George Korngold (b. Vienna, Austria, December 17, 1928; d. Los Angeles, California, November 25, 1987) was a prominent record producer as well as a music editor and producer active within the film industry. He was the younger son of Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
George's father first went to Hollywood in 1934 to work on the Max Reinhardt production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and travelled to and from Vienna for the next several years. During this time, George remained in Vienna: it was not until 1938 and the family's decisive move from that city that George arrived in the United States with his parents.
Reports that George Korngold attended the Vienna Academy of Music are thus mysterious: at the time he left Vienna, he was not yet ten years old. However, since Erich Korngold taught at the Academy throughout the early 1930s, it is thought possible that the young boy was permitted to be present in classes.
As a record producer, George Korngold was much involved with film music, in the 1970s co-producing (with Charles Gerhardt) the 14-volume Classic Film Scores Series for RCA Records. He also produced a series of 'landmark' recordings of his father's works, including the operas Die tote Stadt (for RCA) and Violanta (for CBS) and a disc of the First and Third String Quartets (for RCA; played by the Chilingirian Quartet). In 1979, he produced one of the first digital audio recordings, for Chalfont Records; it was the first commercial release of his father's music for Kings Row, Charles Gerhardt conducting.
In Hollywood, George Korngold worked as a music editor on a number of high-profile films, including the big-budget The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Fedora (1978), The Fury (1978) and Outland (1981).
- Obituary for George Korngold in the New York Times (1987)
- George Korngold at the Internet Movie Database
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