Favourite Austrian & German Composers

by mister_gs | created - 31 Aug 2012 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

No ranking, just sorted First Name / Family Name. This list contains Composers from Austria, and both West and former East Germany. Personal favourites are Karl-Heinz Schäfer, Klaus Doldinger, Peter Thomas and Roland Kovac. Can, Popol Vuh and Tangerine Dream are excellent Rockbands, but negligible concerning film music. Thanks for checking, enjoy.

1. André Previn

Music_department | My Fair Lady

German-American pianist, composer, arranger and conductor André George Previn (born Andreas Ludwig Priwin, in Berlin) was for eight decades a hugely influential and prolific figure in jazz, as well as classical and film music. Being Jewish, Previn's family was forced to leave Hitler's Germany in ...

2. Amon Düül II

Composer | San Domingo

Amon Düül II is a composer, known for San Domingo (1970), Chamsin (1972) and The Niklashausen Journey (1970).

3. Bernd Kampka

Composer | Komm nach Wien, ich zeig dir was!

Bernd Kampka was born on March 29, 1919 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany. He was a composer and actor, known for Komm nach Wien, ich zeig dir was! (1970), The Dear Augustin (1960) and Der Tod eines Doppelgängers (1967). He died on June 19, 1997 in Marburg, Germany.

4. Bert Kaempfert

Soundtrack | Eight Legged Freaks

Internationally renowned bandleader Bert Kaempfert was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1923. A student at the Hamburg School of Music, he was hired by bandleader Hans Busch and played with that orchestra before enlisting in the German Navy during World War II, where he served as a musician. After the ...

5. Blixa Bargeld

Soundtrack | Der Himmel über Berlin

Blixa Bargeld was born on January 12, 1959 in Berlin, Germany as Christian Emmerich. He is married to Erin Zhu.

7. Charly Niessen

Soundtrack | Big Eyes

Charly Niessen was born on August 22, 1923 in Vienna, Austria as Carl Niessen. He was a composer, known for Big Eyes (2014), Der lachende Vagabund (1958) and Conny und Peter machen Musik (1960). He was married to Claudia Wedekind. He died on February 21, 1990 in Prien am Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany.

8. Christian Bruhn

Soundtrack | Er ist wieder da

Christian Bruhn is a composer and producer since 1958. He wrote several hits for German stars like Cornelia Froboess (Zwei kleine Italiener), Katja Ebstein, Freddy Quinn, Roy Black and Peter Alexander. But he wrote and composed also songs for international artist, like Swedish singer Siw Malmkvist ...

10. Dieter Reith

Soundtrack | Date Movie

Dieter Reith was born on February 25, 1938 in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. He is a composer, known for Date Movie (2006), Standing Tall (2015) and Die Unternehmungen des Herrn Hans (1977).

11. Edgar Froese

Soundtrack | The Squid and the Whale

The pioneering German collective Tangerine Dream has been delivering their distinctive style of ambient music for nearly three decades, laying down a foundation of sound textures and sonic imagery that has influenced many of today's electronic musicians. Founded in 1967 by fine art aficionado Edgar...

12. Erich Ferstl

Composer | Wilder Reiter GmbH

Erich Ferstl was born on May 4, 1934 in Munich, Germany. He is known for his work on Wild Rider Ltd. (1967), Der Spezialist (1967) and The Night of the Askari (1976).

13. Erwin Halletz

Composer | Die fünfte Kolonne

Erwin Halletz was born on July 12, 1923 in Vienna, Austria. He is known for his work on Die fünfte Kolonne (1963), Wenn es Nacht wird auf der Reeperbahn (1967) and Siebenmal in der Woche (1957). He was married to Nina Konsta. He died on October 27, 2008 in Vienna.

15. Florian Fricke

Soundtrack | Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

Florian Fricke was born on February 23, 1944 in Lindau, Bavaria, Germany. He died on December 29, 2001 in Munich, Bavaria.

16. Franz Grothe

Composer | Immer wenn ich glücklich bin..!

Franz Grothe was born on September 17, 1908 in Berlin, Germany as Franz Johannes August Grothe. He is known for his work on Waltz Melodies (1938), Waltz War (1933) and Das Schloß in Flandern (1936). He was married to Kirsten Heiberg and Gerda Eckert. He died on September 12, 1982 in Cologne, ...

17. Frederick Loewe

Music_department | Camelot

Frederick Loewe was born on June 10, 1901 in Berlin, Germany as Fritz Loewe. He was married to Ernestine Zwerline. He died on February 14, 1988 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Real name: Friedel Berlipp

19. Friedrich Hollaender

Soundtrack | The Spirit

Friedrich Hollaender was the son of the composer Victor Hollaender, who composed shows in Berlin in the 1890s to 1910s. Frederick received early musical training, since 1913 he was student of opera composer Engelbert Humperdinck (who composed Hänsel und Gretel). He started as repetitor at a theater...

20. Gene Kauer

Composer | Agent for H.A.R.M.

Gene Kauer was born on July 30, 1921 in Wieda, Lower Saxony, Germany as Guenther Max Kauer. He is known for his work on Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966), Monstrosity (1963) and Outlaw Queen (1957). He died on June 30, 1983 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.

21. Georg Haentzschel

Composer | Die göttliche Jette

Georg Haentzschel was born on December 23, 1907 in Berlin, Germany as Georg Friedrich Esaias Häntzschel. He is known for his work on The Divine Jetta (1937), Annelie (1941) and Bezauberndes Fräulein (1953). He died on April 12, 1992 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

22. Gerd Natschinski

Music_department | Zar und Zimmermann

Gerd Natschinski was born on August 23, 1928 in Chemnitz, Germany as Gerd Joachim Natschinski. He was a composer, known for The Czar and the Carpenter (1956), Revue um Mitternacht (1962) and Der Mann mit dem Objektiv (1961). He was married to Gundula. He died on August 4, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

24. Gerhard Heinz

Composer | Catherine Chérie

Gerhard Heinz was born on September 9, 1927 in Vienna, Austria. He is a composer.

25. Gerhard Siebholz

Composer | Hochzeitsnacht im Regen

Gerhard Siebholz was born on April 4, 1932 in Eberswalde, Germany. He was a composer, known for Wedding Night in the Rain (1967), Drei reizende Schwestern (1984) and Nicht schummeln, Liebling (1973). He died on February 13, 2003 in Berlin, Germany.

26. Gert Wilden

Music_department | Der lachende Vagabund

German film and TV show composer Gert Wilden was born as Gert Wychodil on April 15, 1917 in Moravska Trebova, Czechoslovakia. Wilden studied conduction and composition at the Prague Conservatorium under the expert tutelage of George Szell, Fritz Rieger, and Fidelio Fincke. In the late 1940's Gert ...

27. Gottfried Huppertz

Composer | Metropolis

Gottfried Huppertz was born on March 11, 1887 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He was a composer and actor, known for Metropolis (1927), Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924) and Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924). He died on February 7, 1937 in Berlin, Germany.

28. Günther Fischer

Composer | Solo Sunny

Günther Fischer was born on June 23, 1944 in Teplitz-Schönau, Sudetenland, Germany. He is a composer, known for Solo Sunny (1980), Das Haus am Fluß (1986) and Eolomea (1972).

29. Hans Erdmann

Composer | Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

With his engagement at the conservatory in Berlin in the field "Akademie für Filmmusik" from 1928 he became an important teacher of film music. He gave numerous young composers an understanding of this seminal media.

30. Hans Posegga

Composer | Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

Hans Posegga was born on January 31, 1917 in Berlin, Germany. He was a composer and actor, known for Nosferatu (1922), No Shooting Time for Foxes (1966) and Zuckerbrot und Peitsche (1968). He died on May 19, 2002 in Vienna, Austria.

31. Hans Sommer

Composer | Die kleine und die große Liebe

Hans Sommer was born on May 22, 1904 in Berlin, Germany. He is known for his work on Die kleine und die große Liebe (1938), Two Merry Adventurers (1937) and The Czar's Courier (1936). He died in October 2000 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.

32. Harold Faltermeyer

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Harold Faltermeyer was born on October 5, 1952 in Munich, Germany as Harold Faltermeier. He was previously married to Karin Faltermeyer.

33. Heino Gaze

Soundtrack | Wir tanzen auf dem Regenbogen

Heino Gaze was born on February 20, 1908 in Halle, Saale, Germany. He was a composer, known for Wir tanzen auf dem Regenbogen (1952), Musikparade (1956) and Geld aus der Luft (1954). He died on October 24, 1967 in West Berlin, West Germany.

34. Heinz Kiessling

Soundtrack | It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Heinz Kiessling was born on March 11, 1926 in Nuremberg, Germany. He died on December 27, 2003 in Starnberg, Germany.

35. Henning Lohner

Composer | The Ring Two

Henning Lohner was raised near Palo Alto, California, to German emigrant parents. He returned to Germany to complete studies in musicology at Frankfurt University, from which he graduated as MA in 1987. In 1985, Lohner became assistant to German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen; Stockhausen ...

36. James Last

Soundtrack | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

James Last was born on April 17, 1929 in Bremen, Germany as Hans Last. He is known for his work on Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Shallow Grave (1994) and Mary and Max (2009). He was married to Christine Grundner and Waltraut. He died on June 9, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

37. Jörg Evers

Composer | Schluchtenflitzer

Jörg Evers was born in 1950 in Bayreuth, Germany. He is a composer, known for Whizzer (1979), Voll normaaal (1994) and Tapetenwechsel (1984).

38. Jürgen Knieper

Composer | Der Himmel über Berlin

Jürgen Knieper was born on March 15, 1941 in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is known for his work on Wings of Desire (1987), Wrong Move (1975) and December Bride (1991).

40. Karl-Ernst Sasse

Composer | Der letzte Mann

Karl-Ernst Sasse was born on December 5, 1923 in Bremen, Germany. He is known for his work on The Last Laugh (1924), Destiny (1921) and The Light on the Gallows (1976). He was married to Inge Burg. He died on November 12, 2006 in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Brandenburg, Germany.

41. Karl-Heinz Schäfer

Composer | Street of No Return

Karl-Heinz Schäfer was born on March 17, 1932. He is known for his work on Street of No Return (1989), Cross (1987) and The Imprint of Giants (1980). He died on December 12, 1996.

42. Klaus Doldinger

Composer | Das Boot

Klaus Doldinger was born on May 12, 1936 in Berlin, Germany as Klaus Erich Dieter Doldinger. He is known for his work on Das Boot (1981), The NeverEnding Story (1984) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). He has been married to Inge Beck since April 9, 1960. They have three children.

43. Klaus Ogermann

Soundtrack | Heartbreakers

Klaus Ogermann was born on April 29, 1930 in Ratibor. He was a composer, known for Heartbreakers (2001), Das alte Försterhaus (1956) and Liebe, Mädchen und Soldaten (1958). He died on March 8, 2016 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

44. Klaus Schulze

Soundtrack | Manhunter

Klaus Schulze was born on August 4, 1947 in Berlin, Germany. He is a composer, known for Manhunter (1986), The Bling Ring (2013) and Barracuda (1978).

45. Konrad Elfers

Composer | Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

Konrad Elfers was born on October 25, 1919. He was a composer, known for Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922), 4 Schlüssel (1966) and Anita: Dances of Vice (1987). He died on September 22, 1996.

46. Kristian Schultze

Music_department | Enemy Mine

Kristian Schultze was born on January 21, 1945 in Frankfurt an der Oder, Brandenburg, Germany as Kristian Wladimir Schultze. He is known for his work on Enemy Mine (1985), Scarface (1983) and Max und Moritz (1956). He died on November 22, 2011 in Bad Tölz, Bavaria, Germany.

47. Kurt Hertha

Soundtrack | Die ganze Welt ist himmelblau

Kurt Hertha was born on May 2, 1926 in Gestungshausen, Sonnefeld, Bavaria, Germany. He died on July 8, 2001 in Grünwald, Bavaria.

48. Kurt Weill

Soundtrack | Die Dreigroschenoper

Kurt Weill was born on March 2, 1900 in Dessau, Germany as Kurt Julian Weill. He was married to Lotte Lenya. He died on April 3, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA.

49. Les Humphries

Soundtrack | Ecco noi per esempio...

Les Humphries was born on August 10, 1940 in London, England as John Leslie Humphreys. He is known for his work on Ecco noi per esempio... (1977), Bang, and the Angels Sing (1974) and Sex Freedom in Germany (1970). He was married to Dunja Rajter. He died on December 26, 2007 in Basingstoke, ...

50. Lotar Olias

Composer | Freddy und der Millionär

Lotar Olias was born on December 23, 1913 in Königsberg, East-Prussia, Germany. He was a composer, known for Freddy und der Millionär (1961), Heimweh nach St. Pauli (1963) and Symphonie in Gold (1956). He died on October 21, 1990 in Hamburg-Ohlsdorf, Germany.

51. Lothar Brühne

Soundtrack | Die vier Gesellen

Lothar Brühne was a German composer who wrote songs for cinema in the 30s and 40s. Some of his biggest are "La Habanera", "Der Blaufuchs" ("La Belle Hongroise", "The Blue Fox") and "Romanze in Moll" ("Romance in a Minor Key"). Some of his hits and evergreens are "Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzählt" ...

52. Lothar Meid

Music_department | Blam!

Lothar Meid was born on August 28, 1942 in Babenhausen, Bavaria, Germany. He is known for his work on Blam! (1985), Some Kind of Saint (1979) and Die Heartbreakers (1983). He died on November 3, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.

54. Martin Böttcher

Composer | Derrick

Böttcher was born 1927 in Berlin/Germany. After the second world war the young Böttcher began as solo guitarist at Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk. In the year 1955 he wrote the music for his first film The Captain and His Hero (1955). Already his next movie Teenage Wolfpack (1956), was a great artistic...

55. Michael Jary

Soundtrack | Das Boot

Michael Jary was born on September 24, 1906 in Laurahütte, Upper Silesia, Germany as Michael Andreas Jarczyk. He was a composer, known for Das Boot (1981), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Downfall (2004). He died on July 12, 1988 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

58. Nina Hagen

Soundtrack | Beowulf

Has performed throughout the world for over forty years. Born March 11, 1955 in the former East Berlin, East Germany, to Hans and Eva-Maria Hagen. At the age of four began to study ballet and at an early age was considered to be an "opera prodigy". In 1979, appeared with Herman Brood, and Lene ...

59. Paul Dessau

Music_department | Adventures of Casanova

Paul Dessau was born on December 19, 1894 in Hamburg, Germany. He is known for his work on Adventures of Casanova (1948), Never Trust a Woman (1930) and The Novel of Werther (1938). He was married to Ruth Berghaus, Antje Ruge, Elisabeth Hauptmann and Gudrun Kabisch. He died on June 28, 1979 in ...

60. Paul Haslinger

Composer | Rainbow Six: Siege

Paul Haslinger is an Austrian musician and composer. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Paul began his career as a member of Electronic Music pioneers Tangerine Dream. He toured with the band extensively from 1985-90 and contributed to projects such as the album "Underwater Sunlight" (1986), as well...

61. Peer Raben

Soundtrack | 2046

Peer Raben was born on July 3, 1940 in Viechtafell, Viechtach, Bavaria, Germany as Wilhelm Rabenbauer. He was a composer and actor, known for 2046 (2004), Querelle (1982) and Finding Forrester (2000). He died on January 21, 2007 in Mitterfels, Bavaria.

63. Peter Igelhoff

Composer | Wir machen Musik

Peter Igelhoff was born on July 22, 1904 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Rudolf August Ordnung. He was a composer and actor, known for Wir machen Musik (1942), Eine Frau genügt nicht? (1955) and Do Not Send Your Wife to Italy (1960). He died on April 8, 1978 in Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria, Germany.

64. Peter Kreuder

Soundtrack | Inglourious Basterds

Peter Kreuder was born on August 18, 1905 in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Peter Paul Kreuder. He was a composer, known for Inglourious Basterds (2009), Valkyrie (2008) and Alle kann ich nicht heiraten (1952). He was married to Ingrid Wallisch, Sophie Eschenbach, Gertrud Kathreiner and...

65. Peter Sandloff

Composer | Viele kamen vorbei

Nephew of composer Kurt Fiebig.

67. Peter Thomas

Music_department | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Peter Thomas was born on December 1, 1925 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany. He is known for his work on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Flucht nach Berlin (1961) and Die endlose Nacht (1963). He has been married to Cordy Thomas since 1959. They have one child.

69. Raimund Rosenberger

Composer | Interpol

Raimund Rosenberger was born on October 17, 1917 in Munich, Germany. He is known for his work on Interpol (1963), Alle Tage ist kein Sonntag (1959) and Der Fluch der gelben Schlange (1963). He died on October 29, 1990 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

71. Ralph Benatzky

Soundtrack | Die Puppenfee

Composer and author, he came to the US in 1938. He wrote the stage scores for "White Horse Inn (Berlin and New York)", "Meet My Sister (New York)", "The Apaches Cocktail", and "Casanova". He joined ASCAP in 1945, and his chief musical collaborator was Irving Caesar. His popular-song compositions ...

72. Ralph Erwin

Soundtrack | An Education

Ralph Erwin was born on October 31, 1896 in Bielitz, Silesia, Austria-Hungary as Erwin Vogl. He was a composer, known for An Education (2009), A Girl You Don't Forget (1932) and Malle gevallen (1934). He died on May 15, 1943 in Beaune-la-Rolande, Loiret, France.

73. Robert Gilbert

Soundtrack | Kaze tachinu

Robert Gilbert was born on September 29, 1899 in Berlin, Germany as David Robert Winterfeld. He was married to Gisela Scholz and Elisabeth. He died on March 20, 1978 in Minusio, Tessin, Switzerland.

74. Roland Klick

Director | Supermarkt

Roland Klick was born on July 4, 1939 in Hof, Bavaria, Germany. He is a director and writer, known for Supermarkt (1974), Deadlock (1970) and Ludwig (1964).

75. Roland Kovac

Composer | 48 Stunden bis Acapulco

Roland Kovac was born on November 7, 1927 in Vienna, Austria. He is a composer, known for 48 Stunden bis Acapulco (1967), Ceylon My Love (1982) and Roadside Prophets (1992). He was previously married to Claudia Doren.

76. Rolf Marbot

Composer | Die grausame Freundin

In 1957, he wrote in collaboration with Henri Betti the music of the French song "L'Auberge Fleurie" with the lyrics of André Salvet and Francis Lopez for the movie L'auberge en folie (1957). The song was recorded by Rudy Hirigoyen with Paul Bonneau and his Orchestra.

77. Sal Paradise

Composer | Alpha City

Sal Paradise was born as Lawrence Berridge. He is a composer and actor, known for Alpha City (1985), Die Story (1984) and Wie treu ist Nik? (1986).

78. Siegfried Franz

Composer | Cliff Dexter

Siegfried Franz was born on August 14, 1913 in Mannheim, Germany. He is known for his work on Cliff Dexter (1966), The Devil Strikes at Night (1957) and Drei Birken auf der Heide (1956). He was married to Dorothea Reimann. He died on March 18, 1998 in Hamburg, Germany.

79. Sigi Schwab

Soundtrack | Jackie Brown

Guitarist and composer Sigfried "Sigi" Schwab was born on August 5, 1940 in Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Schwab has played guitar in a wide variety of musical styles that include jazz, pop, rock, R&B, and baroque. Moreover, Sigi has not only played guitar with the German bands Et ...

80. Tangerine Dream

Soundtrack | Legend

The pioneering German collective Tangerine Dream has been delivering their distinctive style of ambient music for nearly three decades, laying down a foundation of sound textures and sonic imagery that has influenced many of today's electronic musicians. Founded in 1967 by fine art aficinado Edgar ...

81. Theo Mackeben

Composer | Patrioten

Theo Mackeben was born on January 5, 1897 in Preußisch Stargard, West Prussia, Germany. He was a composer, known for Patriots (1937), Die Dubarry (1951) and The Csardas Princess (1934). He was married to Loni Heuser and Toni Neft. He died on January 10, 1953 in Berlin, Germany.

82. Tom Tykwer

Composer | Lola rennt

Director, writer, producer and composer Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He showed an interest in film-making from childhood, making super 8 films from the age of 11. Among his first jobs was working at a local art-house cinema. Tykwer eventually relocated to Berlin, first working...

83. Udo Jürgens

Writer | Ich war noch niemals in New York

Udo Jürgens was born on September 30, 1934 in Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria as Udo Jürgen Bockelmann. He was married to Corinna Reinhold and Erika Meier. He died on December 21, 2014 in Münsterlingen, Thurgau, Switzerland.

84. Udo Lindenberg

Soundtrack | Panische Zeiten

Udo Lindenberg was born on May 17, 1946 in Gronau, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is known for his work on Panic Time (1980), 7 Dwarves: The Forest Is Not Enough (2006) and Super (1984).

85. Walter Jurmann

Soundtrack | A Night at the Opera

Walter Jurmann was born on October 12, 1903 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was married to Yvonne Jellinek. He died on June 17, 1971 in Budapest, Hungary.

87. Werner R. Heymann

Soundtrack | Chocolat

Werner Richard Heymann was active as a classical composer in Berlin from 1912. By the end of the decade, he also wrote songs for cabaret and served as musical director for Max Reinhardt from 1918 to 1919. In films with Ufa from 1923, he initially worked as assistant to the head of the music ...

88. Werner Scharfenberger

Soundtrack | Mein Schatz ist aus Tirol

Werner Scharfenberger was born on September 25, 1925 in Regensburg, Germany. He died on July 5, 2001 in Lugano, Switzerland.

89. Willy Mattes

Composer | Liebe ist ja nur ein Märchen

Willy Mattes was born on January 4, 1916 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He is known for his work on Liebe ist ja nur ein Märchen (1955), Tausend Melodien (1956) and Sensation in San Remo (1951). He was married to Christel Schaack and Margit Symo. He died on July 30, 2002 in Salzburg, Austria.

90. Winfried Zillig

Composer | Jonas

Winfried Zillig was born on April 1, 1905 in Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany as Winfried Petrus Ignatius Zillig. He was a composer and actor, known for Jonas (1957), Der Schimmelreiter (1934) and Black Fighter Johanna (1934). He died on December 17, 1963 in Hamburg, West Germany.

91. Wolfgang Dauner

Composer | Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage

Wolfgang Dauner was born on December 30, 1935 in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a composer and actor, known for Faust (1926), Tatort (1970) and Grandison (1979). He has been married to Randi Bubat since 1991.

92. Wolfgang Zeller

Composer | Die Herrin von Atlantis

Wolfgang Zeller was born on September 18, 1893 in Biesenrode, Mansfeld, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany as Wolfgang Friedrich Zeller. He is known for his work on Queen of Atlantis (1932), Vampyr (1932) and Goal in the Clouds (1939). He died on January 11, 1967 in Berlin, Germany.

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