1880 - 1960
The film composer Clemens Schmalstich studied philosophy in Bonn before he dedicated to his real passion in 1902 when he began to study music at the Königliche Hochschule in Berlin.
He joined among others the composition class by Engelbert Humperdinck.
Clemens Schmalstich began his professional career as a conductor at the Neues Schauspielhaus in Berlin, it followed an engagement at the Königliche Oper.
He came to the Electrola company in 1927 where he took over the art direction. Four years later he became a teacher at the national Akademie-Hochschule where he worked till 1945.
He was also successful as a composer and besides numerous songs he also wrote the two operas "Beatrice" (40) and "Die Hochzeitsfackel" (43). Beside it he composed concerts, sinfonias, suites as well as the operettas "Tänzerin aus Liebe" (19) and "Wenn die Zarin lächelt" (37). An early success was "Peterchens Mondfahrt" (13).
Clemens Schmalstich also wrote the music for movies and culture productions from the 30s.
To the movies he wrote the music belong "Goethe-Gedenkfilm - 1. Der Werdegang" (32), "Lachende Erben" (33), "Abel mit der Mundharmonika" (33), "Regine" (35), "Eine Frau ohne Bedeutung" (36), "Ein Volksfeind" (37), "Schneider Wibbel" (39) and "Nürnberg, die Stadt der Reichsparteitage" (40).
After World War II he was prohibited to work temporarily because of his membership by the NSDAP.
Clemens Schmalstich as married with the singer and writer Lissi Schmalstich-Kurz.