Gilbert, Jean (opera) [Winterfeld, Max ]
- Andrew Lamb
[Winterfeld, Max ]
(b Hamburg, Feb 11, 1879; d Buenos Aires, Dec 20, 1942). German composer and conductor . As a child he took piano lessons and later studied music in Kiel, Sondershausen and Berlin. He began his professional career in 1897 as a theatre conductor in Bremerhaven, moved to Hamburg in 1898 and, after military service, to Berlin in 1902. He adopted his nom de plume for his first operetta, Das Jungfernstift (1901). He conducted for a touring circus and at provincial theatres, after which he achieved wide and lasting success with his operetta Die keusche Susanne (1910). He then returned to Berlin as conductor at the Thalia-Theater and produced a rapid succession of operettas – he was to compose more than 50 in all – in the lively, commercial style of the Berlin school, among them Polnische Wirtschaft (1910), Autoliebchen (1912), Die elfte Muse...