1948: Edmund Eysler, Austrian Composer Autograph. CoA1948: Edmund Eysler, Austrian Composer Autograph. CoA

Photo postcard of the famous composer Edmund Eysler. Dedication with cord.

Edmund Eysler ( actually Edmund Eisler ) 1874 – 1949. Born in Vienna, one of the major figures with Lehár, Kálmán, Oscar Strauss and Fall in the Silver Age of Viennese operetta. He struggled to make a career as a serious composer in his early years, supporting himself through teaching piano, before a well-meaning relative arranged an introduction to the librettist Ignatz Schnitzer (who had written the book for Der Zigeunerbaron). Schnitzer gave Eysler a book he had originally intended for Srauss to set, Der Hexenspiegel, and although the publisher Weinberger accepted the resulting work, he could not place it with any theatre. He did suggest Eysler use much of the musical material to fashion a new operetta, and this became the very successful Bruder Straubinger. Eysler's subsequent operettas were very popular in Germany and Austria, but their rather `folksy' Viennese character mitigated against their achieving the international success his contemporaries enjoyed. Der Lachende Ehemann (1913), Hanni, geht tanzen (1916) and Die gold'ne Meisterin (1927) are his best-known other works.

Together with Kálmán, Oscar Strauss and Korngold, Eysler's music was suppressed during the Nazi regime because of his Jewish origin. Surprisingly, he did not emigrate during the war, but was hidden and protected by his family and friends throughout the period to 1945. His last few years brought him renewed recognition in Vienna, where he was a loved and respected figure.

The upper right corner is creased. The item is 90 x 135 mm ( 3,5 in. x 5,5 in. ).


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