Richard Addinsell

Biography

Richard Addinsell

Richard Addinsell (1904-1977) was a British composer best known for writing the spectacular Warsaw Concerto for the 1941 film Dangerous Moonlight.

Life and Music

  • Following time studying at Oxford and the Royal College of Music, Addinsell began his career composing songs for revues and incidental music for stage plays.
  • In 1928 he wrote incidental music for Adam’s Opera by writer Clemence Dane. This collaborative partnership continued until Dane’s death.
  • His first major film score success was Goodbye Mr Chips, in 1939. Other films for which he wrote music include Scrooge, A Tale of Two Cities and Blithe Spirit.
  • The makers of the film Dangerous Moonlight asked Addinsell to write a piece in the style of Rachmaninov - the result was the Warsaw Concerto.
  • Addinsell frequently wrote music for and accompanied singer Joyce Grenfell, who became a close friend.

Did you know?
There are more than 100 recordings of Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto and its sales exceed five million.


Music

Top Addinsell Pieces