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Hugo Riesenfeld

Born: Jan 26, 1879

Death: Sep 10, 1939

Birthplace: Vienna

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

Hugo Riesenfeld

Date of Birth : Jan 26, 1879
Date of Death : Sep 10, 1939
Birth Place : Vienna

Hugo Riesenfeld was a Jewish Austrian-American composer. As a film director, he began to write his own orchestral compositions for silent films in 1917, and co-created modern production techniques where film scoring serves an integral part of the action. Riesenfeld composed about 100 film scores in his career. His most successful compositions were for Cecil B. DeMille's Joan the Woman, The Ten Commandments and The King of Kings; D. W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln; and the original scores to F. W. Murnau's Sunrise and Tabu.


  • Film Producer
  • Composer
  • Film Score Composer
  • Conductor
  • Violinist

Also known as

  • Hugo Reisenfeld
  • Dr Hugo Riesenfeld
  • Dr. Hugo Riesenfeld


  • Mabel Dunning


  • Janet Alcoriza
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