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JOSEPH KOSMA  

(1905 - 1969)

Joseph Kosma became primarily known as a film composer although he was educated in Hungary at the Budapest Conservatory. His scholarship to the Berlin Opera introduced him to Bertolt Brecht. He joined Brecht’s touring company in 1929 where he met Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler whose influence on his work was apparent in the film scores he would later write. In 1933 he moved to Paris to work with director Jean Renoir. Their first collaboration was 1936’s Le Crime de Monsieur Lange, and in 1937 they produced La Grande Illusion, considered one of the top films of all times.

When Kosma scored the 1945 Marcel Carn classic Les Enfants du Paradis, he met the film’s screenwriter, Jacques Prevert. During their partnership they produced the ballet Rendezvous and several songs, including a Prevert poem set to music, “Les Feuilles Mortes,” which would become “Autumn Leaves” in English. Kosma returned to his classical roots, composing several operettas during the ‘60s.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
COLTRANE, John: Live in '60, '61 and '65 (NTSC) Naxos
2.119007
Jazz DVD
DIBUSSOLO, Frank: Straight Up Naxos Jazz
9502
Contemporary Jazz
EVENING IN PARIS (AN) Naxos
8.555009
Orchestral, Vocal
EVENING IN PARIS (AN) Naxos International
8.990035
Orchestral, Vocal
FRANCE Claire Gignac: Les Chants d'Eros (9 Centuries of French Love Songs) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90280
World
HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL, VOL. 4: 1955 Pop, Part 2 Naxos Rock Legends
9.82508
Film and TV Music, Jazz, Nostalgia, Pop and Rock
SPIRITS OF MOZART (NTSC) EuroArts
2055178
Opera DVD, Classical Concert
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Jazz 'n' Steel Delos
DE4013
World
Vocal Music - WEILL, K. / DOWLAND, J. / GABRIEL, P. / GABRIELI, A. / CERTON, P. / RODGERS, R. / MANCHICOURT, P. de (… just songs!) (Die Singphoniker) Oehms Classics
OC801
Vocal Ensemble




 
 
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