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Price: $125.00

NEAR MINT CONDITION

Matted autograph with inscription and original photograph of the Czech born, American operetta and musical composer.  The dimensions are 8.25” x 10.25”.

Friml (1879-1972) studied at the Prague Conservatory with Juranek (piano) and J.B. Foerster for composition.  Some biographies also have him working with Antonin Dvorak as well.  His first job out of conservatory was as Jan Kubelik’s accompanist.  The tour included Austria, Germany, Russia, Great Britain and then on to the United States in 1900.  He toured the U.S. again with Kubelik in 1906 and stayed.  Initially he toured as a concert pianist giving recitals and performing with orchestra. (He made a Carnegie Hall debut with Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony in 1904 playing his own piano concerto.) Apparently he had talent but not as a continued career, so he sought out work.  After a brief stint as a repeteur at the Metropolitan Opera he found work orchestrating operettas.  When Victor Herbert refused to write for soprano Emma Trentini, Friml was called to compose the music for the operetta, “The Firefly” which premiered on Broadway in December 1912 and ran through mid March, 2013, some 120 performances.  Apparently Friml had an affair with Trentini and when it was discovered divorced several years later.  In the 1920’s Friml scored a few back-to-back hits, “Rose-Marie” in 1924, “The Vagabond King” in 1925 and “The Three Musketeers” in 1928.  He moved out to Hollywood in the 1930’s and wrote music and songs for a number of films, both feature and shorts, many un-credited.  Friml also continued to perform piano recitals almost to his death.  Today his songs, “Rose-Marie” and “Donkey Serenade” are often dusted off an performed.  

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RUDOLF FRIML - COMPOSER
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