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 film scores include Bride of Frankenstein, Rebecca, Sunset Boulevard, A Place in the Sun, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Philadelphia Story, Rear Window, Peyton Place, 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 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 theme's 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 a number of West Coast premieres by fellow film composers, and concert composers alike.

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Performances

1st March 2022

SOLOISTS
Rachel Kolly d'Alba, violin; Christian Chamorel, piano
LOCATION
Theatre Chiabrera, Savona, Italy

9th March 2022

SOLOISTS
Leon Fei, violin; Rhodri Clarke, piano
LOCATION
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, Australia

19th March 2022

PERFORMERS
New World Symphony
CONDUCTOR
Richard Kaufman
LOCATION
New World Center, Miami Beach, FL, United States of America

24th March 2022

SOLOISTS
Daniel Hope, Ikki Opitz, Carla Maria Rodrigues, Josephine Knight, Stephane Logerot, Maxim Lando
PERFORMERS
Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
LOCATION
Kurhaussaal Binz, Binz, Germany

8th April 2022

SOLOISTS
Boogyean Park, violin
PERFORMERS
LaGuardia HS Senior Orchestra
CONDUCTOR
Joseph Meyers
LOCATION
LaGuardia HIgh School, New York, NY, United States of America

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