Germany mourns a porn composer

Yes, you read that right.

Gert Wilden, who died this week, composed and conducted soundtracks for soft-porn films, notably the Schoolgirl Report (Schulmädchen Report) series, hugely popular in the 1970s. Gert was 98.

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h/t: The Obit Patrol

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  • Felix says:

    Completely unnecessary images, Lebrecht. What about those who view this website when at school or college? What about those who can read it at work? Very disappointing and potentially damaging.

    • Thomas Roth says:

      In what way is a pair of boobies “potentially damaging”? Grow up!

      • Alexander says:

        It all depends what environment you work in. I’m pretty sure that some people could be caused embarrassment at work having these sorts of pictures on their computer screen, and could even get into trouble over it. I do not myself have a problem with seeing naked people, but we have to work with the reality that there are environments in which it would not be deemed appropriate to have this sort of thing on one’s screen. That’s not necessarily right, but it’s a fact. There is absolutely no need for the picture to be there, and a more appropriate photo would have been of Gert Wilden himself. It’s just there to sensationalise the story. As I say, not an offensive picture in itself, but you have to think about who may be looking at it, and where.

        • Thomas Roth says:

          Don’t look at it then! It takes less than a second to click to another site. Boobs are beatiful and natural.

          • Alexander says:

            I don’t think anybody is disputing that, at least not anybody posting on this thread. I’m certainly not. There are two points here. First, when illustrating somebody’s obituary, it is normal to illustrate it with a picture of the deceased, not a photo of somebody, clothed or otherwise, who acted in a film for which that person composed music. Were Korngold’s obituaries illustrated with photos of Errol Flynn? I suspect not. Secondly, there is a convention on he internet that material which may be inappropriate to access in public places will be identified as such at a stage before the image is visible to the end user. It’s not about people disliking breasts, or thinking that they are anything other than beautiful or natural, but about respecting the fact that some people work in very conservative environments where this sort of thing could cause problems. But I think the fundamental problem here is that this is supposed to be a notification of somebody’s death, and illustrating that story with a photo of a topless woman is just cheap sensationalism which detracts from the real story while merely providing a gratuitous opportunity for some readers to admire a nice pair of breasts, an image which is not exactly in short supply on the internet.

          • Günther says:

            Silly man. My d*ck is beautiful and natural, but I am sure you would not want to see it in a Lebrecht article.

          • Thomas Roth says:

            Günther, your dick wouldn’t disturb me the least. But if you can’t see the difference between an old picture of a girl with nothing on on top and your dick something is seriously wrong with you. These kind of pictures were everywhere in the seventies and we survived without injuries.

    • Alex says:

      I’m glad that prudery is alive and well. I was afraid it had died out with the dinosaurs.

    • Theodore McGuiver says:

      The lower picture suggests an album cover, so presumably inoffensive enough to be in a record shop LP rack. About as pornograpic as Manet’s Olympia, if not less.

  • ruben greenberg says:

    Did this composer go by the name of Porngold?

  • Hilary says:

    Very imaginative within the constraints of the medium.

  • PickledCabbage says:

    The lady in the photo forgot the viola.

  • Dominique says:

    Very ungrateful genre to compose for. Whoever wants to listen, let alone remember any music, while watching it?

  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    Always the same speed, crotchet = 69.

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