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Anton Karas 7 July — 10 January was a Viennese zither player and composer, best known for his internationally famous soundtrack to Carol Reed 's The Third Manwhich came about as a result of a chance meeting. Born in Viennaone of five children of a factory worker, Anton Karas was already keen on music as a child. He wanted to become a band leader, which because of the family's financial situation was impossible.
However, he was allowed to learn to play an instrument, as were his two brothers and two sisters. He later reported that his first zither was one he found in his grandmother's attic at the age of On the order of his father, he undertook an apprenticeship as a tool and die maker at the age of 14, while also taking evening courses in music at a private institution. He successfully finished his apprenticeship inand worked in a car-factory until becoming unemployed in January Having already begun to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna inhe subsequently earned his living as Anton Karas at the Cafe Mozart.
entertainer in a Heuriger a wine bar, typically with a garden, usually selling the year's new wine and soon found himself earning more income than his father. He continued his studies until Inhe married, with the birth of his daughter following three months later. From to he was with German Wehrmacht The Last Cowboy - Tin Hat* - Foreign Legion warfaretemporarily in Russia, where he also took a zither along.
He lost more than one instrument from war action, but always Michele Pecora - Era Lei somehow to find another one. Robert Baty, the young son of the Director of Education, C. Baty, was given the task of showing the director around the city. On the second day they stopped at a Heurigera wine tavern where growers offer their own wines for sale directly, and heard Karas playing the zither in the background.
This is described in Karas' L. Reed, desperately searching for a theme tune Struck by the simple zither melodies, Reed asked a stunned Karas if he would compose the music for the film. Karas protested, saying he had never actually written music. As Karas later told the story, the director insisted and invited Karas to England.
The Austrian became homesick and asked to be allowed to return. Reed told him he could—as soon as he had written the music. Under this pressure Karas wrote his Harry Lime theme. The film—with the music a contributing factor—was a gigantic success, and Karas' life was changed drastically. Princess Margaret invited him to London's fashionable Empress Clubwhere he played twice a week during his stay at London. By the end ofhalf a million copies of " The Harry Lime Theme I Feel A Song Comin On - Frances Langford With Mahlon Merrick And His Music* - I Feel A Song Comin had been sold, an unprecedented number for the time.
The success of the score also caused a surge in zither sales. Anton Karas at the Cafe Mozart. Austria, the film opened on 10 Marchin Vienna's Apollo Kino, and it initially offended some Viennese inhabitants, as it focused on the disgrace of the destroyed city. Vienna's newspaper critics hated the film, except for its music. Most importantly, the public liked the film.
In Brigittenauwhere Karas was born, people queued for tickets which were sold out eight days in advance. Karas, however, disliked all of the glamour, and his soundtrack proved to be an enduring one-hit wonder. He later Grave Diggin - D.O.A.
- Habitual, "I never was a star, and never felt like one. It is because of that film that I was pushed from one place to the other My only desire was to be back home again.
However, he was still not satisfied, as he would have preferred to perform for locals who would understand him, his language and music. Because of this, he retired and retreated from the limelight inexplaining, "I'm not a tourist guy, and what I did there had hardly anything to do with 'Vienna Heuriger'. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In its first three weeks sales have reachedHe plays the zither with a virtuosity that is praiseworthy.
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