Music: Out of Water

Hollywood had been good to Erich Wolfgang Korngold. But was Hollywood good for him?

Forty years ago Erich's family & friends thought he might be a new Mozart. He had one of Mozart's names, the same precocity, and a gift for melody. His ballet (The Snowman), composed when he was eleven, was produced in Vienna two years later. Before he was 20 he had written two operas. The Dead City, written at 23, won him fame throughout Europe, and a new star, Maria Jeritza, introduced it at Manhattan's Metropolitan.

Max Reinhardt brought Korngold to the...

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