Robert Stolz

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Robert Stolz

Graz, Graz Stadt, Styria (Steiermark), Austria
Death 27 Jun 1975 (aged 94)
Berlin, Germany
Burial Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Plot Group 32 C, Number 24
Memorial ID 12709 · View Source
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Composer. Born in Graz, Austria-Hungary, the son of Ida Bondy, a concert pianist, and Jakob Stolz, a conductor and music teacher. He studied at the Vienna Conservatory and gave his first public piano recital at the age of 7. In 1899, he composed the operetta "Studentenulke." He served as conductor at Marburg (present day Maribor), Salzburg, and finally Brno, before taking the position at the Theater an der Wien in 1907. His song, "Servus du!" was published to success in 1911. During the First World War he served with the Austro-Hungarian troops, and with the end of hostilities, extended his talents in cabaret. He reached an international audience after his "Hallo, du süsse Klingelfee" was performed at the Casino de Paris in 1919. In 1925, he moved to Berlin, and within five years he had completed music for the first German sound film, “Zwei Herzen im Dreivierteltakt” (Two Hearts in Waltz Time). With the rise of Nazism, he was said to have smuggled Jews and political refugees across the German-Austrian border in the trunk of his limousine. By 1933, he had returned to Austria, and after the Anschluss in 1938, he removed to Switzerland and then France where he was held as an enemy alien. In 1940, he was released and headed to the US. He supported himself with a concert tour of Viennese music. He was then commissioned to write the score for the Hollywood feature film "Spring Parade" (1940) and "It Happened Tomorrow," (1944) he was nominated for the Academy Award for both. After the war, he returned to Austria where he wrote film music for such cinematic works as "Anni" (1948), "Tanz ins Glück" (1951), "Die Deutschmeister" (1955) and "Der Kongress amüsiert sich" (1965). He also contributed music for the Vienna Ice Review from 1952 through 1971, known as ice operettas. Upon his death at age 94, he left a legacy of more than 60 operettas and 1200 melodies. He was honored by a lying-in-state in the Vienna State Opera House. Since his death, his likeness has appeared on an Austrian postage stamp, and a street near the State Opera house was named for him.

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