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"Cavatina" is a 1970 classical guitar piece by British composer Stanley Myers written for the film The Walking Stick (1970), and popularised as the theme from The Deer Hunter some eight years later.
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 Laine wrote lyrics and recorded the song as "He Was Beautiful", accompanied by Williams.
After the release of The Deer Hunter in 1978, Williams' instrumental version became a UK Top 20 hit. Two other versions also made the Top 20 in the same year: another instrumental recording by The Shadows, with an electric guitar played by Hank Marvin, released on their album String of Hits with the name "Theme from The Deer Hunter" (number 9 in the UK singles charts and number 1 in The Netherlands); and a vocal version (using Cleo Laine's lyrics) by Iris Williams.
In 1982, guitarist Liona Boyd included it in her "Best Of" Collection, also with arrangement alongside Eric Robertson and Williams.
Norbert Kraft included a version of Cavatina on his 1996 Naxos Records release "Guitar Favourites".
The tune was also recorded by Paul Potts on 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. Another vocal version with different lyrics was recorded by Vince Hill (released on the compilation The Ember Records Story Vol. 2 - 1960–1979).
In 2009, the song was the tenth track of Camilla Kerslake's début album Camilla Kerslake.
In 2011, the song was recorded by singer Joe McElderry and guitarist Milos Karadaglic for McElderry's second album, Classic.
In 2013, the song was recorded by Mark Vincent for his album Songs from the Heart.
In 2016, the song was recorded and released by Japanese guitarist Kaori Muraji on her Decca Records album Rhapsody Japan.
- The Lass of Roch Royal
- Dh'fhalbhainn Sgiobalta/Gwyn's Frolics
- 'Si Do Mhamo I/The Cliffs of Moher
- The Mist Covered Mountain/Johnny McGrevey's
- Mo Bhuachaillin Ceanasach/Tom Billy's Jig
- The Cottage in the Grove/Paddy Taylor's
- The Thornton Jig/Nead na Lachan
- Morag a Dun-bheagain
- The Judge's Dilemma
- Theid Mi'n Ceann Loch Aluinn/Tha Fionnlagh ag Innearadh/The Smith of Chilliechassie
- Oran na Maighdinn-Mhara
- The Lark in the Morning
- Willie Macintosh
- 'S ann an Ile/Louden's Bonnie Woods and Braes/The Glen Where the Deer Is/Tail Toddle/Dick Gossip's Reel