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New Moon, The

Inscribed by Sigmund Romberg [ROMBERG, Sigmund]. The New Moon A Musical Romance. Produced by Laurence Schwab and Frank Mandel. Music by Sigmund Romberg. Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab. New York: Harms Inc., 1928. Inscribed on front blank "To Gus with kindest regards from Romberg New York Dec 24/28" First edition. Large quarto (12 x 9 inches; 305 x 229 mm.). [iv], [1]-277, [1, blank] pp. Publishers brown morocco, front cover and spine lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Spine very slightly faded. A very good copy inscribed by Sigmund Romberg. Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951) was a prominent Hungarian-American composer celebrated for his contributions to musical theater and operetta. Among his most renowned works are "The Student Prince" (1924), "The Desert Song" (1926), and "The New Moon" (1928). During the early stages of his career, Romberg collaborated with the Shubert brothers, composing music for their musicals and revues. Notably, he crafted several pieces for the famed entertainer Al Jolson. Additionally, Romberg adapted numerous European operettas for American audiences while working with the Shuberts. Two noteworthy successes from this period include "Maytime" (1917) and "Blossom Time" (1921). Romberg's three major operettas from the mid-1920s, mentioned previously, adhere to the traditional style of Viennese operetta. However, his other compositions from this era often incorporate elements of American musical theater styles. Beyond the stage, Romberg also lent his musical talents to film scores, showcasing his versatility and lasting impact on the entertainment industry.