Miklós Rózsa


Born: April 18, 1907; Budapest, Hungary   Died: July 27, 1995; Los Angeles, CA  
Miklos Rozsa already had a promising career as a composer in the concert hall when he started writing movie scores in the mid-1930s. By the end of that decade, he was working on the most expensive movie being made in England, and by the end of the decade that followed, he was under contract to the biggest studio in Hollywood.

Born into a well-to-do family in Budapest, Rozsa's musical sensibilities were shaped by his contact with the
Read more Magyar peasants who lived around his father's summer estate. As a boy he could read music before he could read words, and proved a natural musician, taking up the violin at age six. His earliest influences as a student were Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, who were regarded as dangerous radicals at the time. After studying at the Leipzig Conservatory, Rozsa embarked on a career as a composer and saw early success with his Variations On a Hungarian Peasant Song and his Theme, Variations and Finale -- the latter entered the repertory of several major conductors, including Bruno Walter, in the mid-1930s, and Rozsa received encouragement in his career from none other than Richard Strauss. He began writing music for films at the inspiration and suggestion of his friend Arthur Honegger -- Rozsa needed the income, and he liked the idea of writing music that would get performed and recorded quickly. Rozsa established himself as a film composer at London Films, the British studio founded by his fellow Hungarian Alexander Korda, and after impressing Korda with his work on thrillers like Knight Without Armor (1937), the producer chose Rozsa as the composer for his Arabian Nights fantasy film The Thief of Baghdad (1940). The latter proved too ambitious and expensive to finish in England once the war broke out, and the production was moved to Hollywood, and Rozsa with it. He spent the next eight years as a successful freelance composer, winning his first Oscar with his score for Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945), which broke new ground in movie music with its use of the electronic instrument the theremin (and also yielded a popular piece of light classical music with the Spellbound Concerto). He became known for his ability to score crime movies, particularly the category now known as film noir, psychologically oriented tales of personal and criminal disorder, including The Killers (1946) and The Naked City (1947). In 1948, after winning his second Oscar (for A Double Life), Rozsa joined MGM, then the biggest studio in Hollywood, where he earned a third Oscar (for Ben-Hur (1959)) and a brace of nominations; his music graced some of the biggest movies of the era, including epics like Quo Vadis (1949) and costume adventure yarns such as Ivanhoe (1952), and serious topical dramas like The Red Danube (1949). Rozsa continued writing for the concert hall, although as a post-Romantic composer whose work was rooted in tonality, he found himself out of favor with the critics as early as 1943, when his Theme, Variations and Finale was performed by the New York Philharmonic. That didn't stop the performances or prevent commissions from coming in; he wrote his Violin Concerto for Jascha Heifetz, and into the 1960s and 1970s was writing concertos for piano, cello, and viola that were performed and recorded by such soloists as Leonard Pennario and Janos Starker. Rozsa remained active into the 1980s, composing music for a new generation of filmmakers, including Alain Resnais. At the time of his death in 1995, his concert and film music were in the process of being rediscovered and newly recorded. Read less
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    Itzhak Perlman: Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19439752272 Release Date: 08/07/2020   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  John Williams,  Lynn Harrell  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  André Previn,  Zubin Mehta,  John Williams  ... 
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    Charles Gerhardt conducts Classic Film Scores
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19075920642 Release Date: 03/13/2020   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Max Steiner,  Alfred Newman  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt
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    Exiles in Paradise / Smith, Chen
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8579055 Release Date: 03/13/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Brinton Smith,  Evelyn Chen
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    Cello Solo Journey / Tarantino
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95964 Release Date: 08/02/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Tortelier,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Alexander Tcherepnin  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Tarantino
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    Clarinet Classics at Riversdale / DiLutis, Mellifera Quartet
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3561 Release Date: 06/21/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Miklós Rózsa,  Alexander Glazunov,  Erland von Koch  ... 
    Performer:  Robert DiLutis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mellifera Quartet
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    American Concertos / Skride, Rouvali, Gothenburg Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 932182 Release Date: 09/21/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Miklós Rózsa
    Performer:  Baiba Skride
    Conductor:  Santtu-Matias Rouvali
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Plane: Contrasts - Impressions of Hungary
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 132 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Miklós Rózsa,  Tibor Serly,  György Kurtág  ... 
    Performer:  David Adams,  Robert Plane,  Lucy Gould,  Alice Neary  ... 
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    Afierossis / Heupel
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38231 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Berthold Hummel,  Krzysztof Penderecki,  György Kurtág  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Heupel
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    Introduction / Fialova
    Label: Arco Diva   Catalog: 174 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa,  Vladimir Godár,  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Kristina Fialova
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    Label: Bsx   Catalog: 8842 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa
    Performer:  Gregg Nestor,  Raymond Burley,  Bill Kanengiser,  Francisco Castillo  ... 
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    The Golden Age of Light Music: 100 Greatest American Light Orchestras, Vol. 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5230 Release Date: 02/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cole Porter,  Monty Kelly,  Jay Livingston,  Alec Templeton  ... 
    Conductor:  Warren Barker,  Monty Kelly,  Mahlon Merrick,  Al Goodman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clebanoff Strings
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    Berliner Philharmoniker - Waldbuhne 2015
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26097 Release Date: 12/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott Bradley,  Bronislaw Kaper,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Jerome Moross  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Berliner Philharmoniker - Waldbuhne 2015 [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26097 Release Date: 12/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott Bradley,  Bronislaw Kaper,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Jerome Moross  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Miklos Rozsa: El Cid
    Label: Antes Edition   Catalog: 319296 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa
    Performer:  Taru Erlich,  Philipp Pelster
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    The Mario Lanza Collection
    Label: Acrobat Records   Catalog: 7091 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Emanuele Nutile,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Bronislaw Kaper  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza
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    Rozsa: Cello Concerto; Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Cello
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1274 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Philippe Graffin
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
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    Night Thoughts
    Label: Orlando   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard R. Bennett,  Peter Benary,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert,  Dennis Kam  ... 
    Performer:  Dimitri Ashkenazy
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    The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines - 350th Anniversary Celebration
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 308729 Release Date: 11/04/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Henry Russell,  Traditional,  Gustav Holst,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Moloney
    Conductor:  Lt. Col. N. J. Grace,  Sir Vivian Dunn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Her Majesty's Royal Marines Band
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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    Escape to Paradise - The Hollywood Album / Daniel Hope
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002145302 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Hanns Eisler  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Hope,  Maria Todtenhaupt,  Sting,  Jacques Ammon  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Shelley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,  Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin Quartet,  Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin Quintet
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    Miklos Rozsa's Double Life: Concert Music For Strings
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 121 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa
    Performer:  Marjorie Bagley,  Michael Carrera,  Stephen Swedish
    Conductor:  Steven Huang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Of Moldova
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    Novecento Guitar Sonatas
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1114848 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gilbert Biberian,  Franco Cavallone,  Georges Migot,  Evgeny Anatolyevich Baev  ... 
    Performer:  Cristiano Porqueddu
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    Brahms, Rozsa: Clarinet Sonatas
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2311 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Miklós Rózsa
    Performer:  Jean Johnson,  Steven Osborne
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    Play It Again: Classic Sound Of Hollywood
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 303384 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Daniele Amfitheatrof,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt,  Maurice Jarre,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Elmer Bernstein  ... 
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    Jascha Heifetz plays Great Violin Concertos
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7761382 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Osian Ellis,  William Primrose,  Thornton Lofthouse  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Walter Hendl,  Sir Malcolm Sargent  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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