Bronislaw Kaper


Born: February 5, 1902; Warsaw, Poland   Died: April 26, 1983; Beverly Hills, CA  
This American composer made a career for himself as one of Hollywood's great film composers, working on approximately 145 films and creating many memorable songs. Bronislaw Kaper was educated at the Warsaw Conservatory in both composition and piano. He concertized as a composer and pianist in Warsaw, Berlin, Vienna, London, and Paris. His first score was for Richard Oswald's German sci-fi film Alraune (1930), aka Daughter of Evil. He continued to Read more work through 1934 on approximately 17 other French, German, and Austrian projects, providing scores for such films as the Austrian-French film Voyage de Noces (1932), Hans Steinhoff's Madame Wünscht Keine Kinder (Madame Wants No Children, 1933), and the memorable score for Alexis Granowsky's Le Nuits Moscovites (Moscow Nights, 1934).

Kaper began working on Hollywood movies in 1935 and created some 120 scores, sometimes under the name Edward Kane. In 1940, he joined the staff at MGM and twice had the opportunity to score versions of Mutiny on the Bounty. His first assignment was in 1935 (for which he wrote Love Song of Tahiti) and then again in 1962, one of his finest scores for which he received an Academy Award nomination (1963) for Best Score and won an Oscar and 1963 Golden Laurel for Love Song From Mutiny on the Bounty (Follow Me).

In 1935, he was assigned the outrageous Marx Brothers comedy A Night at the Opera. He was to score two more Marx Brothers classics: A Day at the Races (1937) and several songs for Go West (1940), aka Marx Bros. Go West. In 1936, Kaper wrote the songs "San Francisco" and "Happy New Year" for W.S. Van Dyke's spectacular earthquake drama/romance San Francisco, in which the composer also appeared as an uncredited actor. Kaper's assignments continued to be varied among musicals, comedies, spy, and war films. For example, in 1940 he scored the old-fashioned comedy The Captain Is a Lady, penned the song "Blue Lovebird" for the musical Lillian Russell, and composed for the powerful anti-Nazi film The Mortal Storm. Kaper's music for The Chocolate Soldier (1941) was nominated for an Oscar for Best Music Score in 1942. Several war and spy films followed in 1943 -- The Cross of Lorraine, Bataan, Above Suspicion -- alternating with the comedies Slightly Dangerous and The Heavenly Body. One of Kaper's most closely knit and thoroughgoing scores was produced for George Cukor's award-winning mystery thriller Gaslight (1944), aka Murder in Thornton Square.

Other especially significant film scores by Kaper include work for Green Dolphin Street (1947); The Red Badge of Courage (1951); Lili (1953), for which Kaper won an Oscar for Best Scoring in 1954; The Brothers Karamazov (1958) and Home From the Hill (1960), both of which were nominated for the Golden Laurel; and Richard Brooks' adventure film Lord Jim (1965). Following several television productions (Arrest and Trial, 1963; The F.B.I., 1965, etc.), Kaper's last film score was for La Puce ŕ L'Oreille (A Flea in Her Ear, 1968). Read less
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  • 1.
    From Broadway to Hollywood / Richard Glazier
    Label: Sophie Productions   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 06/01/2015  
    Composer:  Bronislaw Kaper,  Bernard Herrmann,  Lalo Schifrin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Glazier
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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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    Volume 1: This Is Not The Answer / The Awakening Orchestra
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 889 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Kyle Saulnier,  Colin Greenwood,  Arthur Schwartz,  Tony Asher  ... 
    Performer:  Rob Mosher,  Nathan Hetherington,  Samuel Ryder,  Michael McAllister  ... 
    Conductor:  Kyle Saulnier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Awakening Orchestra
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    Broadway to Hollywood / Richard Glazier
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3347 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bronislaw Kaper,  Bernard Herrmann,  George Gershwin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Glazier
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Cinema Classics
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5202 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Steiner,  Elmer Bernstein,  Miklós Rózsa,  Richard Addinsell  ... 
    Performer:  Ronnie Aldrich,  Russ Conway
    Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel,  Al Caiola,  Ken Jones,  Billy Vaughn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Dreamers
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Melody Mixture
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5197 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dolf van der Linden,  Henry Mancini,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Dimitri Tiomkin  ... 
    Performer:  Tommy Reilly
    Conductor:  Ludo Philipp,  Frank Cordell,  Wal-Berg,  Wally Stott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fred Hartley Music
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    The Legacy Of Hank Levy / United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 60712 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hank Levy,  Bronislaw Kaper,  Johnny Mandel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors
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    Commodores 40th Anniversary Celebration / United States Navy Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 63282 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Billy Strayhorn,  John Warrington,  Bronislaw Kaper,  Bryan Kidd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Navy Band
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  • 9.
    60 Years Of The Airmen Of Note
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 63432 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Louis Nestico,  Harry Barris,  Count Basie,  Traditional  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Airmen of Note
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    Judy Garland -  The London Studio Recordings 1957-1964
    Label: First Hand Records   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Roger Edens,  Ray Henderson,  James Francis McHugh,  Harold Arlen  ... 
    Performer:  Judy Garland,  Saul Chaplin
    Conductor:  Geoff Love,  Norrie Paramor,  Mort Lindsey,  Harry Robinson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 56028 Release Date: 08/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lew Pollack,  Traditional,  Charles Gounod,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
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    Mario Lanza Double Feature Vol 1 - For The First Time & That Midnight Kiss
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60516 Release Date: 07/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo di Paola,  George Stoll,  Eduardo Di Capua,  Hauff,  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza
    Conductor:  George Stoll,  Constantin Callinicos,  Ray Sinatra
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  • 13.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Confetti
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5175 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bronislaw Kaper,  Joseph Kuhn,  Robert Farnon,  Härtel  ... 
    Performer:  Mitch Miller,  Dolores Ventura
    Conductor:  Johnny Green,  Leslie Jones,  Hans-Georg Arlt,  Robert Farnon  ... 
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    Masters And Commanders - Music From Seafaring Film Classics
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80682 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  John Debney,  Morton Gould,  Franz Waxman  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Lees
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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    Helge Rosvaenge Und Die Leichte Muse 1927-1937
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89225 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hermann Krome,  Franz Grothe,  Teodoro Cottrau,  Ettinger,  ... 
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge,  Ilonka Rosvaenge,  Lillie Claus,  Else Kochhann
    Conductor:  Hans Schwieger,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Alois Melichar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Ilja Livschakoff Tanz Orchestra,  Ilja Livschakoff Künstler Orchestra  ... 
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    California Concert / Susanne Kessel
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 534 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Cage,  Harold Arlen,  Charles Chaplin,  Henry Cowell  ... 
    Performer:  Susanne Kessel
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  • 17.
    Bandboy - Life On The Ocean Wave - 15 Musical Salutes
    Label: Bandleader   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dunn, Vivian, Sir,  Toonsetting,,  Richard Waterer,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  J. M. Ware,  R.A. Lt. Col Waterer,  Peter Hemming,  Peter Van den Horden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Her Majesty's Royal Marines Band,  Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines,  Stadacona Band of the Canadian Maritime Forces  ... 
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  • 18.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Jan Kiepura
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89138 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Robert Stolz,  Eduardo Di Capua,  Buday,  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Kiepura,  Lotte Lehmann
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Robert Stolz,  Hans Swarowsky,  Werner Schmidt-Bölke  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odeon-Künstler Orchestra,  Original-Tonfilm Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Film Music And Variations / Leonard Pennario
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1093 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Jerry Goldsmith,  Bronislaw Kaper,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
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  • 20.
    Jan Kiepura Volume 1
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9976 Release Date: 11/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Frédéric Chopin,  Traditional,  N. Rutkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Kiepura,  Otto Herz,  Wolfgang Rebner,  Urstein,
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Robert Stolz,  Hans Swarowsky,  Werner Schmidt-Bölke  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Odeon-Künstler Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    The Film Music Of Bronislaw Kaper
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 8101 Release Date: 12/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bronislaw Kaper
    Performer:  Bronislaw Kaper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
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Bronislaw Kaper