SIEGFRIED TRANSLATEUR (1875 - 1944)
This composer’s best known piece is Wiener Praterleben or Sportspalast waltz, and he had his own publishing company in Berlin, Lyra. It published his own music as well as that of Paul Lincke and Franz von Blon. Unfortunately Translateur was one of the many composers with Jewish connections who fell foul of the Nazi regime. He was forced to sell his publishing company to Bosworth, and most of his music was destroyed. Because of this, today his works are hardly performed. Thus to locate his Diabolo, Galop is more of passing interest, as he was a significant contributor to this genre of music. Another example, his slow waltz Träumveloren, was included in The Johann Strauss Society release Spirit of Vienna Vol. 1. Born in present day Poland, Translateur studied in Breslau, Vienna and Leipzig, and was a one-time student of Emil Waldteufel, before becoming a conductor in Berlin in 1900. Before the First World War he undertook many tours and became very popular. He wrote some 200 works. He was deported to a Nazi concentration camp in the Czech Republic where he died.