Flicks in Five: Erich Wolfgang Korngold

by Lynne Warfel
January 28, 2012

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A child prodigy who composed operas since he was a teenager, Korngold found himself trapped in Hollywood during the Anschluss and was unable to return to Europe. He was a natural at composing for the "picture business" and was one of the few who had great success. (Photo courtesy: Schott Music Gmbh &Co.)

One of Hollywood's first great movie composers was a Viennese wunderkind. Erich Wolfgang Korngold was Vienna's bright operatic hope in the 1920s and 1930s, but with the outbreak of war he had to leave home and find safer ground. He was one of the earliest Oscar winners and went on to influence generations of composers that followed. Korngold's Robin Hood on Flicks in Five.