William Axt

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 76-82 of 82 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 18962 10-in. 12/24/1928 Live and love Frank Munn Male vocal solo, with piano and orchestra composer  
Edison 19041 10-in. 2/11/1929 I loved you then (As I love you now) Ernest L. Stevens Piano solo composer  
Edison N-572 10-in. 11/19/1929 Love dreams Frank Munn Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison N-602 10-in. 11/28/1928 I loved you then (As I love you now) Golden Gate Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Edison N-614 10-in. 12/5/1928 Cross roads Theo Alban ; Oreste Queensland Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Edison N-653 10-in. 12/24/1928 Live and love Frank Munn Male vocal solo, with piano and orchestra composer  
Edison N-732 10-in. 2/11/1929 I loved you then (As I love you now) Ernest L. Stevens Piano solo composer  
(Results 76-82 of 82 records)

Citation

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107799

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