Alfred Grünwald

Alfred Grünwald (16 February 1884 in Vienna – 24 February 1951 in New York City) was an Austrian author, librettist, and lyricist. Some of his better-known works were written in conjunction with the composers Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán, Oscar Straus, Paul Abraham, and Robert Stolz.

After the Anschluss the family emigrated to the United States in 1940 via France. During World War II he was employed for a time with the Office of War Information translating American songs for transmission by radio to Germany.

Alfred Grünwald worked for a theatrical agency before turning to libretto writing. A number of Grünwald's librettos were produced on Broadway. These included Countess Maritza (1926), The Yankee Princess (1922), The Circus Princess (1927), and The Duchess of Chicago (1929). He also wrote a number of comedies, including Dancing Partner (1930), written in collaboration with Alexander Engel and produced on Broadway by David Belasco. Besides writing over 40 operetta librettos, Alfred Grünwald also wrote non-musical plays, short stories, and newspaper articles, and was the theater critic for the Neue Wiener Journal. He was a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

His son Henry Grunwald was a journalist and diplomat (US ambassador to Austria from 1988 to 1990).

Birth and Death Data: Born January 16th, 1884 (Vienna), Died February 24th, 1951 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-29961 10-in. 5/5/1924 Dann geh' ich hinaus in den Wienerwald Adolf Engel Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-34609 10-in. 2/11/1926 Grüss' mir mein Wien Adolf Engel Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-71042 12-in. Nov. 1922 Wenn die Sterne am Himmel leuchten Iwan Frank Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E24153-E24154 10-in. 8/4/1927 Weinlied Karl Priester Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  


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"Grünwald, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

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