Franz Lehar Biography
Lehár was born in Komárom (Hungary) as the eldest son of a bandmaster in the Austro-Hungarian army. He studied violin and composition but was told by Antonin Dvorak that he had better give up playing and focus on writing music. After 1899 he lived in Vienna. He was also wrote a number of waltzes, the most popular being Geld und Silber as well as waltzes drawn from some of his famous operettas. The era in which his music thrived came to be known as the Silver Age.
He died in Bad Ischl.
Individual songs from some of these have become standards, notably 'Vilja' from The Merry Widow and 'You are my Heart's Delight' ('Dein ist mein ganzes Herz') from The Land of Smiles.
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