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Bertil H. van Boer

of the most popular operas in Stockholm during the period. His own operatic works, beginning with the nationalist comedy Frigga ( 1787 ), demonstrate a good sense of lyrical line coupled with influences from the opéras comiques of Grétry and Dalayrac. His orchestration is often fairly dense, and sometimes rich in texture. He was highly esteemed as a pianist and composer of songs, most of which were published in his own journals. He also wrote numerous pedagogical keyboard pieces for the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. Works all first performed and

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Marianna, 1565 L. Dolce: Le troiane, 1566 C. Frangipane: Tragedia, 1574 all lost Organ masses Messe d’intavolatura d’organo (Venice, 1568) Missae Apostolorum, 4vv, J, W i; Missae in Dominicis diebus, 4vv, J, W ii; Missae Virginis Mariae, 4vv, J; W iii; Credo in dominicis diebus, 4vv, J; W iv; Credo Angelorum, 4vv, J; W iv; Credo Cardinalium, 4vv, J; W iv Versetti all in I-Tn; ed S. dalla Libera (Padova, 1971) Versetti del secondo tono; Magnificat primi

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Robert J. Bruce and Ian Bartlett

an extended solo cantata. In 1749 Boyce accepted an invitation to become organist at All Hallows the Great and the Less, the parish church of Joiners’ Hall. It has been assumed that he married in about 1748 and moved from Joiners’ Hall to Quality Court, Chancery Lane; however, while a number of details must remain speculative, it now seems that he may not have moved until after his father’s death in November 1752 , and that his marriage to Hannah Nixon at St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, did not take place until 9 June 1759 . Whatever Hannah’s relationship

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James Cook

with fine artistic taste and natural energy,” Southard composed the first of many operas to be based on Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter , but the work was never performed before the score was lost. In addition to another opera ( Omano , also never performed) and works for chorus, he published a collection of organ voluntaries ( 1849 ) and was editor of (with B.F. Baker) and contributor to eight collections of choral music, from School Chimes ( 1851 ) through The Offering ( 1866 ), all published in Boston. Bibliography “Obituary,” Dwight’s Journal

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Robert Bledsoe

published in All the Year Round several attacks on Wagner, probably written by his friend Henry Fothergill Chorley. Although there have been many dramatizations of Dickens, these have been principally in the form of stage plays or films, which give more obvious scope for his colourful and topical writing and especially his social commentary than opera can readily accommodate; there are no settings of his novels as operas from his own time, and not until the 20th century have composers shown an interest in using his works Works set to music all novels The

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the post at Seville in 1832 and at the royal chapel in 1844 . At Seville he took holy orders and soon met with ecclesiastical opposition to his secular operas. These three opere serie (all lost) were all written to Italian librettos and in the Italian style. Nevertheless, Eslava founded with Arrieta, Barbieri, Basili, Gaztambide, Salas and Saldoni La España Musical, a group whose aim was to foster Spanish opera. In 1854 he became professor of composition at the Madrid Conservatory and in 1866 its music director. His dominating passion for Italianate styles continued

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Margaret Laurie and Curtis Price

), set by both Richard Leveridge and John Weldon, and The Mountebank (with his own Farewell Folly , 1707 ), set by Leveridge. He also turned John Fletcher's The Island Princess ( 1699 ) into a very successful semi-opera, set by Daniel Purcell, Jeremiah Clarke and Leveridge. Motteux was also involved in the first productions of all-sung opera in London. He probably made the English translation of Tommaso Stanzani's Arsinoe for Thomas Clayton ( 1705 ) and he certainly provided the English texts for Giuseppe Fedeli's The Temple of Love ( 1706 ), the pasticcio

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Kristina Yapova

to the spirit – and often to the letter – of Bulgarian folk music. There are many Balkan and Eastern intonations in it, as in the case of his most familiar work – the opera Takhir-begovitsa [‘The Wife of Takhir Beg’]. Khadjigeorgiev is an author of textbooks on music for all levels of educational institutions as well as the first Bulgarian author of a history of music ( 1921 ). Works Opera Takhir-begovitza [The Wife of Takhir Beg] (M. Georgiev), 1910 Zaira [Zaira], unfinished (A. Strashimirov); Macedonia e svobodna [Macedonia is Free] (A.P. Bersenev),

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Walter Salmen

music for use in individual cloisters. To this end, along with antiphonaries and catalogues, he produced his main work, the six-volume Rhithmorum varietas: typi, exempla & modulationes rhythmorum opera & studia (MS, D-Mbs , 1646 ). It contains 2946 melodies, from simple folktunes to more sophisticated 16th- and 17th-century art songs ( Gesellschaftslieder ), all with thoroughbass accompaniment and systematically ordered for instruction in prosody and melodic writing. It is the most comprehensive collection of melodies of the Baroque era and important for its

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Robert Machold

output ranges from two-part falsobordoni to a Litania de Beata Vergine Maria ( 1596 ²), in which a four-part choir is contrasted with a six-part one to splendid effect. ( EitnerQ ; MGG1 , R. Machold) Works all printed works published in Munich ed.: Thesaurus litaniarum … ad communem vero ecclesiae usum collectae, opera ac studio Georgii Victorini in aede D. Michaëlis, 4–6 and more vv (1596²) [incl. 3 litanies, 4, 10vv by Victorinus] ed.: Siren coelestis … pro temporum dierumque, festorum diversitate concinnavit, organis item

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Jonas Westover

his pieces are operas, including Plasm over ocean: A Chamber opera in three scenes ( 1977 ) and Erzsébet ( 2010 ), about the vampire Countess Báthory. The bulk of Báthory-Kitsz’s music, however, is for small instrumental groups, frequently using computers, electronic tape, video, playback, and even exotic elements like “ice” and “aromas.” His works are commissioned by a wide range of organizations and have had premieres throughout the world. Works (selective list) Opera/Theatrical/Installations Plasm over ocean, opera (1977)

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George J. Buelow

theatrical style in church music. There is also an important description of the Hamburg opera together with a detailed inventory by year of all the operas and composers included in the repertory of the Hamburg opera house from its founding to its closing. The work concludes with a lengthy theoretical and philosophical discussion of the true meaning and purpose of a good opera theatre, and attempts to show that the collapse of the Hamburg opera was a result of the deteriorating taste of the opera public. Among Mattheson’s numerous books, the most important is Der vollkommene

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Bellini ( 1835 ). By the time of his death, however, alongside quantities of novels, histories, travelogues, journalism and over ninety spoken plays, he had produced librettos for only three completed operas. A possible reason for this is suggested in a short story by Dumas relating an encounter with Rossini (‘Un dîner chez Rossini’), in which the music and text in opera are depicted fighting for supremacy. Dumas seems to have found it hard to create space in his works for music, and despite the apparent operatic potential of many of his plots, the lasting power of such

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Nils Schiørring

collaborators, he added outstanding harmonizations; these collections introduced monorhythmic chorale melodies (in minims) into Danish church song. Schiørring also edited collections of secular music (particularly popular songs from operas, plays and other works) and contributed to Gerber's Lexicon . ( DBL , N. Schiørring) Works all published in Copenhagen Kirke-melodierne, 4vv (1781) Choral-bog … til psalme-bogen af 1778 (1783) [with figured bass] Choralsange, 4vv (1783) [ptbks] Sang-bog (1783) [melodies only]

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Alec Hyatt King

however, do all that for him’. Kelly himself said (i, 133–4) that the German bandmaster K.T. Eley provided the wind accompaniment for the march in Blue Beard . He caught the current taste so well that his music became widely popular: it was extensively pirated in America, resulting in some 200 separate issues. Blue Beard remained in the repertory for 26 years. In 1801 Kelly set up as a publisher, in premises so close to the King’s Theatre that he could offer patrons a private entrance through the shop, directly on to the stage. His publications included operas in vocal

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St Louis, Municipal Opera, 2 June 1969 A Grand Night for Singing (Rodgers), Criterion Center, 17 Nov 1993 State Fair (Rodgers), Music Box, 27 March 1996 [rev. of film] Films those not already mentioned above High, Wide and Handsome (J. Kern), 1937 [incl. The Folks who Live on the Hill] The Great Waltz (J. Strauss jr), 1938 Lady Be Good! (Kern), 1941 [The Last Time I Saw Paris] State Fair (R. Rodgers), 1945, 1962 [incl. It might as well be spring, It’s a grand night for singing, That’s for me] Centennial Summer (Kern), 1946 [incl. All Through the Day]

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Robert Hoskins

incidental music, wrote, or contributed to, over 70 operas. Although some of his writing is lacking in compositional finesse, having been produced at great speed and with little thought, the number of editions and stage productions of his operas testifies to Arnold’s popularity in the last quarter of the 18th century. Statistics show that Arnold’s more successful operas, such as The Agreeable Surprise ( 1781 ) and Inkle and Yarico ( 1787 ), an early anti-slavery opera, were among the most frequently performed of all operas of the time. No doubt Arnold’s prominence as

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Virginia Anderson

24 Preludes for piano ( 1992 ), references both Honegger and Little Eva, Conspicuous Consumer ( 1988 ) uses advertisements from 1980s lifestyle magazines, and Extended Relationships and False Endings ( 1993 ; the title is a pun on a work by Morton Feldman) sets American soap opera synopses. The L’Auteur se Retire collection uses a musical cryptography in which the names of the source composers, converted into pitch letters, are removed from their works. Like White, Hobbs scores toy and consumer instruments equally with Western and ethnic ‘art’ instruments (as

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John Warrack

revised by Cecelia H. Porter

presentation of criticism and what was the first appearance of the characters of the later-named Davidsbund. He then proceeded to refuse all further articles by Schumann and to suppress all mention of him, to oppose Chopin, and to make a celebrated attack on A.B. Marx for his new method of teaching composition ( 1842 ). Schumann's foundation of the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik in 1834 was partly an act of defiance against Fink and all he represented. Fink was a prolific contributor to the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung as well as the dictionaries of Ersch and Gruber

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E. Eugene Helm

revised by Darrell Berg

of Amor e Psiche , he wrote to his attendant Pöllnitz: ‘You will tell Agricola that he must change all of Coli’s arias – they are worthless – as well as those of Romani, along with the recitatives, which are deplorable from one end to the other’. An effort of 1772 entitled Oreste e Pilade , ordered by Frederick as entertainment for a visit by the Queen of Sweden and the Duchess of Brunswick, proved to be so far from what Frederick wanted that the entire opera had to be rewritten and retitled I greci in Tauride . As a performer-teacher, and in aspects of composition