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composer , conductor

Eric Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian composer, conductor.


Korngold, Eric Wolfgang was born on May 29, 1897 in Bruenn, Austria. Son of Doctor Julius and Josephine (Witrofsky) Korngold.


2 sons, Ernest Werner, George Wolfgang. Came to the United States, 1934, naturalized, 1943.


Professor Vienna State Academy for Music. Conductor Opera House, Hamburg, Germany, and State Opera. Vienna; pianist, composer and conductor with many European orchestras.

Composer, conductor of music for motion pictures. Anthony Adverse (Academy award), 1936. Adventures of Robin Hood (Academy award), 1938.

Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, 1939. The Sea Hawk, 1940; The Sea Wolf, 1941. King’s Row, 1941; The Constant Nymph, 1942.

Devotion, 1943; Deception, Escape Me Never, 1946.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: (operas) Kathrin (first performed in Stockholm, Sweden, 1939). The Dead City (performed on eighty European opera stages, also Metropolitan Opera, New York City). The Miracle of Heliane.

      Musci to Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Symphonic works

    • Violin Concerto. Symphonic Serenade for Strings.

      Silent Serenade, OP. 39. Symphony in F. Sharp. OP. 40

    • Der Schneemnan.

      (operas) Der Ring des Polykates, Violanta. Chamber and piano music: songs, etc.


Married Luise von Sonnenthal, April 30, 1924.

Doctor Julius Korngold

Josephine (Witrofsky) Korngold

Luise von Sonnenthal