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Peter Branscombe

1782 (Lipowsky) he married the singer Johanna Roithner (who later sang at the Munich Opera until at least 1811 ). The couple were at Brünn (now Brno) in 1783 as members of Waizhofer's company, and in 1785 they moved on to Linz, where Lasser directed the company in the 1786–7 season. In 1788 , after a brief season as director at Eszterháza, he rejoined Waizhofer, then at Graz. In 1791 the Lassers went to Munich, where he distinguished himself at court by singing arias in all four registers, and by playing a violin concerto. Apart from a successful guest appearance

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given no fewer than 39 times in 1795 , the year of its première; Beethoven’s set of 12 variations on a Menuett à la Vìganò woo 68 ( 1795 ) is based on an air from this work. Haibel’s greatest success was Der Tiroler Wastel of 1796 , to an ‘opera’ libretto by Schikaneder; it was given 66 times that year and 118 times in all at the Wiednertheater, and was also staged in innumerable other theatres. None of Haibel’s other original scores even remotely equalled its success, though in 1809 the ‘musical quodlibet’ Rochus Pumpernickel began its triumphant progress:

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Rachel Samet

American conductor , singer , and teacher . After attending Tougaloo College (BA 1966 ), he moved to New York City, seeking a career as an operatic tenor. He attended the Manhattan School of Music (MA 1968 , DMA 1984 ) and performed as a singer with several opera companies, including Houston Grand Opera (Joplin’s Treemonisha , 1982 ) and on Broadway. He is best known as a prominent African American conductor; he created and headed the internationally acclaimed Boys Choir of Harlem, an organization he founded in 1968 as an after-school music program. The choir

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Michal Ben-Zur

Exiles’, 1952 ). His most performed work, Symphonic Suite on Greek Themes ( 1943 ), received the 1951 Engel prize. Works ( selective list ) Operas Nedarim [Vows] (Salomon), 1954–5 David and Goliath (A. Bär), solo vv, chorus, ob, str qt, 1965 Four Times Methuselah: Methuselah Laughs Last (ob, Salomon), 1965–6 Vocal The Tone (cant., A. Nedel), 1933 Adon olam [Lord of All], T, chorus, org, 1949 Kibbutz ha’galuyot [Gathering of Exiles] (cant., Bible), 1952 Le’ma’an Yerushalayim [For the Sake of Jerusalem] (cant., Bible), 1958 Halo

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Jean Mongrédien

revised by Katharine Ellis

of Le Mans Cathedral, where he met Le Sueur, and studied oriental languages at the Sorbonne. He was ordained a priest and, as a tenor, joined the maîtrise of Notre Dame on the eve of the Revolution. During the Revolution, however, the maîtrise was suppressed, and he joined the Opéra chorus, soon gaining the post of chorus leader. In 1798 he went to Egypt as a member of a large scientific group accompanying Napoleon on his Egyptian expedition; this journey determined much of Villoteau’s future career. During two years in Egypt he amassed numerous documents,

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Armineh Grigorian

revised by Robert Atayan and Aram Kerovpyan

have been produced by the Arts Institute of the Armenian Academy of Sciences, is being continued by other publishers. 2. Works. Robert Atayan, revised by Aram Kerovpyan Komitas’s folksong collections are remarkable for their precision and variety; all the poetic forms, many dialect types and all the modal and rhythmic species are represented. One of his most valuable discoveries was that, apart from ancient folk melodies such as the improvisatory agricultural tunes, the hayren songs of the early gusan (professional minstrels) tradition and variations