Sven Rudolph Sidenius Gyldmark was born on April 21, 1904 in Glostrup, Denmark. The son of actor Oscar Nielsen [1858-1926] and brother of fellow composers and musicians Leonard Gyldmark [1889-1936] and Iscar Neilsen [1893-1977], Hugo Gyldmark [1899-1971]. Sven started his career as a silent film musician with the Gyldmark trio in 1925, where he played alongside two of his brothers, Leonard and Hugo. He was approached in 1937 by Emil Reesen to compose music for the film “Plat eller krone”. Then he composed music for over 200 films until 1975.
Among his film songs are known and cherished titles like “Du er min øjesten", "Der kommer altid en sporvogn og en pige til", "Jeg har min hest, jeg har min lasso", "Det er sommer, det er sol, og det er søndag". Gyldmark is particularly known for his hit songs, but also his more somber background for films, worth noting as in “De røde enge” (1945), “Café Paradis” (1950), “Farlig Ungdom” (1953) and “Bundfald” (1957). For the latter he received the 1958’s Critics’ Award for best film music.
He also wrote music for approx. 100 revue shows including "Mariehønen", "Men det må jeg ikke for Moar", "Mor er den bedste i verden", "Solitudevej", "Hvem har du kysset i din gadedør?" og mange mange flere. Sven starred as himself in the film “Lise kommer til byen fra” (1947).
Sven composed the score for one Euro western: “Gold for the Tough Guys of the Prairie” (1971).
Gyldmark died in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 5, 1981.
Today we remember Sven Gyldmark on what would have been his 110th birthday.
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