1916 - 2002
The film composer Willy Mattes already attracted attention at the age of 10 years with his play at the piano and on the violin. As an adult he first worked as a conductor before he became an assistenz for Theo Mackeben. From 1944 he composed his first filmmusic for the UFA and later for Tobis.
To his first movie scores belong "Der Verteidiger hat das Wort" (44), "Das Hochzeitshotel" (44) and "Das Mädchen Juanita" (45).
After the war he went to Sweden to the Sveriges radio where he took over the radio orchestra. It followed engagements at the Radio Genève and a collaboration with Ernest Anserment. Abroad came also his first film compositions after the war into being, among others for Ingmar Bergman. When he wrote the "Swedish Rhapsody"for the Lana-Turner movie "Madame X"(50) under the pen name Charles Wilman he also became famous international. Afterwards he returned to Germany and became a very busy film composer, especially in the 50's.
To his popular movies of the 50's belong "Czardas der Herzen" (50), "Stern von Rio" (55), "Tausend Melodien" (56), "Der Adler vom Velsatal" (57), "Strafbataillon 999" (59), "Nick Knattertons Abenteuer - Der Raub der Gloria Nylon" (59), "Der Frosch mit der Maske" (59) and "Die Wahrheit über Rosemarie" (59).
His last cinematical works came in the 60's into being, among them "Der rote Kreis" (60), "Ein Toter hing im Netz" (60), "Weisse Fracht für Hongkong" (64) and "Die Flusspiraten vom Mississippi" (64).
Willy Mattes was all the time activ as a conductor besides his work as a composer. Besides his scores for movies he wrote more than 1000 melodies.
Willy Mattes was among others married with the actress Margit
Symo, his daughter Eva Mattes became also a well-known actress.
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