Operette in drei Akten von Paul Knepler und Bela Jenbach. Musik von – -.
Berlin, 1925. Crescendo Theaterverlag. 120 p. (music and lyrics) First Edition.
Contemporary half cloth binding.
Franz Lehár his autograph. The operetta Paganini “Szép álom, szállj a szívembe” [“Nice dream, come into my heart”] and the music for the text of autograph signing “F. Lehar, 1926 Budapest V. 9”.
Franz Lehár (1870 – 1948) was an Austro-Hungarian composer. He is mainly known for his operettas. The youngest bandmaster in the Austro-Hungarian Army at that time, but he left the army and joined the navy. With the k.u.k. Kriegsmarine he was first Kapellmeister at Pola from 1894 to 1896, resigning in the later year when his first opera, Kukuschka (later reworked as Tatjana in 1906), premiered in Leipzig. It was only a middling success and Lehár eventually rejoined the army, with service in the garrisons at Trieste, Budapest (1898) and finally Vienna from 1899 to 1902. In 1902 he became conductor at the historic Vienna Theater an der Wien, where his operetta Wiener Frauen was performed in November of that year.
He is most famous for his operettas – the most successful of which is The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe) – but he also wrote sonatas, symphonic poems and marches. He also composed a number of waltzes (the most popular being Gold und Silber, composed for Princess Pauline von Metternich’s “Gold and Silver” Ball, January 1902), some of which were drawn from his famous operettas. Individual songs from some of the operettas have become standards, notably “Vilja” from The Merry Widow and “You Are My Heart’s Delight” (“Dein ist mein ganzes Herz”) from The Land of Smiles (Das Land des Lächelns).
Lehár was also associated with the operatic tenor Richard Tauber, who sang in many of his operettas, beginning with a revival of his 1910 operetta Zigeunerliebe (de) in 1920 and then Frasquita (de) in 1922, in which Lehár once again found a suitable post-war style. Lehár made a brief appearance in the 1930 film adaptation The Land of Smiles starring Tauber. Between 1925 and 1934 he wrote six operettas specifically for Tauber’s voice. By 1935 he decided to form his own publishing house, Glocken-Verlag (Publishing House of the Bells), to maximize his personal control over performance rights to his works.
Richard Tauber written by Paganini. In 1926, Berlin has been a huge success. The first edition of the complete operetta music, which is extremely rare pieces.