136 x 86 mm. In black ink. Undated, but postmarked Vienna, April 17, 1911. Slightly worn and browned.
A facsimile of an autograph letter signed "Lehár" to Robert de Mackiels. 1 page. Octavo. Dated Bad Ischl, August 8, 1929. In German (with translation). Lehár reports the mailing of a photograph to the conductor Charles Moncharmont, mentions in passing a possible commission of a film score, and announces the forthcoming premiere of his operetta Das Land des Lächelns in Berlin with Richard Tauber and Vera Schwarz:
"...Today I sent another photograph to Moncharmont... I cannot say anything definitive about the interesting sound film offer at this time. On October 4 there will be my grand premiere: Das Land des Lächelns at the Metropol theater in Berlin with... Richard Tauber and... Vera Schwarz..."
Librettist Robert de Mackiels (also spelled "Machiels"; officially Robert de Machiels-Clinbourg; 1880-1965) and conductor Charles Moncharmont (1870-1941) had staged the first French production of Lehár's operetta Der Zarewitsch, as Le Tzarewitch, in Lyon on April 16, 1929. The premiere of Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles) was postponed until October 10, 1929. The "sound film project" is probably a filmed version of one of Lehár's operettas; no original film scores by Lehár are known.
Emil Bieber (1878-1962), one of Germany's leading photographers, was based in Hamburg; the dates of his Berlin branch are not known. Being Jewish, Bieber left Germany in 1938 and died in South Africa. Item #23688
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