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Also Known As: Miklos Rosza Died: July 27, 1995
Born: April 18, 1907 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Budapest, HU Profession: composer

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Story of Three Loves (1953) Conductor
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1912:
Began studying violin (date approximate)
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In his 20s, wrote first ballet score
1939:
Scored Zoltan Korda's impressive adventure "The Four Feathers"
1940:
Wrote an ornate dramatic score for "The Thief of Bagdad"
1942:
Scored "The Jungle Book"
1943:
Began association with Billy Wilder with his extraordinary score for the director's "Five Graves to Cairo"
1944:
Wrote memorable noir music for the Wilder classic "Double Indemnity"
1945:
Employed the eerie harmonics of a theramin in his score for "The Lost Weekend"
1945:
Composed the enchanting Oscar-winning score for "Spellbound"
1947:
Won second Academy Award for his work on "A Double Life"
1950:
Composed the spare but powerful music of "The Asphalt Jungle"
1953:
Scored Joseph L Mankiewicz's "Julius Caesar"
1956:
Wrote the moving score for the Vincent Van Gogh biopic "Lust for Life"
1959:
Scored the Biblical epic "Ben-Hur", winning his third Academy Award
1961:
Wrote an appropriately grand score for the epic "El Cid"
1974:
Returned to Hungary for first time since he left
1977:
Served as music director for Alain Resnais' "Providence"
1979:
Scored the time travel tale "Time After Time"
1982:
Wrote the score for the film noir spoof "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"
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Education

University of Liepzig: -
Leipzig Conservatory: -

Notes

Rozsa's contract with MGM stipulated that each year he would be allowed three months off each summer without pay during which time he would compose his concert pieces. --From Robert Horton's article "Music Man", in FILM COMMENT, November/December 1995

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wife:
Margaret Rozsa. Married in August 1943; survived him.

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sister:
Edith Jankay. Born c. 1914; survived him.
daughter:
Julia Rozsa-Brown. Survived him.
son:
Nicholas Rozsa. Survived him.

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"Double Life" Wynwood Press

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