Franz Wachsmann, 24 December 1906, Koenigshuette, Germany, d. 24 February 1967, Los Angeles, California, USA. An important composer, arranger, and conductor of background film music from the middle 30s until the 60s. Waxman studied music in Berlin and Dresden, and earned his living as a nightclub pianist. After composing the music for Fritz Langs film Liliom (1933), during the Austrian directors brief sojourn in France, on his way to the USA, Waxman, too, moved to Hollywood in 1934. Signed to Universal, his first music score, for the acclaimed The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) (a sophisticated masterpiece of black comedy), was later reused in other movies. In a somewhat lighter vein, Waxmans next few projects included more conventional comedies such as Diamond Jim (co-composer Ferde Grofé); Three Kids And A Queen, and Remember Last Night. He also provided the music for the Robert Taylor- Irene Dunne sentimental film, Magnificent...
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