The Student Prince Piano Selection - Sheet music download.


The Student Prince Piano Selection - Sheet music download.
The Messrs Lee & J. J. Shubert. Music by Sigmund Romberg.
16 Pages, including front and back covers.

This is a piano selection only (not vocal scores).

The Student Prince is an operetta with music by Sigmund Romberg and book and lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly. It is based on Wilhelm Meyer-Förster's play Alt Heidelberg. The piece has elements of melodrama but lacks the swashbuckling style common to Romberg's other works. The plot is mostly faithful to its source.
It opened on December 2, 1924, at Jolson's 59th Street Theatre on Broadway. The show was the most successful of Romberg's works, running for 608 performances, the longest-running Broadway show of the 1920s. Even the classic Show Boat, the most enduring musical of the 1920s, did not play as long - it ran for 572 performances. "Drinking Song," with its rousing chorus of "Drink! Drink! Drink!" was especially popular with theatergoers in 1924, as the United States was in the midst of Prohibition. The operetta contains some of the most beautiful, yet gruelling, tenor arias in the operetta repertoire, notably the Serenade ("Overhead the moon is beaming").
Ernst Lubitsch made a silent film of the operetta titled The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, starring Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer. The stage work was revived twice on Broadway – once in the 1930s and again in the 1940s. Mario Lanza's performance on the soundtrack of the 1954 MGM film The Student Prince, renewed the popularity of many of the songs. Composer Nicholas Brodszky and lyricist Paul Francis Webster wrote three new songs for the film. Two of these songs – "I'll Walk with God" and "Beloved" – became closely associated with Lanza, although the role was played on screen by British actor Edmund Purdom, who mimed to Lanza's recordings. In recent years, the operetta has been performed each summer at the Heidelberg Castle Festival

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