DEEP IN MY HEART by Elliott Arnold

DEEP IN MY HEART

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Show business- with Sigmund Romberg at centre stage -- this is fictionized biography which holds closely to the facts of a full life. The story goes back to Austria, in the last decade of the 19th century, when a lad of ten knew that he wanted to make music his life- and struggled vainly against his father's determination to make him an engineer. Vivid picture of an Austrian school boy, who managed to keep music at the heart of things, and who- on a year following his military service- struck roots into American soil, and began the upward climb to heights of success that embraced almost every phase of popular music,- restaurant orchestra leader, song writer on beltline production, composer in his own right, movies, radio, concert tours. Then, with the grim record of five failures seeming to prove him a ""has-been"", he scores new success as an orchestra leader and stages a theatre comeback with the music for Up In Central Park. There is romance here -- and happy marriage (albeit on a turntable, usually far from home). There's color and drama- and lots of behind the curtain close-ups. There are people in show business over a span of fifty years. There's something here of the appeal of Goodnight Sweet Prince (though Romberg lacke the glamor of Barrymore as a person). But chiefly the market is for those who like theatre background books- good popular music- that audience that immediately spots the title as from Romberg's first big hit, The Student Prince.

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 1949
ISBN: 1406762237
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce