1897 - 1967
The filmcomposer Will Meisel got already in contact with the entertainment industry as a child because his father Emil Meisel was ballet master by profession.
He studied music and dance from the age of 5 and five years later he
was already a member of the royal opera of Berlin as a dancer.
After the war he continued his former career and worked again as a dancer at the Staatsoper of Berlin till 1923.
With the foundation of "Edition Meisel & Co. GmbH" in 1926 he became a music publisher, among others he published "Ilona" with lyrics of his first wife.
Will Meisel devoted more to the composition with the rise of the talkies. To his first filmcompositions belong "Königin einer Nacht" (30) after his operatta of the same name, "Im Kampf mit der Unterwelt (30), "Der Andere" (30), "Liebe im Ring" (30), "Ein ausgekochter Junge" (31), "Schachmatt" (31) and "Der Storch streikt" (31).
In the next years he wrote many other film scores, to his most popular productions belong "Schleppzug M 17" (33), "Ein Walzer für Dich" (34), "Jede Frau hat ein Geheimnis" (34), "Alle Tage ist kein Sonntag" (35), "Krach im Hinterhaus" (35), "Der müde Theodor" (36) and "Kleines Bezirksgericht" (38).
With the outbreak of World War II his activities for movies diminished drastically, he only contributed his music to the movies "Weltrekord im Seitensprung" (40), "Polterabend" (40) and "Ehe man Ehemann wird" (41).
This continued after the war too. Only few filmcompositions were written by him, among others "Königin einer Nacht" (51), "Tausend rote Rosen blühn" (52) and "Die Wirtin an der Lahn" (55).
Will Meisel also wrote eight operettas as well as countless evergreens and songs besides his filmmusic.
He was awarded with the Bundesverdienstkreuz in 1962 for his lifework,
two years later he got the Paul-Lincke-Ring.
Other movies from Will Meisel: