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Stolz, Robert (1880 - 1975)

Robert Stolz was an Austrian conductor and songwriter as well as a composer of operettas and film music.

The composer Robert Stolz was a legend in his own lifetime. Born on 25th August 1880 in Graz, he emigrated in 1938, living first in France and from 1940 in the United States together with his wife, Einzi.

His first attempts to establish himself in the United States as a composer were not crowned with success. His luck changed for the better when in 1941 violinist Jack Fischberg asked him to stand in for Bruno Walter as conductor at a Johann Strauss concert given by the New York Philharmonic. The concert, "A Night in Vienna", at Carnegie Hall was a real hit, and recording contracts and commissions from radio stations for film music (for example "Zwei Herzen im Dreivierteltakt"), plays and concerts followed.

"A Night in Vienna" went on tour across the U.S. and remained a fixture on Robert Stolz’s musical calendar long after he had returned to Austria. The maestro composed over two thousand popular songs including the beloved "Im Prater blüh’n wieder die Bäume" ("The Trees in the Prater are in Blossom Again"). Robert Stolz died in Berlin on the 27th June 1975.

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