28.01.2019

January 28 is the birthday of Walter Kollo - one of the founders of the Berlin operetta genre

Walter Kollo - a composer, one of the three founders of the Berlin operetta genre along with Paul Linke and Jean Gilbert.

Walter Kollo was born in the city of Nidzica in East Prussia. He received musical education at the Königsberg Sondershausen music conservatory, refusing to associate his life with trade and inherit his father’s helm. He worked in Königsberg as a conductor at one of the local theaters for a short time, and in 1899 left for Berlin, where he devoted himself to composing light music. Since 1908, Walter Kollo wrote music for the popular theaters in Berlin.

His most famous works were - the operetta Wie einst im Mai, 1913 and Filmzauber, 1912. Since 1915, he was involved in creating music for the movie. Kollo was the author of several dozen operettas, musicals and music for movies.

The name of Walter Kollo was the most well-known in Germany as the light music composer for several decades. His creative work became a symbiosis of the street culture of Berlin and the simplicity and comfort of the East Prussia.

New offshoot of the genre appeared in the 20’s of the 20th century. It was recognized as the Berlin operetta, the founder of which were Paul Lincke (1866-1946), Walter Kollo (1866-1946) and Max Winterfeld, who took the stage name Jean Gilbert (1879-1942).

Review article on the development of the Berlin Operetta genre is in the section "Reviews".

  Musical selection of the Berlin Operetta genre works, recorded from the musical media Welte Mignon and Helios that are stored in the Museum Collection.