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Sunday, December 23, 2007

50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY'S GREAT COMPOSER ERIK KORNGOLD

Erich Korngold as a young man- Toluca Lake Composer

Many world-famous musicians and composers have made the San Fernando Valley their home. Among the most important of these was young Erich Wolfgang Korngold who the great Gustav Mahler called "a musical genius".

Korngold was raised in a movie-mad Europe. He fully understood film and the importance of music in cinema's cooperative enterprise. By the early 1930s, he was regularly visiting America to work on film scores. His decision to accept a studio position with Warner Brothers, came in 1938, when his homeland in Austria began to embrace the madness of Nazism.

A resident of Toluca Lake, Erich Korngold conducted the Warner Brothers Studio Orchestra in over 20 films. His earliest success as a composer-conductor came with the block-buster motion picture, The Adventures of Robin Hood. The composition by Korngold most often featured in today's concert halls is his famous Captain Blood.

ERICH KORNGOLD
May 29, 1897 – November 29, 1957


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