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Andrew Lamb

Royalty, Globe, Her Majesty’s and other theatres in London and New York. He wrote numerous parlour pieces for the piano and comic songs, and as a composer of comic operas he was one of the most accomplished contemporaries of Sullivan. Solomon’s melodies are usually in an English ballad or a march style with repeated melodic phrases and simple rhythms. His comic operas, many of which echo Sullivan’s, were all performed in London and include Billee Taylor (Imperial, 30 October 1880 ), Claude Duval (Olympic, 24 August 1881 ), The Vicar of Bray (Globe, 22 July 1882


Walter Aaron Clark

and finally conductor at the Teatro Principal. Eventually he confined himself to teaching and composition. Despite their settings, dialogue and costumes, his Catalan zarzuelas evince the influence of Italian opera so pervasive in Spain during that epoch. He was a gifted orchestrator and made effective use of colour to project dramatic situations. Works all zarzuelas; first performed in Barcelona unless otherwise stated La romería de Recasens (2), 1867 L’ultim rey de Magnolia (1, S. Pitarra), Romeo, Dec 1868 Els pescadors de


Steven Ledbetter

the Metropolitan Opera after half a dozen performances, though G. Schirmer published the work in full score, an unprecedented distinction for an American opera. 3. Instrumental music. Herbert’s instrumental music fell out of favour after his own time, though it has begun to reappear in concert and recordings. The one substantial exception was the Second Cello Concerto, in E minor, first performed by the composer with the New York PO under Anton Seidl in 1894. The work is Lisztian in its thorough-going employment of thematic transformation in all three movements


Oldřich Pukl

became a leading light in the musical life of Slovakia. He was head of opera at the newly established Slovak National Theatre, director of the Bratislava radio station and a reader at both the university and the music academy. He also conducted concerts for the Cultural Union for Slovakia. His work at the National Theatre included giving the premières of Bella’s Wieland der Schmied ( 1926 ) and Figuš’s Detvan ( 1928 ). In 1930 he committed suicide by jumping from an upper window of the Zagreb Opera House. As a composer Nedbal achieved world renown for his operettas


Philip L. Scowcroft

flute in orchestras in Harrogate, then at Bournemouth under Dan Godfrey. He subsequently conducted at various London theatres (among them the Adelphi, Terry's, Daly's and Drury Lane), for over 30 years. He toured the USA with Messager's Véronique and recorded excerpts from the Savoy operas. He also composed musicals of his own, but these have survived less well than the splendidly scored orchestral works produced for Boosey & Hawkes, both original pieces and arrangements, for whom he was a staff composer. His compositions include suites and separate movements, many