Peter Igelhoff (born Rudolf August Ordnung, 22 July 1904 in Vienna – 8 April 1978 in Bad Reichenhall) was an Austrian pianist, light music and film composer, arranger and entertainer; he took his mother's maiden name as soon as he resolved on a career in light entertainment.
Igelhoff made an early career as a jazz pianist in bars before deciding to hone his playing style by studying in London in the early 1930s. He moved to Amsterdam and later in 1935 to Berlin where he became extremely busy in film and recording studio work with a group including fellow composer-pianist Georg Haentzschel (1907-1992). Many of Igelhoff's light songs sold very well and his career was not hindered initially by the outbreak of war in 1939, although by and by the National Socialists started to deem his music too American in style and it was eventually banned. By the later 1940s his style went slightly out of fashion but he managed to keep reasonably busy almost to the end of his life, by which time his work had been rewarded with a professorship.
Igelhoff was an extremely able pianist with an enviable concert technique, accompanying his light tenor voice (and occasionally his virtuoso whistling) in songs.
Birth and Death Data: Born July 22nd, 1904 (Vienna), Died April 8th, 1978 (Bad Reichenhall)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, vocalist, piano, leader
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||0RA2912||10-in.||5/9/1938||Ich hab' die schönen Maderl'n net erfunden||Peter Igelhoff Ensemble||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||leader, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Gramophone||0RA2913||10-in.||5/9/1938||Ich hab' mir für Grinzing ein'n Dienstmann engagiert||Peter Igelhoff Ensemble||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, piano, leader, vocalist|
|Columbia (U.K.)||CB8825||10-in.||6/27/1938||You-you||Carlo Buti ; Orchestra Ferruzzi||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Igelhoff, Peter," accessed September 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101233.
Igelhoff, Peter. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101233.
"Igelhoff, Peter." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 September 2021.
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