1897 - 1953
The young Theo Mackeben acquired his knowledge of piano by creeping in a piano factory where he practised the piano in secret. His musical request wasn't supported at home. At the age of 12 he had a perfect command of piano and violin. At the age of 15 he appeared as a concert pianist but he soon dedicated to the composition and wrote successful entertainment music and operettas like „Der goldene Käfig“ and „Lady Fanny“.
With the rise of the sound film he dedicated to the film music where he especially created striking hits but also symphonic music.
To his biggest successes belong the film scores to „Fünf von der Jazzband“ (32), „Liebelei“ (33), „Liebe, Tod und Teufel“ (34), „Viktoria“ (35) and „Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht“ (39).
Especially his tunes conquered the audience in no time. The song „Die Nacht ist nicht allein zum Schlafen da“ from the movie „Tanz auf dem Vulkan“ (38) and especially the title song „Du hast Glück bei den Fraun“ from „Bel Ami“ (39) were enormous successes and were played in all street corners.
Thanks to his musical ability und the incomparable nose for melodies Theo Mackeben was rated as indispensable and could escape from a conscription to the front during World War II.
He set other film classics to music in the height of the German film
like „Die Finanzen des Grossherzogs“ (34), „Der Student von Prag“ (35),
„Unter heissem Himmel“ (36), „Intermezzo“ (36), „Patrioten“ (37), „Ich
bin Sebastian Ott“ (39), „Bal Pare“ (40), „Das Herz der Königin“ (40),
„Altes Herz wird wieder jung“ (43) and „Die Dubarry“ (51).
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