b. 16 August 1877, Kuschwarda, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary, d. 22 December 1911, New York City, New York, USA. A classically trained oboist, who had studied in Vienna, Hoschna came to America where he played in an orchestra led by composer Victor Herbert. Turning readily to popular music of the day, Hoschna began writing and arranging songs, some of which were performed in contemporary musical comedies. Several of these songs were in collaboration with lyricist Otto Harbach and the pair then tried their hands at a complete score. This was Three Twins, which was performed on Broadway in 1910 and included the song ‘Cuddle Up A Little Closer To Me’. That same year brought Hoschna and Harbach more success with an adaptation for American audiences of Madame Sherry, for which they wrote the gently whimsical ‘Every Little Movement Has A Meaning All Its Own’. A very fast writer, Hoschna wrote five more musical comedies in 1911, among them The Fascinating Widow, staged on Broadway to star the popular female impersonator Julian Eltinge. Hoschna’s sudden death brought an abrupt end to a career that was just beginning to soar.
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