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Winnetou-composer Martin Böttcher is dead

The composer and arranger Martin Böttcher is dead. He died on Friday at 91 years of age. The Creator of the Winnetou melodies was one of the most important composers of the German film.

The film composer, conductor and arranger Martin Cooper died at the age of 91 years. The Bavarian broadcasting has learned from the immediate family circle. Böttcher also composed, among other things, the Winnetou melodies.

Böttcher wrote the music to over 50 feature films and 300 television productions, including "Special unit K1", "Forsthaus Falkenau" and "pastor brown". For his work, Cooper received numerous awards and accolades.

Cooper musical home of Jazz. Shortly before the end of the Second world war, he was drafted into the air force and came up in a prisoner of war. There, he began playing the guitar, practicing every day for 16 hours. After the captivity, he began his professional musical career as a guitarist in the dance and entertainment orchestra of the then North West German radio in Hamburg. Already in 1952, he wrote for a documentary film a first film music.

The first success with "semi-strong"

in 1954, adopted Cooper from his dance orchestra and was the guitarist of activity, to devote himself to the composing and Arranging.

His debut as a composer for a feature film production were Cooper, 1955, in "The captain and his Hero". The second Film became a great success: "The semi-strong", with Horst Buchholz.

Then set Cooper new stories for the cinema, and later, especially for television. 13 little donkey "with Hans Albers, Heinz Rühmann" father Brown "-movies, and and a total of ten"Winnetou "belonged"movies with Pierre Brice and Lex Barker in the lead roles, whose detection melodies Böttcher gave in the 1960s to international fame.

The "Old shatterhand"theme of 1962, 17 weeks at the top of the Charts and has sold more than 100,000 Times, at that time a Sensation.

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