1906 - 1967
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.
1st March 2022
- Rachel Kolly d'Alba, violin; Christian Chamorel, piano
- Theatre Chiabrera, Savona, Italy
9th March 2022
- Leon Fei, violin; Rhodri Clarke, piano
- Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
19th March 2022
- New World Symphony
- Richard Kaufman
- New World Center, Miami Beach, FL, United States of America
24th March 2022
- Daniel Hope, Ikki Opitz, Carla Maria Rodrigues, Josephine Knight, Stephane Logerot, Maxim Lando
- Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
- Kurhaussaal Binz, Binz, Germany
8th April 2022
- Boogyean Park, violin
- LaGuardia HS Senior Orchestra
- Joseph Meyers
- LaGuardia HIgh School, New York, NY, United States of America