Miklos Rozsa

Composer
Hungarian-born composer Miklos Rosza's exquisite string arrangements, powerful use of percussion and unconventional approach to composition would revolutionize the film score, raising the field to greater dramatic and ... Read more »
Born: 04/18/1907 in Budapest, HU

Filmography

Music (102)

Think Like a Man Too 2014 (Movie)

("Danger Ahead") (Song)

Fahrenheit 9/11 2004 (Movie)

("Danger Ahead"(Theme From Dragnet)) (Song)

L.A. Dragnet 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Original Music

Inspector Gadget 1999 (Movie)

("Danger Ahead") (Song)

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

("Parade of Charioteers (from 'Ben Hur')") (Song)

Spice World 1998 (Movie)

("Memories (Part 2)") (Song)

Cops and Robbersons 1994 (Movie)

("Danger Ahead") (Song)

Manhattan Murder Mystery 1993 (Movie)

("The Hallway") (Song)

Gesucht: Monika Ertl 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

("Danger Ahead") (Song)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982 (Movie)

("Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid") (Song)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Eye of the Needle 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

The Atomic Cafe 1981 (Movie)

conductor(Frankenland State Symphony Orchestra) (Music Conductor)

The Atomic Cafe 1981 (Movie)

("Theme From Brute Force" "Theme From 'The Killers'") (Music)

Last Embrace 1979 (Movie)

("The Forties") (Song)

Last Embrace 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Time After Time 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Fedora 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Providence 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 1972 (Movie)

(Music)

Friday on My Mind 1969 (Movie)

("Spellbound") (Music)

The Green Berets 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

The V.I.P.s 1963 (Movie)

(Music)

El Cid 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

King of Kings 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Sodoma e Gomorra 1961 (Movie)

(Music)

Ben-Hur 1959 (Movie)

(Music)

A Time to Love and a Time to Die 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

The World, the Flesh and the Devil 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Something of Value 1957 (Movie)

(Music)

Bhowani Junction 1956 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Lust For Life 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

Tribute to a Bad Man 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

Diane 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

Moonfleet 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

The King's Thief 1955 (Movie)

(Music)

Crest of the Wave 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

Green Fire 1954 (Movie)

(Song)

Green Fire 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

Men of the Fighting Lady 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

Valley of the Kings 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

All the Brothers Were Valiant 1953 (Movie)

(Music)

Julius Caesar 1953 (Movie)

(Music)

Knights of the Round Table 1953 (Movie)

(Music)

Quo Vadis 1951 (Movie)

(Music)

Crisis 1950 (Movie)

(Music)

The Asphalt Jungle 1950 (Movie)

(Music)

Adam's Rib 1949 (Movie)

(Music)

Command Decision 1949 (Movie)

(Music)

Criss Cross 1949 (Movie)

(Music)

The Red Danube 1949 (Movie)

(Music)

Brute Force 1947 (Movie)

(Music)

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946 (Movie)

(Music)

Spellbound 1945 (Movie)

(Music)

The Lost Weekend 1945 (Movie)

(Music)

Double Indemnity 1944 (Movie)

(Music Arranger)

Double Indemnity 1944 (Movie)

(Music)

Five Graves to Cairo 1942 (Movie)

(Music)

Sahara 1942 (Movie)

(Music)

The Woman of the Town 1942 (Movie)

(Music)

The Thief of Bagdad 1939 (Movie)

(Music)

The Four Feathers 1938 (Movie)

(Music)

A Double Life (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Because of Him (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Blood on the Sun (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Desert Fury (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Edward, My Son (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Ivanhoe (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Kiss the Blood off My Hands (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Knight Without Armour (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Lady on a Train (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Lydia (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Madame Bovary (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Ministry of Fear (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

New Wine (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Proudly We Hail (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Proudly We Hail (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Secret Beyond the Door (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Song of Scheherazade (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

Song of Scheherazade (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

That Hamilton Woman (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

That Hamilton Woman (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

The Bribe (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Divorce of Lady X (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Hour Before the Dawn (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Jungle Book (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Killers (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Killers (Movie)

(Songwriter)

The Macomber Affair (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

The Macomber Affair (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Man in Half-Moon Street (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Miniver Story (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Other Love (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Plymouth Adventure (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Power (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Power (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

The Red House (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Thunder in the City (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Young Bess (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Biography

Hungarian-born composer Miklos Rosza's exquisite string arrangements, powerful use of percussion and unconventional approach to composition would revolutionize the film score, raising the field to greater dramatic and evocative heights. A born musician, Rozsa began studying the violin at age five and became steeped in the folk music of his native land, an influence that could be detected in much of his later work. While his parents tried to steer him towards a more practical lifestyle, insisting he major in chemistry at the University of Leipzig, it wasn't long before he was enrolled in Leipzig Conservatory, training in musicology, preparing him for a long, successful and influential career in music.

Relationships

Edith Jankay

Sister
born c. 1914 survived him

Margaret Rozsa

Wife
married in August 1943 survived him

Nicholas Rozsa

Son
survived him

Julia Rozsa-Brown

Daughter
survived him

EDUCATION

attended a realgymnasium in Budapest; graduated in 1925

University of Liepzig

simultaneously attended the Leipzig Conservatory in 1925-26

Leipzig Conservatory

also educated in Paris and London

Milestones

1982

Wrote the score for the film noir spoof "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"

1979

Scored the time travel tale "Time After Time"

1977

Served as music director for Alain Resnais' "Providence"

1974

Returned to Hungary for first time since he left

1961

Wrote an appropriately grand score for the epic "El Cid"

1959

Scored the Biblical epic "Ben-Hur", winning his third Academy Award

1956

Wrote the moving score for the Vincent Van Gogh biopic "Lust for Life"

1953

Scored Joseph L Mankiewicz's "Julius Caesar"

1950

Composed the spare but powerful music of "The Asphalt Jungle"

1947

Won second Academy Award for his work on "A Double Life"

1944

Composed the enchanting Oscar-winning score for "Spellbound"

1944

Employed the eerie harmonics of a theramin in his score for "The Lost Weekend"

1943

Wrote memorable noir music for the Wilder classic "Double Indemnity"

1942

Began association with Billy Wilder with his extraordinary score for the director's "Five Graves to Cairo"

1941

Scored "The Jungle Book"

1940

Wrote an ornate dramatic score for "The Thief of Bagdad"

1939

Scored Zoltan Korda's impressive adventure "The Four Feathers"

1912

Began studying violin (date approximate)

In his 20s, wrote first ballet score

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