- Cavatina (song)
"Cavatina" is a
classical guitarpiece by Stanley Myersand is most famous as the theme from " The Deer Hunter".
The piece had been recorded by classical guitarist John Williams, long before the film that made it famous. It had originally been written for piano but at Williams' invitation, Myers re-wrote it for guitar and expanded it. After this transformation, it was first used for the film, "
The Walking Stick" (1970). In 1973, Cleo Lainewrote lyrics and recorded the song "He Was Beautiful" accompanied by John Williams.
Following the release of "The Deer Hunter" in
1979, Williams' instrumental version of "Cavatina" became a UK Top 20 hit. Two other versions also made the Top 20 the same year - another instrumental recording by The Shadows, with an electric guitarplayed by Hank Marvin(#9 in the UK singles charts); and a vocal version (using Cleo Laine's lyrics) by Iris Williams.
The song was also recorded by
Paul Pottson his debut album, "One Chance".There is a gospel version set to Cavatina called "Beautiful" the author is Billy Evmur and it appears in the "Dove On A Distant Oak Tree" collection
This piece of music is also played at the end of the "Battlestar Galactica episode "Scar" after Kara "Starbuck" Thrace toasts the memory of dead pilots. See also
Music of Battlestar Galactica (re-imagining). Cavatina was also used to accompany "The Gallery" in the popular UK children's art programme Take Hartin the mid-1970s.
It has a reputation as a staple of buskers, despite its relatively high technical demands. The frequent transitions from one
barre chordto another throughout the song make it difficult to sustain the melody and keep it legato.
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