MAX STEINER (1888 - 1971)
A boy of precocious talent, Max Steiner was the son of a theatre conductor in Vienna and had his first operetta staged when he was 15. He settled in New York at the outbreak of the First World War, working as an arranger and conductor on Broadway. He moved to Hollywood in 1929.
Steiner composed music for some 350 films over a period of 35 years. These ranged from King Kong to Casablanca and The Caine Mutiny.