18 April 1907, Budapest, Hungary, d. 27 July 1995, Los Angeles, California, USA. An important composer for films from the early 30s until the early 80s, who had an equally distinguished career in the world of classical music, Rozsa began to play the piano at the age of five and soon added the violin to his studies. He gave his first public performance when he was seven, playing a movement from a Mozart violin concerto and conducting a childrens orchestra in Haydns Toy Symphony. In his teens Rozsa attended Leipzig University and, during his four years there, completed his first serious compositions. His big breakthrough came in 1934 with his Theme, Variations, And Finale (Opus 13). A year later he moved to London to write a ballet, and was invited to compose the music for Alexandra Kordas film Knight Without Armour, starring Robert Donat and Marlene Dietrich. The successful outcome marked the beginning of Rozsas...
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