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Operettas

The success of Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow on Broadway
in 1907 revived interest in operetta. The Chocolate Soldier was
joined in succeeding years by Victor Herbert's Naughty Marietta
and Sweethearts, and Rudolf Friml's The Firefly.


Straus, Oscar. The Chocolate Soldier. English words by Stanislaus Stange.
The play is based on Shaw's Arms and the Man.
Cover llustration by De Takacs.
New York: Jerome H. Remick & Co., 1909.
Sheet Music Collection


Romberg, Sigmund. Selection from The Desert Song.
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd.
Cover illustration: unsigned, but probably by Malcolm Strauss.
New York: Harms, Inc. 1926.

Friml, Rudolf. Indian Love Call. Lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein 2nd.
New York: Warner Bros., 1924
Sheet Music Collection

Operettas on modern themes gained popularity in the 1920s. The Desert Song, inspired by the Riff revolt and by such popular novels and films as The Sheik, is one of the most lastingly popular, along with Rose-Marie, set in the Canadian Rockes. Both shows contributed such notable songs as The Desert Song, One Alone, Romance, Indian Love Call, and Rose-Marie.



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