Hans May

Hans May (11 July 1886 – 31 December 1958) was an Austrian-born film composer who went into exile in Britain after the Nazis came to power in his homeland, being of Jewish descent.[1] May composed over a hundred film scores. He wrote a musical Wedding in Paris in 1954.

Hans May
Born11 July 1886
Died31 December 1958 (1959-01-01) (aged 72)
Other namesJohannes Mayer
Years active1925 - 1958 (film)

Selected filmography

[The beggar of the Cologne Cathedral (1927)


  1. Siegbert Salomon Prawer, Between Two Worlds: The Jewish Presence in German and Austrian Film, 1910-1933, Berghahn Books (2007), p. 213


  • Bergfelder, Tim & Cargnelli, Christian. Destination London: German-speaking emigrés and British cinema, 1925-1950. Berghahn Books, 2008.

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