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Damascene, Alexander (d. 1719), singer and composer, was born in France. He was a protestant, and presumably it was for this reason that he went to England, where he obtained letters of denization on 22 July 1682. On 22 July 1680 he married ...

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Davies, Rowland (1740–1797), composer and Roman Catholic priest, was born on 9 May 1740 in London, son of Rowland Davies and his wife, Jane Nicholas. He was a pupil of George Frideric Handel, and is said to have played the organ at the coronation of ...

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Delius, Frederick Theodor Albert (1862–1934), composer, was born on 29 January 1862 at Claremont, Horton Lane, Bradford, Yorkshire, the grandson of Ernst Friedrich Delius (1790–1831) and the fourth of the fourteen children of Julius Delius (1822–1901) and his wife, Elise Pauline Krönig (1838–1929)...

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Frederick Theodor Albert Delius (1862–1934) by Ernest Procter, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Horn, Charles Frederick (1762–1830), musician, was born on 24 February 1762 in Nordhausen, Germany, the third of four children of ‘John’ (presumably Johann) Wolfgang Horn (b. 1737, d. before 1793) and his wife, Sophia Dorothea, née Shenaman (1735–1798). His father intended him to become a surveyor and destroyed his clavichord so that he would concentrate upon that career, but was unable to stop him from studying music with the ...

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Nicholas Lanier (bap. 1588, d. 1666) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, 1628? Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

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Lanier, Nicholas (bap. 1588, d. 1666), musician and art dealer, was baptized on 10 September 1588 in the church of Holy Trinity Minories, London. His father, John Lanier (d. 1616), was a sackbut player in the royal court band or musick, and his mother, ...

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Lupo, Thomas (bap. 1571?, d. 1627/8?), violinist and composer, son of Joseph Lupo (d. 1616), violinist, and his wife, Laura Bassano (d. in or before 1596), was probably the 'Thomas s[on] [of] Basanew' baptized at St Olave, Hart Street, London...

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(Jacob Ludwig) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) by Eduard Magnus © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mendelssohn Bartholdy, (Jacob Ludwig) Felix (1809–1847), composer, was born on 3 February 1809 at Hamburg, Germany, the second of four children of the Jewish banker Abraham Mendelssohn (1776–1835) and his wife, Lea, née Salomon (1777–1842). In 1811 the family moved to Berlin, where the precocious musical gifts of ...

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Mico [Meco], Richard (c. 1590–1661), musician and composer, was the eldest of four sons and five daughters of Walter Mico of Taunton in Somerset, who was probably involved in the cloth trade, and his wife, Margery (d. 1616), from an Oxfordshire family named ...

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Prelleur, Peter (bap. 1705?, d. 1741), musician and composer, was probably the Pierre Preleur baptized at the French protestant church, Threadneedle Street, London, on 16 December 1705, the son of Jacque Preleur, a weaver, and his wife, Françoisse, of 'over against Crispin Street, Stepney...

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Schroeter [Schröter], Johann Samuel (c. 1752–1788), composer and pianist, was probably born in Guben, Saxony, or perhaps Warsaw, Poland, the second of four known children of Johann Friedrich Schröter (1724–1811) and Marie Regine Schröter, née Hefter (d. 1766). His father was an oboist in the service of ...

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Simpson, Thomas (bap. 1582, d. 1628?), violist and composer, was baptized at Milton-next-Sittingbourne, Kent, on 1 April 1582, son of John Simpson. An autograph manuscript volume comprising the bass part of nineteen instrumental 'songes' (Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone, U951.z.23)—'the first frute of my unskillfull Laboures'—is dedicated to ...

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Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci (c. 1735–1790) by Thomas Gainsborough, c. 1773–5 The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the University of Birmingham

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Tenducci, Giusto Ferdinando (c. 1735–1790), singer and composer, was born in Siena; his principal singing teacher was the castrato Caffarelli (Gaetano Majorano) and he received his musical education at the Naples conservatory (c.1744–1750). He made his début as a soprano castrato at ...

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Wallace, William Vincent (1812–1865), composer, was born at Waterford, Ireland, on 11 March 1812, the first of the three children of Sergeant William Wallace, a Scot, who was bandmaster of the 29th or Worcestershire regiment. As a child, instructed in music by his father, he learned to play many instruments, including piano, violin, clarinet, and guitar. In 1825 his father was discharged from the ...

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White, Maude Valérie (1855–1937), composer, was born on 23 June 1855 near Dieppe, France, sixth of the eight children of merchant Edmund Luscombe White, who died while she was still a child, and his wife, a Miss Harrington (d. 1881). She was educated privately in ...