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Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897–1957)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was the son of a well-known music critic. He was a child prodigy who composed his first orchestral piece at 14 and drew the attention of Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and many other prominent composers and conductors. He had begun a promising career as a serious composer of operas and orchestral music when he emigrated to ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski Soundtrack
The Majestic
The Majestic Soundtrack
Captain Blood
Captain Blood Music Department


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 2013 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie) (music by)
 2011 Die tote Stadt (Video) (music by)
 2010 Die tote Stadt (TV Movie) (music by)
 2009 Lawrence Jones and the King Salomon's Table (Short) (composer: stock music)
 1983 Die tote Stadt (TV Movie) (music by)
 1959 Up Periscope (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 Home Before Dark (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1955 Some of the Greatest (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1955 Magic Fire (music adaptor) / (music supervisor)
 1944 Between Two Worlds (conductor - uncredited)
 1943 The Constant Nymph (conductor - uncredited)
 1941 The Sea Wolf (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1939 The Mad Empress (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1938 Mr. Satan (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1937 Another Dawn (conductor - uncredited)
 1936 Hearts Divided (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1936 Give Us This Night (conductor)
 1936 Rose of the Rancho (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1935 Captain Blood (musical arrangements)
 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream (composer: additional music - bridging scenes - uncredited) / (conductor - uncredited) / (music arranger)
 1935 A Dream Comes True (Documentary short) (music adaptor - uncredited)
 1934 Strauss' Great Waltz (musical arrangement - as E. W. Korngold)
 1931/II Ronny (music arranger - uncredited)
 1931/I Ronny (music arranger - uncredited)
 1928 Noah's Ark (composer: stock music - 1957 reissue, uncredited)
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Other Works:

(8/18/71) Stage: Wrote (w/Johann Strauss, Bob Wright, Chet Forest) "The Great Waltz," performed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, England. Musical. Sari Barabas, Walter Cassel, Diane Todd and David Watson were in the cast. See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

E. W. Korngold

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Personal Quote:

[on the death of his father in 1945 and the expiration of his Warner contract in 1946] I will be fifty next May. I feel it is a turning point... Fifty is very old for a child prodigy. I feel I have to make a decision now, if I don't want to be a Hollywood composer the rest of my life. See more »


Hugo Friedhofer on Korngold: His contribution was enormous, and he influenced everyone working at that time. He was the first to write film music in long lines, great flowing chunks, that contained the ebb and flow of mood and action, and the feeling of the picture. See more »

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