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FRANZ LEHAR - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1924 - HFSID 739

Sepia-toned bust-view photograph of Franz Lehár, composer of The Merry Widow, in a suit-and-tie. With long note written in translated German to an unidentified baroness, saying that he sent flowers and that he "Would have liked to talk to you again".

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FRANZ LEHÁR
Sepia-toned bust-view photograph of Franz Lehár, composer of The Merry Widow, in a suit-and-tie. With long note written in translated German to an unidentified baroness, saying that he sent flowers and that he "Would have liked to talk to you again".
Inscribed photograph signed "Your obedient LehárF". With pencil notation on verso in unknown hand. B/w sepia-toned, 4¾x6¾ overall, 4½x6½ image, one surface, printed on cardstock. With long note in German, translated: "Highly adored baroness! Sent you flower-greetings - they said you had already departed. Would have liked to talk to you again. Do you come to Ischl again one time?? Gentlest!". Two ink stamps on verso in purple and black ink. Black stamp reads: "Franz Lehár/Bad Ischl/Stelzhamerquai 6". Purple stamp reads: "Lux et Umbria/Trieste/Viale XX Seetembre 24". Lehár died in Bad Ischl, Austria in 1948. Hungarian violinist and composer Lehár (1870-1948, born in Komárom, Hungaria, now Komárno, Slovakia) 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. He composed several marches as a military bandmaster before and during World War I. 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. Lightly toned, creased and bowed. Otherwise in fine condition.

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