1885 - 1953
The operetta and film composer Eduard Künneke studied musicology and history of literature in Berlin, afterwards he studied by Max Bruch.
He began his professional career as a choir director at the operetta theater, finally he was also active as a conductor.
He had his first success as a composer in 1909 with "Robins Ende". Thereafter he worked as a bandmaster at the Deutsches Theater.
In the next years Eduard Künneke wrote several operettas, among them "Der Vetter aus Dingsda" (21) and "Lady Hamilton" (26).
Eduard Künneke already wrote his first film composition during the silent movie era for "Das Weib des Pharao" (22) and "Das Blumenwunder" (26).
In the 30s he was regularly engaged as a film composer.
To his well-known movies of those years belong "Der Walzerkönig" (30), "Die Marquise von Pompadour" (31), "Der schwarze Huar" (32), "Der Page vom Dalmasse-Hotel" (33), "Des jungen Dessauers grosse Liebe" (33), "Abenteuer eines jungen Herrn in Polen" (34), "Ein Lied klagt an" (36), "Till Eulenspiegel" (36) and "Tanzendes Herz" (39).
During World War II he only wrote the music for one more movie "Wenn der junge Wein blüht" (43).
He wrote his last film composition after the War for "Hochzeit mit Erika" (50).
Eduard Künneke was married with the singer Grethe Polkowski and with the singer Katharina Müller. His daughter Evelyn Künneke became a singer and actress.
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