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Friml, Rudolf (b Prague, 1879; d Hollywood, 1972). Cz. composer who settled in USA 1906. First visited USA 1901 as pianist with Jan Kubelik. Played his pf. conc. with NYSO and comp. pf. works and chamber mus. Fame rests on series of popular operettas: The Firefly (1912); Katinka (1915); Rose Marie (1924); and The Vagabond King (1925). His popular ‘Donkey Serenade’ was added to The Firefly when it was filmed in 1937.