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Erich Wolfgang Korngold

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National Portrait Gallery
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Born Brno, Czech Republic (formerly Brünn, Austria-Hungary)
The composer of dynamic scores for such Hollywood classics as Captain Blood (1935) and King’s Row (1942), Eric Korngold initially won fame in Europe as a musical prodigy who completed his first major work at the age of eleven and premiered his critically acclaimed opera Die tote Stadt (1920) at twenty-three. In 1934, at the request of director Max Reinhart, Korngold traveled to Hollywood to adapt Felix Mendelssohn’s music for the film version of A Midsummer’s Night Dream (1935). Dividing his time between Europe and Hollywood, he created music for several more films and earned an Academy Award with his score for Anthony Adverse (1936). After Nazi Germany’s Anschluss in 1938 made it unsafe for him to remain in Austria, Korngold settled permanently in Hollywood, where his work for the Warner Brothers Studio soon included the Oscar-winning score for The Adventures of Robin Hood.
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Erich Wolfgang Korngold, 29 May 1897 - 29 Nov 1957
1934 - 1935
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Musical America Archives
Gelatin silver print
Image: 24 x 19.1 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/2")
Sheet: 25.4 x 20.5 cm (10 x 8 1/16")
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