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Bassano, Alvise (d. 1554), musician and instrument maker, was presumably born in Bassano, near Venice, in the late fifteenth century, the second son of Maestro Jeronimo (d. 1539?), known as Piva (‘bagpipe’). By 1515 he was playing in Venice, and he served in ...

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Brown, Robert Urquhart (1906–1972), piper, piobaireachd player, and teacher, was born on 1 May 1906 in Strachan, Kincardineshire, son of Francis Farquharson Brown (1875–1955?) head keeper of Blackhall estate, and his wife, Margaret Dunbar (1871–1937). He was educated at Banchory Academy. He started piping at the age of eleven, and soon showed a love for piobaireachd, the classical music of the highland bagpipe. His early tutors were ...

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Cohen, Eta (1916–2012), violin teacher and author, was born on 13 March 1916 at 26 Azalea Terrace North, Sunderland, one of four daughters of Isaac Cohen, master jeweller, and his wife, Marie, née Hurwitz. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. Her father had a passion for music, and when ...

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Craxton, Janet Helen Rosemary (1929–1981), oboist and teacher, was born on 17 May 1929 at 8 Grove End Road, London, the only daughter and the youngest of the six children of (Thomas) Harold Hunt Craxton (1885–1971) and his wife, Essie May Faulkner (1890–1977)...

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Janet Helen Rosemary Craxton (1929–1981) by unknown photographer, 1960s private collection

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Craxton, (Thomas) Harold Hunt (1885–1971), pianist and teacher, was born on 30 April 1885 at 6 Dorchester Place, Marylebone, London, the first son of Thomas Robert Craxton (1858–1908), a surveyor's assistant, and his wife, Sarah Jane Hunt (1852–1905). The Craxtons originated in Northamptonshire...

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(Thomas) Harold Hunt Craxton (1885–1971) by unknown photographer, late 1960s private collection

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Eccles, Solomon (1617?–1682), musician and Quaker missionary, was probably baptized on 14 September 1617 at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, the son of Solomon Eccles. His father was a musician, but little else is known of Eccles's early life. He appears to have lived at ...

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Gillies, John MacDougall (1855–1925), player and teacher of the highland bagpipe, was born on 20 May 1855 at 126 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, eldest of the three sons of John MacDougall Gillies (b. 1825), marble polisher from Glendaruel, Argyll, and his wife, Isabella Smith (...

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Klose, Francis Joseph (1784–1830), composer and piano teacher, was born in London, the son of a professor of music. His first teacher was his father, and he later studied the piano and composition with Franz Tomich, a pupil of Haydn. He was an excellent violinist, and was a member both of the orchestra of the ...