William Axt (April 19, 1888 – February 13, 1959) was an American composer of nearly two hundred film scores.
Born in New York City, Axt graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx and studied at the National Conservatory of Music of America. He served as an assistant conductor for the Hammerstein Grand Opera Company and was the musical director for the Capitol Theatre in Manhattan before joining the music department at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1929. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1922.
Axt retired from the film industry to raise cattle and breed horses in Laytonville, California. He died in Ukiah, California.
Birth and Death Data: Born April 19th, 1888 (New York City), Died February 13th, 1959 (Ukiah)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1929
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 82 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-23119||10-in.||8/11/1919||Erin||John Steel||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-23120||10-in.||8/11/1919||When love sings a song in your heart||John Steel||Male vocal solo, with violin duet and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-30501||10-in.||7/15/1924||If love were all||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-40483||12-in.||12/19/1927||The chatterbox||Victor Concert Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41792||10-in.||3/13/1928||In a merry mood||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41795||10-in.||3/13/1928||Derby days||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-46126||10-in.||7/11/1928||Western allegro||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-46142||10-in.||8/21/1928||Flower of love||Ted Weems Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal chorus||composer|
|Victor||BVE-46498||10-in.||10/5/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Jesse Crawford||Pipe organ solo, with harp||composer|
|Victor||BVE-47574||10-in.||9/28/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Franklyn Baur||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-47595||10-in.||10/4/1928||I loved you then as I love you now||Lewis James ; The Troubadours||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-47764||10-in.||10/18/1928||Cross roads||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-47777||10-in.||10/23/1928||Cross roads||Franklyn Baur||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-47922||10-in.||11/17/1928||In Romany||Jacques Renard Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-48035||10-in.||11/7/1928||Appassionata no. 3||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-48037||10-in.||11/7/1928||Merry pranks||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-48055||10-in.||11/12/1928||Appasionato no. 4||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-48136||10-in.||11/8/1928||Love dreams||Frank Munn ; The Troubadours||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-48191||10-in.||11/21/1928||Cross roads||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49104||10-in.||11/14/1928||Had I but known||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49110||10-in.||11/14/1928||Frozen north||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49160||10-in.||12/5/1928||The fire brigade||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Axt, William," accessed January 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107799.
Axt, William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107799.
"Axt, William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 January 2021.
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