This Month in Film and Music History – November 29, 1957: Film Composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold Passes Away

Once upon a time, a composer of film music stood before an orchestra of live actual human beings who played real instruments.  We got to know their names as well. They did more than enhance the scene playing on the screen. They became characters, sometimes more famous than the people they are called onto enhance. As any pragmatic movie lover will tell you, a movie can survive a bad script, bad directing, and even bad acting. However, I dare you to take any film you want, slap on a poor soundtrack, and watch as people run away in droves. One of the biggest trailblazers/innovators in the still underappreciated art of film scoring was Erich Wolfgang Korngold. On this month of November – November 29, 1957, to be exact – the world lost one its early film music artists.

As the sound film began to take hold in the world of cinema, the role of music in film began to change. In the silent era, most theaters would either have musicians house to provide the score on the spot or while others would play records to accompany the images. The concept of film scoring was a  vital part of film from its Fil’s music had the weight, power and could match the scale of the imagery of their films.

All told, Erich Wolfgang Kostastabrngold would pen 16 scores. These 16 scores would lay a  stable foundation for the burgeoning art form.