Gay Vienna, before the First World War; the perfect setting for rash, romantic promises. Composer Rudi Kleber, penniless and unknown, befriends the schoolgirl niece of his landlady, and vows to propose to no-one until she is old enough to have first refusal. Operetta star Maria Ziegler recognizes his talent, sponsors his first success, and falls madly in love with him. But, foolishly idealistic, he keeps his word to the child until, three dancing years later, little Grete returns from finishing school, a highly attractive young lady. Maria overhears Rudi redeem his promise and, heartbroken, does not stay long enough to hear his profound relief at Grete's refusal. The dancing years come and go. Maria has married Prince Metterling, but when Rudi first meets her young son he has no doubt that the child is his own. The rising threat of Nazidom is casting shadows as the story reaches its dramatic close.
Orchestration1st Violins A, B and C, 2nd Violins, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, 2 Flutes, Oboe, 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Trombone (a few numbers are scored for 2nd Trombone, usually omitted), Drums. Musical Directors are advised to borrow the Conductor's score before commencing rehearsals with the company.
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