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Birchensha, John (c. 1605–1681?), musical theorist and teacher, was (according to Flood, 214) a son of Sir Ralph Birchensha (c.1565?–1622?) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. after 1618). They were possibly the Raphe Byrkenshaw and Elizabeth Morall who were married at ...

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Charles Burney (1726–1814) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1781 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burney, Charles (1726–1814), musician and author, was born on 7 April 1726 in Raven Street, Shrewsbury, the fourth of six children of James Macburney (1678–1749), dancer, musician, and portraitist, and his second wife, Ann Cooper (c.1690–1775).

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Eric William Fenby (1906–1997) by Sir James Gunn, 1932 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fenby, Eric William (1906–1997), musician and musicologist, was born on 22 April 1906 at 92 Candler Street, Scarborough, Yorkshire, the only son and oldest of three children of Herbert Henry Fenby (1870–1954), engineer, and his wife, Ada Brown (1878–1974). He was educated at ...

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Hamilton, James Alexander (1785–1845), music theorist and compiler of instruction books, was born in London, the son of a dealer in old books, and was largely self-educated. He studied the books in his father's shop and acquired a knowledge of languages and particularly of music, sufficient not only to translate and edit important foreign publications such as ...

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Rainbow, Bernarr Joseph George (1914–1998), historian of music education, was born on 2 October 1914 at 83 Silverthorne Road, Battersea, London, the only child of Ephraim James Rainbow (1888–1983) and his wife, Nellie Neal (1889–1965). His father was a cabinet-maker at Buckingham Palace...

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Young, Percy Marshall (1912–2004), music teacher and writer, was born on 17 May 1912 at 12 David Street, Northwich, Cheshire. His father, William Joseph Young, was a clerk in a chemical works and was twice mayor of the town, and his mother, Annie, ...