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Karl Friedrich Abel (1723–1787) by Thomas Gainsborough, exh. RA 1777 The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA, USA

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Abel, Karl Friedrich (1723–1787), composer and concert impresario, was born on 22 December 1723 in Cöthen, Saxony, one of six children. His father, Christian Ferdinand Abel (c.1683–1737), served as violinist for Johann Sebastian Bach, under whom Karl Friedrich may have studied at the ...

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Barnard, John (b. c. 1591), music editor and composer, was between 1618 and 1622 a lay clerk at Canterbury Cathedral, where he was also employed to teach the cathedral choristers to play the viol. When he married Marie Martin there on 7 October 1619 his age was given as 'about 28'. A son, ...

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Beale, Thomas Willert (1828–1894), impresario and composer, was born in London, the eldest of the four children of Frederick Beale (1804–1863), of the music publishing firm of Cramer, Beale, and Addison of Regent Street, and his wife, Margaret, née Betts, of Charles Street, Grosvenor Square...

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William Boyce (bap. 1711, d. 1779) by Thomas Hudson, c. 1745–50 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Boyce, William (bap. 1711, d. 1779), composer, organist, and music editor, was born in Maiden Lane, London, and was baptized on 11 September 1711 at St James Garlickhythe, the youngest of four children of John Boyce (1673–1752), joiner and cabinet-maker, and his wife, ...

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Broderip, William (1683–1727), organist and composer, was born on 10 July 1683, the son of Adrian Broderip. He held several posts at Wells Cathedral, initially as vicar-choral from 1701 and then as sub-treasurer from 1706. He was paid a salary of 40s...

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Cornysh [Cornysshe], William (d. 1523), composer and court impresario, is of unknown parentage. It is likely that he was close kin, perhaps even a son, of William Cornysh [Cornysshe] (d. 1502), composer, also of unknown parentage. Nothing is known of the elder ...

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Dale, Joseph (1749/50–1821), music publisher and composer, is of obscure origins, although it is possible given his later interests that he was Scottish. He is first identified as the organist of St Antholin, Budge Row, Watling Street, London, in February 1777, a post he held until only a few months before his death. ...

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Darewski, Herman Edward (1883–1947), composer of light music and bandleader, was born in Austria on 17 April 1883, the eldest son in the family of at least four sons and one daughter of Edouard Darewski (1848/9–1920), a Russian-born teacher of music, and his Hungarian-born wife, ...

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Dyson, Sir George (1883–1964), composer and music administrator, was born at 4 Schofield's Court, off Crossley Terrace, Halifax, Yorkshire, on 28 May 1883. He was the eldest of the three children of John William Dyson, blacksmith, and his wife, Alice Greenwood, a weaver. ...

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Farnon, Robert Joseph (1917–2005), composer and musical arranger, was born on 24 July 1917 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the second son and third of four children in a musical family: his father, a clothier, played the violin, and his mother played the piano. He himself learned to play the violin, piano, percussion, and trumpet, while still young. He gained experience on radio as a teenager and became, at nineteen, lead trumpet in the ...

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Fletcher, Percy Eastman (1879–1932), composer and musical director, was born on 12 December 1879 in Handel Terrace, Curzon Street, Derby, the son of Alfred William Fletcher, professor of music, and his wife, Elizabeth Eastman. He was privately educated as a violinist, pianist, and organist, and having moved to ...

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Foss, Hubert James (1899–1953), music publisher and composer, was born on 2 May 1899 at Woodcroft, Park Hill Road, Croydon, Surrey, the thirteenth and youngest child of Frederick Foss (1850–1908) and his wife, Anne Penny Bartrum (1853–1924). His father, a solicitor, served as a JP and was mayor of ...

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Fraser, Simon (1773–1852), editor of traditional music and composer, was born at Ardachie, near Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire. His father, Captain John Fraser, son of Angus Fraser of Errogie, served with the 78th (Highland) regiment (the Black Watch) and 'scaled the heights of Abram...

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Galliard, John Ernest [formerly Johann Ernst Galliard] (c. 1666/1687–1747), composer and musical performer, was probably born in Celle, Germany, probably about 1666 (according to Highfill, Burnim & Langhans, BDA), but possibly about 1687 (Hawkins), the son of Jean Galliard...

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Hutchinson, (Christian) Victor Noel Hope Hely- (1901–1947), composer and music administrator, was born on 26 December 1901 at Newlands House, Newlands, Cape Town, Cape Colony, the youngest son of Sir Walter Francis Hely-Hutchinson (1849–1913), son of the earl of Donoughmore and last governor of ...