Franz Waxman

1906 - 1967

American

Summary

Franz Waxman was a German and American composer of Jewish descent, known primarily for his work in the film music genre. His 150 film scores include Bride of Frankenstein, Rebecca, Sunset Boulevard, A Place in the Sun, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Philadelphia Story, Rear Window, Crime in the Streets, The Spirit of St. Louis, Peyton Place, Sayonara, The Nun's Story, and Taras Bulba. He received twelve Academy Award nominations, and won two Oscars in consecutive years (for Sunset Boulevard and A Place in the Sun). He also received a Golden Globe Award for the former film. Bernard Herrmann said that the score for Taras Bulba was "the score of a lifetime." 

He also composed concert works, including Sinfonietta for string orchestra and timpani (1955), the oratorio Joshua (1959), and The Song of Terezin (1965), a work for orchestra, chorus, and children's chorus based upon poetry written by children in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during World War II. His Carmen Fantasie on themes from Bizet's opera has had innumerable performances in its original version for violin and orchestra as well as in many transcriptions.

Waxman also founded the Los Angeles Music Festival in 1947 with which he conducted over 20 years; 70 World, American and West Coast premieres by Britten, Harris, Mahler, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Walton, among many others. 

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17th August 2022

PERFORMERS
Muse-Ique
CONDUCTOR
Rachael Worby
LOCATION
Avalon Hollywood, Los Angeles , CA, United States of America

18th August 2022

PERFORMERS
Muse-Ique
CONDUCTOR
Rachael Worby
LOCATION
Avalon Hollywood, Los Angeles , CA, United States of America

25th August 2022

PERFORMERS
Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt
CONDUCTOR
Jens Troester
LOCATION
Stadthalle, Friedberg, Germany

26th August 2022

PERFORMERS
Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt
CONDUCTOR
Jens Troester
LOCATION
Stadthalle, Friedberg, Germany

27th August 2022

PERFORMERS
Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt
CONDUCTOR
Jens Troester
LOCATION
Stadthalle, Friedberg, Germany

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