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Spiegl, Fritz (1926–2003), musician and humorist, was born on 27 January 1926 at Zumdorf, Austria, near the border with Germany, the son of Rudolf Spiegl, a Catholic agricultural merchant and soda water manufacturer, and his Jewish wife, Josefine, née Geiringer. He attended a local Catholic school where, he remembered, the teachers were 'either priests or Nazis—or both' (...


Webbe, Samuel, the elder (1740–1816), church musician and composer, was born in London on 7 October 1740, the son of well-to-do parents. Before he was a year old his father took up a government appointment in Minorca, but he died before his wife and family could join him there. Thereafter the family's financial situation was straitened, and ...


Samuel Webbe the elder (1740–1816) by William Skelton, pubd 1820 (after William Behnes) © National Portrait Gallery, London