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Erich Korngold (1897 - 1957)
4. The Road to Hollywood
Thursday 2 September 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Thursday 9 September 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)
The aftermath of the first world war was a period of upheaval for Erich Korngold. Galloping inflation had resulted in his financial position becoming uncertain enough to result in being unable to afford to marry his sweetheart Luzi von Sonnenthal. Happily a solution to this unhappy situation came in the form of a lucrative contract to make arrangements of Johann Strauss's operettas. Further unhappiness loomed ahead. Korngold produced an opera Das Wunder der Heliane but the outspoken views of his father, a leading music critic in Vienna, created a poisonous climate in Vienna for the first performances of the work. Korngold was deeply demoralised by the experience and it had a profound effect on his composing. In 1937 Vienna was occupied by Hitler and Korngold and his family moved hastily to Hollywood where he worked as a film music composer.
In meine innige nacht, op.18