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Donna Diana Overture - Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek - 1894

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Published on Oct 5, 2009

This is the popular overture to von Reznicek's 3-act opera, Donna Diana. When performed in 1894, it was one of the more popular operas presented in Germany and Austria. Nowadays, the opera is very rarely performed. The overture, however, remains popular - and, in part, was used as theme music to the old time radio show "Challenge of the Yukon" - and it's TV follow-up, "Sgt. Preston of the Yukon."

These rare photos of the composer were taken during the first part of the 20th Century. The first is a standard portrait style photo (left). The second was a photo taken of him while he was in Venice, Italy, at the first meeting of the Standing Council for the International Cooperation of Composers (1934).

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