EDWARD GERMAN (1862 - 1936)
Edward German, knighted in 1928 for his services to music, was the successor of Sir Arthur Sullivan in the field of English operetta. A composer of some versatility, he wrote little after 1910 as he felt out of sympathy with the new age in music, which by then had dawned.
The patriotic comic opera Merrie England was staged at the Savoy Theatre in London in 1902. The stirring Yeomen of England vies in popularity with an aria for Queen Elizabeth I of England, O peaceful England, while I my watch am keeping. Other light operas include Tom Jones and Fallen Fairies, the latter a collaboration with W.S. Gilbert.