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(born July 29, 1887, Nagykanizsa, Austria-Hungarydied Nov. 9, 1951, New York, N.Y., U.S.) Hungarian-born U.S. composer. Romberg studied engineering and composition in Vienna, becoming a skilled violinist and organist. In 1909 he went to New York City, where he conducted a restaurant orchestra and played piano in cafés. As staff composer for the impresario Jacob Shubert (seeShubert Brothers), Romberg prepared scores for about 40 musical shows. His first notable operetta, Maytime (1917), was followed in the 1920s by Blossom Time (1921), The Student Prince (1924), The Desert Song (1926), and The New Moon (1928). His last success was Up in Central Park (1945). In all he wrote almost 80 stage shows.
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