Who was Sigmund Romberg?

   Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951), was a famous composer of operettas. They include Maytime; Blossom Time, based on the life and music of Franz Schubert; and The Student Prince. He wrote more than 70 musical shows, among them Rose of Stamboul, The New Moon, The Desert Song, and Up in Central Park. His musical comedies include Follow Me and Over the Top.
   Romberg was born in Hungary, and studied at the University of Bucharest. He trained as an engineer, but also studied music in Vienna. He came to the United States in 1909. Romberg's theatrical career began when he became a staff composer for the Winter Garden Theater in New York City, writing music for The Passing Show. He gained his first success with The Midnight Girl in 1913. Romberg settled then in New York City, but later moved to Hollywood, where he wrote music for motion pictures. Many of his operettas were made into motion pictures.