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FRANZ LEHAR - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/02/1940 - HFSID 268158

FRANZ LEHÁR. ALS: "Lehár/Frz", 1p, 5x3¼, affixed to 8¼x5¾ sheet. Vienna, 1940 September 2. To his "Dear friend Vandendries". In German, translated. In full: "My warm thanks for the greetings from you and your dear wife.

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FRANZ LEHÁR. ALS: "Lehár/Frz", 1p, 5x3¼, affixed to 8¼x5¾ sheet. Vienna, 1940 September 2. To his "Dear friend Vandendries". In German, translated. In full: "My warm thanks for the greetings from you and your dear wife. Am writing only a little today because I am about to depart for Berlin. As soon as I am back in Vienna, I'll write at length. Most cordially, yours faithfully". Typed caption at upper left margin of mounting sheet. Photograph, b/w, 1x1¼, affixed beneath caption. Hungarian violinist and composer Franz Lehár (1870-1948) was a major figure in the revival of Viennese light opera at the beginning of the 20th century. His work, The Merry Widow (1905), popularized operetta in the U.S. and also became Hitler's favorite stage work. As a military bandmaster before and during WWI, he composed several marches. During the 1920s, Lehár incorporated new styles of popular music, including American blues, into his compositions, and began composing film scores. The composer, despite having a Jewish wife, remained in Vienna during WWII, avoiding politics. Letter is lightly creased with vertical fold, not at signature. Slightly soiled, light show through of mounting glue at blank corners. Mounting sheet is lightly creased. Tape remnant at lower blank edge.
 

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