Wal-Berg

Voldemar Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Wal-Berg (born October 13, 1910, Istanbul - July 12, 1994, Suresnes) was a French composer and conductor.

Rosenberg studied piano at the Berlin Conservatory and then attended the Paris Conservatory, where he studied harmony, composition, and conducting under Samuel Rousseau, Noel Gallon, Henri Rabaud, Philippe Gaubert, and Pierre Monteux.

From 1932 to 1936, he orchestrated for Polydor Records recordings, and composed songs performed by Marlene Dietrich (Moi je m'ennuie, Assez, Embrasse-moi). In the 1930s he was involved with the recordings of stars of the era such as Jean Sablon, Josephine Baker, Charles Trenet, Leo Marjane, and Damia. He also wrote film music, e.g. for the film Katia (with Danielle Darrieux).

During World War II, he was in Monte Carlo, where he conducted symphonic jazz concerts, whose programs included George Gershwin and Cole Porter alongside Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. He also worked with ORTF on a series of radio broadcasts, in which he conducted orchestras backing soloists such as Yehudi Menuhin and Andres Segovia.

In the 1950s, he toured widely in Europe as a conductor with Victoria de Los Angeles and Segovia, and worked in France with Janine Micheau, Mathé Altéry, Roger Bourdin, Stéphane Grappelli, and at the Opéra de Lille with Mado Robin and Christian Ferras.

He composed more than 300 pieces for symphony orchestra and scored about forty films.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 13th, 1910 (Istanbul), Died July 12th, 1994 (Suresnes)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor (Canada) [ViC cat 150152] 10-in. before 3/18/1940 Entre nous deux Rachel Carley ; Wal-Berg Orchestre Female vocal solo, with orchestra leader  
Victor (Canada) [ViC cat 150152] 10-in. before 3/18/1940 Prière a zumba Rachel Carley ; Wal-Berg Orchestre Female vocal solo, with orchestra leader, songwriter  
Victor (Canada) [ViC cat 150153-B] 10-in. before 3/18/1940 Une ombre sur la route Rachel Carley ; Wal-Berg Orchestre Female vocal solo, with orchestra leader  
Victor (Canada) [ViC cat 150153-A] 10-in. before 3/18/1940 Mon coeur part en voyage Rachel Carley ; Wal-Berg Orchestre Female vocal solo, with orchestra leader  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wal-Berg," accessed August 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108665.

Wal-Berg. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108665.

"Wal-Berg." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108665

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