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July 29 Composer Birthday: Sigmund Romberg

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Sigmund Romberg playing the organ

Hungarian-born American composer Sigmund Romberg is best known for his musicals and operettas, operas, and film scores. He was discovered by the Shubert Brothers (one of whom had the Shubert Theatre in New York City named after him). One of Romberg’s most successful musicals was The Whirl of the World; some of his best-known songs were written for The Blue Paradise and Maytime, both musicals based on Viennese operettas, full of nostalgic waltzes and modern American dance music. Romberg also wrote songs for The Passing Show of 1916 and The Passing Show of 1918, as well as two works for Al Jolson – Robinson Crusoe Jr. and Sinbad. One of his huge hits was Blossom Time, an adaptation of tunes by Franz Schubert. He collaborated with the Broadway elite such as George Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Richard Rodgers. Musical film stars Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald regularly recorded and performed Romburg’s music.

Enjoy “The Best Loved Music of Sigmund Romberg”.

Sigmund Romberg was born July 29, 1887 in Gross-Kanizsa, Hungary, and died November 9, 1951, in New York City.

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