Born June 29, 1870, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Died January 23, 1926, Los Angeles, California
About Joseph Carl Breil
Today Breil is remembered, if he is remembered at all, as a composer of film music. Breil was the first to compose a score specifically for a motion picture, Queen Elizabeth of 1912. He also brought a strong flavor of Hollywood dramatics to his operas, a characteristic not always welcome in the opera houses of his day.
Orlando of Milan (c. 1888, amateur performance) [juvenelia]
The Legend, opera in one act Libretto by Jaques Byrne. March 12, 1919, Metropolitan Opera, New York
Der Asra, opera in one act Libretto by the composer after the poem by Heinrich Heine. November 24, 1925, Gamut Club Theater, Los Angeles, California