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Rudolf Friml (1879–1972)

Composer, songwriter ("Donkey Serenade", "Song of the Vagabonds") and pianist, educated at the Prague Conservatory and a music student of Anton Dvorak and Jiranek. He toured Europe as a concert pianist with violinist Jan Kubelik, and then toured America in 1901 and 1906. In 1912 he replaced Victor Herbert as the composer of the score for the ... See full bio »

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Chinatown Soundtrack
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 1977 Rose Mary (TV Movie)
 1958 Marjorie Morningstar (musical advisor - uncredited)
 1956 The Vagabond King (music: musical play)
 1940 The Catacombs (composer: songs "Vínek ceských luhuv a hajuv", "Pán a písar", "Oslí serenáda", "Coz nerekl ti muj hlas tisickrát")
 1937 The Firefly (music by)
 1936 Rose-Marie (music composed by)
 1936 Sunset of Power (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1935 One Frightened Night (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1934 The Return of Chandu (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1930 The Vagabond King (music: operetta "The Vagabond King")
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Stage Play: Ballyhoo of 1930. Musical comedy. Music by Louis Alter. Book by Harry Ruskin and Leighton K. Brill. Lyrics by Harry Ruskin and Leighton K. Brill. Additional lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Featuring songs with lyrics by Otto A. Harbach. Featuring songs by Rudolf Friml. Musical Director: Oscar Bradley. Choreographed by Earl ... See more »

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His operetta "The Vagabond King" is the first of his famed stage works to be given a full-length recording (both music and dialogue). The recording, sung by the Ohio Light Opera, was released in early 2005. See more »

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