Composer's work with Pink Floyd started
in the '70s
Michael Kamen died suddenly of a heart attack in London. He was
had dozens of major film scores to his credit, began working with
Pink Floyd in 1979, when he handled orchestral arrangements on "The
Wall." He went on to work on "The Wall" film
(1982), "The Final Cut"
(1983), and "The Division Bell"
He also worked
on Roger Waters and David
Gilmour solo projects: "About
Face" (1984), "The
Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking" (1984), "The
Wall Live in Berlin" (1990), and "Amused
to Death" (1992).
hit the road with Floyd members, playing keyboards with Waters on
his "Pros and Cons" tour, and with Floyd at the 1990 Knebworth
he was seen and heard playing piano with Gilmour in the "David
Gilmour in Concert" DVD, culled from a handful of semi-acoustic
performances in London in 2001 and '02.
a native New Yorker and a Julliard School of Music graduate. He
was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, but didn't go public
with the news until a couple months ago. News reports were unclear
as to whether or not MS contributed to Kamen's death.
one of a few major recording artists to perform at a memorial service
held at The Royal Academy of Music. According to the official Kamen
Web site, he played "Wish You Were Here."
Nov. 19, 2003; Dec. 9, 2003)
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