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Karl Friedrich Abel (1723–1787) by Thomas Gainsborough, exh. RA 1777 The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA, USA

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Abel, Karl Friedrich (1723–1787), composer and concert impresario, was born on 22 December 1723 in Cöthen, Saxony, one of six children. His father, Christian Ferdinand Abel (c.1683–1737), served as violinist for Johann Sebastian Bach, under whom Karl Friedrich may have studied at the ...

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Beale, Thomas Willert (1828–1894), impresario and composer, was born in London, the eldest of the four children of Frederick Beale (1804–1863), of the music publishing firm of Cramer, Beale, and Addison of Regent Street, and his wife, Margaret, née Betts, of Charles Street, Grosvenor Square...

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Cornysh [Cornysshe], William (d. 1523), composer and court impresario, is of unknown parentage. It is likely that he was close kin, perhaps even a son, of William Cornysh [Cornysshe] (d. 1502), composer, also of unknown parentage. Nothing is known of the elder ...

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Galliard, John Ernest [formerly Johann Ernst Galliard] (c. 1666/1687–1747), composer and musical performer, was probably born in Celle, Germany, probably about 1666 (according to Highfill, Burnim & Langhans, BDA), but possibly about 1687 (Hawkins), the son of Jean Galliard...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

King, Robert (d. 1726?), composer and concert promoter, was admitted to the royal private musick as a violinist on 6 February 1680. In December 1689 he was granted a royal licence to promote concerts and apparently did so with the composer Johann Franck...

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Thomas Linley (1733–1795) by Thomas Gainsborough, c. 1771 by permission of the Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery

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Linley, Thomas (1733–1795), impresario and composer, was born at Badminton, Gloucestershire, on 17 January 1733 and baptized at Badminton parish church on 20 January, the eldest child of the carpenter William Linley (bap. 1704, d. 1792) and his wife, Maria (1701–1792). He was evidently musically precocious, as on the family's move to ...

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Orr, Robert Kemsley [Robin] (1909–2006), composer and musical administrator, was born on 2 June 1909 at Glebe House, Trinity Road, Brechin, Forfarshire, the elder child of Robert Workman Orr, linen manufacturer, and his wife, Florence Mary, née Kemsley, who came from a farming family in ...