Franz Lehar Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: April 30, 1870 in Komárom, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Komárno, Slovakia)
Died: October 24, 1948 in near Salzburg, Austria
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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 World WII, avoiding politics.
Theater Credits
The Merry Widow - Music (October 7, 1944 - November 4, 1944), The Merry Widow - Music (July 15, 1942 - August 16, 1942), Wo Die Lerche Singt - Music (December 27, 1920 - January 1, 1921), Ziegfeld Follies of 1916 - Music (June 12, 1916 - September 16, 1916), A Winsome Widow - Music (April 11, 1912 - September 7, 1912)

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