Walter Schumann

Walter Schumann (October 8, 1913 – August 21, 1958) was an American composer for film, television, and the theater. His notable works include the score for The Night of the Hunter and the Dragnet Theme. (The Dragnet theme was lifted, inadvertently according to Schumann, from Miklós Rózsa's score from the 1946 film The Killers.)

Birth and Death Data: Born October 8th, 1913 (New York City), Died August 21st, 1958 (Minneapolis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-036158 10-in. 4/28/1939 Melancholy mood Kenny Baker ; Nathaniel Finston Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor PBS-036294 10-in. 6/22/1939 Melancholy mood Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-041536 10-in. 8/10/1939 Melancholy mood Delta Rhythm Band ; Claire Martin ; Bob Zurke Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-056139 10-in. 9/18/1940 There was a little girl Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Mary Ann Mercer ; Tommy Taylor Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet and vocal ensemble composer  


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"Schumann, Walter." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.

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