Biography of Hans Erdmann (1887-1942)

Soundtracks of German composer, born 2 October 1887 in Breslau (Germany) and died on 10 January 1842 in Berlin.


Educated in the Germanic musical tradition, Hans Erdmann received his academic training in a period of apogee of the arts. His early compositions are musical scores for theatre, medium in which won fame and professional credit. From 1908 until 1921 he will remain faithful to the stage, but in 1921 a tempting offer away it from them, when he is appointed head of the musical Department of the Prana film company.

The first director with whom he works is Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, who prepares his personal version of the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker, and that it will be released with the title Nosferatu, the vampire. Erdmann writes a romantic, very intense score that will very much appeal to connoisseurs when this is executed as an accompaniment to the film, in its first public screening, on March 4, 1922. But success in this musical work is not much in the finances of Prana, and the company, partly by mismanagement, is declared bankrupt that same year. Luckily, the composer is engaged in other producers and his career in the world of the film continues, at the time that dedicates part of his efforts to fight for the rights of author, through one of the first associations dedicated to that task in Germany.

Little known outside Germany, Erdmann will find a fairer recognition of his work from the 1990s, coinciding with the reissue of his main works for the film.


1922: Nosferatu, the vampire. 1931: Urwaldsymphonie. 1932: Der tolle bomberg; The testament of Dr. Mabuse. 1936: August der Starke.