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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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Boosey, Leslie Arthur (1887–1979), music publisher, was born in Bromley, Kent, on 26 July 1887, the eldest of five children (three sons and two daughters) of Arthur Boosey, music publisher, and his wife, Lucy Ashton. After some years at Malvern College he chose, instead of going to a university, to work for a time in the music publishing house of ...

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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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Bremner [Brymer], Robert (c. 1713–1789), music publisher, may have been born in Edinburgh on 9 September 1713, the son of John Brymer and Margaret Urie, possibly episcopalians whose occupations are unknown, and, if this identification is correct, younger brother to James Bremner (...

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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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Campbell, Archibald (1877–1963), editor of highland bagpipe music and lawyer, was born on 18 January 1877, the youngest among the three sons of John Campbell, laird of Kilberry in Argyll. He was educated at Harrow School and Pembroke College, Cambridge. After entering the ...

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Clifford, James (bap. 1622, d. 1698), Church of England clergyman and musician, son of Edward Clifford, a cook, was born at Oxford, in the parish of St Mary Magdalen, where he was baptized on 2 May 1622. He had three brothers and two sisters. He was a chorister at ...

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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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Dibdin, Henry Edward (1813–1866), musician, the youngest son of Charles Isaac Mungo Dibdin (1768–1833), was born at Sadler's Wells, London, on 8 September 1813, and was taught music by his elder sister, Mary Anne (1799–1886), afterwards Mrs Tonna, who was an excellent harpist, having studied under ...

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Dowland, Robert (c. 1591–1641), musician, was the son of John Dowland (1563?–1626), lutenist and composer. The likely year of his birth is indicated by his marriage documents, dated 11 October 1626, which state that he was 'aged about xxxv yeares'. His godfather was ...

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Forster, William (1739–1808), musical instrument maker and publisher, was born at Brampton, Cumberland, the son of a spinning-wheel maker and repairer and maker of violins. He made his way southward as a cattle-drover and reached London in 1759. At home he had been carefully taught music and the making of instruments, and the violins with which he subsequently supplied the ...

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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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Glen, David (1853–1916), bagpipe maker and publisher of highland bagpipe music, was born on 3 April 1853 at 30 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, one of the nine children of Alexander Glen (1801–1873), bagpipe maker, and his second wife, Ann Marshall (b. c...

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Green, James (bap. 1692), music compiler, was baptized at Darfield, Yorkshire, on 5 May 1692, and was the younger brother of John Green (bap. 1677). The two collaborated on A Book of Psalm Tunes, of which the earliest edition extant is the second, in 1713; on the title-page they are described as being 'of ...

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Herd, David (bap. 1732, d. 1810), song collector and editor, was born at Balmakelly in the parish of Marykirk in Kincardineshire, and baptized there on 23 October 1732, the son of John Herd, a farmer, and his wife, Margaret Low (1691–1751). Little is known of his education. He spent much of his career as a law clerk with ...

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James, Richard Leon [Dick] [formerly Isaac Vapnik] (1920–1986), music publisher, was born on 12 December 1920 at 1 Underwood Street, Mile End New Town, Spitalfields, London, the son of Morris Vapnik, master butcher, and his wife, Annie, née Puff. Three years after leaving school at fourteen he became a professional vocalist by joining ...