b. Moravske Budějovice, Czech Republic (then Maehrisch-Budwitz), June 5, 1884, d. Zurich (Switzerland), Oct. 16, 1957, successful composer at the end of the 1920s when pastiche operettas came into fashion ("silver operetta era"). Began a musical career as a song writer; after moving to Berlin in the late 1920s he changed to the Operetta genre; had tremendous success with "White Horse Inn" ("Im weissen Roessl", Berlin 1930). 1933 B. fled from Berlin via Paris and Vienna to the USA; from 1948 he lived in Zurich.
Further works#operettas: Casanova, 1928; Die drei Musketiere, 1929; Meine Schwester und ich, 1930; Bezauberndes Fraeulein, 1933; Axel an der Himmelstuer 1936. - Numerous chansons and popular songs, film music.
Literature#F. Hennenberg, Es muss was Wunderbares sein ... R. B., 1998.