Korngold, Julius

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Korngold, Julius

Korngold, Julius, noted Austrian music critic, father of Erich Wolfgang Korngold; b. Brunn, Dec. 24, 1860; d. Los Angeles, Sept. 25, 1945. He was a law student, and at the same time he studied music with Franz Krenn at the Vienna Cons. In 1902 he became music critic of the influential Neue Freie Presse, which position he retained until 1934. He was much in the limelight when his son began his spectacular career at the age of 13 as a child composer, and an unfounded suspicion was voiced that Korngold was using his position to further his son’s career. He publ. a book on contemporary German opera, Deutsches Opernschaffen der Gegenwart (1922). In 1938 he joined his son in the U.S., settling in Hollywood.

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