- Peter Branscombe
(b Vienna, Oct 20, 1763; d Vienna, Feb 4, 1816). Austrian dramatist, pamphleteer and actor . He swiftly squandered a sizeable inheritance, thereafter living penuriously by his wits. His stage career swung between the Leopoldstadt and Wieden/Wien theatres, for both of which he supplied a string of mainly ephemeral farces, dramatic caricatures, travesties and parodies. The most popular were a series of Singspiel adaptations of comedies by Philipp Hafner, including Die Schwestern von Prag (1794), which remained in the repertory of the Theater in der Leopoldstadt (later Carltheater) until 1859 and may have influenced Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg through its interrupted serenade scene and street riot. Kaspar der Fagottist, oder Die Zauberzither, long (but wrongly) held to have influenced the story line of Die Zauberflöte, is an entertaining rescue opera with some social satire; it and a few of Perinet’s other stage works have been successfully revived in recent years. Perinet’s pamphlets include ...