The carol 'Three Kings from Persian lands afar' against a chorale accompaniment is our only link now with the German composer Peter Cornelius, born on Christmas Eve 1824 at Mainz. His comic opera The Barber of Baghdad was first heard at Weimar in 1858 and produced by Liszt. Cornelius was friendly with Wagner, and taught at Munich University, and continued with more operas and much vocal music. He died at Mainz on 26 October 1874, of a liver complaint.
A selection of M&V articles about Peter Cornelius
Ensemble. A Pleasant Change - Derby Choral Union's Christmas Concert, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Limpid Clarity - 'The Barber of Baghdad' by Peter Cornelius, experienced by Mike Wheeler