Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Remembering Karl-Ernst Sasse

Karl-Ernst Sasse was born on December 5, 1923 in Bremen, Germany. He was a German conductor and one of the greatest film composers of East German film. His life's work as a composer includes numerous stage musicals, as well as more than 500 film scores and track for various DEFA films. Sasse was not well known until after the fall of the Berlin wall in the 1990s. He composed new scores for a variety of 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). Sasse composed scores for seven Euro-westerns including “Trail of the Falcon” (1968), “Ulzana” (1974), “Blood Brothers” (1975) and “The Scout” (1983). Karl-Ernst died in Potsdam-Babelsburg, Germany on 11/12/2006 at the age of 82. Today we remember Karl-Ernst Sasse on what would have been his 80th birthday.

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