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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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Clagget, Charles (1740?c. 1795), musician and inventor of improvements for musical instruments, was born in Waterford, Ireland, probably in 1740. This date of birth was preferred by The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, but Edmund van der Straeten believed he was born about 1755. Part of the reason for the dearth of accurate biographical information may be confusion with his brother ...

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Dolmetsch, Carl Frederick (1911–1997), musician, was born on 23 August 1911 at 3 rue de l'Audience, Fontenay-sous-Bois, near Paris, the younger son and youngest child in the family of two sons and two daughters of (Eugène) Arnold Dolmetsch (1858–1940), a musician and musical instrument maker of Swiss descent, and his third wife, ...

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Farrant, Daniel (d. 1651), musician and musical instrument maker, may have been related to other musicians named Farrant—Richard (d. 1580) or any one of several Johns, all of whom were variously employed as church musicians. Both Richard and Daniel are known to have lived at ...

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Gauntlett, Henry John (1805–1876), organist, organ designer, and composer, was born at Wellington, Shropshire, on 9 July 1805. He was the second son and fourth child of the Revd Henry Gauntlett (1762–1833), originally from Wiltshire, and from 1815 vicar of Olney, Buckinghamshire, and his wife, ...

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Henry John Gauntlett (1805–1876) by Maull & Co., c. 1870 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Green, Thomas (bap. 1719, d. 1791), musician and tuner of musical instruments, was born in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, where he was baptized on 14 January 1719, the second son of Hannibal Green (d. 1757), glazier. His elder brother, John, was also a glazier, and he had a sister, identified in his will as 'my sister ...

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Hunt, Edgar Hubert (1909–2006), musician, was born on 28 June 1909 at 2 Upper Byron Place, Clifton, Bristol, the only son and elder child of Hubert Walter Hunt (1865–1945), organist and master of the choristers at Bristol Cathedral, and his wife, Clara Harriett Clements...

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Langshaw, John (bap. 1725, d. 1798), organist and organ builder, was baptized at All Saints' Church, Wigan, Lancashire, on 11 July 1725, the son of John Langshaw, pewterer, and Ann Aspinall. In the 1760s he worked with John Christopher Smith, Handel's amanuensis, on a large mechanical organ for the ...