Benedict, Sir Julius (opera)
- Nigel Burton
(b Stuttgart, 27 Nov or Dec 24, 1804; d London, June 5, 1885). English composer and conductor of German birth . His date of birth is usually given as 27 November 1804, but William Barclay Squire claimed that it ‘is generally believed to have been on 24 Dec. of that year’. Benedict’s father, a Stuttgart banker, placed him under J. C. L. Abeille for musical instruction; at 15 he went to Weimar to study with Hummel, who introduced him to Beethoven. In ...