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Franz Lehár

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Franz Lehár (Lehár Ferenc 30 April 1870 – 24 October 1948) was a Hungarian composer, mainly known for his operettas.

Lehár was born in Komárom, Hungary (now Komarno, Slovakia), as the eldest son of a bandmaster in the army. He studied violin and composition at the Prague Conservatory but was advised by Antonín Dvořák to focus on composing music. After graduation in 1899 he joined his father’s band in Vienna, as assistant bandmaster. In 1902 he became conductor at the historic Vienna Theater an der Wien, where his first opera Wiener Frauen was performed in November of that year.

He is most famous for his operettas - the most successful of which is Víg özvegy (“The Merry Widow” “die lustige Witwe”), but he also wrote sonatas, symphonic poems, marches, and a number of waltzes, the most popular being Arany és ezüst (“Gold und Silber”), composed for Princess 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.

Lehár was also associated with the operatic tenor Richard Tauber, who sang in many of his operettas, beginning with Frasquita (1922), in which Lehar once again found a suitable post-war style. Between 1925 and 1934 he wrote six operettas specifically for Tauber’s voice.

By 1935 he decided to form his own publishing house to maximize his personal control over performance rights to his works.

He was elected an honorary citizen of Sopron (Hungarian town) in 1940.

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  • MusicHallofFame

    The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Franz Lehár into the Class of 1960. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    ✟ Nyugodj békében, Lehár Ferenc ✟ (Rest in peace, Franz Lehár) ✟

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Lehar611

    yeah i'm related to him...no big deal

    20 Mar 2011 Reply
  • canonlaw1999

    Now this is mighty fine.

    17 Jan 2009 Reply
  • ditta007

    Hungarian forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10 Jan 2009 Reply
  • VelBG

    Tag him properly...

    15 Feb 2008 Reply