American composer Franz Waxman was born in Upper Silesia, Germany, on December 24, 1906. After pursuing a career in banking for two years, he completed his musical studies in Dresden and Berlin. In 1929 he was hired in Germany by a film studio to arrange and conduct Frederick Holländer's score for The Blue Angel. The success of that film produced additional film work, ultimately leading to his emigration to Los Angeles in 1934.
Waxman's arrival in Hollywood was timely; film music was just developing into a major art form and his fluent, highly Romantic style, coupled with a gift for melodic writing, was ideally suited to the medium.