Max Steiner

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Austrian composer born: Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner

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Maximilian Raoul "Max" Steiner (May 10, 1888 – December 28, 1971) was an Austrian-born American composer of music for theatre and films. He was a child prodigy who conducted his first operetta when he was twelve and became a full-time professional, either composing, arranging or conducting, when he was fifteen.

He worked in England, then Broadway, and moved to Hollywood in 1929 where he became one of the first composers to write music scores for films. Steiner is referred to as "the father of film music" and is considered one of the greatest film score composers in the history of cinema. Along with such composers as Dimitri Tiomkin, Franz Waxman, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Newman, Bernard Herrmann, and Miklós Rózsa, Steiner played a major part in creating the tradition of writing music for films.

Steiner composed over 300 film scores with RKO and Warner Brothers, and was nominated for 24 Academy Awards, winning three: The Informer (1935), Now, Voyager (1942), and Since You Went Away (1944). Besides his Oscar-winning scores, some of Steiner's popular works include King Kong (1933), Little Women (1933), Jezebel (1938), Casablanca (1942), The Searchers (1956), A Summer Place (1959), and the film score for which he is possibly best known, Gone with the Wind (1939).

He was also the first recipient of the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, which he won for his score to Life with Father. Steiner was a frequent collaborator with some of the most famous film directors in history, including Michael Curtiz, John Ford and William Wyler, and scored many of the films with Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and Fred Astaire. Many of his film scores are available as separate soundtrack recordings.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Rózsa: The King's Thief / Young: Scaramouche / Korngold: Captain Blood / Steiner: The Three Musketeers Rózsa, Young, Korngold, Steiner; Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Potsdam, Richard Kaufman 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Dodge City and the Oklahoma Kid Max Steiner 1
The Classic Film Scores of Max Steiner Max Steiner 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Auntie Mame / Rome Adventure Bronislau Kaper / Max Steiner 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1944 Since you went away Max Steiner 1
1954 King Richard and the Crusaders - The Complete Original Film Score Max Steiner 1
1961 Gone With the Wind (1961 re-recording) Max Steiner; Sinfonia of London, Muir Mathieson 3
1961 Parrish (Motion Picture Soundtrack) Max Steiner; George Greeley 3
1961 Popular Piano Concertos of the Great Love Themes from "Parrish" Max Steiner, George Greeley 4 1
1983 Gone With the Wind (1939 original recording) The Selznick International Orchestra; Max Steiner 7
1989 Max Steiner's Classic Film Score "Gone With The Wind" Max Steiner; National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt 1
1993 King Kong (1933) Max Steiner 3
1995 This Is Cinerama (1952 film score) Max Steiner / Roy Webb 1
1998 The Flame and the Arrow (Original Soundtrack) Max Steiner 1
1999 They Died with their Boots On Max Steiner; Moscow Symphony Orchestra, William T. Stromberg 1
2002 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Max Steiner 1
2003 A Summer Place Max Steiner 1
2007 The Searchers Max Steiner 1
2008 John Paul Jones / Parrish Max Steiner 1
2009 She (Complete Score to the 1935 Film) Max Steiner 1
2009 The Charge of the Light Brigade (The Comple Max Steiner Score) Max Steiner 1
2009 The Son of Kong / The Most Dangerous Game Max Steiner 1
2013 Those Calloways Max Steiner 1
2013 Adventures of Don Juan Max Steiner 1
Music For Bette Davis Films All This, and Heaven Too - A Stolen Life Max Steiner 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 The Main Theme from "Gone with the Wind" (Tara's Theme) / The Main Theme from "Gone with the Wind" (Tara's Theme) Max Steiner / George Greeley 4 1

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