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Giuseppe Becce

Letter Giuseppe Becce

1877 - 1973

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Giuseppe Becce takes an important position in film music. His compositions were an important part in the development of cinema music.
the Italian birth composer could completely develop his talents for the German movie which started in the silent movie era and found the height in the sound film of the 30's.

But before Giuseppe Becce got in touch with the film business he already wrote the operetta "Das Bett der Pompadour" in 1910 and the opera "Tullia" in 1912.

In 1913 the producer Oskar Messter intended to film the life of composer Richard Wager. Because his relatives demanded too much royalty, Messter was in search of a composer who was able to arrange the music for his film in Wagner's style. As a result he came across with Giuseppe Becce. Becce didn't take over only the job for the music but also took over the leading role. 
In later years he appeared only one time more in front of the camera for the movie "Der Absturz" (22), with the famous Asta Nielsen as his partner.

In the 20's became Becce the head of the Ufa music department. In this time he set the silent movies "Der steinerne Reiter" (22) and the worldwide successes "Der letzte Mann" (24) and "Tartüff" (25) to music, both with the incomparable Emil Jannings in the main part.

Giuseppe Becce belonged to the few people who faced the rise of the sound film positive and he saw big advantages in it. He said:
"Together with the development of the sound film, the development of the cinema music will walk hand in hand, because the sound film will help to create the style of the film music for which all serious composers are already trying to get". (Becce 1929).

The 30's marked the height of Becce's creative power. He composed the music for "Unter falscher Flagge" (32), "Ekstase" (32) and "Der Spieler" (38).
But his real passion he found with the setting of mountain films, especially for Luis Trenker. There he could catch the mountains with their threats and beauties on a wonderful way with his dramatic music. I only mention the movies "Berge in Flammen" (31), "Der Rebell" (32), "Der verlorene Sohn" (34), "Der Kaiser von Kalifornien" (36), "Condottieri" (37) and "Der Berg ruft" (37) as great examples.

After the war he was able to continue his work successful and he composed the music for numerous other movies in the 50's. Beside it he also contributed his music to documentaries. 
 

Other movies from Giuseppe Becce:
Schuldig (13) Komtesse Ursel (13) Der Günstling von Schönbrunn (29) Skandal um Eva (30) Der Sohn der weissen Berge (30) Das alte Lied (30) Zweierlei Moral (30) Fra Diavolo (31) Zwischen Nacht und Morgen (31) Das blaue Licht (32) Die Vier um Bob (32) Der Läufer von Marathon (33) Spione am Werk (33) Gipfelstürmer (33) Das Lied der Sonne (33) Polarstürme (34) Der ewige Traum/Der König des Montblanc (34) Ich heirate meine Frau (34) Peer Gynt (34) Hundert Tage (35) Wunder des Fliegens (35) Künstlerliebe (35) Die weisse Hölle vom Piz Palü (35) Ein seltsamer Gast (36) Die Stunde der Versuchung (36) Madame Bovary (37) Die gelbe Flagge (37) Liebesbriefe aus dem Engadin (38) Der König der Berge (38) Alpenföhn (38) Ein Abenteuer am Thunersee (39) Schweizer Bergfibel (39) Salonwagen E 417 (39) Frau im Strom (39) Der Feuerteufel (40) Clarissa (41) Krishna (41) Amore imperiale (41) Viel Lärm um Nixi (41) La cena delle beffe (41) Orizzonte di sangue (42) Mit den Augen einer Frau (42) Fahrt ins Abenteuer (43) L'angelo bianco (43) Im Banne des Monte miracolo (48) Il corriere del re (48) Bergkristall/Der Wildschütz von Tirol (49) Paradies auf Erden (49) Bildschnitzer im Grödnertal (49) Skiurlaub in den Dolomiten (50) An der Dolomitenstrasse (50) Frühling in Südtirol (50) Gondelfahrt durch Venedig (50) Schönes Venedig (50) Niemals mutlos (50) Sonniges Spanien 850) Ewig läuten die Glocken (51) Ewiges Handwerk (51) Gesetz ohne Gnade (51) Urlaub im Schnee (51) Lofotenfischer (51) Was das Herz befiehlt (51) Weisse Hölle Mont Blanc/Fegefeuer der Liebe/nacht am Mont Blanc (51) Strasse zur Heimat (52) Aus König Laurins Rosengarten (52) Bergsommer (52) Hinter Klostermauern (52) Kleine Kletterfahrt (52) Karneval in Weiss (52) Der Herrgottschnitzer von Ammergau (52) Hofkirche Inssbruck (52) Sonniges Südtirol (53) Kavaliere im Eis (53) Junges Herz voll Liebe/Der Haflinger Sepp (53) Der Ehestreik (53) SOS Zinnen-Nordwand (54) Hänsel und Gretel (54) Rotkäppchen (54) Auf Himmelsgraten (55) Wetterwart auf Deutschlands höchstem Gipfel (55) Ski Heil! (55) Ruf der Berge (55) Das Schweigen im Walde (55) Über Tal und Wolken/Bis zum Himmel unsere Welt (55) Der Jäger von Fall (56) Der Edelweisskönig (57) Der Schäfer vom Trutzberg (58) Zauber der Dolomiten (58) Unser Freund der Haflinger (58) Phänomen Klettern (59) Der Tageslauf eines Bergpfarrers (68) Erlebnisse am Matterhorn (71) Von Kastelruth nach Hollywood (86)


 
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