BORN 26 Jan 1911, Braunschweig, Niedersachsen - DIED 14 Oct 2002, Bad Tölz, Bayern|
GRAVE LOCATION Braunschweig, Niedersachsen: Hauptfriedhof (51 (ashes) )
Norbert Schulze was educated at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and studied theatre sciences as well. In 1932 he became musical director in Heidelberg. In 1933 he obtained the same position in Darmstadt and from 1934 to 1936 he worked for Telefunkenplatte in Berlin. His opera "Schwarzer Peter" is from 1936. He became very famous with his composition "Lili Marleen" (with words by Hans Leip) that was popular during the Second World War with German as well as American soldiers. In 1943 another opera followed, "Das Kalte Herz".
During the war he wrote popagnda songs like "Bomben auf England" ("Bombs on England") and he composed the music for Veit Harlan's movie "Kolberg" (1945). After the war he he underwent denazification and was classified as a 'fellower traveller'. He paid a processing fee and was immediately allowed to continue his career. He donated all royalties from his work from 1933 to 1945 to the German Red Cross.
Schultze worked for the copyright organisation GEMA and he continued to write musicals and operatta's, like "Regen in Paris" (1957). From 1973 to 1991 he was a member of the board of the German Composer Association. In 1992 he married his third wife Brigitt Salvatori. He lived with her on Mallorca and in Bavaria. In 2002 he died in Bad Tolz.
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