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Abraham, Gerald Ernest Heal (1904–1988), musicologist, was born on 9 March 1904 in Newport, Isle of Wight, the only child of Ernest Abraham, manufacturer, and his wife, Dorothy Mary Heal, a jeweller's daughter. In spite of his strong musical interests, he planned a naval career, attending a naval crammer in ...

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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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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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Ehrlich, Cyril (1925–2004), economic and social historian and writer on music, was born on 13 September 1925 at 5 Copley Street, Mile End, London, the elder child of Henry Ehrlich, tailor, and his wife, Dinah, née Jacobs, also a tailor. Both parents were descended from eastern European Jews. Although they were skilled tailors the uncertain economic climate of the late 1920s and early 1930s meant that they often had to seek work outside their trade. Consequently the family finances were precarious and (since his parents moved frequently in search of work) ...

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Feather, Leonard Geoffrey (1914–1994), jazz writer and promoter, was born on 13 September 1914 at Fannat Villa, Teignmouth Road, Brondesbury, Middlesex, the son of Nathaniel Feather, who owned a chain of clothing stores, and his wife, Felicia, née Zelinski. He was brought up in a strictly conformist upper-middle-class Jewish family, studying classical piano and clarinet from an early age while secretly enjoying an addiction to popular music. About the age of fifteen he came across ...

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Karpeles, Maud Pauline (1885–1976), folk music collector and scholar, was born on 12 November 1885 at Lancaster Gate, London, the third of five children of John N. Karpeles (d. 1926?), merchant and stockbroker, a naturalized German from Hamburg, and his wife, Emily Annette (1861–1914)...

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Maud Pauline Karpeles (1885–1976) by unknown photographer courtesy EFDSS

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Keller, Hans Heinrich (1919–1985), broadcaster and writer on music, was born at Nusswaldgasse 13, Döbling, Vienna, Austria, on 11 March 1919, the son of the architect Fritz Keller (d. 1939) and his wife, Grete Grotte (1883–1959); he had one half-sister, Gertrud Franey (...

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Hans Heinrich Keller (1919–1985) by George Newson, 1984 © George Newson; National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mar, Norman René Del (1919–1994), conductor and writer on music, was born on 31 July 1919 at 12 Kidderpore Gardens, London, the youngest of the three sons of Max Levi (1876–1963), a brush manufacturer, and his wife, Vera, née Del Mar (1891–1964). Max...

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Norman René Del Mar (1919–1994) by Derek Allen, 1954 © Derek Allen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nadel, Siegfried Ferdinand Stephan (1903–1956), social anthropologist and musicologist, was born on 24 April 1903 at Lemberg (Lwów), Galicia, Austria, the only son of the two children of Dr Moritz Nadel (b. 1871), a lawyer, and his wife, Adele Hirschsprung (1880–1955). His parents were both born at ...

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Rosenthal, Harold David (1917–1987), music critic, was born at 67 Knights Hill, West Norwood, London, on 30 September 1917, the son of Israel Victor Rosenthal, schoolmaster, and his wife, Leah Samuel. After attending the City of London School, he went on to University College, London...

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Rostal, Max (1905–1991), violinist and music teacher, was born on 7 August 1905 in Teschen, Silesia. Nothing is known of his Jewish parents, but he began the violin when aged five, gave a public concert the next year, and toured as a child prodigy. He studied under ...

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Sadie, Stanley John (1930–2005), musicologist and music critic, was born on 30 October 1930 at 57 Forty Avenue, Wembley, the only son of David Sadie, a silk manufacturer's agent, and his wife, Deborah, née Simons; he had one older sister. He was of Jewish descent. He was educated at ...

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Wellesz, Egon Joseph (1885–1974), composer and music scholar, was born in Vienna on 21 October 1885, the only child of (Solomon) Josef Wellesz, textile manufacturer, and his wife, Ilona Lövenyi. He was educated at Hegel Gymnasium in Vienna and studied musicology at Vienna University...