Edward German

(1862—1936) composer

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(b Whitchurch, Salop, 1862; d London, 1936).

Eng. composer. Played in th. orchs., soon becoming cond. Mus. dir., Globe Th. from 1888, writing incidental mus. for Shakespeare's plays (incl. some of Irving's prods.) which made him famous. Greatest success was patriotic operetta Merrie England (1902). Among his popular songs are Rolling Down to Rio (1903) and Glorious Devon (1905). Also wrote attractive mus. for pf. Knighted 1928. Prin. works:

light operas:

The Emerald Isle

(1901, completion of Sullivan's last work);

Merrie England


A Princess of Kensington


Tom Jones


Fallen Fairies


theatre music:

Richard III


Henry VIII


Romeo and Juliet


As You Like It


Much Ado About Nothing


Nell Gwyn



Syms. No.1 (1887, rev. 1890) and No.2 (‘Norwich’, 1893);


, sym.‐poem (1897);

Welsh Rhapsody


Coronation MarchHenry VIII

(based on ) (1911);

Theme and 6 Diversions


Subjects: Music.

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