Berlin has a fast-rising film composer

Berlin has a fast-rising film composer


norman lebrecht

January 24, 2021

Composer Dascha Dauenhauer has just won her second international award in a month.

Following the European Film Award for her Berlin Alexanderplatz soundtrack, she has just scored the elite Max Ophüls Film Festival award for her music in THE CASE YOU.

Dascha, 31, is a Berliner with attitude.



  • Stuart L. says:

    I listened with anticipation – very disappointing.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    Hmmm… I think I’d rather go back and reread Doblin’s novel.

  • Hans says:

    I’d be an award-winning film composer as well if I could only find the demo button on the Casio keyboard.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Great to read that also women without any musical talent and nothing much to do, can find something to kill time and acquire an income on top of that. It shows that emancipation has risen to the next level.

    • May says:

      Even for those of us who read your comments often, that was an unexpected level of grumpiness. Are there holes in your inauguration mittens?

      • John Borstlap says:

        The comment is entirely positive.

        For people with ears, its message underneath is entirely correct: dear May, just listen carefully and attentively to what this lady produces, and think again that she is called ‘a composer’. It is entirely irrelevant what she does, from any musical or artistic point of view, even for ‘Gebrauchsmusik’ – like the lazy use of computerized prefabric sounds. But so what? She and the TV programme are free to produce entertainment. So, the lady in question should be happy that she gets something to do and be paid for it.

        • Frederick Lange says:

          Wow, you must be very jealous of her and appear to have not even listened to her music. Nothing of “Berlin Alexanderplatz” was produced with samples, as she explains in her ZDF masterclass. And even if, star composers like Alexandre Desplat use libraries, too. You should watch her master class, maybe you learn to hear the difference between handmade/recorded music and library sound. Apart from how the soundtrack is produced, I was blown away by the beautiful themes and their sophisticated variations. Combining the old era with the new one! I think it’s great, that this soundtrack gets the recognition it deserves. Looking forward to hear more from her!

          • John Borstlap says:

            I’m SO happy for you… how lovely it must be to live in a world where critique = jealousy, where crap = music, where TV entertainment = culture, where lovely young women doing meaningless things = sophistication. Happiness is thus spread along wider beddings than ever before.

          • Brettermeier says:

            “where lovely young women doing meaningless things = sophistication”

            Well. One could argue that this conversation also is incredibly meaningless (you pretty much already did that.) That would make us the lovely ones doing meaningless things. Yet we happily call it a sophisticated conversation. Wouldn’t you agree?

          • John Borstlap says:

            Why do men always want to put us down when we do something and when we do nothing or when we combine the two? Why do men want the prerogative to indulge in nonsense when we long to get a similar kick once in a while? You’re damned if you do and if you don’t.


  • Pianofortissimo says:

    To her credit: she composes soudtracks on demand. And people like Fellini, Bergman, or Truffaut are no longer commissioning soundtracks.

  • Fiona Rickshaw says:

    Excellent movie and soundtrack!

  • Jamie says:

    Congratulations on your amazing success!

    It is always interesting to see how threatened some people feel by successful women…

  • Dan says:

    Well, fact is we are living in a period with not very melodic or singable movie themes. The composition process is heavily sample and electronics-based, easier for the composer but harder to remember for the audience. Maybe there will be a revival, but the Morricones, Goldsmiths, Rotas and Williamses of the future are in kindergarten right now.