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Carl (and Alfie Boe) Davis

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Category: Music - Classical
Reference No: 10454
Status: Available
Price: £15.00
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American composer and conductor who has been living in the UK since 1961.

Davis achieved early prominence with the title music for some of the acclaimed BBC anthology play series, The Wednesday Play and later for Play for Today. Perhaps his greatest TV score was for the series The World at War (1974). Other programs that are well known include Up Pompeii (1971), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Private Schulz (1980), Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981) the epic mini-series The Far Pavilions (based on the novel by M. M. Kaye) (1984) as well as the six-part serial Pride and Prejudice (1995).

He has also helped Paul McCartney in the orchestration of his symphonic works.


Davis is particularly noted for composing music to accompany films that were originally silent. The epic silent film Napoléon (originally 1927) was restored and expanded with Davis' music for cinematic release in 1980 and D. W. Griffith's Intolerance: Love's Struggle Through The Ages (originally 1916) was given a new score by Davis in 1989.

In the 1980's and 1990's, Davis wrote and conducted the scores for numerous classic silent films released restored and released through Brownlow and Gill's "Thames Silents" series in the UK. By 1993, his reputation made him the number one choice for new scores to silent films. Many DVD releases of the silent version of Ben-Hur (1925), Safety Last (1923), Chaplin's City Lights (1931) (re-orchestrated by Davis based on Chaplin's original written score) and Erich von Stroheim's Greed (1924), use Davis's music.

This is a fine programme(8.25" x 6") for a concert in the Hall
é Promenade season at the Bridegwater Hall in Manchester on the 11th of July in 2009, The concert was entitled La Passione - A Night with Alfie Boe, with Carl Davis conducting. Davis has added a big, bold signature in black ink over his biography page, as has tenor Alfie Boe (b.1973).
A couple of tiny marks on the front cover but otherwise in very good condition.