Favourite Austrian & German Composersby mister_gs | created - 31 Aug 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
No ranking, just sorted First Name / Family Name. This list contains Composers from Austria, and both West and former East Germany. Personal favourites are Karl-Heinz Schäfer, Klaus Doldinger, Peter Thomas and Roland Kovac. Can, Popol Vuh and Tangerine Dream are excellent Rockbands, but negligible concerning film music. Thanks for checking, enjoy.
1. André Previn
Music_department | My Fair Lady
German-American pianist, composer, arranger and conductor André George Previn (born Andreas Ludwig Priwin, in Berlin) was for eight decades a hugely influential and prolific figure in jazz, as well as classical and film music. Being Jewish, Previn's family was forced to leave Hitler's Germany in ...
3. Bernd Kampka
Composer | Komm nach Wien, ich zeig dir was!
Bernd Kampka was born on March 29, 1919 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany. He was a composer and actor, known for Komm nach Wien, ich zeig dir was! (1970), The Dear Augustin (1960) and Der Tod eines Doppelgängers (1967). He died on June 19, 1997 in Marburg, Germany.
Soundtrack | Eight Legged Freaks
Internationally renowned bandleader Bert Kaempfert was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1923. A student at the Hamburg School of Music, he was hired by bandleader Hans Busch and played with that orchestra before enlisting in the German Navy during World War II, where he served as a musician. After the ...
Soundtrack | Big Eyes
Charly Niessen was born on August 22, 1923 in Vienna, Austria as Carl Niessen. He was a composer, known for Big Eyes (2014), Der lachende Vagabund (1958) and Conny und Peter machen Musik (1960). He was married to Claudia Wedekind. He died on February 21, 1990 in Prien am Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany.
Soundtrack | Er ist wieder da
Christian Bruhn is a composer and producer since 1958. He wrote several hits for German stars like Cornelia Froboess (Zwei kleine Italiener), Katja Ebstein, Freddy Quinn, Roy Black and Peter Alexander. But he wrote and composed also songs for international artist, like Swedish singer Siw Malmkvist ...
11. Edgar Froese
Soundtrack | The Squid and the Whale
The pioneering German collective Tangerine Dream has been delivering their distinctive style of ambient music for nearly three decades, laying down a foundation of sound textures and sonic imagery that has influenced many of today's electronic musicians. Founded in 1967 by fine art aficionado Edgar...
13. Erwin Halletz
Composer | Die fünfte Kolonne
Erwin Halletz was born on July 12, 1923 in Vienna, Austria. He is known for his work on Die fünfte Kolonne (1963), Wenn es Nacht wird auf der Reeperbahn (1967) and Siebenmal in der Woche (1957). He was married to Nina Konsta. He died on October 27, 2008 in Vienna.
16. Franz Grothe
Composer | Immer wenn ich glücklich bin..!
Franz Grothe was born on September 17, 1908 in Berlin, Germany as Franz Johannes August Grothe. He is known for his work on Waltz Melodies (1938), Waltz War (1933) and Das Schloß in Flandern (1936). He was married to Kirsten Heiberg and Gerda Eckert. He died on September 12, 1982 in Cologne, ...
Soundtrack | The Spirit
Friedrich Hollaender was the son of the composer Victor Hollaender, who composed shows in Berlin in the 1890s to 1910s. Frederick received early musical training, since 1913 he was student of opera composer Engelbert Humperdinck (who composed Hänsel und Gretel). He started as repetitor at a theater...
Composer | Die göttliche Jette
Georg Haentzschel was born on December 23, 1907 in Berlin, Germany as Georg Friedrich Esaias Häntzschel. He is known for his work on The Divine Jetta (1937), Annelie (1941) and Bezauberndes Fräulein (1953). He died on April 12, 1992 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
22. Gerd Natschinski
Music_department | Zar und Zimmermann
Gerd Natschinski was born on August 23, 1928 in Chemnitz, Germany as Gerd Joachim Natschinski. He was a composer, known for The Czar and the Carpenter (1956), Revue um Mitternacht (1962) and Der Mann mit dem Objektiv (1961). He was married to Gundula. He died on August 4, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
25. Gerhard Siebholz
Composer | Hochzeitsnacht im Regen
Gerhard Siebholz was born on April 4, 1932 in Eberswalde, Germany. He was a composer, known for Wedding Night in the Rain (1967), Drei reizende Schwestern (1984) and Nicht schummeln, Liebling (1973). He died on February 13, 2003 in Berlin, Germany.
26. Gert Wilden
Music_department | Der lachende Vagabund
German film and TV show composer Gert Wilden was born as Gert Wychodil on April 15, 1917 in Moravska Trebova, Czechoslovakia. Wilden studied conduction and composition at the Prague Conservatorium under the expert tutelage of George Szell, Fritz Rieger, and Fidelio Fincke. In the late 1940's Gert ...
Composer | Metropolis
Gottfried Huppertz was born on March 11, 1887 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He was a composer and actor, known for Metropolis (1927), Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924) and Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924). He died on February 7, 1937 in Berlin, Germany.
29. Hans Erdmann
Composer | Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens
At the beginning of the 20s he came in touch with the film business and he wrote his first compositions for cinema performances. His most popular film composition came into being for the German silent movie classic "Nosferatu" (1922) directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau with Max Schreck in the ...
31. Hans Sommer
Composer | Die kleine und die große Liebe
Hans Sommer was born on May 22, 1904 in Berlin, Germany. He is known for his work on Die kleine und die große Liebe (1938), Two Merry Adventurers (1937) and The Czar's Courier (1936). He died in October 2000 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.
35. Henning Lohner
Composer | The Ring Two
Henning Lohner was raised near Palo Alto, California, to German emigrant parents. He returned to Germany to complete studies in musicology at Frankfurt University, from which he graduated as MA in 1987. In 1985, Lohner became assistant to German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen; Stockhausen ...
36. James Last
Soundtrack | Kill Bill: Vol. 1
James Last was born on April 17, 1929 in Bremen, Germany as Hans Last. He is known for his work on Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Shallow Grave (1994) and Mary and Max (2009). He was married to Christine Grundner and Waltraut. He died on June 9, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
40. Karl-Ernst Sasse
Composer | Der letzte Mann
Karl-Ernst Sasse was born on December 5, 1923 in Bremen, Germany. He is known for his work on The Last Laugh (1924), Destiny (1921) and The Light on the Gallows (1976). He was married to Inge Burg. He died on November 12, 2006 in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Brandenburg, Germany.
42. Klaus Doldinger
Composer | Das Boot
Klaus Doldinger was born on May 12, 1936 in Berlin, Germany as Klaus Erich Dieter Doldinger. He is known for his work on Das Boot (1981), The NeverEnding Story (1984) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). He has been married to Inge Beck since April 9, 1960. They have three children.
Music_department | Enemy Mine
Kristian Schultze was born on January 21, 1945 in Frankfurt an der Oder, Brandenburg, Germany as Kristian Wladimir Schultze. He is known for his work on Enemy Mine (1985), Scarface (1983) and Max und Moritz (1956). He died on November 22, 2011 in Bad Tölz, Bavaria, Germany.
49. Les Humphries
Soundtrack | Ecco noi per esempio...
Les Humphries was born on August 10, 1940 in London, England as John Leslie Humphreys. He is known for his work on Ecco noi per esempio... (1977), Bang, and the Angels Sing (1974) and Sex Freedom in Germany (1970). He was married to Dunja Rajter. He died on December 26, 2007 in Basingstoke, ...
50. Lotar Olias
Composer | Freddy und der Millionär
Lotar Olias was born on December 23, 1913 in Königsberg, East-Prussia, Germany. He was a composer, known for Freddy und der Millionär (1961), Heimweh nach St. Pauli (1963) and Symphonie in Gold (1956). He died on October 21, 1990 in Hamburg-Ohlsdorf, Germany.
51. Lothar Brühne
Soundtrack | Die vier Gesellen
Lothar Brühne was a German composer who wrote songs for cinema in the 30s and 40s. Some of his biggest are "La Habanera", "Der Blaufuchs" ("La Belle Hongroise", "The Blue Fox") and "Romanze in Moll" ("Romance in a Minor Key"). Some of his hits and evergreens are "Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzählt" ...
54. Martin Böttcher
Composer | Derrick
Böttcher was born 1927 in Berlin/Germany. After the second world war the young Böttcher began as solo guitarist at Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk. In the year 1955 he wrote the music for his first film The Captain and His Hero (1955). Already his next movie Teenage Wolfpack (1956), was a great artistic...
58. Nina Hagen
Soundtrack | Beowulf
Has performed throughout the world for over forty years. Born March 11, 1955 in the former East Berlin, East Germany, to Hans and Eva-Maria Hagen. At the age of four began to study ballet and at an early age was considered to be an "opera prodigy". In 1979, appeared with Herman Brood, and Lene ...
59. Paul Dessau
Music_department | Adventures of Casanova
Paul Dessau was born on December 19, 1894 in Hamburg, Germany. He is known for his work on Adventures of Casanova (1948), Never Trust a Woman (1930) and The Novel of Werther (1938). He was married to Ruth Berghaus, Antje Ruge, Elisabeth Hauptmann and Gudrun Kabisch. He died on June 28, 1979 in ...
60. Paul Haslinger
Composer | Rainbow Six: Siege
Paul Haslinger is an Austrian musician and composer. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
Paul began his career as a member of Electronic Music pioneers Tangerine Dream. He toured with the band extensively from 1985-90 and contributed to projects such as the album "Underwater Sunlight" (1986), as well...
63. Peter Igelhoff
Composer | Wir machen Musik
Peter Igelhoff was born on July 22, 1904 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Rudolf August Ordnung. He was a composer and actor, known for Wir machen Musik (1942), Eine Frau genügt nicht? (1955) and Do Not Send Your Wife to Italy (1960). He died on April 8, 1978 in Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria, Germany.
64. Peter Kreuder
Soundtrack | Inglourious Basterds
Peter Kreuder was born on August 18, 1905 in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Peter Paul Kreuder. He was a composer, known for Inglourious Basterds (2009), Valkyrie (2008) and Alle kann ich nicht heiraten (1952). He was married to Ingrid Wallisch, Sophie Eschenbach, Gertrud Kathreiner and...
67. Peter Thomas
Music_department | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Peter Thomas was born on December 1, 1925 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany. He is known for his work on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Flucht nach Berlin (1961) and Die endlose Nacht (1963). He has been married to Cordy Thomas since 1959. They have one child.
71. Ralph Benatzky
Soundtrack | Die Puppenfee
Composer and author, he came to the US in 1938. He wrote the stage scores for "White Horse Inn (Berlin and New York)", "Meet My Sister (New York)", "The Apaches Cocktail", and "Casanova". He joined ASCAP in 1945, and his chief musical collaborator was Irving Caesar. His popular-song compositions ...
72. Ralph Erwin
Soundtrack | An Education
Ralph Erwin was born on October 31, 1896 in Bielitz, Silesia, Austria-Hungary as Erwin Vogl. He was a composer, known for An Education (2009), A Girl You Don't Forget (1932) and Malle gevallen (1934). He died on May 15, 1943 in Beaune-la-Rolande, Loiret, France.
76. Rolf Marbot
Composer | Die grausame Freundin
In 1957, he wrote in collaboration with Henri Betti the music of the French song "L'Auberge Fleurie" with the lyrics of André Salvet and Francis Lopez for the movie L'auberge en folie (1957). The song was recorded by Rudy Hirigoyen with Paul Bonneau and his Orchestra.
78. Siegfried Franz
Composer | Cliff Dexter
Siegfried Franz was born on August 14, 1913 in Mannheim, Germany. He is known for his work on Cliff Dexter (1966), The Devil Strikes at Night (1957) and Drei Birken auf der Heide (1956). He was married to Dorothea Reimann. He died on March 18, 1998 in Hamburg, Germany.
79. Sigi Schwab
Soundtrack | Jackie Brown
Guitarist and composer Sigfried "Sigi" Schwab was born on August 5, 1940 in Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Schwab has played guitar in a wide variety of musical styles that include jazz, pop, rock, R&B, and baroque. Moreover, Sigi has not only played guitar with the German bands Et ...
80. Tangerine Dream
Soundtrack | Legend
The pioneering German collective Tangerine Dream has been delivering their distinctive style of ambient music for nearly three decades, laying down a foundation of sound textures and sonic imagery that has influenced many of today's electronic musicians. Founded in 1967 by fine art aficinado Edgar ...
81. Theo Mackeben
Composer | Patrioten
Theo Mackeben was born on January 5, 1897 in Preußisch Stargard, West Prussia, Germany. He was a composer, known for Patriots (1937), Die Dubarry (1951) and The Csardas Princess (1934). He was married to Loni Heuser and Toni Neft. He died on January 10, 1953 in Berlin, Germany.
82. Tom Tykwer
Composer | Lola rennt
Director, writer, producer and composer Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He showed an interest in film-making from childhood, making super 8 films from the age of 11. Among his first jobs was working at a local art-house cinema. Tykwer eventually relocated to Berlin, first working...
Soundtrack | Chocolat
Werner Richard Heymann was active as a classical composer in Berlin from 1912. By the end of the decade, he also wrote songs for cabaret and served as musical director for Max Reinhardt from 1918 to 1919. In films with Ufa from 1923, he initially worked as assistant to the head of the music ...
89. Willy Mattes
Composer | Liebe ist ja nur ein Märchen
Willy Mattes was born on January 4, 1916 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He is known for his work on Liebe ist ja nur ein Märchen (1955), Tausend Melodien (1956) and Sensation in San Remo (1951). He was married to Christel Schaack and Margit Symo. He died on July 30, 2002 in Salzburg, Austria.
90. Winfried Zillig
Composer | Jonas
Winfried Zillig was born on April 1, 1905 in Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany as Winfried Petrus Ignatius Zillig. He was a composer and actor, known for Jonas (1957), Der Schimmelreiter (1934) and Black Fighter Johanna (1934). He died on December 17, 1963 in Hamburg, West Germany.