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Kálmán, Emmerich (1882 - 1953)

Although Hungarian by birth (Siófok, October 24, 1882), Emmerich Kálmán is one of the great representatives of the Viennese operetta.

Indeed Emmerich Kálmán is considered the last maestro of the genre. His compositions dominated the world of light music in the Austrian capital Vienna from 1909 through 1930, as well as major and minor stages throughout the German-speaking area.

Works such as the "Csárdásfürstin", "Gräfin Mariza" and "Zirkusprinzessin" remain even today, many decades after his death, the basis of operetta repertory. To a greater extent than his compatriot Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán imbued his operettas with a Hungarian flavor. He attempted to revive the rather petrified world of turn-of-the-century operetta and give it a new direction by including refined tonal effects and contemporary forms of musical dance.

Emmerich Kálmán lived in the United States in the years 1940 - 1945. He later moved to Paris, where he died on the 30th October 1953.