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Family home honored in Opole

In October 2017,  the City of Opole  in Poland unveiled a plaque to honor Franz Waxman at the home where he lived with his family from 1915 until he left for Dresden to attend music school. The plaque was unveiled by Mayor Arkadiusz Wiśniewski. In conjunction with the unveiling, Silesian television aired a brief documentary on his early life in German/Polish.

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Light & Noir – California Museum

“Light & Noir: Exiles & Émigrés in Hollywood, 1939-1950″ highlights the history of émigrés in the American film industry who fled Europe as refugees of Nazi persecution and their legacy in American cinema and culture through achievements in the film noir genre and classic films. Opening in Spring 2017.

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On Location In Peyton Place

Coming March 14: “Peyton Place” on blu-ray with bonus material “On Location in Peyton Place“.

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The Franz Waxman Collection – Hal Leonard

Over 40 piano/vocal selections including the title tracks from movies plus the songs as well as other film and cabaret songs composed in Berlin and Paris. Also includes 13 photos, many never before published. Order on Amazon or more details here.

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Cinema’s Exiles – Documentary on PBS

Cinema’s Exiles: From Hitler To Hollywood traces the experiences of the Jews who fled Nazi Germany and took refuge in Hollywood, and examines their impact on both the German and the American cinemas. John Waxman served as producer on this documentary. Click here for more info. Now available on DVD and CD!

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Waxman on TCM

Every month TCM airs classic Waxman films. Check here to see this month’s schedule.

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Oscars acceptance speeches

Watch Waxman’s acceptance speech for Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture for “Sunset Blvd.” at the 1951 Academy Awards. Watch him accept the award in 1952 for “A Place in the Sun.”

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The Music of Sunset Boulevard with German Subtitles

Click here to watch Franz Waxman: The Music of Sunset Boulevard with German Subtitles.

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1931 Footage of Waxman at Piano

“Der Mann, der seinen Mörder sucht” (The Man in Search of His Murderer) is a 1931 UFA comedy film with screenplay by Billy Wilder and directed by Robert Siodmak. Click here to watch Waxman sing and play piano with the Weintraub Syncopators.

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Miklos Rozsa Society

Miklos Rozsa Society has posted a 1950 interview with Franz Waxman, a transcription of one of 15 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation programs on prominent Hollywood composes, reprinted in Musica Pro Sana. Click here for the complete transcript.

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Franz Waxman Conducts

The Naxos Series “Waxman Conducts” features the Los Angeles Festival Orchestra performances at the Los Angeles Music Festival (1947-1966) which included 70 World, American and West Coast premieres by such composers as Prokofiev, Mahler, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Vaughn Williams and Walton. Click here for more info.

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Bride of Frankenstein

She’s Alive!!! James Whales’ 1935 classic horror film – starring Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester — comes to life in a full evening presentation with Franz Waxman’s fantastic score played live. Represented by IMG artists.

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Cossacks at Proms

John Wilson’s Hollywood Rhapsody on BBC 4

At the Royal Albert Hall in London England on August 26, 2013, John Wilson and his orchestra celebrated the music of Hollywood. Ride of the Cossacks and A Place in the Sun are among the film scores featured. With soloists Venera Gimadieva, Matthew Ford and Jane Monheit.

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The Ride of the Cossacks – Four Hands

Watch Per Tengstrand & Shan-shan Sun (Duo Tengstrand-Sun) live at Helsingborg Piano Festival, Sweden 2007-08-05.

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USPS Postage Stamp

On September 19, 1999, at the Hollywood Bowl, the United States Postal Service released Legends of American Music – Hollywood Composers stamps honoring: Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin and Franz Waxman.

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Joshua Recording

Maximilian Schell stars as narrator in world-premiere recording of Franz Waxman’s last composition. Shown above, behind the scenes recording JOSHUA in the Rudolfnum, Prague, Czech Republic, July 31, 2004. Additional information available on Deutsche Grammophon.

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Franz Waxman’s Rebecca

Franz Waxman’s Rebecca: A Film Score Guide will be of interest to musicologists and film scholars, as well as fans of Alfred Hitchcock and Franz Waxman. David Neumeyer and Nathan Platte situate the score for this classic work within the context of the composer’s life and career.  Available on Amazon.

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Franz Waxman: Music for the Cinema

December 16, 2006 – January 17, 2007: Musuem of Modern Art (MoMA) honors renowned film score composer Franz Waxman with a 21-title retrospective on the centenary of his birth. Click here to view the PDF schedule of events.

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