Born in Brünn (today Brno) on 29 May, the son of the soon to be Viennese music critic Dr. Julius Korngold
Piano and music theory lessons
First extant composition
Plays his fairy-tale cantata "Gold" to Gustav Mahler who pronounces him a genius, recommending that he be sent to Alexander von Zemlinsky for tuition
His father has the first piano sonata and the piano pieces "Don Quixote" and "Der Schneemann" privately printed to send them to musicians
The ballet pantomime "Der Schneemann" is orchestrated by Zemlinsky and performed at the Vienna Court Opera. Universal Edition prints the Piano Trio, Op. 1
With the "Sinfonietta" based on "Motiv des fröhlichen Herzens", Korngold demonstrates his mastery of the large late-Romantic orchestra
The two one-act operas "Violanta" and "Der Ring des Polykrates" are premièred in Munich under the direction of Bruno Walter. Siegfried Trebisch draws Korngold's attention to Rodenbach´s novel "Bruges-la-morte" which he himself translated into German. On the basis of this material, Julius and Erich Korngold work on the libretto of the opera "Die tote Stadt" under the pseudonym "Paul Schott"
The twenty-year-old is called up as a recruit into the military band of an infantry regiment
Première of the opera "Die tote Stadt". The Symbolist, Art Nouveau-related work with decorative and expressionist elements in the music sets out on a triumphant tour of the European theatres
Finishes "Lieder des Abschieds" for alto and orchestra
Korngold arranges "Eine Nacht in Venedig" by Johann Strauss for the Theater an der Wien
Marries Luise von Sonnenthal. Earns additional money by conducting and by arranging operettas
Première of the opera "Das Wunder der Heliane" which Korngold considers to be his most important work. It does, however, not become as successful as his previous operas: this time, Křenek's "Jonny spielt auf" is the opera of the year. Korngold is appointed professor at the Vienna Academy of Music
Begins collaborating with Max Reinhardt: new production of "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss in Berlin
Starts to work at the opera "Die Kathrin". Première of the "Baby-Serenade" in which Korngold, for the first time, incorporates jazz elements in his style
First stay in America: Korngold arranges Mendelssohn´s music for Max Reinhardt´s film version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Second stay in America: Korngold writes film scores for Paramount and Warner. "Anthony Adverse" receives an "Oscar" for the best film music of the year 1936
Première of the song cycle "Unvergänglichkeit". The interest of the Viennese public is waning, the political situatuion in Austria gets increasingly worse for Korngold
Back to Hollywood, the Korngolds are taken by surprise by the "Anschluss" of Austria by National Socialists. It is only now that Korngold decides to write film scores regularly. for the music of "The Adventures of Robin Hood" he is awarded his second Oscar
Première of the opera "Die Kathrin" in Stockholm
Korngold composes mainly film music, using his income to support many refugees. Together with Max Steiner, he stands for a new music style in Hollywood: the highly illustrative but independent music partly intervenes in the story of the film by expressing atmosphere and introducing leitmotifs
Makes attempts to return to classical absolute music: in 1946 première of the Cello Concerto, in 1947 première of the Violin Concerto. Both works are inspired by film scores
Returns to Vienna. Successful première of the "Symphonic Serenade" Op. 39 in 1950, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. Other Korngold performances are poorly attended, getting bad reviews
Radio première of "Die stumme Serenade"
Creates his last major work, the "Symphony in F sharp"
Trip to Europe to attend both the première of the symphony and the scenic première of the comedy "Die stumme Serenade" (The Silent Serenade), and to supervise the scoring of his last film assignment "Magic Fire" – a biography of Richard Wagner
Korngold plans another symphony and an opera after Grillparzer´s "Das Kloster bei Sendomir". Dies on 29 November as a result of a cerebral thrombosis