Herbert Trantow

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Herbert Trantow (born September 19, 1903 in Dresden , † January 8, 1993 in Berlin ; born Herbert Karl Otto Trantow ) was a German composer and conductor.


Trantow learned to play the piano with Paul Aron , conducting with Kurt Striegler and composing with Max Butting . In 1924 he accompanied the dancer Gret Palucca on his piano , in 1931 he became Kapellmeister in Dresden, in 1932 répétiteur for the ballet at the Städtische Oper in Berlin.

Trantow worked in this capacity until the end of the war and composed, among other things, the operas Odysseus bei Circe (1938) and Antje (1941). In the post-war period he came to DEFA and wrote the film music for some of their productions, including Das kalte Herz . From 1950, however, he only worked for German film companies. He was also a member of the supervisory board and committee of GEMA for many years . Herbert Trantow is the father of the actress Cordula Trantow and the grandfather of the musician Cornelius Trantow .


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