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Max Steiner (May 10, 1888 – December 28, 1971) was an Austrian composer who achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. As a child he was astonishingly musically gifted, composing complex works as a teenager and completing the course of study at Vienna’s Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in only one year, at the age of sixteen. He studied under Gustav Mahler and, before the age of twenty, made his living as a conductor and as composer of works for the theater, the concert hall, and vaudeville. After a brief sojourn in Britain, Steiner moved to the USA in the same wave as fellow film composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold and quickly became a sought-after orchestrator and conductor on Broadway, bringing the Western classical tradition in which he had been raised to mainstream audiences.

He was soon snatched up by the film studios with the advent of sound and helped the fledgling talkies become musically sophisticated within a brief few years. He was one of the first to fully integrate the musical score with the images on-screen and to score individual scenes for their content and create leitmotifs for individual characters, as opposed to simply providing vaguely appropriate mood music, as evidenced in King Kong (1933), which set the standard for American film music for years to come.


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  • Uber_Frau

    The perfect soundtrack for the most classical movie to ever be made, and the most classical novel to ever be written. Gone with the Wind is an all round masterpiece, and Steiner did perfect justice to it :)

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Forteski

    Gone With The Wind - Tara's Theme...

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ravipsk

    Theme from A Summer Place....sublime....

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Nochek


    24 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Myrmidon89

    Tócala otra vez Sam

    1 Jan 2009 Reply
  • LittleVL

    Wonderful!!! The Main Title is awsome! The first time I heard this song I CRIED!!!! Gone With The Wind is the best movie made EVER!!

    20 Nov 2008 Reply
  • ProtoCraken

    "After all, another day..!"

    2 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Drachenlady82

    great soundtrack...Casablanca...Gone with the the moment I'm reading the book scarlett.

    1 Aug 2008 Reply
  • BimboBoy

    Gone With The Wind <3

    13 Jun 2008 Reply
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    29 Nov 2007 Reply
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    1 May 2007 Reply