Monday, February 23, 2015

RIP Charles Kalman

Composer Charles Kalman has died aged 85

der Standard
February 23, 2015, 15:51

Son of the famous operetta composer Emmerich Kalman died in Munich

Vienna / Munich - The composer Charles Kalman, son of the famous operetta composer Emmerich Kalman, died on Sunday at the age of 85 years in Munich.  This was announced by the Doblinger who told APA.

Karl Emmerich Kalman was born on November 17, 1929 in Vienna.  After his expulsion in June 1938, he grew up in the French and American exile, studied piano and composition at the Riverdale School of Music in New York and Columbia University.  Also his stage debut, the revue premiered as "Babe in the Woods".  He later studied at the Conservatoire de Paris of composition with Jean Rivier and instrumentation with Andre Renault.

Hits and songs

In the 1950s he turned to upscale entertainment music, composed hits and songs for artists such as Ute Lemper, Evelyn Künneke, Margot Werner or Harald Juhnke and wrote operettas and musicals such as "Quasimodo" by Victor Hugo or "The Blue Angel" by Heinrich Mann.

Kalman, who lived most recently in Munich and Italy, described himself as a "musical globetrotter" and also named one of his great symphonic works "Globetrotter Suite".  On the occasion of his 85th birthday Kalman received in December of last year the "Golden Medal of the Province of Vienna".

KALMAN, Charles (Karl Emmerich Fedor Kalman)
Born: 11/17/1929, Vienna, Austria
Died: 2/22/2015, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Charles Kalman’s western – songwriter:
Seven Dollars on the Red – 1966 [wrote the song “A Man Must Fight”]

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