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First Line of Chorus:
- Lutz, W. Meyer
- Concanen, Alfred
Alfred Concanen Collection
AlCon SL 00-043
Hopwood & Crew
Historical NotesBorn in 1852 in London as Catherine Candelon, Kate Vaughan was an English actress and dancer, making her debut in 1870 as a dancer. She also performed burlesque at The Gaiety from 1876 through 1883 and again in 1886. She died in Johannesburg in 1903.
Obituary available via Papers Past (http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz)
Sir Francis Cowley Burnand (1836-1917), was a talented and prolific comedic writer. He began writing stage pieces while at Eton College from 1851-1854. He then moved on to Trinity College, Cambridge University, for three years. He entered the seminary soon after, but decided his true vocation was as a comedic writer for the stage. Burnand authored over one hundered farces, burlesques, pantomimes, light musical pieces, and melodramas. He collaborated with both W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. He also wrote for the comic periodical Fun. Mark Lemon, the founding editor of Punch, recruited him as a regular contributor in 1863. Burnand worked at Punch for forty-three years. He was knighted in 1902, the first time a Punch writer had been so honored. After his forced retirement from the magazine in 1906, Burnand toured England with a lecture entitled Nearly Fifty Years of Punch. His memoirs, titled Records and Reminiscences, were published in 1903.
Encyclopedia of British Humorists, Geoffrey Chaucer to John Cleese, Volume 1, A-K., page 169. Garland Publishing, New York and London, 1996.
Wilhelm Meyer Lutz (1829-1903) was a German-born English composer and conductor who is best known for light music, musical theatre and burlesques of well-known works.
Emigrating to England at the age of 19, Lutz started as an organist and soon became a theatrical conductor. After serving from 1850 to 1855 as music director of the Surrey Theatre, Lutz conducted touring opera companies and composed some serious music and music for the Christy Minstrels. In 1869, he was engaged as the music director of the Gaiety Theatre, London, arranging and later composing a series of popular burlesques over the next 25 years. Lutz continued to compose songs into the 20th century.