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Brown, James Duff (1862–1914), librarian and compiler of music reference books, was born on 6 November 1862 at 3 Reid Terrace, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, the second of seven children of James Brown of St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Margaret Douglas of ...

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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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Gerarde, Derrick (fl. 1550–1590), composer and copyist, was probably of Flemish origin. Although virtually nothing is known of his life, there is strong circumstantial evidence for believing that he spent some time in England. Almost his entire musical output is contained in manuscripts now in the Royal Appendix sequence of the ...

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Lewis, Sir Anthony Carey (1915–1983), musician and founder of Musica Britannica, was born on 2 March 1915 in Bermuda, the youngest of the three sons (there was no daughter) of Major (later Colonel) Leonard Carey Lewis (1880–1952) of the Lincolnshire regiment and Royal Army Ordnance Corps...

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Ebenezer Prout (1835–1909) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Prout, Ebenezer (1835–1909), music theorist and journal editor, was born on 1 March 1835 at Oundle, Northamptonshire, the son of the Revd Ebenezer Prout, a Congregational minister, from a Devon family, and nephew of the water-colour painter Samuel Prout. He was taught music by his father, and was educated at ...

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Sadie, Stanley John (1930–2005), musicologist and music critic, was born on 30 October 1930 at 57 Forty Avenue, Wembley, the only son of David Sadie, a silk manufacturer's agent, and his wife, Deborah, née Simons; he had one older sister. He was of Jewish descent. He was educated at ...

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Sams, Eric Sydney Charles (1926–2004), musicologist and literary scholar, was born at 3 Cedars Avenue, Walthamstow, Essex, on 3 May 1926, the only child of Henry Sydney Sams (1897–1968), a petty officer in the Royal Navy, and later a clerical officer in the ...