Date

Sun Apr 16 2023

Time

Pacific Standard Time
11:00 am - 12:45 pm

Location

Online
Presented by KlezCalifornia

From Hell to Hollywood: Jewish Film Score Composers in Exile, with Mark Levy

During the first half of the 20th century, many Jewish composers escaping Hitler’s Third Reich left Europe and found their way to Hollywood, where they composed scores for the film industry. Among the notables were Max Steiner, Erich Korngold, Dimitri Tiomkin, Franz Wachsman, Werner Richard Heymann, Ernest Gold, Hans Eisler, and Kurt Weill. Except on the rare occasions they were specifically writing for Jewish-themed films, there is little trace of klezmer or Yiddish folk motifs, as they were mostly classically-trained in 20th century composition, and then quickly adapted to the Hollywood “sound.” We will hear (and see) examples of their work from the mid-20th century with an ear to theme and style.

About Mark Levy »

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