BENEDICT, SIR JULIUS


BENEDICT, SIR JULIUS
BENEDICT, SIR JULIUS (Isaac; 1804–1885), composer and conductor, born in Stuttgart. After conducting in Vienna (1823–25) and later in Naples, he settled in London in 1835. He accompanied Jenny Lind on her American tour (1850–52) and conducted at Drury Lane and Covent Garden. Of his operas, the most successful was The Lily of Killarney (Covent Garden, 1862). Although a convert to Protestantism (1826), he set to music Psalm 84 (first verse) for the inauguration of the first British Reform Synagogue (West London) in 1840. His works include cantatas, symphonies, and piano concertos. He wrote biographies of Felix Mendelssohn (18532) and Carl Maria von Weber (1881), whose pupil he was. He was knighted in 1871. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: P.H. Emden, Jews of Britain (1943), 514–15; Raphael, in: BLBI, 11 no. 41 (1968), 32–37; Grove, Dict; Riemann-Gurlitt; Baker, Biog Dict; Sendrey, Music, indexes. (Dora Leah Sowden)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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