G. Schirmer/Wise Music Group acquires the catalog of film composer Franz Waxman


G. Schirmer (a subsidiary of Wise Music Group) has acquired composer Franz Waxman’s catalog rights to all of his concert works as well as many of his iconic film scores, including concert versions of his award-winning scores at the Oscars for sunset boulevard (1950) and A place in the sun (1951).

Franz Waxman is considered one of the most important film and concert composers of the 20th century.

His work includes scores for films including The Philadelphia Story (1940), Rebecca (1940), Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1941), Suspicion (1941), and Taras Bulba (1962), among many others.

G. Schirmer currently represents film music for Sony Music Publishing, NBC Universal, and Warner Chappell which includes the works of Max Steiner, Bernard Hermann, and others, in addition to Schirmer’s own list of Academy Award-winning film composers, including John Corigliano, Ennio Morricone, and Tan Dun.

Franz Waxman won an Oscar for his score at sunset boulevard in 1950, then won the Oscar the following year for A place in the sun.

For more than half a century, he was the only composer to have won the Oscar for “best score” two years in a row. Waxman received a total of 12 Oscar nominations during her lifetime.

Born in 1906 in Germany, Waxman spent his teenage years enrolling at the Dresden Academy of Music to study composition and conducting, then continued his studies at the Berlin Conservatory of Music. He went to school playing the piano in nightclubs.

Waxman eventually worked as an orchestrator and composer for the German film industry and scored Liliom in 1934, which was produced in Paris before moving to the United States.

Waxman was part of the exile of Jewish-German musicians who fled Europe between 1933-1944 to escape Nazism. Finding work and settling in Los Angeles, he was part of a wave of such musicians and composers, including Bela Bartok, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Miklós Rózsa and Kurt Weill, who eventually found refuge in the United States, which led to a renaissance in American musical culture.

Waxman was also a renowned concert composer.

His body of concert work spanned many different styles and genres such as chamber music, symphony, strings and choir. Some of his concert works include the oratorio Joshua (1959) and his most performed concert work, the Centerpiece for Violin and Orchestra, Carmen Fantasy (1946).

There is also Terezin’s Song (1966), based on I have never seen another butterflya collection of poems written by children interned in the Terezin ghetto.

“Schirmer is deeply committed to promoting his legacy.”

Robert Thompson, G. Schirmer

G. Schirmer President Robert Thompson said, “We are extremely honored to be the worldwide publisher of Franz Waxman’s incredible film and concert oeuvre.

“Schirmer is deeply committed to promoting his legacy.”

“I entrusted my father’s legacy to G. Schirmer/Wise Music Group because I know they will protect and value his work.”

John Waxman

John Waxman added, “I entrusted my father’s legacy to G. Schirmer/Wise Music Group because I know they will protect and value his work.

I am grateful that future generations now have the opportunity to experience the breadth of Franz Waxman’s music across the world.The music industry around the world


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