Wilhelm Grosz (11 August 1894 – 10 December 1939) (sometimes credited as Hugh Williams) was an Austrian composer, pianist, and conductor.
Wilhelm Grosz was born in Vienna. He studied music with Richard Robert, Franz Schreker and Guido Adler. In 1921 he was appointed conductor of the Mannheim Opera, but returned to Vienna in 1922, where he worked as a pianist and composer. From 1927 he was the artistic manager of the Ultraphone Gramophone company in Berlin. In 1933 he became conductor of the Kammerspiele Theater in Vienna.
Forced to flee his native land because of the Nazi takeover, Grosz resettled in England in 1934. However, he found little interest there for his avant garde musical style. He was able to apply a considerable melodic gift to setting the lyrics of popular songs, some of which became international successes. Most of his most popular titles were written with lyricist Jimmy Kennedy: "Harbour Lights", "Red Sails in the Sunset", "When Budapest Was Young", and "Isle of Capri".
Grosz's classical compositions include three operas, two ballets, incidental music for three plays, scores for a number of films, orchestral works, a Symphonic Dance for piano and orchestra, chamber music, piano pieces and songs.
Afrika-Songs, a song cycle for two vocal soloists and chamber ensemble, was first performed in 1930. It utilizes texts by Afro-American poets, mainly Langston Hughes, and a strongly blues-flavored sound. Both Afrika-Songs and a selection of the pop tunes, along with other of Grosz's works, were recorded in the mid-1990s by Decca Records, as part of their series called Entartete Musik (subtitled "Music Suppressed By the Third Reich").
He died in 1939 in New York City.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 11th, 1894 (Vienna), Died December 10th, 1939 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter
Notes: Name sometimes appears as Will Grosz. Used the pseudonym Hugh Williams.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 43 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||79876||10-in.||4/16/1935||Ilha de Capri||Francisco Alves||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BS-84991||10-in.||11/14/1934||Isle of Capri||Luis Alvarez ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-86245||10-in.||11/23/1934||Isle of Capri||Al Mitchell Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BAVE-86766||10-in.||2/15/1935||Isla de Capri||Orquesta Típica Osvaldo Fresedo ; Roberto Ray||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BAVE-86773||10-in.||Feb. 1935||Isla de Capri||Alberto Gómez||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-89201||10-in.||3/8/1935||Isla de Capri||Marimba Pan-Americana||Marimba band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-89357||10-in.||3/20/1935||Is to nissaki Kapri||Tetos Demetriades (Τετος Δημητριαδης) ; Costas Kazis||Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BS-89511||10-in.||4/1/1935||Tina||Don Reid ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-94368||10-in.||8/8/1935||The Isle of Capri||Riley Puckett||Male vocal solo, with guitar||composer|
|Victor||BS-95043||10-in.||9/18/1935||Red sails in the sunset||Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-95339||10-in.||10/5/1935||Red sails in the sunset||Little Ramblers ; Ward Pinkett||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BS-96272||10-in.||11/4/1935||Red sails in the sunset||The Girls of the Golden West||Female vocal duet, with guitar||composer|
|Victor||BS-99393||10-in.||2/26/1936||Isle of Capri||Fredricksburg Future Farmers||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||PBS-09512||10-in.||6/10/1937||The miller's daughter Marianne||George Hamilton ; Music Box Music ; Lee Norton||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-010529||10-in.||6/8/1937||The miller's daughter, Marianne||Ken Drake Orchestra ; Jimmy Ray||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-011141||10-in.||7/2/1937||Harbor lights||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-015563||10-in.||10/27/1937||Ten pretty girls||Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-037699||10-in.||6/27/1939||The day we meet again||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-038411||10-in.||7/17/1939||The Hoiriger schottische||Jimmy Brown ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus||composer|
|Victor||BS-038461||10-in.||7/21/1939||My heart is in Vienna tonight||Wayne King Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-041364||10-in.||9/28/1939||Tomorrow night||Clyde Burke ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-042623||10-in.||8/30/1939||Tomorrow night||Ozzie Nelson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-042640||10-in.||9/5/1939||The beautiful buxom barmaid||Smoothies||Mixed vocal trio, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-043882||10-in.||11/21/1939||In an old Dutch garden (By an old Dutch mill)||Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; Charles Wilson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BS-043909||10-in.||11/22/1939||In an old Dutch garden (by an old Dutch mill)||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Grosz, Wilhelm," accessed October 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108685.
Grosz, Wilhelm. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108685.
"Grosz, Wilhelm." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 October 2021.
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