assistant, The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, Miramax, 1981
  • Music director, Champions, Embassy, 1983
  • Music director, King David, Paramount, 1985
  • Music conductor (Symphonie Orchester Graunke), The Rainbow, Vestron, 1989
  • Music director, Widows' Peak, 1994
  • Also worked as musical director, City Lights (modern score).
  • Film Appearances
  • Composer, Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition, Mithras, 1970
  • Killer of Sheep, 1977
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Music conductor, Clive James' Fame in the 20th Century, BBC, PBS, and Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Miniseries
  • Music conductor, Our Mutual Friend, BBC, then Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1978
  • Movies
  • Music director, The Birth of the Beatles, ABC, 1979
  • Music conductor, Genghis Cohn, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Specials
  • Music conductor, Our Mutual Friend, 1978
  • Music director, The American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish, 1984
  • Music arranger of Chaplin compositions, Unknown Chaplin, PBS, 1986
  • Music conductor, Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio, 1991
  • Music conductor, Anne Frank Remembered, BBC and Disney, 1995
  • Music conductor, Goodnight Mister Tom, PBS, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Evening at Pops, 1970
  • Specials
  • Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio, 1991
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Passion and Paradise, ABC, 1989
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums as Composer
  • (With Paul McCartney) Liverpool Oratorio, EMI, 1993
  • Also wrote The World at War, Decca; The Prince Regent, Decca; Champions; The Far Pavilions; Fire and Ice; and The Silents.
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Scores
  • Diversions (revue), Downtown Theatre, New York City, 1958
  • Twists, Arts Theatre, London, England, 1962
  • Forty Years On, 1969
  • The Tempest, 1970
  • Council of Love, 1970
  • The Merchant of Venice, produced at National Theatre, London, 1970
  • Much Ado about Nothing, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, 1971
  • King Lear, produced in London, 1971
  • The Projector, 1971
  • Pericles, produced in London, 1973
  • The Marriage of Figaro, produced at National Theatre, 1974
  • A Month in the Country, produced at Chichester Theatre Festival, Chichester, England, 1974, produced in the West End, 1974
  • Pilgrim, produced in Cranford, U.K., 1975
  • Summerfolk, produced in Brooklyn, NY, 1975
  • The Zykovs, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976
  • Ivanov, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976
  • The Devil's Disciple, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976
  • Saint Joan, produced at Old Vic Theatre, 1977
  • Saratoga, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978
  • Antonio, produced in Nottingham, England, 1979
  • The Relapse, produced at Old Vic Theatre, 1981
  • Dances of Love and Death (ballet), produced in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1981
  • (Also creator with Barry Humphries) Last Night of the Poms--An Educational Sonorama with Music (ballet), produced in London, 1981
  • Pericles, produced in New York City, 1983
  • Fire and Ice (ballet), 1986
  • The Portrait of Dorian Gray (ballet), 1987
  • A Simple Man (ballet), 1987
  • The Tempest, produced at Old Vic Theatre, 1988
  • Also wrote score for The Vaccies.
  • Film Scores
  • The Other World of Winston Churchill, 1964
  • The Bofors Gun, Universal, 1968
  • The Only Way (also known as Oktober-dage), UMC, 1970
  • Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition, Mithras, 1970
  • Up the Chastity Belt (also known as Naughty Knights), Associated London/International Co-Productions, 1971
  • Up Pompeii, 1971
  • I, Monster, 1971
  • The Lovers, British Lion, 1972
  • Rentadick, Virgin, 1972
  • (With George Howe) What Became of Jack and Jill? (also knownas Romeo and Juliet1971-A Gentle Tale of Sex, Violence, Corruption, and Murder), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972
  • The National Health, or Nurse Norton's Affair (also known as The National Health), Columbia, 1973
  • Man Friday, AVCO-Embassy, 1975
  • What's Next?, Children's Film Foundation/Rank, 1975
  • The Sailor's Return, Osprey, 1978
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman, United Artists, 1981
  • The Weather in the Streets, Rediffusion/BBC-TV/Britannia TV, 1983
  • Champions, Embassy, 1984
  • The Song for Europe, 1985
  • George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey, Castle Hill, 1985
  • King David, Paramount, 1985
  • Crime of Honor, Academy Home Entertainment, 1987
  • The Girl in a Swing, J & M, 1988
  • The Rainbow, Vestron, 1989
  • Scandal, Miramax, 1989
  • Skulduggery, 1989
  • Fragments of Isabella, 1989
  • They Never Slept, 1990
  • Frankenstein Unbound (also known as Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound), 1990
  • A Sense of History, 1992
  • The Trial, 1993
  • Widows' Peak, 1994
  • Liberation, 1994
  • Le radeau de la meduse (also known as The Raft of the Medusa), 1998
  • Topsy-Turvy, October Films/USA Films, 1999
  • Film New Scores
  • Silent Movies
  • Napoleon (also known as Napoleone, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Napoleon vu par Abel Gance), 1980
  • Lines on London, 1980
  • The Crowd, 1981
  • Flesh and the Devil, 1982
  • Show People, 1982
  • Broken Blossoms, 1983
  • The Wind, 1983
  • The Thief of Bagdad, 1984
  • The Big Parade, 1985
  • Greed, 1985
  • The General, 1987
  • Ben Hur (also known as Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ), 1987
  • The Phantom of the Opera, 1996
  • Also wrote new scores for Intolerance and The Four Horsemen ofthe Apocalypse.
  • Television Scores
  • Series
  • Oscar, 1985
  • Covington Cross (also known as Charring Cross), 1992
  • Clive James' Fame in the 20th Century, BBC, PBS, and Arts andEntertainment, 1993
  • Also wrote scores for That Was the Week That Was and The FirstEden.
  • Miniseries
  • The World at War, Thames, 1972
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge, BBC, then Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1978
  • Our Mutual Friend, BBC, then Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1978
  • Prince Regent, 1978
  • Hollywood, Thames, 1980
  • Oppenheimer, PBS, 1982
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1982
  • The Far Pavilions (also known as Blade of Steel), HBO, 1984
  • "The Tales of Beatrix Potter," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1984
  • Pride of Place: Building the American Dream, PBS, 1986
  • Separate but Equal, 1991
  • Ashenden, 1992
  • A Year in Provence, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Pride and Prejudice, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Oliver's Travels, PBS, 1995
  • The Buried Mirror, 1995
  • And title music, Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood, PBS, 1996
  • A Dance to the Music of Time, 1997
  • The Face of Russia, PBS, 1998
  • Cold War, CNN, 1998
  • Movies
  • Catholics (also known as Conflict), 1973
  • The Naked Civil Servant (also known as The Naked Civil Servantof Quentin Crisp), 1975
  • Where Adam Stood, 1976
  • The Birth of the Beatles, ABC, 1979
  • Praying Mantis, Channel Four, 1982
  • The Aerodrome, 1983
  • Sakharov, HBO, 1984
  • Hotel du Lac, 1986
  • Murrow, 1986
  • Journey's End, 1988
  • Somewhere to Run, 1989
  • Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (also known as The Secret Life of Ian Fleming), TNT, 1990
  • Crossing to Freedom (also known as The Red Piper), 1990
  • The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story, 1990
  • Ghosts of the Past, 1991
  • The Crucifer of Blood, 1991
  • Diary of a Madman, 1991
  • Voyage (also known as Cruise of Fear), 1993
  • Genghis Cohn, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Lie Down with Lions (also known as Red Eagle), Lifetime, 1994
  • The Return of the Native, CBS, 1994
  • Real Women, 1998
  • Seesaw, 1998
  • The Greatest Store in the World, BBC, 1999
  • The Great Gatsby, BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Television Scores, Except Where Indicated
  • Specials
  • The Snow Goose, NBC, 1971
  • Big Henry and the Polka Dot Kid, NBC, 1976
  • Kiss of Death (also known as Play for Today: Kiss of Death), 1977
  • The Merchant of Venice (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice), 1980
  • Staying On, 1981
  • Home Sweet Home (also known as Play for Today: Home Sweet Home), 1982
  • Macbeth (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Macbeth), 1983
  • Unknown Chaplin, PBS, 1986
  • Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow, PBS, 1987
  • Silas Marner (also known as Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe), 1987
  • Once in a Lifetime, BBC, then Great Performances, PBS, 1988
  • Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius, PBS, 1989
  • Paul Gauguin: The Savage Dream, 1989
  • (With Paul McCartney) Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio, 1991
  • D. W. Griffith: Father of Film, TCM, 1993
  • The Black Velvet Gown (also known as Catherine Cookson's The Black Velvet Gown), PBS, 1993
  • George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin, Disney Channel, 1994
  • A Christmas Carol, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Anne Frank Remembered, BBC and Disney, 1995
  • Goodnight Mister Tom, PBS, 1998
  • (Additional music: "The Phantom of the Opera") Lon Chaney: A ThousandFaces, TCM, 2000
  • Other Television Scores
  • Marie Curie, 1977
  • The Commanding Sea, 1981
  • The Pickwick Papers, 1985
  • The Day the Universe Changed, 1985
  • Late Starter, 1985
  • See It Now, 1986
  • Also wrote scores for Treasure Island, Fair Stood the Wind forFrance, The Misanthrope, and The Old Curiosity Shop.

Further Reference

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    • Soundtrack, December, 1987 .

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