Tallat-Kelpša, Juozas, Lithuanian conductor, teacher, and composer; b. Kalnujai, Jan. 1, 1889; d. Vilnius, Feb. 5, 1949. He studied cello at the Vilnius Music School before completing his music education at the St. Petersburg Cons. (1907-16). In 1920 he settled in Kaunas and founded its Opera, which he conducted until 1941 and again from 1944 to 1948. He also taught at the music school (1920-33) and at the Cons, (from 1933). In 1948 he was awarded the Stalin Prize. He wrote instrumental works, piano pieces, and choral songs, and also prepared folk song arrangements.
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