Forbidden Music Regained

Leo Smit Stichting
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The great Catherine

By Ignace Lilien

Opera / musical theatre
location of manuscript archive registration number 009/055
autograph catalogue application number NMI 24017


Words by George Bernard Shaw

In the NMI archive only available the piano reduction. This work was originally published by Universal Edition.

First performance

1932 German version ‘Die grosse Katharina’

About Ignace Lilien

Ignace Lilien

His hometown Lemberg, in the Ukraine known as Lviv, and in Poland as Lwów, has a history of occupation by shifting powers. This is why the Germans had trouble figuring out Ignace Lilien's real identity; he survived the war with forged documents. He worked as a chemical engineer, but that didn’t stop him from composing a large oeuvre. His life was as varied as his music, with influences ranging from Polish modernism to South American rhythms and timbres.

by Frans van Ruth