Who is Edward German?
"There is only one man who is worthy of succeeding me, and that man is Edward German." - Sir Arthur Sullivan
Edward German was a composer of "good light music" in Victorian England. Although he was not terribly famous in the 19th century, the death of Sir Arthur propelled German to stardom. For the rest of his days, German was one of the most popular English composers. Sadly, his fame dwindled after his death in 1936, and he is barely remembered today.
For an online biography, please click here.You will be directed to the "Who Was Who in the D'Oyly Carte" website.
To read about Edward German, I would suggest the following:
- "Edward German: An Intimate Biography" by William H. Scott (London, Cecil Palmer, published 1932)
- "A Musical Peacemaker: The Life and Work of Sir Edward German" by Brian Rees (Abbotsbrook, Kensal Press, published 1986).
Both are outstanding biographies, particularly the latter, because it provides more photos and covers German's final years.
A video talking about Edward German and his legacy may be viewed here.
To purchase Edward German scores, please visit Christopher Browne's website. He has vocal scores of all the German operas, and a few recordings of odds and ends of German's music.
Lastly, I recommend this website containing articles and events.