Lincke, (Carl Emil) Paul

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Lincke, (Carl Emil) Paul

Lincke, (Carl Emil) Paul, German conductor and composer; b. Berlin, Nov. 7, 1866; d. Klausthal-Zellerfeld, near Göttingen, Sept. 3, 1946. After studies with Rudolf Kleinow in Wittenberge (1880–84), he was active in Berlin as a bassoonist in and later conductor of theater orchs. He also became active as a composer of small operettas and other light theater pieces, scoring his first success with Venus auf Erden (June 6,1897). After a sojourn at the Folies-Bergère in Paris (1897–99), he returned to Berlin and brought out such works as Frau Luna (May 1, 1899), Im Reiche des Indra (Dec. 18, 1899), Fräulein Loreley (Oct. 15, 1900), Lysistrata (April I, 1902; best known for its Glühwürmchen-[Glowworm] Idyll), Nakiris Hochzeit (Nov. 6, 1902), and Berliner Luft (Sept. 28,1904). Among his later works, only Gri-gri (Cologne, March 25, 1911) and Casanova (Chemnitz, Nov. 5, 1913) attracted much attention. He subsequently devoted himself mainly to conducting and overseeing his own publishing firm, Apollo Verlag. During the Nazi era, Lincke’s works were successfully revived and the composer was granted various honors. His new-won fame, however, did not survive the collapse of the Third Reich.


E. Nick, P. L.(Hamburg, 1953); O. Schneidereit, P. L. und die Entstehung der Berliner Operette (Berlin, 1974).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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