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Name  Paul Abraham

Role  Composer
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Died  May 6, 1960, Hamburg, Germany
Music director  Victoria and Her Hussar, The Private Secretary
Librettists  Fritz Lohner-Beda, Alfred Grunwald
Compositions  Ball im Savoy, Ball im Savoy, Viktoria und ihr Husar, Viktoria und ihr Husar, The Flower of Hawaii, The Flower of Hawaii, Ich hass' Dich und lieb Dich, Ich hass' Dich und lieb Dich, Es velos tevi skupstit, Es velos tevi skupstit, Nav laimes bez milas, Nav laimes bez milas, Blomman fran Hawaii, Blomman fran Hawaii, Ball im Savoy: "Toujours l'amour", Ball im Savoy: "Toujours l'amour"
Similar People  Fritz Lohner‑Beda, Rosi Barsony, Gitta Alpar, Lizzi Waldmuller, Herbert Ernst Groh

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Paul Abraham (Hungarian: Ábrahám Pál; 2 November 1892 – 6 May 1960) was a composer of operettas.


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Abraham was born in Apatin, Austria-Hungary (today Serbia), and studied at the Royal National Hungarian Academy of Music in Budapest from 1910 to 1916. He studied cello with Adolf Schiffer and composition with Viktor Herzfeld.

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Like many other composers of operettas, Paul Abraham started with works of a serious nature. During the decade following his studies he wrote, among other things, sacred music, string quartets and a concerto for violoncello. When he was appointed conductor at the Budapest Operetta Theatre in 1927 he found his way to this more popular art form which was more suited to his talent.

His first operetta, Der Gatte des Fräuleins, was written in 1928. With his third, Viktoria und ihr Husar (1930), he achieved a resounding success. Through this work, and the next two operettas from 1931 and 1933 Die Blume von Hawaii and Ball im Savoy he became renowned worldwide. He also wrote numerous film scores.

The Nazi seizure of power in 1933 forced the Abraham to abandon his domicile in Berlin and leave Germany. Via Vienna and Paris he moved to Cuba where he earned a modest living as a pianist and later emigrated to New York City. After a mental breakdown he was in February 1946 committed to the Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, later to the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens. In May 1956 he returned to live in Hamburg, Germany, where he received treatment at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. He died four years later, aged 67.

Selected filmography

  • The Singing City (1930)
  • The Private Secretary (1931)
  • Sunshine Susie (1931)
  • Victoria and Her Hussar (1931)
  • The Blue of Heaven (1932)
  • Gypsies of the Night (1932)
  • A Bit of Love / Monsieur, Madame and Bibi (1932)
  • The Rakoczi March (1933)
  • The Typist Gets Married (1934)
  • Temptation (1934)
  • Antonia (1935)
  • Modern Girls (1937)
  • Serenade (1940)
  • The Private Secretary (1953)
  • Works

  • Zenebona (together with other composers) Operette in 3 acts, 2 March 1928, Budapest. Libretto: László Lakatos and István Bródy
  • Az utolsó Verebély lány (also known as Az elsö Verebély lány or Der Gatte des Fräuleins) 13 October 1928 Libretto: Imre Harmath and Gábor Drégely
  • Szeretem a felségem (Es geschehen noch Wunder) Magyar Színház 15 June 1929, Libretto: André Birabeau and Georges Dolley (after: Stella Adorján)
  • Viktoria und ihr Husar, Operette, 3 acts and prologue. 21 February 1930 Budapest, Operettentheater. Libretto: Imre Földes and Imre Harmath (German: Alfred Grünwald and Fritz Löhner-Beda)
  • Die Blume von Hawaii, Operette 3 acts, 24 July 1931 Leipzig, Neues Theater. Libretto: Alfred Grünwald and Fritz Löhner-Beda, after Imre Földes
  • Ball im Savoy, Operette 3 acts and prologue. 23 December 1932 Berlin, Großes Schauspielhaus. Libretto: Alfred Grünwald and Fritz Löhner-Beda. English: Ball at The Savoy, 8 September 1933 London, Drury Lane Theatre
  • Märchen im Grand-Hotel, Lustspieloperette 3 acts 29 March 1934 Vienna, Theater an der Wien. Libretto: Alfred Grünwald and Fritz Löhner-Beda
  • Viki 26 January 1935 Magyar Színház, Libretto: Imre Harmath and Adorján Bónyi
  • Történnek még csodák 20 April 1935 Magyar Színház, Libretto: Imre Halász and István Békeffy
  • Dschainah, das Mädchen aus dem Tanzhaus, Operette 3 Acts. 21 December 1935 Vienna, Theater an der Wien. Libretto: Alfred Grünwald and Fritz Löhner-Beda
  • 3:1 a szerelem javára 18 December 1936 Király Színház, Libretto: Imre Harmath, Dezső Kellér and László Szilágyi
  • Roxy und ihr Wunderteam Musikalischer Fußballschwank, 25 March 1937 Vienna, Theater an der Wien, Libretto: Hans Weigel and Alfred Grünwald
  • Julia Operette in 2 parts and a Nachspiel, 23 December 1937 Városi Színház Budapest, Libretto: Imre Harmath and Imre Földes
  • A Fehér hattyu (The White Swan), 1938
  • Zwei glückliche Herzen Libretto: Robert Gilbert and Armin L. Robinson. Premiere date unknown
  • Tambourin Musical in 2 parts (unperformed) Libretto: Alfred Grünwald
  • References

    Paul Abraham Wikipedia