Franz Waxman (1906-1967) was born in Germany with the name Franz Wachsmann. Only one of many composers whose families disapproved of his career choice, he initially became a bank teller to please his father, but studied piano and composition on the side. Finally, he moved to Berlin to continue his musical studies, supporting himself by playing the piano in nightclubs and also in a jazz band, the Weintraub Syncopaters, and his arrangements for the band led to some orchestration opportunities in the film world, including the arranging and conducting of Frederick Hollander's music for The Blue Angel, which starred Marlene Dietrich. He left Germany in 1932 because of the rise of the Nazis and his Jewish background, and went to France before ending up in Hollywood. (I haven't found out when he changed his name to Waxman, but I imagine the anti-German sentiment of the time had something to do with it.) He scored over one hundred films, including Rebecca, Mr Skeffington, Sunset Boulevard, Taras Bulba, The Philadelphia Story, Rear Window, Captains Courageous, Suspicion, A Place in the Sun, A Christmas Carol, Dark City, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Woman of the Year, The Young at Heart, The Spirit of St Louis, Edge of Darkness, Sayonara, Peyton Place, Destination Tokyo, and, perhaps most famously, The Bride of Frankenstein. Besides his film work, Waxman was a champion of contemporary classical music, founding the Los Angelos International Music Festival, where he premiered new works by composers such as Stravinsky, Schoenberg, William Walton, Shostakovich, and Vaughan Williams. His own concert output was broad, writing choral, orchestral, concerti, chamber music, jazz ensemble, band, instrumental music with piano, and solo works. His sound was varied, and although he was especially known for his warm romantic music and strong Straussian Post-Romantic flavor, he also wrote in other styles such as jazz.