Movements[ edit ] Moderato nobile: The violin solo which opens the concerto is a theme from Another Dawn , running over two octaves in five notes. Romanze : A solo clarinet introduces the principal theme of the slow movement, quoted from Anthony Adverse and revisited after a contrasting middle section that seems to have been uniquely composed for the concerto. Allegro assai vivace : The most demanding movement for the soloist begins with a staccato jig , which leads to a second theme based on the main motif from The Prince and the Pauper and builds up to a virtuoso climax. A typical performance lasts about 25 minutes. Korngold had vowed to give up composing anything other than film music , with which he supported himself and his family, until Hitler had been defeated.

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The form can change and the method of notation can be different, but the composer cannot make any compromises in what he considers to be his musical convictions.

This musical prodigy was the second son of Julius Korngold, prominent music critic of the Neue Freie Presse. Encouraged by his father, Korngold received his first music theory lessons at the age of six. The work was discussed in the cultural pages of the newspapers and certain critics doubted the authorship of the young composer. In , public acclaim was again achieved with the premiere of the one-act operas Violanta and Der Ring des Polykrates under the direction of Bruno Walter.

At the age of 20, Korngold performed his military service as a recruit in the military band of an infantry regiment. Three years later, the triumphal success of his opera Die tote Stadt began on a variety of European stages. For the next four years, the composer divided his time between Vienna and Hollywood, ultimately settling in Hollywood in , following the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany.

In Hollywood he became one of the most sought after film music composers in the USA. In the post-war years, the composer was unsuccessful in his attempts to re-establish himself on European cultural stages. Korngold died in Hollywood on 29 November The opera Die tote Stadt today continues to be included in the regular music theatre repertoire.

The monumental orchestral forces and the demands on the singers reach the limits of what is performable. During his second career as film music composer for the Warner Brothers Studios, the composer was able to bring the genre of symphonic film music to perfection. These three compositions are all late works and connect the expertise of the classical composer with his experiences within the realms of film music. In his concert works, Korngold drew partly on the best thematic material from his film scores, in the creation of his significant post-war compositions.

The solo parts are virtuoso, the orchestral writing displays skill in the changes of tonal colouring and the emotionally dense music is characterised by a noble yet yearning melos. Particularly in the symphony, ambitious rhythms are paired with a rugged chromaticism which overflows into atonality. Since , the Erich Wolfgang Korngold Prize has been awarded by the foundation Deutsche Kinemathek for the lifework of an outstanding film music composer.

Julius Korngold Piano and music theory lessons First extant composition June Plays his fairy-tale cantata "Gold" to Gustav Mahler who pronounces him a genius, recommending that he be sent to Alexander von Zemlinsky for tuition His father has the first piano sonata and the piano pieces "Don Quixote" and "Der Schneemann" privately printed to send them to musicians The ballet pantomime "Der Schneemann" is orchestrated by Zemlinsky and performed at the Vienna Court Opera.

Universal Edition prints the Piano Trio, Op. The Symbolist, Art Nouveau-related work with decorative and expressionist elements in the music sets out on a triumphant tour of the European theatres Finishes "Lieder des Abschieds" for alto and orchestra Korngold arranges "Eine Nacht in Venedig" by Johann Strauss for the Theater an der Wien Marries Luise von Sonnenthal. The interest of the Viennese public is waning, the political situatuion in Austria gets increasingly worse for Korngold Back to Hollywood, the Korngolds are taken by surprise by the "Anschluss" of Austria by National Socialists.

It is only now that Korngold decides to write film scores regularly. Dies on 29 November as a result of a cerebral thrombosis.


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