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Braam, Michiel
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17 May 1964
Nijmegan, The Netherlands
 Dutch jazz-pianist and composer
Bracanin, Philip Keith
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1942
Australia
 Australian composer and ethnomusicologist
Brackx, Joachim
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1975
Oostende, Belgium
 Belgian composer, teacher and live-electronics specialist
Bradbury, William B.
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6 Oct. 1816
York, Maine, USA
8 Jan. 1868
Montclair, New Jersey, USA
American composer of Gospel songs and hymns
Brade, Williamc. 1560
England
1630
Hamburg, Germany
worked mainly in Germany; a noted viol-player and composer of dance-music for instrumental ensemble
Bradford, Perry
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14 Feb. 1893
Montgomery, AL., USA
22 Apr. 1970
New York, NY, USA
jazz pianist, bandleader and composer of over 1000 popular songs
Bradley, Jan
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  English percussionist and composer who is a member of the 4-MALITY Percussion Quartet
Bradley, Scott
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26 Nov. 1891
Russellville, Arkansas, US
27 Apr. 1977
Chatsworth, California, US
composer of animation film music, for example, many of the scores for the MGM produced Tom and Jerry animations. Together with the composers Max (Maximilian Raoul Walter) Steiner (1888-1971) and Carl Stalling (1892-1972), Bradley developed the 'click-track' as a means of synchronising the recorded music to the action on the screen
Bradsky, Wenzel Theodor17 Jan. 1833
Rakovnik
10 Aug. 1881
Rakovnik
Czech composer
Brady, R. Timothy
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Atlanta, USA
 American composer who was a co-winner of the 2007 Opera Vista Festival competition with his 40-minute chamber opera Edalat Square
Brady, Tim (Timothy Wesley John)
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11 Jul. 1956
Montreal, Canada
 Canadian composer and guitarist
Braein, Edvard Fliflet23 Aug. 1924
Kristiansund, Norway
30 Apr. 1976
Oslo, Norway
Norwegian composer
Braga, (Antônio) Francisco
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15 Apr. 1868
Rio de Janeiro
14 Mar. 1945
Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian composer
Braga, Ernani
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15 Apr. 1868
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
14 Mar. 1945
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
studied at the Imperial Conservatory and later at the Paris Conservatoire under Massenet, a result of a scholarship stemming from a competition for the composition of a new Brazilian national anthem (which he did not win). He moved to Germany in 1896 and was heavily influenced by the techniques of Wagner. His compositons are mostly orchestral and are in a late Romantic European style
Braga, Gaetano9 Jun. 1829
Abruzzi, Italy
21 Nov. 1907
Milan, Italy
violoncellist; wrote operas and a 'cello method as well as the popular vocal piece, Serenade
Braga Santos, (José Manuel) Joly
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14 May 1924
Lisbon, Portugal
18 Jul. 1988
Lisbon, Portugal
Portuguese composer and conductor, who was born and died in Lisbon. He wrote six symphonies
Braham, David
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1838
London, England
11 Apr. 1905
New York, NY, USA
violinist, musical director and composer who worked for many years with the vaudeville team of Harrigan and Hart
Braham, John (originally: John Abraham)1774
London, UK
1856
London, UK
tenor vocalist; composed operas and many popular songs including The Death of Nelson
Braham, Philip
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18811934musical director at Wembley Studios and composer of the song Limehouse Blues (1922)
Brahem, Anouar
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20 Oct. 1957
Halfaouine, Tunisia
 Tunisian ud player, singer and composer
Brahms, Johannes
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7 May 1833
Hamburg, Germany
3 Apr. 1897
Vienna, Austria
aided by Lizst and Joachim, and extolled by Schumann; he composed 4 symphonies, various concertos, much chamber music as well as works for choir, in both romantic and classical styles
Brakel, Christopher
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1977
Minnesota, USA
 American composer who has taught composition, electronic music, and music theory at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Iowa. His primary teachers include Robert Morris, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Allan Schindler, David Gompper, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Ladislav Kubik and Alex Lubet. Participation in masterclasses with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Charles Wuorinen, John Corigliano, David Felder, Bernard Rands, and James Dashow has provided additional musical insight
Bram, Thuring
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1944
Basel, Switzerland
 Swiss composer
Brambach, Caspar Joseph14 Jul 1833
Oberdollendorf, nr. Königswinter
19 Jun. 1902
Oberdollendorf
German composer
Brambilla, Marietta1807
Milan, Italy
1875
Milan, Italy
made her debut in London in 1827 and later taught in Milan. A published composer of piano pieces and songs
Brambilla, Paolo9 Jul. 1787
Milan
1838
Milan, Italy
Italian composer
Branca, Glenn
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6 Oct. 1948
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
 a highly-influential avant-garde composer and guitarist known for his use of volume, alternate tuned guitars, repetition, droning, and the harmonic series
Brand, Dollar (see Ibrahim, Abdullah)   
Brand, Max
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26 Apr. 1896
Lvov
5 Apr. 1980
Langenzersdorf, nr. Vienna, Austria
Russian-born composer
Brandao, Paulo
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1950
Lisbon, Portugal
 Portuguese composer
Brandeis, Johann Karl
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16 May 1910
Brno, Czech Republic
27 May 1988
Limburgerhof, near Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany
German composer, doctor of chemistry, autodidact in music. He composed 3 symphonies and other orchestral works, pieces for solo piano and classical guitar, 60 songs, string quartets, and other chamber music, part of which was broadcast at the German radio in the 1960s. The early pieces were written in late romantic styles, the later pieces in atonal styles
[information provided by Hans Brandeis]
Brandenstein (von), Caroline  student of the German composer Abt Vogler (1749-1814), she composed of works for violin and piano. Her Sonata in D was recorded in the 1970s in Germany
Brandes, Wilhelmine1756
Germany
1788
Germany
composer of songs, arias and piano pieces
Brandl, Johann I Evangelist
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14 Nov. 1760
Kloster Rohr, nr. Regensburg
25 May 1837
Karlsruhe
German composer
Brandoukoff (or Brandukov), Anatole (Anatoly Andreyevich)
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-6 Jan. 1859
Moscow, Russia
16 Feb. 1930
Moscow, Russia
he was Fitzenhagen's pupil in the Imperial Conservatoire in Moscow from September, 1870, to May, 1878, and received as an acknowledgment on his departure, a gold medal together with an honourable diploma. His first journey was to Switzerland, where he gave concerts in Berne and Geneva with success. He afterwards went to Paris in 1879, appeared there and in other French towns, and then proceeded to London. He everywhere experienced favourable receptions. He gave concerts with extraordinary success during the winter of 1887-1888 at Moscow and St. Petersburg. He chose Paris as his permanent residence, where he is greatly appreciated not only as a solo player, but also as a quartet player. He composed a Concerto and a number of compositions for cello
[picture: Anatolo Brandoukoff]
Brandt, Jan
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1554
Poznan, Poland
27 May 1602
Lwów
entering the Jesuit order in 1571, he was ordained seven years later, before travelled to Rome to undertake further theological research and studies. In 1584 he returned to his native country to carry out administrative duties as a member of the convents of Cracow, Pultusk, Poznan and Vilnius. He was agasin in Rome between 1599 and 1601, after which he returned to Poland as the appointed superior of the Jesuit College at Lwów; in this position he remained until his death. Only recently has evidence come to light point to his work as composer
Brandts Buys, Henri François Robert20 Apr. 1850
Deventer, The Netherlands
16 Oct. 1905
Ede
The Netherlands
Dutch composer
Brandts Buys, Jan Willem Frans12 Sep. 1868
Zutphen
The Netherlands
8 Dec. 1939
Salzburg, Austria
Dutch-born composer
Brandts Buys, Ludwig Felix1847
Deventer, The Netherlands
1917
Velp, The Netherlands
organist, conductor, son of Cornelis Alijander, brother of Henri
Brandts Buys, Marius Adrianus9 Nov. 1874
Zutphen, The Netherlands
21 Jul. 1944
Velp, The Netherlands
Dutch composer
Branesti, Gheorghe Popescu
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  19th century Romanian composer particularly of religious music
Branning, Brett
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17 Oct. 1980 American compose for music for games and for film
Branscombe, Gena (Mrs. John Tenney)
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1881
Picton, Ontario, Canada
26 Jul. 1977
New York City, USA
pupil of Humperdinck; choral conductor and composer of choral and orchestral music
Brant, Henry Dreyfus
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15 Sep. 1913
Montreal, Canada
26 Apr. 2008
Santa Barbara, California, USA
one of the youngest of the pre-Second World War American experimental composers, who would win a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for one of his orchestral works. He orchestrated Charles Ives's Concord Sonata as the Concord Symphony (1994), a monumental task that lasted over 30 years
Branteghem, Lucien van8 Jan. 1910
Ostende, Belgium
13 Jan. 1994composer and musicilogist
Brasolini (or Brassolini), Domenicofl. 1707 Italian composer born in Rovigo
Brassart, Johannes
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c.1400
probably Lowaige, Limburg
before 22 Oct. 1455
Liège, Belgium
Burgundian composer of the early Renaissance. Of his output, only sacred vocal music has survived, and it typifies early 15th century practice
Brassens, Georges
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22 Oct. 1921
Sète, France
29 Oct. 1981
Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, France
a French singer-songwriter
Brassin, Louis
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24 Jun. 1840
Aix-la-Chapelle
17 May 1884
St Peterburg, Russia
composer
Braten Berg, Kirsten
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1950
Arendal, Norway
 Nordic folk revivalist and folk singer
Bratton, John Walter
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21 Jan. 1867
USA
7 Feb. 1947
Brooklyn, New York, USA
American composer and theatrical producer. He is best remembered for his 1907 composition Teddy Bears' Picnic
Braun, Jean Daniel
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second half of 17th century
Germany
c.1740
France
German born composer
Braun, Peter Michael
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12 Feb. 1936
Germany
 German composer
Braun, Yehezkel
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1922
Breslau, Germany
 Israeli composer
Braufels, Walter19 Dec. 1882
Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
19 Mar. 1954
Cologne, Germany
virtuoso pianist; composer of neo-romantic works particularly operas
Braunschweig Wolfenbuttel, Sophie von
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20 Aug. 1613
Güstrow, Germany
12 Jul. 1676
Lüchow, Germany
German composer and peot
Brav, Dr. Ludwig
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  composer of House We Live In, whose work spans the era of silent films to at least two World War II documentaries. Brav working with Giuseppe Becce and Hans Erdmann produced the encyclopedic Allgemeines Handbuch der Filmmusik in 1927, an anthology of film music. He wrote the music for the feature film Am Rande der Sahara (1930)
Bravnicar, Matija24 Feb. 1897
Tolmin, Slovenia
25 Nov. 1977
Ljubljana
Slovenian composer
Braxton, Anthony
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4 Jun. 1945
USA
 American composer, saxophonist, clarinettist, flautist, pianist and philosopher
Brayssing, Gregoire
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15201580German composer; his works are found in the fourth book published by Le Roy and Ballard
Brazinskas, Algimantas
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1954
Vilnius, Lithuania
 Lithuanian pianist and composer
Brecht, (Eugen) Berthold (Friedrich)
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10 Feb. 1898
Augsburg, Bavaria
14 Aug. 1956
East Berlin, Germany
German poet, playwright, and theatre director
Brecht, George (born George MacDiarmid)
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27 Aug. 1926
New York, USA
5 Dec. 2008
Cologne, Germany
composer and Fluxus artist who changed his name in 1945
Brecker, Michael
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29 Mar. 1949
Philadelphia, PA, USA
13 Jan. 2007
New York, USA
American jazz saxophonist and composer
Brecker, Randal (Randy)
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27 Nov. 1945
Philadelphia, USA
 American trumpeter, flugelhornist, arranger and composer. He is a highly sought after performer in the genres of jazz, rock, and R&B
Bredemeyer, Reiner
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2 Feb. 1929
Velez, Colombia
 Colombian composer
Brederode (Bredero), Gerbrand Adriaenszoon (Adriaanszoon)
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1585
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1618
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch poet
Brediceanu, Tiberiu2 Apr. 1877
Lugoj, Transylvania
19 Dec. 1968
Bucharest
Romanian composer
Bree, Johannes Bernardus [Jean Bernard] van
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29 Jan. 1801
Amsterdam
14 Feb. 1857
Amsterdam
Dutch composer
Bregovic, Goran
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22 Mar. 1950
Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
 musician from Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most recognizable modern composers of the Balkans. He calls himself a Yugoslav
Brehme, Hans (Ludwig Wilhelm)
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10 Mar. 1904
Potsdam
10 Nov. 1957
Stuttgart
German composer
Brehy, Pierre (Petrus) Hercule
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1673
Brussels, Belgium
1737
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer
Breil, Joseph Carl29 Jun. 1870
Pittsburgh
23 Jan. 1926
Los Angeles
American composer
Brel, Jacques
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8 Apr. 1929
Brussels, Belgium
9 Oct. 1978
Bobigny, France
popular singer and composer
Brémond, François
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1 Nov. 1844
Nîmes, France
15 Jul. 1925
Houilles, nr. Paris, France
French horn player and tenor who composed études and solos for the French horn
Brendler, (Frans Fredric) [Franz Friedrich] Eduard4 Nov. 1800
Dresden, Germany
16 Aug. 1831
Stockholm, Sweden
German composer
Breni, Tomaso1603
Lucca
c.1650Italian composer
Brennan, John Wolf
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1954
Dublin, Ireland
 Irish composer
Brenta, Gaston 10 Jun. 1902
Schaarbeek, Brussels
30 May 1969
Schaarbeek
Belgian composer
Brentner, Johann Joseph Ignaz
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3 Nov. 1689
Dobøany near Pilsen
28 Jun. 1742
Dobøany near Pilsen
Bohemian organist and composer
Brero, Giulio Cesare20 Dec. 1908
Milan, Italy
18 Dec. 1973
Milan, Italy
Italian composer
Brescianello (or Bressonelli), Giuseppe Antonio
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c.1690
Florence
4 Oct. 1758
Stuttgart, Germany
Italian composer
Bresgen, Cesar
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16 Oct. 1913
Florence, Italy
7 Apr. 1988
Salzburg, Austria
Austrian composer
Bretan, Nicolae
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6 Apr. 1887
Nasaud
1 Dec. 1968
Cluj
Romanian composer
Bretón y Hernández, Tomás
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29 Dec. 1850
Salamanca
2 Dec. 1923
Madrid, Spain
Spanish composer
Breuker, Willem
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4 Nov. 1944
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 Dutch jazz bandleader, composer, arranger, saxophonist, and bass clarinetist
Breunich (or Breunig, Brauenig, Bräunich, Breuenich), Johann Michael after 1756
Dresden, Germany
German composer
Breval, Jean-Baptiste Sebastien
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6.11.1753 Paris18.3.1823 Colligis, AisneFrench composer
Brevik, Tor22 Jan. 1932
Oslo, Norway
 Norwegian composer
Bréville, Pierre (Eugène Onfroy) de
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21 Feb. 1861
Bar-le-Duc
24 Sep. 1949
Paris, France
French composer
Brewaeys, Luc
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25 Aug. 1959
Mortsel, Belgium
 Belgian conductor and composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works
Brewer, Herbert
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1865
Gloucester, England
1928
Gloucester, England
English composer and organist
Brewer, Michael (Mike)
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  Music Director at Chethams, Britain's largest music school for gifted children for twenty years. He has been prominent in the country's choral life, as conductor of award winning choirs (he won the worldwide competition 'Let the Peoples Sing' twice) and as musical director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and Laudibus. Latterly he has worked regularly as adjudicator, guest conductor and workshop clinician worldwide. His annual tours include South East Asia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and he also has a busy programme of workshops and concerts in Britian and Europe
Brewer, Thomas1611
England
 composer of catches and music for viols
Brewster, H.fl. 1771-1772 English composer of songs
Brewster-Jones, (Josiah) Hooper28 Jun. 1887
Bute, S. Australia
1949
Adelaide
Australian composer
Brian, (William) Havergal
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29 Jan. 1876
Dresden, Staffs.
28 Nov. 1972
Shoreham, England
organist and prolific composer of symphonies, 32, operas and songs who was not widely performed until the last few years of his very long life
Briccetti, Thomas14 Jan. 1936
Mt Kisco, N.Y., USA
 American composer
Briccialdi, Giulio
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2 Mar. 1818
Terni, Italy
17 Dec. 1881
Florence, Italy
Italian flautist and composer
Briceño, Luis de
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fl. 1626 published Metodo mui failissimo para aprender a taner la Guitarra a lo Espanol (1626)
Bricusse, Leslie
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29 Jan. 1931
England
 British lyricist and composer
Bridge, Frank
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26 Feb. 1879
Brighton, UK
10 Jan. 1941
Eastbourne, UK
English viola player and pupil of Stanford; highly effective writer for strings and for the voice, later a teacher of Benjamin Britten
Bridge, (John) Frederick5 Dec. 1844
Birmingham, UK
18 Mar. 1824
London, UK
a composer and conductor, Bridge served as a boy chorister; organist at Rochester Cathedral; Manchester Cathedral (1869-75); Professor of Harmony at Owens College, Manchester (1872-5); and deputy organist at Westminster Abbey (1875-82). He was knighted in 1897
Bridge, Joseph (Cox)16 Aug. 1853
Rochester, Kent
29 Mar. 1929
St Albans, England
English composer
Bridges, Georgefl 1724 psalmodist and publisher of 'A new book of psalmody' (1724)
Bridgewater, (Ernest) Leslie
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1893
Halesowen, Worcs., UK
1975originally destined to become a schoolmaster, he studied at the Birmingham School of Music, and also in London, and made his first broadcast in 1927, with a trio playing chamber music from Newcastle. He was also the composer of incidental music for film and stage and wrote a popular piano concert
Brief, Todd
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1953  
Briegel, Wolfgang Carl
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May 1626
Königsberg, nr. Coburg
19 Nov. 1712
Darmstadt, Germany
German composer
Briggs, David
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1962
England
 English organist and composer
Briggs, Karen
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1963
New York City, USA
 American violinist and improviser
Briggs, Tom
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  award-winning composer of concert music for wind ensemble, chamber groups and educational methods for percussion instruments. Tom's career spans over 30 years of performing in configurations from solo 4-mallet vibraphone to full symphony orchestra and encompassing classical, modern European music as well as jazz styles ranging from traditional to swing to bop to contemporary
Bright, Dora (Estelle)1863
Sheffield, England
1951
Babbington, Somerset, England
pianist; composer of piano concertos and chamber music
Brill, Charles
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  composer best known for his broadcasts on British radio who wrote some music for film
Brillon (de Jouy), Anne Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt1744
France
1824
France
a celebrated pianist and composer
Brindle, Reginald Smith1917
England
 pupil of Pizzetti and Dallapiccola; works include Homage to H.G. Wells for orchestra and Cantata da Requiem
Brindus, Nicolae16 Apr. 1935
Bucharest, Romania
 Romanian composer
Brinkmann, Minna1831
Germany
 a composer of many light works. In die Feine was published in several editions
Briquet (né Jehan de Villeroye)
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fl. 1401 composer member of Charles VI's Court of Love, a sort of literary society whose members occupied themselves, in the late trouvère tradition, with both music and poetry
Brisbane, Alan (see Benjamin, Arthur)   
Briseño, Severiano
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1920
San José de las Canoas, San Luis Potosí, México
1988Mexican composer
Brissac, Jules (see MacFarren, Mrs. John)   
Brisson, Mlle. M1785
Paris, France
 composed and published works for violin, harp and piano
Bristow, George Frederick19 Dec. 1825
Brooklyn, USA
13 Dec. 1898
New York. USA
American violinist who was also a pianist and composer, as well as a singing teacher in the New York State Schools
Britain, Radie17 Mar. 1903
Silverton, nr. Amarillo, Texas, USA
23 May 1994
Palm Desert, Calif., USA
American composer
Brito, Estêvão de
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 1641
Málaga, Spain
Spanish composer who was maestro de capilla at Badajoz Cathedral and then maestro de capilla at Málaga Cathedral from 1613 until he died in 1641
Britten, Edward Benjamin
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22 Nov. 1913
Lowestoft, England
4 Dec. 1976
Aldeburgh, England
pianist, conductor and composer; his skill in writing for the voice, in particular, produced extraordinary works including Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Les Illuminations, folk-song arrangements and numerous operas, including Peter Grimes, Albert Herring, Turn of The Screw and Billy Budd as well as powerful works including voice with orchestra including the War Requiem and Spring Symphony. He also wrote concertos for violin, for cello, 3 string quartets and many fine works for use in church. In the opinion of many, he was probably the finest British composer of the twentieth century, if not since Henry Purcell
Brivio, Giuseppe Ferdinando c.1758
Milan, Italy
Italian composer born in Milan
Brixi, Frantisek Xaver1732
Bohemia
1771organist; composer of church and instrumental music including the Christmas pastorelles Pastores Loquebantur" and Transeamus usque Bethlehem
Brixi, Jan Josef
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17121762 
Brixi, Šimon Brixi
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16931735Prague composer and organist
Brixi, Václav Norbert (Jeroným)
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17381803 
Brixi, Viktorin
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17161762 
Brkanovic, Ivan
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27 Dec. 1906
Skaljare, Boka Kotorska
20 Feb. 1987
Zagreb
Yugoslavian composer
Brncic Isaza, Gabriel
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6 Feb. 1942
Santiago de Chile, Chile
 Chilean composer now based in Spain
Broadhurst, Dugan
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1966
USA
 American composer
Brockless, Brian
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21 Jan. 1926
London, UK
18 Dec. 1995
England
English composer, organist and conductor
Brockway, Howard A.1870
Brooklyn, USA
1951
New York, USA
American pianist; composer of orchestral and chamber works
Brod, Henri
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13 Jun. 17996 Apr. 1839
Paris, France
Frehch oboeist who composed solos and concertos for oboe
Brod, Max
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27 May 1884
Prague, Czechoslovakia
20 Dec. 1968
Tel Aviv, Israel
Austrian (later Czech) author, composer, and journalist of Jewish origin, who with his wife settled in Palestine (later Israel) in 1939
Broder, Alois
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1961 German composer
Broderip, John17191770organist at Wells cathedral and composer of anthems and psalm tunes
Broderip, Robert17581808son of John Broderip, Robert was organist at Mayor's Chapel, Bristol (1780-1808), and at St Michael, Bristol (1793-1808). He published a collection of psalm tunes jointly with his father
Brodsky, Adolph21 Mar. 1851
Taganrog, Russia
22 Jan. 1929
Manchester, England
Russian violinist, conductor, editor and teacher who premiered Tchaikovsky's violin concerto
Brodszky, Nicholas [Slug]
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1905
Odessa, Russia
1985
Hollywood, CA, USA
composer described by Lionel Salter as being "...a notorious 'near-illiterate.' "Slug" Brodszky needed to have 'collaborators'". These were seldom credited
Broeck, Henri Van den30 Mar. 1944
Ypres, Belgium
 Belgian composer, violinist and teacher
Broeck, Leo van den26 Oct. 1896
Anvers, Belgium
18 Jan. 1968
Anvers
Belgian composer, pianist and teacher
Broek, Piet van den6 Mar. 1916
Chaam (Pays-Bas)
 Belgian composer and teacher
Broes, Mlle. D1791
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Pariscomposer and pupil of Fetis in 1805 and Klengel in 1810, she won honours for her piano playing
Brogi, Renato
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25 Feb. 1873
Sesto Fiorentino
25 Aug. 1924
San Domenico di Fiesole, Florence
Italian composer
Brollo (de Bruollis), Bartolomeo
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fl. 1420-1450 Italian composer probably associated with Venice
Bromhead, Jerome de
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1945
Waterford, Ireland
 Irish composer
Bronner, Georg [Jürgen]bap. 17 Feb. 1667
Hamburg, Germany
bur. 8. Mar. 1720
Hamburg, Germany
German composer
Bronner, Gerhard
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23 Oct. 1922
Vienna, Austria
19 Jan. 2007
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer, writer, musician and a cabaret artist, known for his contribution to Austrian culture in the post-World War II period
Bronner, Till
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6 May 1971
Viersen, Germany
 German trumpeter and crooner
Brons, Carel
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1 Jan. 1931
Groningen, The Netherlands
16 May 1983
Hilversum, The Netherlands
Dutch composer
Bronsart von Schellendorf (or Schellendorff), Ingeborg (née Starck)
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24 Aug. 1840
St Peterburg, Russia
17 Jun. 1913
Munich, Germany
Russian-born composer, second wife of Hans Bronsart von Schellendorf (or Schellendorff)
Bronsart von Schellendorf (or Schellendorff), Hans
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11 Feb. 1830
Germany
3 Nov. 1913
Munich, Germany
classical musician and composer who studied under Franz Liszt
Brook, Michael
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1952
Toronto, Canada
 Canadian composer and guitarist
Brookmeyer, Bob
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19 Dec. 1929
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
 American jazz valve trombonist, pianist, and arranger
Brooks, Harry
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20 Sep. 1895
Homestead, PA, USA
1970
USA
composer of some hit songs including his co-composition, with Thomas "Fats" Waller and Andy Razaf, Ain't Misbehavin
Brooks, Harvey
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17 Feb. 1899
Philadelphia, PA, USA
17 Jun. 1968
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Ragtime pianist who had an important influence on Duke Ellington and and popular composer
Brooks, Richard
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1942 American composer
Brooks, Shelton
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4 May 1886
Amesburg, Ontario, Canada
6 Sep. 1975composer of Sophie Tucker's theme song The Last of the Red Hot Mamas (originally written in 1910), the instrumental Walking the Dog (1916) and the jazz standard The Darktown Strutter's Ball (1917)
Brooks, William
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17 Dec. 1943 William Brooks is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Illinois, where he also directs the Contemporary Chamber Players and Contemporary Chamber Singers. Brooks has distinguished himself as a composer, tenor and conductor of vocal and instrumental ensembles in the United States and Great Britain. In addition, he has published many chapters and articles on subjects including John Cage, Charles Ives, American musical theatre, vocal music, popular music and musical instruments
Broome, Johnfl 1725 a Chilterns psalmodist who published 'Michael Broom's collection of church musick' (1725) with Michael Broom
Broome, Michael17001775an itinerant psalmodist who later became parish clerk of St Philip, Birmingham. He was a prolific publisher of psalm-tunes, hymns and anthems
Broome, William Edward1868
Manchester, England
10 May 1932
Toronto, Canada
English-born composer
Broonzy, (William Lee Conley) Big Bill
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26 Jun. 1898
Scott County, Mississippi, USA
14 Aug. 1958
USA
prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.
Brophy, Gerard
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1953
 Australian composer
Broqua, Alfonso
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11 Dec. 1876
Montevideo, Uruguay
24 Nov. 1946
Paris, France
composer who studied with Carlos Chavez in Mexico City before moving to Paris in 1903
Broschi ("Farinelli"), Carlo
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24 Jan. 1705
Puglia, Italy
15 Jul. 1782
Bologna, Italy
brother of the composer Ricardo Broschi and pupil of Niccolò Porpora, in whose operas he sang (1734–37) in London. Having won fame in France and Italy, he became (1737) official singer to Philip V of Spain and renounced his public career. His sole duty was to sing the same four songs each night to the king, from whom he received an astronomical fee. He enjoyed a highly favored position in Spain gradually assuming other duties, both for Philip and his successor, Ferdinand VI. He was in charge of a scheme to divert the River Tagus; he redesigned the royal opera house, and he produced a long series of opulent stagings of operas for which he recruited the best Italian singers and composers. His influence on the court was enormous, but never, it seems, sinister. When he finally retired (1759) to the villa he had built outside Bologna he remained popular. His visitors book contained the names Gluck, Mozart, Casanova, the Emperor Joseph II, and many others. Farinelli not only sang, but he also played keyboard instruments and the viola d'amore. He occasionally composed, writing the text and music of a farewell to London aria, and an aria for Ferdinand VI, as well as keyboard sonatas
Broschi, Riccardo
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c. 1698
Naples, Italy
1756
Madrid, Spain
Riccardo Broschi was Farinelli's brother, not a composer of the first rank but an able technician. His opera Idaspe, written for Carnival in Venice in 1730 and starring his brother, contains an extraordinary aria, Qual guerriero in campo armato, that required Farinelli to explore all three octaves in a series of leaps, trills, and slides that would have been unthinkable for any other singer. Later, in London, Broschi wrote another aria, Son qual nave che agitata, that was designed to show off his brother's messa di voce. This was the technique, beloved of castrati, that began with a pianissimo note, swelled it to a climax, then slowly allowed it to die away. Even if we allow for a little exaggeration in reports that Farinelli could hold such a note for a whole minute, it must have been an amazing effect. But the messa di voce that introduced Son qual nave was only the beginning: it went straight into fourteen consecutive bars of vocalises, ending with "an interminable trill" - and all of it performed "without any obvious signs of breathing"
Brossard, Sébastien de1655
Dompierre, France
1730
Meaux, France
French church musician and composer; a compiler of an early dictionary of music
Brosse, Dirk
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18 Feb. 1960
Heusden, Ghent, Belgium
 Flemish Belgian composer and conductor
Brotons, Salvador
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1959
Barcelona, Spain
 he followed his music studies at the Barcelona Higher Music Conservatorie, where he graduated in flute, composition and orchestra conductorship. In 1985 he moved to the United States, where he obtained a doctorate in music at the Florida State University. He has written a number of works for orchestra, chamber and voice, and has been awarded over ten composition prizes, among which it is worth citing the Reina Sofia Prize. Even if he is still interested in composition, his main activity is at the moment orchestra conductorship. He has conducte several orchestras and ensembles both in Spain and the United States. At present he lives in Portland, where he conduct the Portland State University Orchestra
Brott, Alexander14 Mar. 1915
Montreal, Canada
1 Apr. 2005
Montreal, Canada
violinist, university teacher and conductor whose output comprises over a hundred works, many of them for orchestra and often stimulated by an external poetic idea, as in the violin concerto Cupid's Quandary or cello concerto Evocative Provocations (both 1975). The titles reveal his sense of fun, among them Trivial Trifles for strings (1984), Three Acts for Four Sinners for saxophone quartet (1961), Spasms for Six for percussion sextet (1971) and Saties-Faction for string quartet (1972). A seven-volume anthology of recordings of his music was issued by Radio Canada in 1985
Brounoff, Platon G.10 May 1863
Elizabethgrad, Russia
11 Jul. 1924
New York, USA
Russian-born composer, educator, author and pianist
Brouwer, Leo
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1 Mar. 1939
Havana, Cuba
 guitarist, conductor and composer; composer of film scores, chamber ensembles and, outstandingly, for guitar
Brouwer, Margaret
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1940 she received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University. Her composition teachers have included Donald Erb, George Crumb, Harvey Sollberger and Frederick Fox. Brouwer is currently Head of the composition department at The Cleveland Institute of Music and has also served as Composer-in-Residence with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Her works have been performed by the St. Louis, Juilliard, and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Chestnut Brass Company. Her Clarinet Concerto was recorded by Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra on the MMC label
Brown, Arthur HenryBrentwood, 1830Brentwood, 1926organist; composer of almost 900 hymns
Brown, Clifford
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30 Oct. 1930
Wilminton, Delaware, USA
26 Jun. 1956
USA
influential and highly rated American jazz trumpeter. He died aged 25, leaving behind only four years' worth of recordings. Nonetheless, he had a considerable influence on later jazz trumpet players, including Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard, Valery Ponomarev, and Wynton Marsalis
Brown, EarleAmerica, 1926 pioneer of alternative forms of music notation; works include 25 Pages for from 1 to 25 pianos and Available Forms II for 98 specified instruments divided between 2 conductors
Brown, Elizabeth
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5 Nov. 1953
USA
 American flautist and composer 
Brown, James
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  Canadian composer/guitarist. His playing draws influence from both classical and jazz traditions and has been praised for his fluent technique, lyrical tone, and daring melodic invention
Brown, James
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18 Aug. 1923
Ipswich, England
21 Dec. 2004
East Riding, England
English composer
Brown (or Browne), John
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c.14801505composer represented by several pieces in the Eton choirbook, not to be confused with John Browne (or Bronne) listed as a royal trumpeter between 1505 and 1514
Brown, L. Russell
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29 Jun. 1940
Newark, NJ, USA
 composer of such hits as Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree and Knock Three Times
Brown, Nacio Herb
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22 Feb. 1896
Deming, New Mexico, USA
1964
San Francisco, CA, USA
composer of hits songs such as You Were Meant for Me, Singin' in the Rain and Good Morning
Brown, Ray
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13 Oct. 1926
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2 Jul. 2002
Indianapolis, IN, USA
American jazz musician and composer
Brown, Rayner
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23 Feb. 1912
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
1999
Los Angeles, USA
American organist and composer
Brown, Sebastian Howard1903 organ and music teacher in Middlesex, UK, he published his Wedding Music for Dan and Thelma in 1965
Browne, Denis (see Browne, William Charles Denis)   
Browne, James Alexander
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Browne, John (see Brown, John)   
Browne, John Lewis18 May 1864
London, England
23 Oct. 1933
Chicago, USA
English composer
Browne, William Charles Denis
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3 Nov. 1888
Leamington, UK
4 Jun 1915
Krithia, Gallipoli
William Denis Browne is best remembered today for his friendship with Rupert Brooke and his moving account of his death and burial while en route to Gallipoli in 1915. The long shadow cast by Brooke’s powerful personality and his enduring fame has obscured Browne’s own considerable achievements as a composer, performer and critic before the war. It has only been in recent years that Browne, on the basis of only four songs composed between 1909 and 1913, has enjoyed a small revival of interest in his life and work that reaches beyond his friendship with Brooke
Brownsmith, (Reginald) Douglas19021965
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK
his first big success as a composer came in 1927 when Down the Mall – written in collaboration with Tony Lowry - was published. The newly-formed BBC Dance Orchestra under Henry Hall made its first broadcast (and Columbia recordings) in March 1932, and Douglas Brownsmith was one of a fine team of arrangers, working alongside his colleague Tony Lowry and famous names such as Phil Cardew, Sid Phillips, Peter Yorke, Ronnie Munro and the American Van Phillips. One of his compositions, Hush Hush Hush Here Comes The Bogey Man (credited on the label to Lowton and Benson, actually Messrs. Lowry and Brownsmith) was on the other side of the famous Henry Hall record of Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Douglas also wrote under the pseudonyms ‘Ray Benson’ and ‘Douglas Hamilton’ which hid the true identity of the composer of other popular songs such as Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (recorded by Jack Payne and the BBC Dance Orchestra) and Wrap Your Arms Around Me (recorded by Henry Hall). It appears that Douglas also occasionally wrote lyrics as well as music: he is reported to have collaborated with Philip Braham, composer of the famous Limehouse Blues. During the 1930s Douglas purchased and ran the only bakery in the village of Ticehurst, which he eventually sold and exchanged for a small restaurant in Bexhill-on-Sea
Brubeck, (David Warren) Dave
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6 Dec. 1920
Concord, California, USA
5 Dec. 2012
Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
an American jazz pianist who has written a number of jazz standards, including In Your Own Sweet Way and The Duke. Brubeck's style ranges from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. Much of his music employs unusual time signatures
Brubeck, Howard R.11 Jul. 1916
Concordia, California, USA
16 Feb. 1993
Escondido, California, USA
older brother of Dave Brubeck; composer and arranger
Bruce, (Frank) Neely21 Jan. 1944
Memphis, Tenn. USA
 American composer
Bruce, Robert1915
Scotland
 a member of the progrssive-tonality school of composers whose music is Haydnesque, having no affiliation with trends or fashions, or any avant-garde pretensions
Bruch, Max (Karl August)
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6 Jan. 1838
Cologne, Germany
20 Oct. 1920
Friedenau, Germany
conductor; composer of many popular orchestral works including 3 violin concertos (no. 1 in G minor is particularly well-known), 3 symphonies and Kol Nidrei for 'cello and orchestra
Bruck, Arnold von (or Brugk, Prugg, de Prugkh, von Prigkh, Arnoldus Brugensis)
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c.1500
Bruges, Belgium
6 Feb. 1554
Linz an den Donau, Upper Austria
one of the most regarded German composers of his time and wrote countless secular and church songs. His Lutheran chorale settings show that he was really belong to the Reformation, and that he remained faithful to the old faith. His surviving compositions include sacred Latin works in the style of Josquin and sacred and secular songs in German, evidence of his pre-eminent position as a composer in the Austrian territories of his day
Brucken-Fock, Gerard von
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1859
Koudekerke, The Netherlands
1935
Aerdenhout, The Natherlands
Dutch composer
Bruckner, Anton
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4 Sep. 1824
Ansfelden, Austria
11 Oct. 1896
Vienna, Austria
an Austrian composer whose mature music was written at the end of the Romantic era. Bruckner's reputation is based on his symphonies, masses, and motets. The symphonies in particular are famous for their rich harmonic language and complex polyphony, although they have gained detractors (especially in English-speaking countries) owing to their large size and the fact that many of them exist in several different versions. Due to their scale, massive sonorities and imposing structure, the symphonies have often been referred to as cathedrals of sound
Brudieu, Joan
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c. 1520
nr. Limoges, France
1591
Urgel, Spain
French-born choirmaster and composer who from 1539 worked at the cathedral in Urgel
Brugensis, Arnoldus (see Bruck, Arnold von)   
Brüggemann, Kurt
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30 Mar. 1908
Berlin, Germany
 German composer
Brüggen, Frans
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30 Oct. 1934
Amsterdam, Holland
 Dutch recorder player, flautist and latterly conductor. Composer of three studies for recorder
Brugk, Hans Melchior
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24 Nov. 1909
Munich, Germany
14 Sep. 1999
Brannenburg am Inn
German composer
Bruhier, Antoine
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fl. 1514-1518 Northern-European composer of the sixteenth century
Bruhns, Nikolaus (or Nicolaus)1665
Germany
1697pupil of Buxtehude, organist and composer of church music. He was also a good violinist and is famously known for accompanying himself on the organ pedals
Bruin, Bram
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19121968Dutch organist and composer
Bruinen, Paul
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Bruins, Theo
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25 Nov. 1929
Arnhem, The Netherlands
8 Jan. 1993
Haarlem, The Netherlands
Dutch pianist and composer
Bruk, Fridrich
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18 Sep. 1937
Ukraine
 Ukrainian composer who settled in Finland in 1973 and has taught at various Finnish music institutes
Brulé, Gace
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c.1160after 1213French trouvère, a native of Champagne
Brüll, Ignaz7 Nov. 1846
Prossnitz, Austria
17 Sep. 1907
Vienna, Austria
Moravian-born pianist; composer of 10 operas, 2 piano concertos, orchestral works and chamber music
Brumby, Colin James
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18 Jun. 1933
Melbourne, Australia
 composed a symphony; concertoes for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, organ, piano, violin, viola, cello; chamber works; instrumental works; songs; choral music; operas etc.
Brumel, Antoine
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c.1460
nr. Chartres, France
1512/1513
probably Italy
French composer. He was one of the first renowned French members of the Franco-Flemish school of the Renaissance, and, after Josquin Desprez, was one of the most influential composers of his generation
Brümmer, Ludger
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1958
Werne, Germany
 German composer
Brun, Fritz
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18 Aug. 1878
Lucerne, Switzerland
29 Nov. 1959
Morcote, Switzerland
One of the most prominent celebrities in the Swiss music scene in the first half of the twentieth century. After studying music in Cologne, Berlin and London, he initially taught piano in various cities, including Berne, where, in 1909, he became chairman of the Berne Musical Society. He composed ten symphonies in the tradition of Brahms and Bruckner
Brün, Herbert Julius
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1918
Berlin, Germany
6 Nov. 2000
Urbana, Ill, USA
Brun helped introduce the use of electronics and computers in creating music and wrote modern music for various instruments, but he also became a central figure in the melding of electronics and computer technology with music, and his teaching and writings in English and German influenced that development. He left Germany for Palestine in 1936 and studied piano composition in Tel Aviv and at the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music. He took more music courses at Columbia in the late 1940s. From 1950 he lived in Israel and Germany, writing for the theatre, radio and television. He also lectured on Bavarian Radio in Munich and at summer courses in Darmstadt. He also conducted research in Paris, Cologne and Munich on the use of electro-acoustic and electronic sound production in composing music, and he repeatedly toured the United States. In 1963 he was offered the professorship at Urbana, which allowed him to expand his study of computer systems as another resource in his work. While continuing to write pieces for traditional instruments, he used computers to generate sound, which he integrated into his compositions. He wrote widely on the function of computers in music and on the place of music in society and politics
Bruna, Pablo
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22 Jun. 1611
Spain
27 Jun. 1679
Spain
Spanish composer and organist notable for his blindness (suffered after a childhood bout of smallpox), which resulted in his being known as "El ciego de Daroca" ("the blind man of Daroca")
Bruneau, (Louis Charles Bonaventure-)Alfred3 Mar. 1857
Paris, France
15 Jun. 1934
Paris, France
'cellist and student of Massenet. He composed operas (2 based on libretti by Zola), the best known is Le Réve, and 3 choral symphonies
Brunelli, Antonio
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c.1575
Bagnarea, Italy
c.1630
Pisa, Italy
Italian organist and composer
Brunetti, Antonio
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1767
Italy
after 1845
Italy
Italian composer
Brunetti (or Bruneti), Gaetano (Caetano, Cayetano)
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1744
possibly Fano
16 Dec. 1798
Colmenar de Orejo, nr. Madrid, Spain
Spanish composer
Brunetti, Giovan Gualberto24 Apr. 1706
Pistoia, Italy
20 May 1787
Pisa, Italy
Italian composer
Brunetti, Giuseppec.1735-45
Naples, Italy
after 1780Italian composer
Bruni, Antonio Bartolomeo
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28 Jan. 1757
Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy
5 Aug. 1821
Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy
Italian composer
Bruning O.F.M., Eliseus Fr.
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18921958a member of the community of Friars Minor of Venray in Holland, musicologist and composer of liturgical music
Brunswick, Mark6 Jan. 1902
New York, America
25 May. 1971
London, UK
works include a choral symphony Eros and Death and an opera The Master Builder (after Ibsen)
Bruno, Mauro A.25 Nov. 1923
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
3 Oct. 2002
Burbank, California, USA
trumpeter, arranger and composer who wrote the music for the TV series Barnaby Jones, Streets of San Francisco and Police Woman
Brusa, Elisabetta
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3 Apr. 1954
Milan, Italy
 Italian composer
Brusa, (Giovanni) Francescoc.1700
Venice, Italy
after 1768Italian composer
Brusselmans, Michel
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12 Feb. 1886
Paris, France
20 Sep. 1960
Brussels, Belgium
French-born Belgian composer
Brussilovsky (or Brusilovsky), Yevgeni (Evgeny) Grigor'yevich12 Nov. 1905
Rostov-on-Don, Russia
9 May. 1981
Moscow, Russia
inspired by Kazakh folk music which he collected and incorporated into many of his works which included 5 operas and 6 symphonies
Brustad, Bjarne
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3 Apr. 1895
Christiania
22 May 1978
Oslo, Norway
Norwegian composer
Bruun, Peter
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1968 Danish composer
Bruynel, Ton
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1934
Utrecht, The Netherlands
1998
Mailly, France
Dutch composer
Bruzdowicz, Joanna
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17 May 1943
Warsaw, Poland
 studied at the Warsaw Music High School, at the State Higher School of Music (composition with Kazimierz Sikorski and piano with Irena Protasiewicz and Wanda Osakiewicz); she earned her M.A. in 1966. She traveled to Paris to continue her studies on a scholarship from the French government and became a student of Nadia Boulanger, Oliver Messiaen and Pierre Schaeffer (1968-70). While in Paris, she joined the electro acoustic Groupe de Recherches Musicales and wrote her doctoral thesis Mathematics and Logic in Contemporary Music at the Sorbonne. After completing her studies in France, she settled in Belgium and established herself as a composer there (she recently moved to southern France)
Bryant, Ray
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24 Dec. 1931
Philadelphia, PA, USA
 American jazz pianist and composer
Bryars, Gavin
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16 Jan. 1943
Goole, England
 English composer and double bassist. He has been active in, or has produced works in, a variety of styles of music, including jazz, free improvisation, minimalism, experimental music, avant-garde and neoclassicism
Brzowski, Jósef1803
Warsaw, Poland
3 Dec. 1888
Warsaw, Poland
Polish composer
Bucalossi, Ernest
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18591933in his day, know particularly for his characteristic piece Grasshopper's Dance, a jaunty little number popular with light orchestras. His name also to be found on the covers of those many arrangements of tunes from Savoy-related operettas - Ruddygore Lancers, Haddon Hall Waltz and Polka, Queen of My Heart and Other Melodies from Cellier's Dorothy, etc. In 1883 the Daily Telegraph described it as "the brightest and funniest opera that has been produced in London for years." This operetta-inclined musician was however P. (for Procida) Bucalossi and was possibly the father of the Grasshopper's Dance man and from his name perhaps Italian by birth. It is by no means easy to disentangle which Bucalossi wrote what. The once popular waltz-song Ciribiribin has been attributed to Ernest, but it may originally have been by Procida
Bucalossi, Procida
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  1933father of Ernest Bucalossi who was also a composer of light music
Bucchi, Valentino29 Nov. 1916
Florence, Italy
9 May 1976
Florence, Italy
pupil of Dallapiccola;composer of orchestral, operatic and film music
Bucci, Mark26 Feb. 1924
New York, USA
 American composer
Buchardo, Carlos Lopez
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12 Oct. 1881
Buenos Aires, Argentina
21 Apr. 1948
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentinean composer whose work is inspired by native music
Bucharoff (or Bukaroff, Buchhalter, Bugalter), Simon (Semion)20 Apr. 1881
Berdichev, Ukraine
24 Nov. 1955
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Ukrainian pianist and composer
Buchner, Hans
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26 Oct. 1483Mar. 1538German organist and composer
Bucht, Gunnar5 Aug. 1927
Stocksund
 Swedish composer
Buck, Dudley 10 Mar. 1839
Hartford, Conn., USA
6 Oct. 1909
Orange, N.J., USA
organist and composer who studied in Germany; he wrote choral works, chamber music and an opera Deseret
Buck, Ole
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1 Feb. 1945
Copenhagen, Denmark
 Danish composer
Buck, Percy Carter1871
London
1947
London
organist; composer of organ and choral music
Buck, Zechariah1798
Norwich, UK
1879
Newport, Essex, UK
organist and choir-trainer; minor composer
Buchanan, Mabel  composed the song Throughout the Years for the 1944 British film Give Me The Stars
Buckenham, Johnfl 1741 psalmodist of Bramfield, Suffolk who published 'The psalm-singer's devout exercise' (1741)
Buckinx, Boudewijn
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28 Mar. 1945
Lommel, Belgium
 Belgian composer
Buckley, John
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1951
Templeglantine, Co. Limerick, Ireland
 Irish composer who also lecturers in composition and is on the staff of St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra. He is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists.
Buckley (Bulkley), Olivia Dussekmid 1790s
London
after 1845skilled writer for the harp and piano. Published two books in 1846
Buczynski, Walter17 Dec. 1933
Toronto, Canada
 Canadian composer
Budashkin, Nikolai (or Nikolay) Pavlovich
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6 Aug. 1910
Lubakhovka, Kaluga, Russia
1988Russian composer performer and conductor. The winner of many awards, Budashkin also worked on the balalaika music for the film Dr. Zhivago. He worked extensively with Ossipov Balalaika Orchestra (Moscow), for which he composed and made many arrangements
Budd, Harold
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24 May 1936
Los Angeles, California, USA
 an American ambient/avant-garde composer
Budd, Roy
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14 Mar. 1947
London, UK
7 Aug. 1993
London, UK
Jazz pianist and composer particularly noted for his music for film
Budón, Osvaldo
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1965
Concordia, Entre Ríos, Argentina
 Argentinean composer
Budriunas, Antanas
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1902
Pabirze, Lithuania
1966
Vilnius, Lithuania
Lithuanian composer
Budriunas, Bronius
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1909
Pabirze, Lithuania
1994
Los Angeles, California, USA
Lithuanian composer
Budriunas, Motiejus
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1898
Pabirze, Lithuania
1969
Memmingen, Germany
Lithuanian composer
Budzynski, Bartlomiej
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1962 Polish composer
Buenaventura, Alfredo Santos14 Oct. 1929
Santa Maria, Bulacan
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Buenaventura, Antonio10 May 1904 Baliuag, Bulacan composer
Buffardin, Pierre-Gabriel
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1690
Provence, France
1768a French flautist and composer in the late Baroque period
Buggenhout, Émile van1825
Brussels, Belgium
1885
Brussels, Belgium
composer, clarinetist and conductor
Buhl, David
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late 18th/early 19th century composer of the military trumpet calls for the French army
Buini (or Bovina, Buina), Giuseppe Mariac.1680
Bologna, Italy
13 May 1739
Alessandria
Italian composer
Buini, Matteofl. 1748-49 Italian composer
Bujarski, Zbigniew
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1933
Muszyna, Poland
 Polish composer and composition teacher. He studied composition at the State College of Music in Cracow under Stanislaw Wiechowicz. In 1961 he received a honorary mention at the Young Polish Composers' Competition organized by the Polish Composers' Union and in 1964 he won the 2nd Prize at the Grzegorz Fitelberg Composers' Competition.
Bulbul-oglu, Polad1945 one of the most famous singers of popular music in the former Soviet Union. He is also a talented composer and currently has been assigned as Minister of Culture in Azerbaijan
Bull, John
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c. 1562/63
probably Radnorshire, England
12 Mar. 1628
Antwerp, The Netherlands
organ builder, organist and virtuoso on the virginals for which he composed fine music one work in particular possibly the original inspiration for God Save the Queen
Bull, Ole1810
Norway
1880virtuoso violinist; composer of 2 violin concertos and an ethusiast for Norwegian folk-music and Grieg
Bullant (or Bulant, Bullanto, Bullault, Bullandt), Antoinec.1750
nr. Amiens, France
c. Jun. 1821
St Peterburg, Russia
French-born composer
Buller, John
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7 Feb. 1927,
London, UK
12 Sep. 2004
Sherborne, Dorset
composer and surveyor, John Buller was a late starter as a composer. It was not until he was approaching 50 that he first came to prominence with music that was unashamedly intellectual, both in construction and in the texts he chose to set, and with a powerful dramatic charge that was communicated directly to his audiences. His opera based on Euripides' The Bacchae - Buller preferred Bakxai which suggests the original Greek - was premiered at the English National Opera in 1992 leading Guy Rickards, writing in Tempo, to write: "I believe John Buller's Bakxai (The Bacchae) to be the finest British opera since Britten's Curlew River . . . Buller has made Bakxai intelligible to a modern audience, intensely dramatic and utterly compelling"
Bullock, Ernest
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15 Sep 1890
Wigan, UK
24 May 1979
Aylesbury, UK
organist; composer of organ music, part-songs and fanfares for state occasions
Bülow, Hans Guido Freiherr von
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8 Jan. 1830
Dresden, Germany
12 Feb. 1894
Cairo, Egypt
German conductor, virtuoso pianist, and composer of the Romantic era. He was one of the most famous conductors of the 19th century, and his activity was critical for establishing the successes of several major composers of the time, including Richard Wagner
Bungert, (Friedrich) August14 Mar. 1845
Mülheim an der Ruhr
26 Oct. 1915
Leutesdorf am Rhein
German composer
Bunin, Revol Samuilovich
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6 Apr. 1924
Moscow, Russia
4 Jul. 1976
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer who has composed for film
Buonamici, Giuseppe1846
Florence, Italy
1914
Florence, Italy
pianist, pupil of Liszt and von Bülow, teacher and composer, director of the Società Cherubini in Florence, and editor of pianoforte literature, including an edition of Beethoven's sonatas
Burde-Ney, Jeanette Milder1799
Austria
 composer who was also an excellent vocal teacher
Burgess, Anthony (pseudonym of John Anthony Burgess Wilson)
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25 Feb. 1917
Manchester, UK
22 Nov. 1993
St. John's Wood, London, UK
novelist, critic and composer
Burghauser, Jarmil [Hájku, Michal]21 Oct. 1921
Pisek
 composer
Burghersh, Lord John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmoreland3 Feb. 1784
London, England
16 Oct. 1859
Wansford, Northants., England
English composer
Burgmüller, (Johann) August Franz28 Apr 1766
Magdeburg, Germany
21 Aug 1824
Düsseldorf, Germany
a theatre director in Weimar, and other locations. This German composer, father of Norbert and Friedrich (see below), wrote songs, works for church, and works for the theatre
Burgmüller, (August Joseph) Norbert
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8 Feb 1810
Düsseldorf, Germany
7 May 1836
Aix-en-Chapelle (Aachen)
died young (drowned during an epileptic seizure at the spa in Aachen) leaving a considerable quantity of symphonic and other music
Burgmüller, (Johann) Friedrich (Franz)
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4 Dec 1806
Regensburg, Germany
13 Feb 1874
Beaulieu, Seine-et-Oise
brother of above; wrote mainly piano music for children but also composed supplementary numbers for the ballet Giselle (mainly by Adam) as well as his own ballet The Peri
Burgon, Geoffrey
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15 Jul. 1941
Hampshire, UK
21 Sep. 2010
nr. Stroud, UK
prolific composer who has worked successfully in television, for example, the music for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy starring Alec Guiness
Burian, Emil Frantisek
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11 Jun 1904
Pilsen, Czechoslovakia
9 Aug 1959
Prague, Czech Republic
composer of many vocal works using his invention, 'voice band', in which vowels are used forconcords and consonants for discords; also composer of operas, ballets and chamber music
Burke, Joseph A. (Joe)
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18 Mar. 1884
Philadelphia, NY, USA
9 Jun. 1950
Upper Darby, PA, USA
prolific composer who co-wrote Tip-Toe Through the Tulips for Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)
Burkhalter, Dominik1975
Zurch, Switzerland
 Swiss bandleader, composer and drummer
Burkhard, Paul21 Dec. 1911
Zürich, Switzerland
6 Sep. 1977
Tösstal, Zell
Swiss composer of operettas and other light music including O My Papa!
Burkhard, Willy17 Apr. 1900
Bienne, Switzerland
18 Jun. 1955
Zürich, Switzerland
pupil of Karg-Elert and influenced by Hindemith; composer of orchestral, chamber and choral music including Protestant oratorios, as well as an opera Die Schwarze Spinne
Burkhardt, Max28 Sep. 1871
Löbau
12 Nov. 1934
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Burleigh, Cecil1885
Wyoming, USA
 violinist; composer of works for his instrument
Burleigh, Henry Thacker2 Dec. 1866
Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
12 Sep. 1949
Stamford, Connecticut, USA
pupil of Dvorák; Black baritone; arranger of Negro spirituals and a composer
Burney, Charles
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7 Apr 1726
Shrewsbury, UK
12 Apr 1814
Chelsea, London, UK
organist and minor composer; father of remarkable children (Fanny and Sarah (both successful novelists), Admiral James (a writer on South Sea exploration who accompanied James Cook on one of his voyages) and Charles Burney, jnr, the Greek scholar) who wrote about his travels through Europe, from which pages we can gauge contemporary taste and the reputation of the performers and composers of his day
Burns, Ralph (Jose P.)
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29 Jun. 1922
Newton, MA, USA
21 Nov. 2001
Los Angeles, CA, USA
jazz composer, transcriber and arranger who won an Academy Award in 1972 for Cabaret
Burns, Wilfred
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28 Jun. 1917
Eardisley, Herefordshire, England
25 Sep. 1990
West Clandon, Surrey, England
freelance film composer and musical director
Burt, Francis
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28 Apr 1926
England
 pupil of Ferguson and Blacher; works include 2 string quartets, an opera Volpone and Iambics for orchestra
Burton, Stephen Douglas24 Feb. 1943
Whittier, Calif. USA
 American composer
Bury (or Buri), Bernard de20 Aug. 1720
Versailles, France
19 Nov. 1785
Versailles, France
French composer
Busby, Bob
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1901
Maidenhead, England
 composer of music for film
Busby, Thomas1755
London
1838
London
organist; composer of choral works and writer of a music dictionary (1806) written with the assistance of Samuel Arnold (1740-1802)
Busca, Lodovicofl. 1670-1700 Italian composer born in Turin
Busch, Carl1862
Bjerre, Denmark
1943
Kansas City, USA
composer of choral music
Busch, Adolf Georg Wilhelm1891
Germany
1952violinist; composer of orchestral works
Busch, William1901
London, UK
1945
Woolacombe, Devon
pianist; composer of concertos, chamber music and songs
Bush, Alan Dudley
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22 Dec. 1900
England
31 Oct. 1995
Watford, England
his strong Communist sympathies have coloured much of his music including his operas Wat Tyler and Men of Blackmoor, his piano concerto and his string quartet Dialectic. Alan Bush s musical activities during the Second World War inevitably tend to focus on his political views and the BBC's banning of his music because of his championship of 'the People s Convention'. Vaughan Williams' much publicised support of him resulted in the BBC rescinding the ban, and Bush's First Symphony, which had been written between June 1939 and August 1940 and published almost immediately, finally received its first performance at a Promenade Concert on 27 July 1942. Bush's programme is political rather than descriptive, as the programme note for the Prom. made clear: "It has a programme rooted in its composer s political or more accurately, sociological views, its keynotes being aspiration in the Prologue and respectively greed, frustration, and liberation in the three movements." The symphony is of particular note as being the watershed between the composer's complex 'thirties' European style and his later more populist folk-related idiom. Bush uses a twelve-tone theme in his first two movements, but adopts an undisguised C major in the finale to underline the sense of achievement. The Times critic wrote "the juxtaposition of keys, modes, and tonality is interesting; the musical logic though often baffling does somehow cohere, and there were points of vivid orchestration...". The Daily Telegraph critic added: "Extreme effects of colour abound, force and vigour being at times perilously near violence". When the score had been first published, Kaikhosru Sorabji wrote "the musical substance has a splendid, close-fibred texture of hard-thought ideas, behind which, all the time, is the drive and impulse of that elevated excitement of the soul that is independent of the reason that is the satisfaction of the intellect or of the emotion that is the satisfaction of the heart, because the greater includes the less and transcends both."
Bush, Geoffrey
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23 Mar. 1920
London, England
 composer of operas, 2 symphonies and numerous other orchestral and chamber works
Busnois (Antoine de Busne)
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c.1430
possibly Béthune, nr. Pas de Calais, France
6 Nov. 1492
Bruges, Belgium
French composer and poet of the early Renaissance Burgundian School. While also noted as a composer of sacred music, such as motets, he was one of the most renowned 15th-century composers of secular chansons. He was the leading figure of the late Burgundian school after the death of Guillaume Dufay
Busoni, Ferruccio (Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto)
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1 Apr. 1866
Empoli, Italy
27 Jul. 1924
Berlin, Germany
virtuoso pianist; composer of 4 operas, orchestral, chamber and vocal music as well as numerous transcriptions, in particular, of the works of Bach. He was an anti-Romantic detesting Wagner
Busser (or Büsser), Henri-Paul16 Jan. 1872
Toulouse, France
30 Dec. 1973
Paris, France
pupil of Gounod, Franck and Widor; composed 7 operas, orchestral and choral works
Bussotti, Sylvano
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1 Oct. 1931
Florence, Italy
 a composer who employs high individualised graphic notation; works include The Rara Requiem for voices and chamber orchestra and the stage work The Passion according to Sade for voice, instruments and narrator
Bussey de  works by him were contained in the fifth book by Le Roy and Ballard
Bustini, Alessandro24 Dec. 1876
Rome
23 Jun. 1970
Rome, Italy
Italian composer
Butler, Jerry
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1904
Ramsgate, Kent, England
 singer/songwriter, a member of the Impressions
Butler, T. 'O'Brien' (Whitwell)3 Nov. 1861
Cahersiveen, Eire
7 May 1915
at sea
T. O'Brien Butler was the pen name of the Irish composer Thomas Whitwell Butler. He is best remembered for his opera Muirgheis written in 1903 which was the first libretto to be written in the Irish language. He was lost in the sinking of the Lusitania
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Butler, Thomas Hamlyc.1755
London, England
1823
Edinburgh, Scotland
English composer
Butler, Thomas Whitwell (see Butler, T. 'O'Brien' (Whitwell))   
Butterley, Nigel Henry
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13 May 1935
Sydney, Australia
 pupil of Rainier and regarded as one of the leading composers of his generation. His output includes the orchestral Meditations of Thomas Traherne (1968) and From Sorrowing Earth (1991), a violin concerto, four string quartets and other chamber music, vocal choral, piano and other instrumental works, and the opera Lawrence Hargrave Flying Alone (1988). Among recent major works are The Woven Light, a cycle of poems of Kathleen Raine for soprano and orchestra (1994), and Spell of Creation (2000) for soloists, choir and orchestra. His radiophonic choral work In the Head the Fire was awarded the Italia Prize in 1966
Butterworth, Arthur
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1923
England
 trumpeter and composer of a symphony, sinfonietta and chamber music
Butterworth, George (Sainton Kaye)
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1885
London, UK
1916
killed in action in France
composer of music of great delicacy who was active in the English folk song and dance movement
Buttier, Mlle  she had works of hers published in Paris between 1727 and 1732
Butting, Max6 Oct. 1888
Berlin, Germany
13 Jul. 1976
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Buttykay, Ákos (de Gálszécs et Buttka)22 Jul. 1871
Halmeuj
26 Oct. 1935
Debrecen
Hungarian composer
Buus, Jacques (or Jacob)
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c. 1500
Ghent, Belgium
late Aug. 1565
Vienna, Austria
a Franco-Flemish composer and organist of the Renaissance, and an early member of the Venetian School. He was one of the earliest composers of the ricercar, the predecessor to the fugue, and he was also a skilled composer of chansons
Buxtehude, Dietrich (Diderik)
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1637
Oldesloe, Denmark
9 May 1717
Lübeck, Germany
organist; one of the greatest German influences on J.S. Bach, visited by both Bach and Handel; composer of fine organ music and church cantatas. Not only the year, but also the country of his birth is uncertain and disputed. Since he spent his early years in Helsingborg in Scania, at the time part of Denmark, he is by some considered a Danish composer. Others, however, claim that he was born at Oldesloe in Holstein, (Germany), which at that time also was under the rule of the Danish king, and regarded as part of the Danish kingdom
Buzarovski, Dimitrije
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1952
Skopje, Macedonia
 Bachelor of Music in Performance (piano - 1972, University Cyril and Methodius) Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition (1973 - University Cyril and Methodius) master's degree : in composition (1976, University of Arts, Belgrade); doctor's degree: in Philosophy (1984, Aesthetics of music, University Cyril and Methodius, Philosophy Dpt.); postdoctoral : research as a Fulbright Fellow at Boston University Philosophy Dept. (1985-86), subject: History of Aesthetics of Music (1992) at Arizona State University (research project on music education), research as a Fulbright Fellow at Arizona State University College of Business, subject : textbook "Business Basics for Music Managers"(1999-2000); composer of over 70 works
Buzzolla, Antonio 2 Mar. 1815
Adria, nr. Rovigo
20 Mar. 1871
Venice, Italy
Italian composer
Byrd, Bretton
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1904
Ramsgate, Kent, England
 prolific composer, pianist and music director
Byrd, William
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late 1539/1540
London, England
4 Jul. 1623
Stondon, Essex, UK
one of the most celebrated English composers of the Renaissance. His entire life was marked by contradictions, and as a true Renaissance man he cannot be easily categorised. He lived until well into the seventeenth century without writing music in the new Baroque fashion, but his superbly constructed keyboard works marked the beginning of the Baroque organ and harpsichord style (corrected with the assistance of Richard Turbet)
Byström, Oscar Fredrik Bernadotte13 Oct. 1821
Stockholm
22 Jul. 1909
Stockholm
Swedish composer
Byström, Thomas1772
Helsinki, Finland
1839initially pursuing a military career, he studied at the Artillery and Sappers Military Academy in St Petersburg in 1787–91 and moved to Sweden in 1793. Apparently he was a skilled pianist, since after being discharged from the Army he taught the piano and initially also the organ at the Swedish Music Academy from 1818 to 1833. His surviving compositions include three Violin Sonatas, some piano works and a handful of solo songs. These were probably written at a relatively early stage in his career, in the 1790s and early 1800s
Byttering (also Bytering, Bytteryng, or Biteryng; possible first name Thomas)
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fl. c. 1400–1420 an English composer during the transitional period from Medieval to Renaissance styles. Five of his compositions have survived, all of them in the Old Hall Manuscript