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Anne-Marie Forbes

is evidenced by a prodigious compositional output, and more than half of his over 500 songs, almost all of his choral works, and 18 of his 22 operas were composed during his time in Melbourne. These works demonstrate the hallmarks of his style: a keen sense of the dramatic moment and close attention to text declamation, combined with a melodic fluency born of English folksong. Hart made 127 song settings of Robert Herrick, capturing the intensity of the epigrammatic verse without compromising lyricism. He was also strongly attracted to the literature of the Celtic Revival

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M. Dee Wilkins

Conservatory of Music. In 2010 he joined the faculty of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris. Conte is frequently commissioned, and among his output are six operas, two film scores and numerous choral works. His first opera, The Dreamers (Philip Littell, librettist), received notice at its 1996 premiere, from which stemmed a commission for The Journey (a cantata, 2001 ). His second opera, The Gift of the Magi , has received numerous productions since its 1997 premiere. Film scores include music for Orozco: Man of Fire ( 2006 ), and Ballets Russes

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Theo Muller

Symphonia epica based on Homer and the orchestral studies Päân I and II . But above all Dopper was a Dutch composer, as shown by the titles of his Rembrandt , Amsterdam and Zuiderzee Symphonies. In this last work he neatly combines melodies from Valerius’s songbook Nederlandtsche Gedenck-clanck ( 1626 ). Only three of Dopper’s works have been published; his complete works are preserved in the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague. Works ( selective list ) Operas Het blinde meisje van Castel-Cuillé (H.C. Meursinge-Offers), 1892, The Hague, 17 Dec

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Robert Münster

In December 1879 he became Bülow's successor as court Kapellmeister in Hanover and there promoted works by younger composers, including Stanford, of whose first opera, The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan , Frank gave the première in 1881 (as Der verschleierte Prophet ). His own first opera, Adam de la Halle , was given its first performance in Karlsruhe in April 1880 , and in November 1884 his opera Hero was given its first performance in Berlin. His musical fairy tale, Der Sturm , was performed in October 1887 in Hanover; however a mental illness which had

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George J. Ferencz

beginning in the late 1940s, gave the first performances of many of Bennett's works. More than 30 wind-band scores were completed, and among them are his most-played compositions. His large-scale works include seven symphonies and the opera Maria Malibran , lavishly first staged at the Juilliard School. Bennett provided orchestrations for all or part of more than 300 Broadway musicals. He is renowned for his effective use of the limited orchestral forces available to him and the phenomenal speed with which he supplied tasteful and disciplined song accompaniments as well

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Andrew D. McCredie

particular renown as a harpsichordist. By that time five of his operas and Singspiele, first produced earlier in Königsberg and Danzig, were attracting performances elsewhere in northern Germany. In 1783 he left Hamburg to join the Grossmann company in Bonn. He then became attached to the court theatre at Mainz in association with which he made highly acclaimed guest appearances in Frankfurt. He sang in the first German-language Don Giovanni (Mainz, 13 March 1789 ), produced or conducted other operas by Mozart, Salieri, Gluck and Gassmann, composed incidental music

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Manica Špendal and Jernej Weiss

influences from Verdi in his early and middle creative periods and verismo to some extent, he was devoted to the national Slovenian movement. Alongside several operettas, he composed five operas (the last, Pavliha , was finished posthumously by I. Muhvić), of which Urh, grof celjski (Ulrich, Count of Celje) was the first all-sung Slovenian opera. Zlatorog (Goldenhorn) is his best opera in terms of musical technique and artistic achievement. His musical-stage works were performed in Ljubljana, Maribor, Zagreb, and in the Czech lands. Among his most important works are

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David Cooper

Herrmann's concert works and operas have not had the same level of public success. His opera Wuthering Heights ( 1943–51 ) is perhaps his finest and most sustained achievement in this field. A complex and enigmatic figure who could be egotistical and irascible, refined and sentimental by turns, who hustled at the centre of the American culture industry, yet yearned for the English pastoral, he remains one of the central figures of film-music composition. Works Films director in parentheses Citizen Kane (O. Welles), 1941 All That Money Can Buy (W. Dieterle)

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Nina Sergeyevna Shurova

as significant contribution in developing the genre, and his sacred works are considered to be among the greatest achievements of Ukrainian church music. The themes and genres of his works are varied and range from the lyrical and epic to the heroic and patriotic (in the uncompleted operas). His romances (several of which are known throughout the Ukraine) show him to be a subtle lyricist and – perhaps surprisingly – a perceptive satirist, most notably in Tsar′ gorokh (‘King of the Peas’). Works ( selective list ) Stage Karmelyuk

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every way, and in marrying his deceased wife’s sister (in Jersey, because of English law) twice became brother-in-law to the opera singer Thomas Aynsley Cook (himself father-in-law of the second generation Eugène Goossens). Works ( selective list ) all publications are vocal scores published in London; theatrical works first produced in London, unless otherwise stated; for fuller list of stage works see GänzlEMT Operas and operettas The Charmed Harp (1, J. Courtney), Surrey, 30 Aug 1852 Mephistopheles, or Faust and

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Francesco Bussi

pianist, organist and conductor. In 1852 he was invited to Amsterdam, where he conducted several opera seasons. On his return to Italy he became director of singing at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and later at the Teatro Carignano in Turin. In 1873 he was appointed director of the Civico Istituto di Musica in Genoa, a post he held until his death. Except for Il matrimonio per concorso ( 1858 ), which was hindered by a poor libretto, all De Ferrari’s operas were successful, particularly Pipelet ( 1855 ), usually considered his finest, and Il menestrello

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Józef Powroźniak and Zofia Chechlińska

he was appointed Konzertmeister by the Saxon king in Dresden. From that time on, all his activities centred on Dresden, where apart from the royal orchestra he formed his own string quartet and taught, among others, Wieniawski and Joachim. In 1861 he retired to his estate at Urłów. One of the best violinists in the first half of the 19th century, Lipiński represented the orthodox Classical school of Viotti and Spohr, with an emphasis on good tone quality. Lipiński’s mastery of all the other elements of technique made his style unique. His compositions include three

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Geoffrey Norris and Nigel Yandell

plennik (‘The Prisoner in the Caucasus’, 1823 ). Cavos worked as a singing teacher in the Smolny Institute, 1811–29 ; in 1821 he was made inspector of the court orchestras and in 1832 was promoted to the directorship, with control of all the imperial orchestras. From 1828 until 1831 he was Kapellmeister of the Italian opera troupe, and from 1832 until his death he held a similar post with the Russian and German companies. He also wrote incidental music to plays by Shakhovskoy and contributed to several pasticcios, of which Miroslava , written in 1827 in

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National Theatre, he embarked on a European tour that took in all the major musical centres. Kurpiński's creative work slackened noticeably following the tour, and it seems possible that he felt his own music to be somewhat anachronistic in relation to the new musical styles of the 1820s. His later life was given over mainly to teaching, and by the time of his death he was largely forgotten. Although he composed in many genres, Kurpiński's contribution was mainly to opera. He was the major Polish opera composer before Moniuszko, and his output (most of it composed

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as conductor of a ballet company, but in 1848 returned to Madrid as director of the Teatro Español, where his first zarzuela, La mensajera , had its première in December 1849 . This began a series of successes for Gaztambide as a conductor of opera and zarzuela companies in Madrid. For several seasons he conducted operas at the Teatro Real, and he directed the first performance in Spanish of Meyerbeer’s Le prophète . In 1862 he was appointed director of the concert society at the Madrid Conservatory, which was later, under Francisco Barbieri, to become the Madrid

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Jacques Tchamkerten

revive the orchestra of the Concerts Pasdeloup. He conducted this ensemble until 1932 , giving the premières of many works (by Ravel, Roussel, Honegger and others), and gave performances of Wagner’s operas sung in German, arousing protests from Parisian audiences. At the same time, and until the end of his life, he had a parallel career as a guest conductor which took him all over Europe and South America. His activities as a conductor have unfortunately obscured his work as a composer, although his own music is very attractive. Tinged with a delicate Impressionism,

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Arend Koole and Paul van Reijen

leading figure in the development of musical life in Amsterdam. He conducted performances at the theatre there of operas including Paul Wranitzky’s Oberon and Dittersdorf’s Der Apotheker und der Doktor and Das rothe Käppchen (all 1796 ) and Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail ( 1797 ) and Die Zauberflöte ( 1799 ), probably adapting and in some cases translating them himself. He also translated, and inserted his own music into, many French opéras comiques , including Grétry’s Les deux avares (as ‘De twee gierigaards’, 1787 ) and Richard Coeur-de-lion

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Andrew D. McCredie and Samantha Owens

and Handel. He produced almost all of Handel’s operas and oratorios, either in concert or on the radio. His extensive library, owned since 1960 by the Fisher Library, University of Sydney, included many Handel first editions. Dalley-Scarlett’s work promoting Handel’s music – which included two Handel Festivals held in Brisbane in 1933 and 1934 , respectively – resulted in the town of Halle awarding him their prestigious Handel Medal for his services to Handel research. His compositions, which number around 300 works (almost all in manuscript), remain relatively

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Kate Daubney and William Rosar

composer he worked on almost all of MGM’s prestige productions of the 1930s and 40s. His idiom incorporates thematic quotation from other composers, including Chopin ( A Tale of Two Cities , 1935 , The Picture of Dorian Gray 1945 ), Delius ( The Yearling , 1947 ), and Tchaikovsky ( Conquest and Romeo and Juliet , both 1937 ). This was partly a response to an emphasis at MGM on broadening the experience of its audience through the inclusion of ‘classical music’ in film. His scoring technique also reflects his interest in Wagner’s operas and the leitmotif: this

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Romeo Ghircoiaşiu and Laura Otilia Vasiliu

stage as an opera. His symphonic overture Ştefan cel Mare (‘Stefan the Great’) is one of the first Romanian pieces of programme music. As a forerunner of the school of Romanian piano music, he wrote miniatures in a Romantic style, a rhapsody, and fantasies on folk themes, and many dances collected in different regions of the country. His five vaudevilles and his operetta Millo director , all based on comedies by Vasile Alecsandri, were performed by amateur theatre companies. His choruses and songs for schools, salons, and musical societies were all composed according