Joseph Kosma

1905 (Budapest) – 1969 (La Roche Guyon, France)

Kosma studied with Bartók, and later with Eisler – living at the time in Berlin, he also got to know Weill, Brecht (both to become strong influences) and Weigel. Writers he collaborated with after moving to France included Queneau, Desnos, Aragon and Jacques Prévert, while Renoir, Carné, Grimault and Pierre Prévert were among directors he worked with. Jacques Prévert, a lifelong friend, first introduced him to Renoir. He composed the music for the first songs Gréco recorded.