Bilse, Benjamin, German conductor; b. Liegnitz, Aug. 17, 1816; d. there, July 13, 1902. He was “Stadt-musikus” at Liegnitz (1843), and brought his orch. to a remarkable degree of perfection. He then lived in Berlin (1868–84) and conducted at the Concerthaus, retiring in 1894 with the title “Hofmusikus.” He composed salon music.
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