Kaiser, Alfred, Belgian-born English composer; b. Brussels, Feb. 29, 1872; d. Bournemouth, Oct. 1, 1917. He studied composition with Bruckner in Vienna and with Foerster in Prague, and then went to London. During World War I, he changed his name to De Keyser to escape the odium attached to the Kaiser of Germany. Among his works are the operas Le Billet de Josphine (Paris, 1902), Die schwarze Nina (Elberfeld, 1905), and Stella Maris (Düsseldorf, 1910). He also wrote a Sym., a Piano Concerto, and chamber music.
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