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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Marcel Prawy Autograph: Letter from 1968

1968: Letter by Dr. Marcel Prawy to Dr. Theo Cieplik. Dr. Prawy expresses his thanks for a letter by Dr. Cieplik and sends his warm greetings to the “Johann-Strauss-Orchestra” and Mr. Eduard Strauss. He states that he was very happy to read about the success they had.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

8,2 x 11,6 inches. Fine condition.

Marcel Horace Frydmann, Ritter von Prawy (born December 29, 1911 in Vienna - February 23, 2003 in Vienna) was an Austrian dramaturg, opera connoisseur and opera critic.

Prawy was born into a Jewish Austro-Hungarian noble family.

As secretary of the tenor Jan Kiepura, he emigrated to the USA when persecution of the Austrian Jews became unbearable in the late 1930s. With the help of his confidante Mártha Eggerth he became acquainted with American musicals and music in general. After the end of the Second World War, Prawy returned to Vienna and brought with him the musical Kiss Me, Kate. It was received by the Viennese with great reservation as they feared the arrival of the American-style musical would spell the end of the traditional Viennese operetta. Nonetheless, Prawy succeeded and was considered henceforth as the one who made German language musicals acceptable and popular.
Marcel Prawy Autograph: Letter from 1968

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