Skip to main content

Caryll, Ivan (real name, Felix Tilkin)

Caryll, Ivan (real name, Felix Tilkin)

Belgian-born American conductor and composer; b. Liège, May 12, 1861; d. N.Y., Nov. 29, 1921. He studied at the Liège Cons, and the Paris Cons. In 1882 he went to London, where he established himself as a theater conductor. In 1887 he became music director of the Prince of Wales Theatre. In 1889 he was named music director of the Lyric Theatre, where he scored his first major success as a composer of light theater music with his burlesque Little Christopher Columbus (Oct. 10, 1893; known in the U.S. as Little Christopher). In 1894 he became composer-in-residence and music director of the Gaiety Theatre. He brought out several successful stage works, often with contributions with Lionel Mon-ckton, including The Shop Girl (Nov. 24, 1894), The Circus Girl (Dec. 5, 1896), A Runaway Girl (May 21, 1898), The Messenger Boy (Feb. 3, 1900), The Toreador (June 17, 1901), and The Orchid (Oct. 28, 1903). Among Caryll’s other successful scores were The Gay Parisienne (April 4, 1896; known in the U.S. as The Girl from Paris), The Ladies’ Paradise (March 11, 1901), The Girl from Kays (Nov. 15, 1902; in collaboration with Cecil Cook), The Duchess of Dantzic (Oct. 17, 1903), The Earl and the Girl (Dec. 10, 1903), The Cherry Girl (Dec. 21, 1903), The New Aladdin (Sept. 29, 1906), The Girls of Gottenberg (May 15, 1907), and Our Miss Gibbs (Jan. 23, 1909). From 1899 Caryll likewise was conductor of his own light orch. In 1910 he went to the U.S., eventually becoming a naturalized American citizen. Settling in N.Y., his success continued in his adopted homeland with such scores as The Pink Lade (March 13, 1911), Oh! Oh! Delphine (Sept. 30, 1912), The Little Café (Nov. 10, 1913), Chin-Chin (Oct. 20, 1914), Jack o’Lantern (Oct. 16, 1917), The Girl Behind the Gun (Sept. 16, 1918), Tip-Top (Oct. 5, 1920), Kissing Time (Oct. 11, 1920), and The Hotel Mouse (March 13, 1922; rev. version of Little Miss Raffles, Stamford, Conn., Dec. 1, 1921). Caryll also wrote numerous songs, dances, and salon pieces.

—Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Caryll, Ivan (real name, Felix Tilkin)." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Encyclopedia.com. 20 Nov. 2018 <https://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Caryll, Ivan (real name, Felix Tilkin)." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Encyclopedia.com. (November 20, 2018). https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/caryll-ivan-real-name-felix-tilkin

"Caryll, Ivan (real name, Felix Tilkin)." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Retrieved November 20, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/caryll-ivan-real-name-felix-tilkin

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.