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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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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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Cumming, Barbara Theresa [name in religion Hildelith Cumming] (1909–1991), nun, printer, and musician, was born on 15 December 1909 at 61 Thurleigh Road, Battersea, the third daughter of Frederick Mann Cumming (1869–1931), a civil engineer's assistant, and his wife, Emma Georgiana Love (1868–1935)...

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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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L. M. Middleton

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Flowers, George French (1811–1872), composer and musical theorist, was born on 28 June 1811 in Boston, Lincolnshire, the fourth son of Field Flowers, later rector of Partney. He studied music with C. H. Rinck and Schnyder von Wartensee in Germany, and went on to graduate BMus from ...

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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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Geminiani, Francesco Saverio (1687–1762), composer and music theorist, was born in Lucca, Italy, probably on 3 December 1687 (the feast day of St Francis Xavier), two days before his baptism, the fourth son of Giuliano Antonio Geminiani (fl. 1681–1707) and his wife, ...

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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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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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W. A. J. Archbold

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Lambert, Sir John (1815–1892), civil servant and musicologist, was born on 4 February 1815 at Bridzor, near Wardour Castle, Wiltshire, the youngest surviving son of Daniel Lambert, a surgeon, of Hindon, and afterwards of Milford Hall, Salisbury, and his wife, Mary Muriel, the daughter of ...

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R. H. Legge

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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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J. C. Hadden

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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)...