This beautiful and haunting song was composed by Richard Hageman who was born and raised in the Netherlands but who later took on American citizenship. He was considered to be a child prodigy and was thought equal to a concert pianist at the age of 6. In his early years whilst studying in Amsterdam he began to accompany many of the singers at the Amsterdam Royal Opera Company where he eventually was appointed to the position of conductor in 1899 at the age of 18.
After moving to America he held positions at the Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Civic Opera and also became the conductor of the Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles symphony orchestras.
Along with his many Art song compositions he wrote several film scores including the one for “Stagecoach” directed by John Ford, the 1939 movie which Hageman shared an Academy…
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