Born: March 12th, 1912, Vienna (Austria)
Died: October 31st, 1976, Vienna (Austria)
Bruno Uher was a composer, arranger and musical director who worked in his hometown Vienna as long as he lived. Before World War II, he earned some money as an arranger. One of the earliest mentions of him is as the writer of a piano arrangement of a slow-fox by composer Rudolph Bartram, ‘Meine unglückliche Liebe’. Later, he composed soundtracks for movie pictures, such as ‘Wiener G’schichten’ (1940) and ‘Skandal im Ischl’ (1957). As a musical director, he recorded the soundtracks of many other films, an example being ‘Im Prater blüh’n wieder die Bäume’, the title song of which was composed by Robert Stolz. Uher wrote countless songs in the Vienna Schlager genre, such as ‘Ich hab’ mich für Grinzing ein’n Dienstmann engagiert’ (sung by Hans Moser) and ‘Der Wiener braucht sein Stammcafé’ (sung by Peter Alexander).
In 1962, Bruno Uher composed the Austrian Eurovision entry ‘Nur in der Wiener Luft’, a celebration of the sounds and sights of Vienna to which he had written the lyrics himself. This quite old-fashioned sounding crossover between opera and popular style music was sung by an operetta singer of the Wiener Volksoper, Eleonore Schwarz. Uher conducted the orchestra for her during the performance in Luxembourg, but to no avail: together with three other countries, Austria finished at the bottom of the scoreboard without a single point.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Bruno Uher will be published on this website.
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