Born on October 28, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York, Carl Davis's involvement in silent cinema began in 1980 when he joined Kevin Brownlow and David Gill for the production of Thames Television's major thirteen part series Hollywood, for which he composed the theme and incidental music. That led to an even greater challenge: composing and conduction the musical score for the five hour epic Napoleon (1927), which initiated the Thames Silents series. Since then Carl Davis has composed and conducted scores for most of the Thames Silent series and The Four Horsement of the Apocalypse (1921), Wings (1927), Greed (1924), and Phantom of the Opera (1925).
Many of his best known works are film and television scores including the films I, Monster (1971), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), The Rainbow (1989), Scandal (1989), Frankenstein Unbound (1990), and the television productions of The World At War (1974), Kiss of Death (1977), A Year in Provence (1993), and most recently Pride and Prejudice (1995). He has also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Prospect Theatre Company, the Royal National Theatre as well as for Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and English National Ballet.
As a conductor he works regularly with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTL Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Symphony Orchestra. As part of the RLPO 150th anniversary celebrations he collaborated with Paul McCartney on a full length work, Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio premiered in June 1991. He has subsequently conducted this in Spain, Japan, Canada, the USA, and Germany. His latest ballet score is Alice in Wonderland, for English National Ballet.
--DAVID STONER & JAMES FITZPATRICK,
from the liner notes, Phantom of the Opera.
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