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Lehár, Franz (1870 - 1948)

Franz Lehár was an Austro-Hungarian composer. He is known for his operettas of which the most successful and best known is "The Merry Widow" (Die lustige Witwe).

Franz Lehár Memorial Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Diejun
Franz Lehár was born on 30th April 1870 in the Hungarian town of Komárom into a family of military musicians. He studied for six years in Prague, and by the time he died on 24th October 1948 in Bad Ischl he had lived through all of the political and cultural convulsions of the first half of the twentieth century.

The diversity of Lehár's oeuvre ranges from military music to operetta and opera. His works have to be understood against the background of the atmosphere of his time, during which the public sought entertainment and diversion. Lehár’s most famous works are "The Merry Widow", "Land of Smiles", "Paganini" and "The Tsarevich".