Steiner, Max(imilian Raoul Walter)
- Kate Daubney
- and Janet B. Bradford
(b Vienna, Austria, 10 May 1888; d Beverly, Hills, CA, 28 Dec 1971). Composer and conductor of Austrian birth.
His father was a theatrical producer and his grandfather managed the Theater an der Wien when the operettas of Jacques Offenbach and Johann Strauss were produced there. Steiner showed exceptional musical talent at an early age, publishing his first song in 1897 and composing a one-act operetta, Die schöne Griechin, in 1903. He received academic training at the Vienna Conservatory, and a practical apprenticeship conducting and composing small works in the theaters of his father and of other contemporary Viennese impresarios. From 1904 to 1914 he worked throughout Europe, most frequently in London, Ireland, and Paris, acting as the musical director and conductor for a range of theatrical shows. He composed ballets for the Tiller Girls dance troupe, and he worked on shows for George Dance and Ned Wayburn. At the outbreak of World War I he moved to New York, where he worked as a copyist and later as an arranger, orchestrator, and conductor of musicals and revue shows, on and off Broadway. These shows included the George Gershwin's ...