German-born composer Franz Waxman (1906 – 1967) was one of the major film composers of the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood. He began his career in his homeland as a Jazz musician and worked with Friedrich (later Frederick) Hollaender on several projects, including Von Sternberg´s Der blaue Engel. After leaving Germany (due to the rise of the Nazi party), he got his breakthrough at Universal, where he wrote the now famous score for James Whale´s Bride of Frankenstein. Over the next decades he composed some of the most extraordinary scores in film history, not only for well regarded classics like Sunset Blvd., Rebecca and Prince Valiant, but also for more obscure stuff such as the biblical epic The Silver Chalice.
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