Although born in what is now Slovakia, Franz Lehar (1870-1948) was thoroughly Austrian, a son of a bandmaster in the Austro-Hungarian army. He wrote a variety of pieces, including operas, but is most known for the operetta "The Merry Widow."
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Classical Archives: Franz Lehár
Biography, with complete files offered in MIDI audio.
Brief, illustrated biography.
Franz Lehar and The Merry Widow
Biography emphasizing the influence of this operetta during its time and on subsequent musical theater. Includes links to Real Audio RAM music illustrating the essay.
Filmography showing cinematic and television use of his works from the Internet Movie Database.
Wikipedia article focusing on his operettas with photograph and internal references to related people and topics.
Biography at the Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain. Includes photo, major compositions, and links to related composers.
Franz Lehár (1870-1948)
Brief biographical sketch, caricature, comments on operettas and orchestral music, and Naxos discography.
Franz Lehár and the Music of Happy Dreams
Biographical timeline, key works, recommended recordings, and portrait from Humanities Web.
Franz Lehár Considered from the Objectivist Point of View
Study of how his compositions, especially The Merry Widow, intertwine with the philosophy and personal life of Ayn Rand.
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