Franz Waxman, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Franz Waxman

German film composer

Date of Birth: 24-Dec-1906

Place of Birth: Chorzów, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland

Date of Death: 24-Feb-1967

Profession: composer, conductor, film score composer

Nationality: Germany

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Franz Waxman

  • Franz Waxman (né Wachsmann; 24 December 1906 – 24 February 1967) was a German and American composer of Jewish descent, known primarily for his work in the film music genre.
  • His film scores include Bride of Frankenstein, Rebecca, Sunset Boulevard, A Place in the Sun, Stalag 17, Rear Window, Peyton Place, The Nun's Story, and Taras Bulba.
  • He received twelve Academy Award nominations, and won two Oscars in consecutive years (for Sunset Boulevard and A Place in the Sun).
  • He also received a Golden Globe Award for the former film.
  • Bernard Herrmann said that the score for Taras Bulba was "the score of a lifetime." He also composed concert works, including the oratorio Joshua (1959), and The Song of Terezin (1965), a work for orchestra, chorus, and children's chorus based upon poetry written by children in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during World War II.
  • Waxman also founded the Los Angeles Music Festival in 1947 with which he conducted a number of West Coast premieres by fellow film composers, and concert composers alike.

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