Werner Janssen

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Birthday
1, 1899
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Sep 19, 1990 (91)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
1, 1899
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Sep 19, 1990 (91)

About

Conductor and composer of multiple film scores, including "A Night in Casablanca" from 1936. He formed the Janssen Symphony in 1940.

Before Fame

He studied piano with one of Franz Liszt's students. He received a Juilliard Fellowship. He created many new compositions, including "Louisiana Suite," while he studied in Rome.

Trivia

His first official film score, "The General Died at Dawn" from 1936, received an Academy Award nomination. He also scored "Blockade" from 1938, "The House Across the Bay" from 1940, and "Uncle Vanya from 1957.

Family Life

His father was the owner of the New York restaurant Hof Brau Haus. He married Ann Harding with whom he had a child named Grace Kaye. His second wife, Christina Heintzmann, had three children with him: Werner Janssen Jr., Alice Janssen Krelle, and Jennifer Janssen.

Associated With

He and Jerome Kern both composed music for Tin Pan Alley.

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