Friedrich Hollaender  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Friedrich Hollaender (October 18 1896- January 18 1976) was a German composer born in London, noted for such compositions as "Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte" and his collaborations with Max Reinhardt (The Blue Angel, 1930).


He was the son of composer Victor Hollander. The family returned to Germany and Frederick was educated at the Berlin Conservatory. By the age of 18 he had become an associate conductor at the Prague Opera House. After studying in Berlin, he composed music for productions by Max Reinhardt and became involved in cabaret and wrote music for the film, The Blue Angel (1930). He left Nazi Germany and emigrated to the United States of America where he wrote the music for over a hundred films, including Destry Rides Again (1939), A Foreign Affair (1948), and Sabrina (1954). Many of his songs were made famous by Marlene Dietrich. He can be seen as the piano accompanist in A Foreign Affair. He received four Academy Award nominations for composition . In 1956 he returned to Germany, and died in Munich in 1976.

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