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Max Steiner

born May 10, 1888, Vienna, Austria
died 1971, Hollywood, CA

Composer Max Steiner did the lot. Here are the basics:

His family had close links with Johann Strauss, which may have helped him present his first show, an operetta called Beautiful Greek Girl at the age of 14. It ran for a year in Vienna.

At the age of 16 he went to London and led orchestras at the Hippodrome and the London Pavilion.

In 1914 at the age of 26 he was in Paris, conducting at the Alhambra. In the same year he emigrated to the United States, to conduct for Florenz Ziegfeld shows.

In 1929, Steiner moved to Hollywood, where stayed for thirty years scoring for hundreds of films. His most well-known score was for Gone With The Wind, including the famous Tara's Theme.

Dorothy Fields wrote just one song to Steiner's music. It was for Katharine Hepburn's breakthrough film Alice Adams, and the song was called I Can't Waltz Alone.

For more information on Max Steiner , visit the Tunesmiths Database : Max Steiner

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