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He's most famous for his operettas, but Franz Lehar also spent nearly 40 years as a military bandmaster — and composer of many dances and marches. Armin Jordan conducts the Suisse Romande Orchestra in Lehar's orchestral waltz, "An der grauen Donau," the gray Danube.



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