Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) was a composer of operas, songs, orchestral works, and film scores. Korngold was born on 29th May 1897 in a Jewish home in Brünn (Brno), Austria–Hungary, now the Czech Republic. He was the second son of the eminent music critic Julius Korngold. A child prodigy, Erich played his cantata Gold to Gustav Mahler in 1906; Mahler called him a "musical genius", and recommended study with the composer Alexander von Zemlinsky.
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