AS A wunderkind Erich Wolfgang Korngold
was the toast of musical Vienna but he eventually fled to Hollywood to escape Nazi anti-Semitism.
The final section of this book is a particularly effective survey of a disparate group of musical variations upon A Midsummer Night's Dream by composers including Henry Purcell, John Frederick Lampe, Felix Mendelssohn, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold
, en route to Britten.
My highlight was composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold
's Captain Blood Overture.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
's The adventures of Robin Hood; a film score guide.
Three of the composers were from the United States - Barber, Bernstein and Copland - and the fourth Erich Wolfgang Korngold
, although born in Eastern Europe, achieved much fame for his Hollywood film scores.
Miklos Rozsa was to film music of the 1950s and '60s what Max Steiner, Franz Waxman, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold
had been to the '30s and '40s and what John Williams has been since the 1970s.
The most prominent among them are Erich Wolfgang Korngold
and Franz Waxman.
Serge Prokofieff, Erich Wolfgang Korngold
, Paul Hindemith and Benjamin Britten wrote original works for him, and Wittgenstein performed throughout Europe to great critical acclaim.
There's also a great music score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
and superb support from Claude Rains, Bobby and Billy Mauch and Alan Hale.
As is only to be expected, there are some omissions, such as the extraordinary pianist-composer known as 'Alkan' along with Edward MacDowell and Erich Wolfgang Korngold
. Some, who are mentioned get surprisingly short shrift.
The story goes that after hearing music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
, Puccini said: "He has so much talent, he could easily give us half and still have enough left for himself." Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, pianist Artur Schnabel, conductors Artur Nikisch and Bruno Walter and many others all held similar opinions.