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date: 16 December 2019

Caryll, Ivan [Tilkin, Félix]locked

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[Tilkin, Félix]

(b Liège, May 12, 1861; d New York, Nov 29, 1921). English-American composer and conductor, active in France, England and the USA. He studied at the Liège Conservatoire, then in Paris, and in 1882 settled in London, where he became a piano teacher. His first stage score was produced there in 1886. He was appointed conductor at the Lyric Theatre, where he enjoyed his first big success with Little Christopher Columbus (1893), and at the Gaiety Theatre, for which he wrote, with Lionel Monckton, a number of highly successful musical comedies between 1894 and 1909. In all he composed about 40 light operas and musical comedies for London, Europe and the USA (The Ladies’ Paradise, 1901, was the first musical comedy to be presented at the Metropolitan Opera). In 1899 he became conductor of a light orchestra bearing his name; Elgar composed his ...

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