Written by adambosze on 2014-02-19
Ábrahám Pál, (1892-1960). Hungarian composer. He studied at the Budapest Academy of Music and began as a composer of serious orchestral and chamber music, a cello concerto being performed by the Budapest PO and a string quartet at the 1922 Salzburg Festival. In 1927, however, he was appointed conductor at the Budapest Operetta Theatre, where he was called upon to write numbers for various operettas.
Viktória (1930), a work making use of the dance styles of the time, enjoyed huge popularity and led to a move to Germany, where his success continued with his score for the film Die Privatsekretärin (1931) and the operettas Die Blume von Hawaii (1931) and Ball im Savoy (1932). However, the rise of Hitler forced him to leave Germany, at first for Vienna where the operettas Märchen im Grand-Hotel(1934), Dschainah (1935) and Roxy und ihr Wunderteam (1937) failed to establish themselves.
On the outbreak of war he fled to Cuba, where he earned a modest living as a pianist, and later moved to New York. In February 1946 he was committed to hospital after a mental breakdown, but in May 1956 he returned to Europe to live in Hamburg. Abraham’s operettas pandered openly to the popular musical idiom of the time, but contained strikingly effective numbers which have remained justly popular. (Andrew Lamb in Grove Online)