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Franz Waxman

Franz Waxman (né Wachsmann; December 24, 1906 – February 24, 1967) was a German-born composer and conductor 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 Terezín (1964–65), 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.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 24, 1906 (Chorzów), Died February 24, 1967 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-03276 10-in. 11/24/1936 Gone Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-03561 10-in. 12/10/1936 Gone Dick Stabile Orchestra ; Burt Shaw Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Gramophone 0D1175 10-in. 10/11/1932 Für'n Groschen Liebe Orchester Lewis Ruth Jazz/dance band, with vocal composer  
Gramophone BLR5519 10-in. 8/20/1929 Ewige Liebe, das gibt's nur im Roman Weintraubs Syncopators Jazz/dance band composer  
Vocalion 21687 10-in. 9/13/1937 Who wants love? Billie Holiday Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL3676 10-in. 4/15/1932 Si vous saviez comme l'on s'en f... Borels Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL3677 10-in. 4/15/1932 Les d'moisell's de Montparnasse Pierre Chagnon ; Line Marlys Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL5005 10-in. 7/19/1934 On ne voit ça qu'à Paris Pierre Chagnon ; Albert Préjean Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL5008 10-in. 7/19/1934 Sans un mot Pierre Chagnon ; Albert Préjean Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL5009 10-in. 7/19/1934 La crise est finie Pierre Chagnon ; Albert Préjean Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Waxman, Franz," accessed June 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104211.

Waxman, Franz. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104211.

"Waxman, Franz." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104211

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