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Philip L. Scowcroft

pseudonyms Paul Aubry, Robert Harrington, H.S. Iseledon, Georges Latour and Ch.G. Mustal. His work is discussed in P.L. Scowcroft: British Light Music: a Personal Gallery of Twentieth Century Composers (London, 1997 ). Works ( selective list ) unless otherwise stated, all theatres in London all works published under the name of Clutsam Stage The Queen's Jester (op), 1904 A Summer Night (op, 1, Clutsam), His Majesty's, 23 July 1910 [after story from the Heptameron ] After a Thousand Years (op, 1), Tivoli, 1912 König Harlekin (music masque, 4, R. Lothar), Berlin

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John Snelson

Ellis, Vivian ( John Herman ) ( b Hampstead , Oct 29, 1903 ; d London , June 19, 1996 ). English composer , lyricist and pianist . His grandmother Julia Woolf ( 1831–93 ) was a pianist and composer, publishing piano pieces, songs and the comic opera Carina ( 1888 ), and his mother was a violin pupil of Ysaÿe. He won a music scholarship to Cheltenham College and later studied the piano with Myra Hess at the RAM; his recordings of piano medleys of his own work, especially that from Streamline ( 1934 ), reveal a strong technique. Inspired by the music

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Andrew Lamb

W(illiam) ( b Wolverhampton , July 30, 1875 ; d Stoke-on-Trent , Feb 5, 1922 ). English composer and accompanist , elder brother of the soprano Maggie Teyte. He gained varied theatrical experience as an actor, in management, and as musical director for the Carl Rosa Opera Company and at Wyndham's Theatre. In 1902 he married the music hall singer Lottie [Charlotte Louisa] Collins ( 1865–1910 ) for whom he conducted; in 1912 he married another singer, Clarice Mayne (Clarice Mabel Dulley, 1886–1966 ), with whom he formed a highly successful music-hall

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your beau to the seashore, You built a fire down in my heart, The Ragtime College Girl, The Fascinating Widow] The Wall Street Girl (B.H. Burt), New York, 15 April 1912 [incl. The Deedle Dum Dee, I want a regular man, On the Quiet] Bibliography W. McSpadden : Light Opera and Musical Comedy (New York, 1936) S. Spaeth : A History of Popular Music in America (New York, 1948) D. Ewen : Popular American Composers (New York, 1962; suppl. 1972) N. Lincke : ‘Singspiel – Operette – Musical: die heitere Muse in Böhmen/Mähren/Schlesien’, Die musikalischen

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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