BiographySt. Louis, Missouri, USA
The prolific composer and songwriter Edward Ward gained his musical qualifications at the Beethoven Conservatory in his hometown of St.Louis. He worked for many years in Hollywood, often writing scores for, or orchestrating, films involving fantasy or horror themes. Ward was at MGM from 1935 to 1940, United Artists from 1940 to 1943 and Universal from 1943 to 1945. His best-known work was on Phantom of the Opera (1943), the last of his seven Oscar nominated scores. His most popular songs include "Always and Always" and the melodic "Lullaby of the Bells" (from 'Phantom of the Opera'). Read more... stage, notably on Broadway for "The Red Mill" (during its long run from October 1945 to January 1947) and for the London revue "Clowns in Clover". He was latterly employed in an executive position in Hollywood.