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Richard Addinsell


Richard Addinsell (13 January 1904, London – 14 November 1977, Brighton, U.K.) was an English composer.

in 1925 Addinsell enrolled in the Royal College of Music for a short while. He left school early to embark on his professional career, working on a number of theater productions, and in 1932 collaborated with Clemence Dane to compose the incidental music to a Broadway adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Addinsell spent the years 1929-1932 studying in Berlin and Vienna. In 1932, with Clemence Dane, he wrote the incidental music for the Broadway adaptation of Alice in Wonderland by Eva Le Gallienne, starring Josephine Hutchinson (produced 1933). He went to the United States in 1933, writing several scores for Hollywood films.

He collaborated from 1942 with Joyce Grenfell for her West End revues (including Tuppence Coloured and Penny Plain) and her one-woman shows. He also wrote for West End musical revues directed by Laurier Lister, including Airs on a Shoestring. Addinsell's music is in the "English light music" style. He regularly composed at the piano, providing other creative musicians such as Roy Douglas, Leonard Isaacs or Douglas Gamley with broad indications for their full orchestrations

Although Addinsell was a prolific composer for film, radio, and stage for nearly forty years beginning in the 1930s, today he is essentially remembered as a one-hit wonder. The piece for which he is best known is the Warsaw Concerto, which is part of the score for the film Dangerous Moonlight. This film was released under the title Suicide Squadron in the United States. He also wrote scores to the films Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939), A Tale of Two Cities (1958), and The Waltz of the Toreadors (1962).

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