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Eduard Ingris

Born: Feb 11, 1905

Death: Jan 11, 1991

Nationality: United States

Eduard Ingris

Date of Birth : Feb 11, 1905
Date of Death : Jan 11, 1991

Eduard Ingris was a Czech-American composer, photographer, conductor and adventurer. Born in Zlonice in Bohemia, Ingris left Czechoslovakia in 1947 for South America, living in Brazil and Peru. In 1955 and 1959 he organized the Kantuta and Kantuta II raft voyages and sailed across the Pacific, in similar style to Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-tiki. While Ingris' travels spanned the globe and his talents led him through several careers, his first love was always music. He wrote the first arrangement of the famous "Beer Barrel Polka", after Jaromir Vejvoda came upon the melody and sought Ingris' help in refining it. This was shortly before the outbreak of World War II. The piece was brought to England by Czech pilots flying for the Royal Air Force, became an overnight hit there, and subsequently was popularized in America. Ingris received degrees from the Charles University in Prague and the Prague Conservatory. He composed about 1,000 works, including forty-eight operettas and musical comedies, full opera and symphonies. At nineteen he composed the operetta "The Capricious Mirror", which played five years in Prague — a record-setting of 1,600 performances.

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