Furst, William Wallace


American composer and playwright; born in Baltimore and educated by the Christian Brothers at Calvert Hill, Baltimore, and at Rock Hill College, Maryland. Furst wrote The Isle of Champagne, an extremely popular comic opera; Fleur-de-Lis and Fleurette; and was co-author with C. A. Byrne of Princess Nicotine; also wrote The Little Trooper; and with William Gillette, an operatic version of She; beside numerous comic operas; incidental music for various plays; a grand opera, Theodora; and numerous piano and voice compositions.