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Barbirolli, Sir John [formerly Giovanni Battista] (1899–1970), conductor and cellist, was born Giovanni Battista at 12 Southampton Row, London, on 2 December 1899, the elder son and second of the three children of an émigré Italian violinist, Lorenzo Barbirolli (1864–1928), and his Parisian wife, ...

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Hallé, Sir Charles [formerly Carl Halle] (1819–1895), conductor and pianist, was born on 11 April 1819 in Hagen, Westphalia. He was the son of a church organist and concert director, Friedrich Halle, and his wife, Caroline Branschedt. He had his first piano lessons at the age of three and soon showed extraordinary talent, giving a public performance when he was four of a sonatina composed by his father. When he was eleven he deputized for his father and conducted all the operas (at least ten) during the annual visit of a touring company. They included ...

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Hartley, Wallace Henry (1878–1912), musician and bandleader on the RMS Titanic, was born on 2 June 1878 at 136 Greenfield Hill, Colne, Lancashire, the second of the six children (four surviving) of Albion Hartley (1850–1934), mill manager, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Foulds (1851–1927)...

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Semprini, (Fernando Riccardo) Alberto (1908–1990), pianist and conductor, was born on 27 March 1908 in Bath, the second of three sons (there were no daughters) of Arturo Riccardo Fernando Semprini, musician, from Rimini, Italy, and his wife, Elizabeth Tilley, opera singer, from Dudley, Worcestershire...

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Smart, Sir George Thomas (1776–1867), conductor and organist, was born in London on 10 May 1776, the eldest of the six children of George Smart (1750/51?–1818?), a music publisher and dealer and an amateur bass player, and his wife, Ann, née Embrey (...

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Spohr, Louis (1784–1859), composer, violinist, and conductor, was born on 5 April 1784 at what is now Spohrplatz 7, Brunswick, the first of the seven children of Carl Heinrich Spohr (1756–1843), a medical doctor, and his cousin Juliane Ernestine Luise Henke (1763–1840). His baptismal name was ...

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Stokowski, Leopold Anthony (1882–1977), conductor and organist, was born on 18 April 1882 at 13 Upper Marylebone Street, Marylebone, London, the first of three children of Kopernik Joseph Boleslaw Stokowski (1862–1924), cabinet-maker, and his wife, Anne Marion (1858–1952), daughter of Thomas Moore, journeyman bootmaker....