English composer; born in London of Jewish parents. He was chiefly self-taught and was the composer of numerous clever and popular operas and operettas somewhat on the order of the popular Gilbert and Sullivan works; many of them were written for the Savoy Theatre, London, and all had more or less of a vogue. Among them were Billee Taylor; Claude Duval; Quite an Adventure; Paul and Virginia; Pocahontas, and the Nautch Girl. This was his last opera and it was produced in 1891 at the Savoy, London. Billee Taylor was a ballad opera, based upon an old English marine ballad, of the same name.