Karl-Ernst Sasse was born on December 5, 1923 in Bremen, Theuringen, Germany. He was a German conductor and one of the greatest film composers of the GDR. Born into a family of musicians he began composing at the age of 10 and later studied at the Conservatory in Thuringia Sondershausen. His life's work as a composer includes incidental music, plus more than 500 musical scores for various DEFA films. Sasse became known only after the fall of the Berlin wall turn in the late 1990s. He also wrote new scores for various silent film classics such as “Die Puppe” (1919), “Die Austernprinzessin” (1919), “Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam” (1920), “Der müde Tod” (1921) and “Der letzte Mann” (1924) “The Doll (1919), The Oyster Princess (1919), The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920) The tired death (1921) and The Last Laugh (1924).
Sasse composed the scores for seven Euro-western films. These were all DEFA Indianer films starring Gojko Mitic from “Trail of the Falcon” in 1967 to “The Scout” in 1982.
Sasse died of cancer in Potsdam-Babelsburg, Brandenburg, Germany on November 12, 2006.
Today we remember one of the great East German composers, Karl-Ernst Sasse on what would have been his 90th birthday.