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Erich Wolfgang Korngold

(*29.5.1897 Brno †29. 11. 1957 Hollywood).

Austrian composer born in Czech country

He was the son of the well-known Austrian reviewer Julian Korngold (1860–1945). He was a prodigy child (in 1910, his ballet Der Schneemann was performed at the Wiener Hofoper). He studied composition and piano in Vienna among others with Alexander Zemlinsky, from 1927 1934, he taught at the Vienna Academy for Music. From 1934, he began working in athe USA, where he settled in 1938 and devoted himself to composing and conducting film scores. He received world recognition with his one-act operas in Late-Romantic style such as Ring des Polykrates and Violanta (performed in Münich in 1916, in Prague in 1916, cond. by Alexander Zemlinsky), Die tote Stadt (performed in Hamburg in 1920, in Prague in 1922, cond. by A. Zemlinsky) and Das Wunder der Heliane (1927). We wrote many symphonies, violin concert, chamber and piano compositions. He had an extraordinary feeling for theatre and he arranged some Strauss´s and Offenbach´s operettas in cooperation with the director Max Reinhardt.