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LAURENT DE RILLÉ.

LAURENT DE RILLÉ, François Anatole, the composer of an enormous number of part-songs and other small choral works, born at Orleans in 1828. He was at first intended to be a painter, but altered his purpose and studied music under an Italian named Comoghio, and subsequently under Elwart. His compositions, of which a list of the most important is given in the supplement to Fétis, have enjoyed a lasting popularity with 'orphéoniste' societies, and although they contain few if any characteristics which would recommend them to the attention of earnest musicians, they have that kind of vigorous effectiveness which is exactly suited to their purpose. A large number of operettas of very slight construction have from time to time been produced in Paris, and the composer has made various more or less successful essays in the department of church music.

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LAWROWSKA, Mlle. See Zeretelew, Princess, vol. iv. p. 506a.

LAZARUS, Henry. Add date of birth, 1815. (Died March, 1895.)

LEACH, James. Line 1 of article, for Rochdale, Yorkshire, read Wardle, near Rochdale, Lancashire; and for last sentence read Leach died from a stage coach accident, Feb. 8, 1798.

LÉCLAIR, J. M. Line 4 of article, for Lyons in 1697 read Paris, Nov. 23, 1687.

LECOCQ. Line 1 of article, for Charles read Alexandre Charles. (Corrected in late editions). P. 111a, l. 4, add that 'Les Ondines au Champagne' was produced at the Folly Theatre, London, in Sept. 1877. Line 6, add that 'Fleur de Thé' was given by the Variétés company at the Lyceum, on June 12, 1871, and in English at the Criterion, Oct. 9, 1875. Line 10, add that 'Le Rajah de Mysore' was given in English at the Park Theatre, Feb. 15, 1875. Line 11, add that 'Le beau Dunois' was given at the Lyceum by the French company, May 25, 1871. Line 15, add that versions of 'Les cent Vierges' were given at the Britannia Theatre, May 25, 1874, and at the Gaiety, Sept. 14 of the same year. Line 16, add that 'La Fille de Mme. Angot' was produced in another English version, at the Gaiety, Nov. 10, 1873. The date of the original production of this work is Dec. 4, 1872. This, the 'Cent Vierges,' and 'Giroflé-Girofla' were all produced first in Brussels, where the composer resided from 1870 to 1873. Line 20, add that 'La petite Mariée' was given in French at the Opera Comique, London, May 7, 1876, and (line below) that 'La Marjolaine' was produced at the Royalty in English, Oct. 11, 1877. A version of 'Le petit Duc' was given at the Philharmonic Theatre on April 27, 1878. 'La petite Mademoiselle' was produced at the Alhambra, Oct. 6, 1879. The following works, written since the publication of the article in vol. ii., are to be added:—'La jolie Persane,' 1879; 'Le Grand Casimir,' 1879 (in English at the Gaiety, Sept. 27 of that year); 'Le Jour et la Nuit,' 1881 (in English at the Strand, as 'Manola,' Feb. 11, 1882); 'Le Cœur et la Main,' 1882; 'La Princesse aux Canaries,' 1883 (in English as 'Pepita', Liverpool. Dec. 30, 1886, and at Toole's Theatre, London, Aug. 30, 1888). A recent attempt at a higher class of music, 'Plutus,' produced at the Opéra Comique, Paris, March 31, 1886, failed and was withdrawn after eight representations, but another essay in the same direction, 'All Baba,' produced at the Alhambra, Brussels, Nov. II, 1887, was more successful.

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LEE, George Alexander. Line 12 of article, add that he became conductor of the Haymarket in 1827. His secession from the lesseeship of the Tottenham Street Theatre was on account of the heavy penalties incurred by the management through their infringement of the 'patent theatres'' rights. Line 3 from end of article, correct date of Mrs. Lee's death to April 26, 1851.

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LEEDS MUSICAL FESTIVAL. Add that from 1880 till the present time the festivals have been conducted by Sir Arthur Sullivan, whose 'Martyr of Antioch' was, together with Barnett's 'Building of the Ship,' the chief attraction of that year's festival (Oct. 13–17). In 1883 (Oct. 10–13) the novelties were Raff's 'End of the World,' Macfarren's 'David,' Cellier's 'Gray's Elegy,' and Barnby's 'The Lord is King.' In 1886 (Oct. 13–17), Dvořák's 'St. Ludmila,' Sullivan's 'Golden Legend,' Stanford's 'Revenge,' and Mackenzie's 'Story of Sayid' were the new works, and a splendid performance was given of Bach's B minor Mass.

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LEGRENZI, Giovanni. P. 113b, last line but one, for in July read May 26.

LEHMANN, Lilli, born 1848 at Wurzburg, was taught singing by her mother, Marie Lehmann (born 1807), formerly a harp-player and prima donna at Cassel under Spohr, and the original heroine of some of the operas of that master. The daughter made her début at Prague as the First Boy ('Zauberflöte'), and was engaged successively at Dantzig in 1868 and at Leipzig in 1870. She made her début at Berlin as Vielka (Meyerbeer's 'Feldlager in Schlesien'), Aug. 19, 1870, with such success that she was engaged there as a light soprano. She obtained a life engagement there in 1876, and was appointed Imperial chamber singer. The same year she played Woglinde and Helmwige, and sang the 'Bird' music in Wagner's trilogy at Bayreuth. She made a successful début at Her Majesty's as Violetta June 3, as Philine ('Mignon') June 15, 1880, and sang there for two seasons. She appeared at Covent Garden in German with great success as Isolde, July 2, 1884. In passing through England to America, where she has been engaged for the winter in German opera for the last three seasons, she gave a concert with Franz Rummel at the Steinway Hall Oct. 22, 1885. She reappeared at Her Majesty's as Fidelio in Italian June 1887.

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LEIDESDORF, Max Josef. Correct date of death to 1840. In reference at end of article add vol. i., and also that he was one of Schubert's early publishers. (Corrected in late editions.)