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Ralph Maria Siegel

1911 - 1972

The composer and lyricist Ralph Maria Siegel was als active as a singer and author and he impressed the music in Germany of the 30s, 40s and 50s. 

After his studies at different major cities like Berlin and Rome he also took singing lessons.

He also began his professional life as a singer when he appeared as an operetta tenor for famous locations like the Metropoltheater and the Admiralspalast.

Together with the composer Gerhard Winkler he soon became a successful artist for entertaining music, to his well-known songs belong among others "O Mia Bella Napoli" (38), "Das Chianti-Lied" (39), "Das Lied der Taube" (49), "Skandal im Harem", "C'est si bon", "Moulin Rouge", "Ich hab' noch einen Koffer in Berlin" and "Capri-Fischer".

Ralph Maria Siegel was alco active at the theater from 1941, first at the Theater am Gärtnerplatz and from 1946 to 1949 as director at the Neues Theater in Augsburg. 
As a director he realised plays at the Deutsches Theater in Munich and at the Corso Theater in Berlin.

To his written plays belong "Alles für Eva" (33), "Liebeszauber" (36) and "Frechheit siegt" (42), often together with Hellmut Seifert.

With the foundation of Ralph-Maria-Siegel-Musik-Verlage he also became an influential personality as a publisher of music. 

Ralph Maria Siegel wrote his first film composition for "Hilde und die vier PS" (36). Many years later followed other compositions for productions like "Die Fischerin vom Bodensee" (56), "Tante Wanda aus Uganda" (57), "Ihr schönster Tag" (62) and "Herr Kayser und die Nachtigall" (65).
As a film song lyricist he wrote for the movies "Die vier Gesellen" (38), "Ideale Frau gesucht" (52) and "Eine Reise ins Glück" (58).

Ralph Maria Siegel's son Ralph Siegel became one of the most successful German composers.