Werner Eisbrenner's Interesting Facts

1 On 23 April 1998 a plaque was unveiled at his former home at Wohnung Bismarckallee 32a in Berlin.
2 The film composer Werner Eisbrenner belonged to the most important German composers of the 40's and 50's.
3 In 1974 he received the Filmband in Gold for his long and outstanding contributions to German film.
4 He was married to Kathe (née Jacobi) Eisbrenner (b. ?? - d. 11 March 1974). He is buried in the Waldfriedhof Dahlem.
5 Eisbrenner was a member of the jury at the 1st Berlin International Film Festival.[.
6 Eisbrenner also headed a private "Lehrinstitut für Kirchen- und Schulmusik".
7 Eisbrenner studied church music and musical education from 1927 to 1929 at the Berlin Staatlichen Musikademie. He then worked as a pianist, arranger, Kapellmeister and conductor, as well as composing violin concertos, orchestral music, the musical comedy Von Hand zu Hand and the music for film, radio and television for which he is best known. This includes the theme for Hans Albers's film Große Freiheit Nr. 7.
8 He already came in contact with the film business in 1932 for the first time and assisted other composers. His first own score came in 1935 into being for the movie "Der höhere Befehl" (1935). This was the prelude to a unique career.
9 After studies at the Academy for church and school music he worked as a pianist and orchestrator for the time being.
10 Besides his activity as a film composer he was also composer and consultant for the radio and conductor for the radio station "Freies Berlin".
11 Influential German composer of film scores, music for ballet and the theatre, piano and violin concertos, as well as popular dance tunes. Eisbrenner initially studied church music at the State Music Academy in Berlin and then worked as a pianist and arranger for a music publishing company. During the 1930's and 40's, he became a leading composer of movie themes at Ufa and Tobis, including classics like Romance in a Minor Key (1943) and Port of Freedom (1944). He was able to continue successfully after the war, writing for East German Defa films. From 1952, he was active as composer/arranger for radio Freies Berlin and as leader of the SFB Dance Orchestra. Eisbrenner was awarded a prestigious Filmband in Gold in 1974.
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