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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 (Results 76-76 of 76 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-76 of 76 records)


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