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Joseph Carl Breil, American composer.

Background

Breil, Joseph Carl was born on June 29, 1870 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Joseph and Margaret A. (Frohnhoefer) Breil.

Education

Educated Pittsburgh College, St. Fidelis College (Butler, Pennsylvania), Curry U. (Pittsburgh), University of Leipzig. Studied music under private teachers, Conservatory, Leipzig. Voice at Milan, Italy.

Career

At 17 had written opera, “Orlando of Milan,” produced by amateurs, at Pittsburgh. Principal tenor, Emma Juch Opera Company, 1891-1892. Tenor soloist and choir director St. Paul’s Cathedral, Pittsburgh, 1892-1897.

Theatrical music director, and toured country, 1897-1903. Reviser and editor mus. publications, 1903-1910. General music director American Grand Opera Association, season 1919-1920.

Composer of the music to “The Climax” (play), first produced at Weber’s Theatre, New York, April 1909. “Love Laughs at Locksmiths” (opera), produced, Portland, Maine, October 27, 1910. Sarah Bernhardt’s “Queen Elizabeth,” a musical score to moving picture play film (first ever attempted), produced at Powers’ Theatre, Chicago, 1912, and which has given him sobriquet “father of motion picture music”.

Also many other film scores, most notable. Wrote grand opera, “The Legend,” produced Metropolitan Opera House, New New York Wrote music of “The Seventh Chord,” play produced Illinois Theatre, Chicago, April 1913. Book and music of “Professor Tattle,” New York, 1913.

Music of “The Phantom Legion,” New York, 1919. Motion picture music.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer of the music to “The Climax” (play), first produced at Weber’s Theatre, New York, April 1909. “Love Laughs at Locksmiths” (opera), produced, Portland, Maine, October 27, 1910. Sarah Bernhardt’s “Queen Elizabeth,” a musical score to moving picture play film (first ever attempted), produced at Powers’ Theatre, Chicago, 1912, and which has given him sobriquet “father of motion picture music”.

      Also many other film scores, most notable. Wrote grand opera, “The Legend,” produced Metropolitan Opera House, New New York Wrote music of “The Seventh Chord,” play produced Illinois Theatre, Chicago, April 1913. Book and music of “Professor Tattle,” New York, 1913.

      Music of “The Phantom Legion,” New York, 1919. Motion picture music.

Connections

Married Jean F. Stevenson, February 21, 1910.

father:
Joseph Breil

mother:
Margaret A. (Frohnhoefer) Breil

spouse:
Jean F. Stevenson