Erich Wolfgang Korngold (Born: May 29, 1897 – Died: November 29, 1957)
Happy birthday to Erich Wolfgang Korngold, a child prodigy who composed his first orchestral piece at 14 which caught the attention of Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and many other prominent composers and conductors. He had begun a promising professional career as a composer of operas and orchestral music when he emigrated to the United States in 1935 fleeing from the Nazi occupation of Austria. He is widely credited with inventing the syntax of orchestral film music, even being called ‘The Father of the Film Score’. Although Korngold longed to work as a serious composer after the war ended he would continue to compose many famous and well-loved film scores such as, Kings Row, The Big Lebowski and The Adventures of Robin Hood.