Charles Rudolf Friml (December 7, 1879 – November 12, 1972) was a Czech-born composer of operettas, musicals, songs and piano pieces, as well as a pianist. After musical training and a brief performing career in his native Prague, Friml moved to the United States, where he became a composer. His best-known works are Rose-Marie and The Vagabond King, each of which enjoyed success on Broadway and in London and were adapted for film.
"Mélodie sentimentale" is the 3rd of "3 Morceaux" published by Arthur P. Schmidt in 1908. It is originally a piano solo, and this fine arrangement was done by our friend, William Faulkes (1863-1933).
It's yet another one of those "period pieces," now essentially unplayed and long forgotten. It certain belongs in my "Summertime Dreams" series!
There are elements of "folk-song" or "traditional melody" about this one. Also, I think you can't help but notice the gentle strumming of a Spanish guitar.
It's a beautiful piece, but unfortunately, I do not have the first piece in the opus, "L'aurore (At Dawn)" to complete the set. If I ever find it, I will certainly do it.
The score is attached below, as well two photos of Rudolf Friml, and one of William Faulkes.