Charles Dillingham Presents Apple Blossoms An Operetta, in Three Acts Music by Fritz Kreisler and Victor Jacobi Book and Lyrics by William LeBaron Staged by Fred G. Latham and Edward Royce Price, Three Dollars. [Piano-vocal score]. Fritz KREISLER, Viktor Jacobi.

Charles Dillingham Presents Apple Blossoms An Operetta, in Three Acts Music by Fritz Kreisler and Victor Jacobi Book and Lyrics by William LeBaron Staged by Fred G. Latham and Edward Royce Price, Three Dollars. [Piano-vocal score].

New York: T.B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter, [1920]. Folio. Original publisher's decorative gray wrappers printed in green and dark pink. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list and synopsis of scenes, verso blank), 1f. (recto table of contents, verso blank), 9-163, [i] (blank) pp.

Named cast includes Fred Astaire, Adele Astaire, Rena Parker, Juanita Fletcher, Wilda Bennett, Ruth Lee, Hilah Reeder, Percival Knight, George Fordyce, Harrison Brockbank, Roy Atwell, John Charles Thomas, and Florence Shirley.

Wrappers worn and soiled, with some creasing, tears, and minor loss. Slightly worn and browned internally; occasional light soiling, staining, and creasing to blank margins and outer corners, not affecting music; split at inner margins of pp. 16-17 and 96-97.

First Edition, later issue, of the complete operetta. OCLC no. 4711891.

Apple Blossoms was first performed in New York in 1919.

Austrian-born violinist Fritz Kreisler was a child prodigy who gave up music to pursue medical studies; he later resumed his concert career and became an internationally popular concert artist, renowned for the sweetness of his tone.

"[He] was also a gifted composer. Among his original works are a string quartet, an operetta, Apple Blossoms (with Viktor Jacobi, 1919), cadenzas to the Beethoven and Brahms concertos, and numerous short pieces (Tambourin chinois, Caprice viennois etc.). He made many transcriptions and editions. In addition, he composed dozens of pieces in the ‘olden style’ which he ascribed to various 18th-century composers, such as Pugnani, Francoeur, Padre Martini etc. When Kreisler admitted in 1935 that these pieces were a hoax, many critics (including Ernest Newman) were indignant while others accepted it as a joke. It is strange indeed that so many experts were misled by Kreisler’s impersonations; at any rate, these charming pieces continue to enrich the violin repertory." Boris Schwarz in Grove Music Online.

Jacobi was a Hungarian composer active in the United States. "When war broke out he was in London, and he fled to America, becoming an American citizen. He supervised productions of earlier works, collaborated with Fritz Kreisler on Apple Blossoms (1919) and wrote The Half Moon (1920) and The Love Letter (1921)." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online. Item #26073

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