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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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Muzio Clementi (1752–1832) by Henry R. Cook, pubd 1833 (after James Lonsdale, exh. RA 1817) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clementi, Muzio (1752–1832), composer, pianist, and teacher, was born on 23 January 1752 in Damaso, Rome, the eldest of seven children of Nicolo Clementi (1720–1789), a silversmith, and his wife, Magdalena, née Kaiser (d. 1785). He received the standard musical training of a church organist from various teachers in ...

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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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García, Manuel Patricio Rodriguez (1805–1906), singer and singing teacher, was born in Zafra, Spain, on 17 March 1805 into a prominent family of Spanish musicians. His father, Manuel del Popolo Vicente Rodriguez García (1775–1832), made a reputation as a singer, impresario, composer, and teacher of singing. His mother, ...

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Kinkel [née Mockel], Johanna (1810–1858), music teacher and exile, was born at 13 Josephstrasse, Bonn, on 8 July 1810. Her father, a schoolmaster, encouraged her musical talent; she was taught piano by Beethoven's instructor, Franz Anton Ries. In 1832 Johanna married a music publisher, ...

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Reviser Anne Pimlott Baker

Lanza, Gesualdo (1779–1859), singing teacher, was born in Naples, the son of Francesco Giuseppe Lanza (c.1750–c.1812), composer and the author of 6 arie notturne con accomp. di chitarra franc. e v. a piac. (1792) and of six trios, op. 13, and six canzonets with recitative, op. 14, who moved to ...

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Mainzer, Joseph (1801–1851), music teacher, was born in Trier on 21 October 1801. He was educated as a chorister at Trier Cathedral, and learned to play several instruments. He was employed for a time as an apprentice in the Saarbrücken coal mines with a view to becoming an engineer, but was ordained a priest in 1826 and was subsequently made an abbé. He continued his musical studies and was appointed singing-master at the seminary at ...

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Nicol, Robert Bell (1905–1978), player and teacher of the highland bagpipe, was born on 26 December 1905 at West Lodge, Durris, Kincardineshire, the youngest of the three children of David Nicol (1861–1934), a salmon fisher from Banchory, and his wife, Mary McDonald (1862–1956)...

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Rauzzini, Venanzio (1746–1810), singer and music teacher, was born in Camerino in the Roman Apennines on 18 December 1746 and studied singing and composition at Rome. During the carnival seasons in 1764–6 the handsome young castrato sang in intermezzos at the Teatro della Valle...

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Verne, Mathilde (1865–1936), pianist and piano teacher, was born on 25 May 1865 at 12 Portland Street, Southampton, the second daughter and fourth child of John Evangelist Wurm (c.1828–1892) and his wife, (Marie) Sophie Niggl (c.1838–c.1883). Her parents had come from ...