As the tale of the long-lasting effects of a young child being separated from her immigrant parents sung to evocative and often place-specific music, Di goldene kale helps fill out the soundscape of New York operetta in the 1920s, and situates Joseph Rumshinsky alongside the likes of Rudolf Friml and Sigmund Romberg
on the English-language stage, as well as the many musical creators active in German, French, Italian, Chinese, and other ethnic theaters.
A It was written by Sigmund Romberg
and Oscar Hammerstein II and featured in two movies - The Night Is Young (1934, sung by Evelyn Lane) and Deep In My Heart (1954, sung by Jose Ferrer).
SOFIA PHILHARMONIC [directed by Horia Andreescu, with Lydia Oshavkova on flute; performing Matthews, Sigmund Romberg
, Sergei Prokofiev] May 29, 7pm
It also includes Sigmund Romberg
's Desert Song and Les Miserables, by Boubil and Schonberg.
Presentation of a concert staging of a musical in two acts with music by Sigmund Romberg
, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab.
's operetta about Arab sheiks made "The Desert Song" and "One Alone" popular songs of the day.
The score is eclectic, with hints across a spectrum of Western music: from the operettas of Lehar and Sigmund Romberg
to the Weimar Republic works of Kurt Weill to quasi-operatic choruses that might have come from Meyerbeer.
Tenor Ben Heppner provides an old-fashioned, unabashedly romantic album of songs his "mother wished he had sung." The collection contains sentimental favorites such as Eric Coates' "Bird Songs At Eventide," Haydn Wood's "Roses of Picardy," Sammy Fain's "I'll Be Seeing You," Sigmund Romberg
's "Serenade" and "Dessert Song," Rudolf Friml's "Love Me Tonight," Noel Coward's "I'll See You Again," and, of course, Nicholas Brodszky's "Be My Love," among others.
also proves a fertile territory for Heppner, with stirring versions (rivalling those of Mario Lanza, one of Mother Heppner's favorite singers) of "Serenade" from The Student Prince and the title song from The Desert Song (Lanza's trademark "Be My Love" resists revival).
He soon joined the select circle of composers--Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Sigmund Romberg
, and Harold Aden--whose songs lifted the hearts of America.
He always liked music and especially Sigmund Romberg
. And there were certain things that would make him cry, like Romberg's 'Golden Days.'"
He wrote books and lyrics for Jerome Kern, Victor Herbert, Rudolf Friml, Sigmund Romberg
, and George Gershwin.