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Hugo Riesenfeld

Hugo Riesenfeld (January 26, 1879 – September 10, 1939) was an Austrian-American composer. As a film director, he began to write his own orchestral compositions for silent films in 1917, and co-created modern production techniques where film scoring serves an integral part of the action. Riesenfeld composed about 100 film scores in his career.

His most successful compositions were for Cecil B. DeMille's Joan the Woman (1917), The Ten Commandments (1923) and The King of Kings (1927); D. W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln (1930); and the original scores to F. W. Murnau's Sunrise (1927) and Tabu (1931).

Birth and Death Data: Born January 26th, 1879 (Vienna), Died September 10th, 1939 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, composer, arranger, conductor, leader, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-16774 10-in. 11/15/1915 Suzanne's secret overture Victor Orchestra Orchestra arranger  
Victor B-23886 10-in. 4/6/1920 Just listen to my heart beat Palace Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Victor BVE-46132 10-in. 7/11/1928 Western allegro Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor MVE-46276 16-in. 7/23/1928 Tempest : Overture Motion Picture Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo director  
Victor MVE-46277 16-in. 7/23/1928 Tempest Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with female vocal solo and mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46278 16-in. 7/23/1928 Tempest Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-46279 16-in. 7/24/1928 Tempest Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46280 16-in. 7/24/1928 Tempest Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46281 16-in. 7/24/1928 Tempest Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46282 16-in. 7/25/1928 Tempest Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46283 16-in. 7/25/1928 Tempest Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-46284 16-in. 7/25/1928 Tempest Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46285 16-in. 7/26/1928 Tempest Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46286 16-in. 7/26/1928 Tempest Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46287 16-in. 7/26/1928 Tempest : Reel 11 Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46386 16-in. 12/8/1928 The toy shop Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with male vocal quartet director  
Victor MVE-46700 16-in. 7/31/1928 Two lovers Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46701 16-in. 7/31/1928 Two lovers Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-46702 16-in. 8/1/1928 Two lovers Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-46703 16-in. 8/1/1928 Two lovers Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with male vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46704 16-in. 8/1/1928 Two lovers : Overture Motion Picture Orchestra Orchestra, with female-male vocal duet director  
Victor MVE-46705 16-in. 8/1/1928 Two lovers Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-46706 16-in. 8/1/1928 Two lovers Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-46710 16-in. 8/3/1928 Two lovers Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with male vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-46712 16-in. 8/3/1928 Two lovers : Epilogue Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture epilogue : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47435 16-in. 9/10/1928 The woman disputed Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47436 16-in. 9/10/1928 The woman disputed Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47437 16-in. 9/10/1928 The woman disputed Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47438 16-in. 9/11/1928 The woman disputed Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47439 16-in. 9/11/1928 The woman disputed Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47440 16-in. 9/12/1928 The woman disputed Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47441 16-in. 9/12/1928 The woman disputed Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47442 16-in. 9/12/1928 The woman disputed Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47443 16-in. 9/12/1928 The woman disputed Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47642 16-in. 10/9/1928 The awakening Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director, composer  
Victor MVE-47643 16-in. 10/10/1928 The awakening Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with male vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-47644 16-in. 10/10/1928 The awakening Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with male vocal solo and vocal quartet director  
Victor MVE-47645 16-in. 10/11/1928 The awakening Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47646 16-in. 10/12/1928 The awakening Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47647 16-in. 10/12/1928 The awakening Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47648 16-in. 10/13/1928 The awakening Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-47649 16-in. 10/11/1928 The awakening Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with female vocal solo and female vocal chorus director  
Victor MVE-47650 16-in. 10/13/1928 The awakening Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor BVE-47882 10-in. 11/1/1928 Battle music Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-48062 10-in. 11/12/1928 Suite domestica Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-49166 10-in. 12/5/1928 Pinto Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor MVE-49350 16-in. 12/10/1928 The rescue Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-49351 16-in. 12/10/1928 The rescue Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-49352 16-in. 12/10/1928 The rescue Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-49353 16-in. 12/11/1928 The rescue Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-49354 16-in. 12/11/1928 The rescue Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-49355 16-in. 12/11/1928 The rescue Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-49356 16-in. 12/12/1928 The rescue Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with female vocal chorus (takes 1-2A); orchestra only (takes 3A-4A) director  
Victor MVE-49362 16-in. 12/17/1928 Looping the loop Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with male vocal solo director  
Victor MVE-49363 16-in. 12/17/1928 Looping the loop Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with applause composer  
Victor MVE-49364 16-in. 12/18/1928 Looping the loop Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with accordion director  
Victor MVE-49365 16-in. 12/18/1928 Looping the loop Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with accordion, applause, and laughing (takes 1-2A); with applause (takes 3 and 3A) director  
Victor MVE-49366 16-in. 12/19/1928 Looping the loop Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with applause director  
Victor MVE-49367 16-in. 12/19/1928 Looping the loop Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra director  
Victor MVE-49368 16-in. 12/19/1928 Looping the loop Motion Picture Orchestra Motion picture soundtrack : Orchestra, with applause and mumbling director  
Victor BVE-49899 10-in. 3/7/1929 One for all, all for one Frank Munn ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor CVE-51126 12-in. 4/4/1929 Death of a great red warrior Motion Picture Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-53829 10-in. 6/12/1929 Pals forever Melody Three Male vocal trio, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-81547 12-in. 1/19/1934 The bartered bride polka Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra arranger  
Victor BVE-81548 10-in. 1/19/1934 Furiant Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra arranger  
Victor CVE-81549 12-in. 1/19/1934 Dance of the comedians Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra arranger  
Victor PBS-09557 10-in. 6/29/1937 My campfire dreams Bobby Breen ; Hugo Riesenfeld ; St. Luke Choristers ; St. Luke Orchestra Dubbed recording from film : Boy soprano vocal solo, with boys vocal chorus and orchestra director  
Victor PBS-09649 10-in. 8/20/1937 Make a wish Bobby Breen Boy soprano vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble conductor  
Victor PBS-09650 10-in. 8/20/1937 Music in my heart Bobby Breen Boy soprano vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble conductor  
Victor PBS-09651 10-in. 8/20/1937 Gee! But it's great to meet a friend Bobby Breen Boy soprano vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble conductor  
Columbia 79637 10-in. 1/17/1921 Look for the silver lining Riesenfeld's Rialto Ensemble Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia 79638 10-in. 1/17/1921 I never knew (I could love anybody like I'm loving you) Riesenfeld's Rialto Ensemble Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W148731 10-in. 6/22/1929 Pals forever Hotel Mark Hopkins Orchestra ; Anson Weeks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick LAE430 10-in. 1/21/1929 One golden hour with you Vernon Rickard Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Edison 7349 10-in. 5/13/1920 Keep the love lamp burning Gladys Rice Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 7399 10-in. 6/1/1920 I'd like to take you away Helen Clark ; Joseph A. Phillips Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Riesenfeld, Hugo," accessed April 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105681.

Riesenfeld, Hugo. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105681.

"Riesenfeld, Hugo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 April 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105681

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