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Caballero, M(anuel) F(ernández)
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14 Mar. 1835
Murcia, Spain
26 Feb. 1906
Spain
Spanish composer
Cabanilles (alternatively: Cavanilles), Juan Bautista José (alternatively: Josep)
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6 Sep. 1644
Algemesí, Valencia, Spain
29 Apr. 1712
Valencia, Spain
Spanish composer and organist. He probably began as a chorister at his local church; later he moved to Valencia, where he became second organist in 1665 and first organist the following year. In 1668 he was ordained to the priesthood. His works include sacred vocal works (a 6-voice Mass, a Magnificat, a Beatus vir, motets in Spanish) and many organ works, especially tientos. Cabanilles is considered by many the greatest (and certainly the most prolific) Spanish Baroque composer. He was certainly the greatest of the Valencian composers of organ music, and together with Correa de Araujo the most important Spanish organists of the 17th century
Cabezón, Antonio de
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1510
Castrillo de Matajudos, Spain
26 Mar. 1566
Madrid, Spain
blind from birth, organist and harpsichord as well as composer principally of keyboard music who from 1548 worked in the service of Emperor Philip II. He is the author of Obras de Musica para Tecla y Harpa y Vihuela and he also wrote what is among the earliest surviving music for solo organ
Cabezon, Hernando de
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7 Oct. 1541
Spain
1602
Spain
son of the above, music publisher and composer
Cable, Howard
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15 Dec. 1920
Toronto, Canada
 Canadian composer, conductor and arranger
Cabus, Peter
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19232000Flemish composer
Cacciapaglia, Roberto
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1953
Milan, Italy
 composer, pianist and record producer
Caccini (Signorini), Francesca (La Cecchina)
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18 Sep. 1587
Florence, Italy
c.1640
Florence, Italy
Italian composer, singer, lutenist, poet, and music teacher of the early Baroque era. She was the daughter of Giulio Caccini, and was probably the most famous and influential female European composer, in any genre, between Hildegard of Bingen in the 12th century and the 19th century. She became the first Eurydice in Peri’s Dafne in 1600. She published several volumes of her compositions and also wrote poetry in the Latin and Tuscan languages. She wrote and sang in the opera La liberazione di Ruggiero dall' isola d'Alcina
Caccini [Romano], Giulio
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8 Oct. 1551
Rome, Italy
10 Dec. 1618
Florence, Italy
father of Francesca, and one of the pioneering figures in the development of early Italian opera, Eurydice produced in 1600; composer of a book of madrigals and canzonets, Le nuove musiche which appeared in 1601
Caccini, Settimia
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6 Oct. 1590
Italy
c.1638
Italy
like her sister Francesca also a composer
Caceres (Caseres, Casseres), Abrahameighteenth century prominant composer of Jewish music in 18th century Holland. Descended from a Jewish family which probably originated in Portugal (the town of Caceres lays in Portugal), the first time his name appears in documents is in 1718, as the composer of the music for the celebration of the confraternity lekach tov (a good lesson/conclusion) which was founded in that year for studying religious texts. Eight years later, in 1726, he composed the music for the inauguration of the synagogue Honen Dal (redeemer of the poor) in The Hague. He wrote also the music for two of Immanuel Hay Ricchi 's poems in his book Hon Ashir (Rich fortune). Later, in 1738 in the celebration of Simchat Torah , he is mentioned as composer and player
Cadenet, Pierrefl. 1200-30 troubadour
Cadicamo, Enrique [pseudonym: Rosendo Luna]
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15 Jul. 1900
nr. Buenos Aires, Argentina
3 Dec. 1999
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentinean poet and composer
Cadman, Charles Wakefield
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24 Dec. 1881
Johnstown, PA, USA
30 Dec. 1946
Los Angeles, CA, USA
a composer inspired by American Indian themes who wrote operas, the Pennsylvania Symphony which includes the banging of an iron plate), orchestral suites, chamber music and a large number of songs
Caesar, Irving [Isidor]
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4 Jul. 1895
New York, USA
18 Dec. 1996
New York, USA
American lyricist and composer
Caesar, Rodolfo
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1950
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 graduated from the Instituto Villa-Lobos, UNIRIO. He had previously studied electroacoustic composition at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), Paris. As a student of Pierre Schaeffer he came to work directly with some of the most important composers of the genre. Back in Brazil he has started to teach as well, and, in conjunction with Tim Rescala, to develop the Estúdio da Glória. Later he completed a PhD in electroacoustic composition at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England, and now works in his private studio. He is also responsible for the music laboratory at the Escola de Música at the UFRJ
Cafaro [Caffaro], Pasquale8 Feb. 1716
S Pietro in Galatina, nr. Lecce
23 Oct. 1787
Naples
Italian composer
Caffi, Francesco14 Jun. 1778
Venice, Italy
24 Jan. 1874
Padua, Italy
Italian composer
Cage, John
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5 Sep. 1912
Los Angeles, USA
12 Aug. 1992pupil of Schönberg and exploited of the 'prepared' piano; a musical visionary, his music being described by one commentator as 'disembodied beauty of sound without association, without precedented timbre or form, without aesthetic antecedent' - he has explored the essence of music, pitch, timbre, and sound itself
Cagnoni, Antonio8 Feb. 1828
Godiasco, nr. Voghera
30 Apr. 1896
Bergamo, Italy
Italian composer
Cahen [Cahen d'Anvers], Albert8 Jan. 1846
Paris, France
23 Feb. 1903
Cap d'Ail, nr. Monte Carlo
French composer
Cahn, Sammy [Samuel Cohen]
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18 Jun. 1913
New York, NY, USA
15 Jan. 1993
Los Angeles, CA, USA
American violinist and song writer
Caietain (or Cajetan), Fabrice-Marin
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c.1540
Gaeta, Italy
c.1578Italian-born composer who worked in France and was influenced by the theories of l'Académie de Poésie et de Musique
Caimo, Giuseppe (Gioseppe)
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c. 1540
Milan, Italy
1584
Milan, Italy
organist and composer
Cailo, Giovanni Carlo16101688Neapolitan composer and organ player. His Stabat Mater a cinque voci is considered to be a trendsetter for a range of well-known (and less well-known) Stabats composed in Naples (A.Scarlatti, Astorga, Fago, Pergolesi), all belonging to the so called Neapolitan School. This refers to the Neapolitan culture in opera, which became an enormous influence in church music. These compositions are divided into self-contained units (chorals, recitatives, arias, etc) and the text is expressed in an operatic manner
Caine, Uri
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8 Jun. 1956
Philadelphia, USA
 jazz pianist and composer
Caix, d'Hervelois, Louis de
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c. 1670
Paris, France
1760
Paris, France
famous as a performer on the viola da gamba, for which instrument he composed many fine works
Cajetan, Fabrice-Marin (see Caietain)   
Calace, Raffaele1863
Naples, Italy
1934
Naples, Italy
son of Antonio Calace, a successful instrument maker, Raffaele discovered the possibilities of the mandolin and became an unequalled mandolin virtuoso. After he had graduated with honours at the Regio Conservatorio di Musica in Naples, he intended to give the mandolin its rightful place in music. To achieve this, he toured through Europe and Japan, and made three long-playing records. Raffaele wrote about 200 compositions that belong to the most beautiful and technically difficult works written for the mandolin. He also wrote didactical works, among which a method for playing the Liuto Cantabile (a 5-double stringed mandoloncello) and his much-praised mandolin method. This was published in 1910 and elaborates on the eighteen-century Italian mandolin methods by Giovanni Battista Gervaiso (c. 1725-c. 1785), Gabriele Leone (c. 1725-c. 1790) and others
Calame, Geneviève
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30 Dec. 1946
Geneva, Switzerland
8 Oct. 1993
Geneva, Switzerland
Swiss pianist, music educator and composer
Calandra [Calandria, Calandro], Nicolafl. 1740-1760 Italian composer particularly of operas
Caldara, Antonio
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1670/71
Venice, Italy
26/8 Dec. 1736
Vienna, Austria
Italian baroque composer who wrote over 70 operas, 30 oratorios, motets, masses and string sonatas
Caldeira Cabral, Pedro
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1950
Lisbon, Portugal
 as a child he began studying Portuguese guitar, classic guitar and the recorder (flute). In 1970 he began studying lute, viola da gamba and other old string and wind instruments. Later he founded and directed the bands La Batalla and Concerto Atlântico which specialised in old music played on historical instruments. Between 1967 and 1975, he took various courses on contemporary music composition and worked with Karel Goyvaerts, Constança Capdeville, José Alberto Gil and Jorge Peixinho
Caldicott, Alfred James26 Nov. 1842
Worcester, England
24 Oct. 1897
nr. Gloucester, England
English composer
Caldwell, John
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1947
Rochester, NY, USA
13 Jan. 1995
Clarion, PA, USA
composer, art curator, music critic who studied music, art and literature at Allegheny College undertaking composition studies with Harold Boatrite. John Caldwell composed works for orchestra, band, chorus, chamber ensembles, and solo marimba
Cale, John
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9 Mar. 1940
Crynant, Wales
 worked with the Velvet Underground where he played violin and bass. Cale is also known for producing The Stooges' first album (featuring Iggy Pop). as well as producing Siouxsie & the Banshees' last album. He has worked both as a composer and an actor in film
Calegari, Cornelia (Maria Caterina)1644after 1675an organist and singer who became a nun in 1661. Her first book of motets was published when she was fifteen and it met with considerable success
Calegari (or Callegari), Antonio17 Feb. 1757
Padua, Italy
22 Jul. 1828
Padua, Italy
Italian composer
Calegari (or Callegari), Giuseppec.1750
Padua, Italy
1812
Padua, Italy
Italian composer
Calegari, Luigi Antonioc.1780
Padua, Italy
1849
Venice, Italy
Italian composer
Calexico
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  a band from Tucson, Arizona, US comprising Joey Burns and John Convertino, named composer of music for the films L' Amour, l'argent, l'amour (2000) and Committed (2000)
Caliendo, Christopher
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   guitarist, conductor, teacher, publicist and composer of over five hundred classical/world music compositions, including those in the American tango, American gypsy and chamber jazz genres. Christopher has an AA in Humanities and a BA from the New England Conservatory of Music and an MFA from UCLA in Theory/Composition. His teachers include Henry Mancini, Frank Zappa, Jerrold Immel, Neal Hefti, Henry Lazarof, Paul Reale and Pierrre Boulez
Califano, Arcangeloearly 18th century Italian composer
Califona, Aniello18701919composer/lyricist of Vieni Sul Mar, based on an old Neopolitan waltz, made popular by Enrico Caruso, but well known before his time, and of O surdato 'nnammurato, Carmela mia, Ninì tirabusciò
Calkin, James
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19 Sep. 1786
London, England
18 Jan. 1862
London, England
pianist, violinist and cellist who composed orchestral, chamber and piano music
Calkin, Joseph (also called Tenielli Calkin after his mother who was born Tenniel)
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13 Jan. 1816
London, England
6 Jun. 1874
London, England
son of above and tenor, who became a fine teacher and composer of songs
Calkin, John Baptiste
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16 Mar. 1827
London, England
15 Apr. 1905
Crouch End, Middlesex, England
brother of above, organist; composer of church music, glees, part-songs and music for piano and organ
Calkin, George
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10 Aug. 1829
London, England
13 Jul. 1911
Hampstead, London, England
London, England
cellist, organist, choral director; composer of music for organ and choir
Call, Leonard von
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1779
Tyrol, Austria
1815
Austria
Austrian guitarist and composer known particularly for his music for guitar as well as for 16 published collections of songs for male voice choir which established the tradition of male voice singing in Vienna
Callaerts, Joseph
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22 Aug. 1838
Antwerp, Belgium
3 Mar. 1901
Antwerp, Belgium
spent his whole life in Antwerp, his native city, where he built up a successful career as an organist, composer and teacher
Callaway, Ann1949 she began her musical training in Baltimore with Grace Newsom Cushman and continued at Smith College with Alvin Etler. She received graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, where she studied with George Crumb, Jack Beeson, and George Edwards. Her music has been broadcast on both coasts of the United States and she is the subject of a documentary produced by Swedish Radio. Callaway has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Guild of Organists, and has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Leighton Artist Colony in Banff. Her works have been performed by the Seattle Symphony, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. She has composed many chamber and orchestral works, in addition to several song cycles and works for chorus
Callcott, John Wall
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1766
London, England
1821
London, England
composer of glees and catches
Callcott, William Hutchins
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1807
London, England
1882
London, England
son of above; also composer of glees and catches
Callhoff, Herbert
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13 Aug. 1933
Viersen, Germany
 German composer
Calloway, Cab
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25 Dec. 1907
Rochester, New York, USA
18 Nov. 1994
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
famous American jazz singer and bandleader
Calmel, Roger
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13 May 1920
Languedoc, France
4 Jul. 1998
Paris, France
French composer. His nearly 400 works span every genre, from chamber music to opera
Calthorpe, Nancy
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1914
Waterford, Ireland
1998
Dublin, Ireland
Irish harpist, arranger and composer
Calvi, Carlo
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  Italian composer who wrote Intavolatura de chitarra e chitariglia
Calvisius, Sethus (born: Seth Kalwitz)
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21 Feb. 1556
Gorsleben, Germany
24 Nov. 1615
Leipzig, Germany
German music theorist, composer, chronologer, astronomer, and teacher of the late Renaissance.
Calvo Cantero, Charo
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  studied singing and music theory, contemporary dance and dramatic art in Madrid and Brussels. In the 1980s, she was a dancer in Brussels. She then studied electronic music at Antwerpen Conservatoire and electoacoustic composition at Mons with Annette Vande Gorne. Charo has worked on the sound design and music for many theatre and dance projects, for films and dance videos
Camacaro, Pablo1949
Carora, Venezuela
 Venezuelan composer and pianist
Camacho, João
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11 Jan. 1972
Luanda, Angola
 Portuguese music teacher, teacher and composer
Cambert, Robert
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c.1628
Paris, France
Feb./Mar. 1677
London, England
harpsichordist and organist; His opera Pomone was one of the earliest examples of French opera. It is believed that he lost his opera monopoly to Lully whereupon he moved to London, and was reputedly murdered there by his valet
Cambini, Giuseppe Maria (Gioacchino)
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13 Feb. 1746
Livorno, Italy
29 Dec. 1825
Bicêtre
Italian-born composer
Camerloher (or Camerlocher, Cammerlocher), Placidus Cajetan von
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9 Aug. 1718
Murnau
21 Jul. 1782
Freising
composer, lutenist and organist
Cameron, John
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1944 English composer, arranger and music supervisor for film, TV and ttheatre
Camidge, John the elder
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17341803organist and composer of chants
Camidge, John the younger
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1790
York, England
21 Sep. 1859
York, England
son of Matthew Camidge, organist and composer of chants
Camidge, Matthew
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1764
England
1844son of John Camidge the elder, organist, composer of piano sonatas and chants and editor of cathedral music
Camilleri, Charles Mario
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7 Sep. 1931
Hamrun, Malta
3 Jan. 2009
Naxxar, Malta
a composer, conductor and writer, who has been inspired by Maltese and African sources and whose works include a opera Melita, Missa Mundi for organ and Abongo for wind quintet
Camilleri, Lelio
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1957
Rome, Italy
 Professor of Electronic Music at the GB Martini Conservatory of Music (Bologna, Italy). Since 1999, he also teaches music and multimedia in the Master Program on Multimedia organized by the University of Florence and the RAI (Italian Radio and Television). He has composed electronic and instrumental works which have been performed in Europe, North America, South America, and New Zealand, and broadcasted by the Italian, Belgian, Australian and Argentinean radios
Camilleri, William
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London, UK composer of music managed by Sandra Marsh management in Beverly Hills whose website is www.filmworks-online.com
Camilo, Michel
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4 Apr. 1954
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
 pianist and composer, known as an outstanding jazz, Latin and classical pianist
Camm, Cheryl
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Worksop, England English composer and educator, who spent many years studying working in New Zealand
Camp, Hamilton
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30 Oct. 1934
London, England
2 Oct. 2005British-born singer, songwriter, and actor. Camp was evacuated during WWII to the United States as a child with his mother and sister(s). He became a child actor in films and onstage, originally performing under the name Bob Camp
Campa, Gustavo E(milio)8 Sep. 1863
México
29 Oct. 1934
México
Mexican composer
Campagnoli, Bartolomeo
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10 Sep. 1751
Cento di Ferrara, Italy
6 Nov. 1827
Neustrelitz, Germany
Italian violinist and composer
Campana, Fabio14 Jan. 1819
Livorno, Italy
2 Feb. 1882
London, England
Italian composer
Campana, Francesca 1665
Rome
published composer who was also considered one of the finest singers in Rome. Campana composed and played the spinet as well
Campanus, Johannes Vodnianus (Jan Vodnanský Campanus; Jan z Vodnan, Jan Campanus-Vodnanský, Jan Kampánus Vodnanský, Ionnes Campanus Vodnianus)
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27 Dec. 1572
Vodnany, Bohemia
13 Dec. 1622
Prague
Czech humanist, composer, pedagogue, poet, and dramatist. He studied at the University of Prague and in 1596 and was made Master of Liberal Arts there. He became a teacher in Prague and Kutná Hora. From 1603 he taught Greek and Latin at the University of Prague. He also taught history and Latin poetry. He was repeatedly appointed as dean, prorector, and rector of this university
Campbell, Alexander22 Feb. 1764
Tombea, Perths., Scotland
15 May 1824
Edinburgh, Scotland
Scottish composer
Campbell, Bruce  one of several writers who owed much to his association with Robert Farnon, he was a fellow Canadian, who actually came to Britain some years before Farnon, and played trombone with various British bands during the 1930s including Ambrose, Jack Harris, Jack Hylton, Sid Millward, Hugo Rignold and Lew Stone. Campbell assisted Farnon on his post-war BBC radio shows, and eventually became a frequent contributor to various mood music libraries. Skippy is still familiar to older TV viewers in Britain as the theme for Seeing Sport
Campbell, Malcolm (Calum)13 Apr. 1937
Benbecula, Scotland
11 Jan. 2005
Benbecula, Scotland
Scottish piper and composer of music for the pipes. In the tradition of earlier times, he composed tunes to commemmorate people and events in the local community. His march Bain's Welcome to Creagorry and his jig Hercules the Bear, composed in 1980, remembered when, during the making of a television commercial, the beast escaped from his handler
Campbell, Mary Maxwell1812
Scotland
1886composer of songs
Campen, Ank van
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1932
The Netherlands
 harpist and composer
Campenhout, François van
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5 Feb. 1779
Brussels, Belgium
24 Apr. 1848
Brussels, Belgium
tenor, violinist and opera composer who also composed the Belgian national anthem La Brabançonne
Camphouse, Mark
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1954
Oak Park, Illinois
 American professor of music and composer
Camphuysen, Dirk Rafelsz
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1586
Gorinchem, The Netherlands
9 Jul. 1627
Dokkum, The Netherlands
Dutch painter, poet, composer, musical and literary theorist and theologian
Campion, François
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16851747composer, guitarist and lutenist, the dominant composer for the guitar in the first third of the 18th century. He composed works of groundbreaking complexity and indeed he may have been the only composer to write fugues for the guitar
Campion, Thomas (Campian)
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12 Feb. 1567
London, England
1 Mar. 1620
London, England
English poet, physician, and composer of over 100 lute songs
Campioni (or Campione, Campion) Charles Antoine (or Carlo Antonio)16 Nov. 1720
Lunéville
12 Apr. 1788
Florence, Italy
French-born composer
Campo, Conrado del (full name: Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta)
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28 Oct. 1879
Madrid, Spain
17 Mar. 1953
Madrid, Spain
composer of operas, symphonic poems, chamber and choral music
Campo, Régis
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1968
Marseille, France
 French composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, piano, and organ works that have been performed throughout Europe, as well as in Japan, the USA and elsewhere
Campogrande, Nicola
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9 Oct. 1969
Turin, Italy
 Italian composer
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Campos, Augusto de
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1931
São Paulo, Brazil
 founder of the Concrete poetry movement in Brazil, he is also a translator, music critic and visual artist
Campra, André
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4 Dec. 1660
Aix-en-Provence, France
29 Jun. 1744
Versailles, France
composer, initially of sacred music, who in his 40s turned to writing secular works for the stage and opera-ballets. He was choir-master in Toulon, Arles and Toulouse, and was appointed music master at Notre-Dame de Paris in 1694. From 1695, he devoted himself to the opera repertory, much to the despair of musical chronicler Lecerf de la Viéville who wrote: "... if the poor boy had not deserted the Church to go and serve the Opera, I think Italy would be hard put to contend with us successfully." Composer at the Chapelle Royale, then inspector of the Opera, he succeeded in cultivating both the French spirit and the Italian taste, secular repertory and sacred music at the same time
Camps, Pompeyo27 Oct. 1924
Paraná
1997
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentinean composer
Camus, Sebastien le
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c. 1610
Paris, France
1677
Paris, France
French composer, also a virtuoso gamba and theorbo player
Camussi, Ezio16 Jan. 1877
Florence, Italy
11 Aug. 1956
Milan, Italy
Italian composer
Canal, Marguerite29 Jan. 1890
Toulouse, France
27 Jan. 1978
Cépet, nr. Toulouse, France
French composer
Canales, Manuel
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1747
Toledo, Spain
1786
Toledo, Spain
Spanish composer
Canaro, Francisco
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26 Nov. 1888
San Jose de Mayo, Argentina
14 Dec. 1964
Buenos Aires, Argentina
composer particularly of tangos and successful bandleader
Canat de Chizy, Edith
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26 Mar. 1950
Lyon, France
 French violinist and composer
Canavas (Canavasso), Jean Baptiste (l'aîné)
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25 Mar. 1713
Turin, Italy
7 Jun. 1784
Paris, France
Italian cellist and composer
Canavas (Canavasso), Joseph (le cadet)
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c.1714
Turin, Italy
26 Sep. 1776
Paris, France
Italian violinist and composer
Canazzi, Antoniofl. 1653 Italian composer
Candeille, Pierre Joseph8 Dec. 1744
Estaires
24 Apr. 1827
Chantilly
French composer
Candeille-Simons, Amelie June (Julie)31 Jul. 1767
Paris, France
4 Feb. 1834
Paris, France
composed many works including an operetta that was performed at Theatre Francaise in 1792
Cangiasi, Giovanni Antonio
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before 1590
Milan, Italy
in or after 1614
Italy
Italian composer and organist
Canino, Bruno
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30 Dec. 1935
Naples, Italy
 Italian classical pianist and composer
Canis, Cornelius (de Hondt, d'Hondt)
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c.15051561Franco-flemish composer. Master of choirboys and later maitre de chapelleat the court of Emperor Charles V in Brussels from no later than 1542 until about 1555. From 1557 held posts in churches in Courtrai
Cannabich, (Johann) Christian (Innocenz Bonaventura)
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bap. 28 Dec. 1731
Mannheim, Germany
20 Jan. 1798
Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
violinist and conductor, a member of the Mannheim school of composers; composed symphonies, operas, ballets and chamber music as well as a cantata in memory of Mozart written in 1797. Cannabich probably conducted at the premiere of Mozart's Idomeneo K.366 in Munich where he was the director of its Court orchestra
Cannabich, Karl
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bap. 11 Oct. 1771
Mannheim, Germany
1/2 May 1806
Munich, Germany
German composer
Canning, Thomas
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12 Dec. 1911
Brookville, PA, USA
1989
Rochester, USA
American composer
Cannio, Enrico
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1874
Naples, Italy
1949
Naples, Italy
Italian musician and composer
Cannon, (Jack) Philip
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21 Dec. 1929
Paris, France
 pupil of Imogen Holst; writer of songs, a concertino for piano and strings and Songs to Delight for women's choir
Canobbio, Carlo1741
possibly Venice, Italy
7 Mar. 1822
St Peterburg, Russia
Italian-born composer
Canova da Milano, Francesco
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  an Italian lutenist virtuoso and composer of the Renaissance who wrote several books of music for lute. Some of his works are still famous today and are frequently performed
Canteloube (de Malaret), Marie-Joseph
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21 Oct. 1879
Annonay, France
4 Nov. 1957
Grigny, France
pianist, conductor and collector of folk-song; his most famous work is his arrangement of folk-songs entitled Songs of the Auvergne for soprano accompanied by piano or orchestra
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Cantemir, Dimitrie (Dimitrius)1673
Moldavia
1723Dimitrius Cantemir stands among the great historical figures from the East. He led a life of travel, migration, and exile. He was a Moldavian prince as well as Knaez of Russia. Cantemir was active as an authority in history, philosophy, theology, diplomacy, geography, ethnology, literature, and most importantly for us, music. He played the tanbour (an Ottoman plucked stringed instrument) admirably, he composed masterpieces, and invented a style of notation that served his purposes and assured the survival of his own works as well as of some 300 works he knew and played
Cantone (Cantoni), Serafino
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fl. 1580-1627 Italian composer and organist
Cantuária, Vinicius
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29 Apr. 1951
Manaus, Brazil
 Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and percussionist, associated with Bossa nova and Brazilian jazz
Canuti, Giovanni Antonioc.1680
Lucca, Italy
Apr. 1739
Lucca, Italy
Italian composer
Capdenat, Philippe
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17 Jul. 1934
Bordeaux, France
 French composer and organist
Capdeville, Constança1937
Barcelona, Spain
1992
Lisbon, Portugal
Portuguese composer of Catalan origin. She studied with Croner de Vasconcellos at the Conservatório Nacional. As a teacher she had an enormous influence on a whole generation of contemporary Portuguese composers
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Capdevielle, Pierre 1 Feb. 1906
Paris, France
9 Jul. 1969
Bordeaux, France
French composer
Capelletti, Daniel
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20 Sep. 1958
Luxembourg
 pianist and composer
Capelli (or Capello, Cappelli, Capella), Giovanni Maria7 Dec. 1648
Parma, Italy
16 Oct. 1726
Parma, Italy
Italian composer
Capello, Giovanni Francesco
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fl. 1615 seventeenth-century Italian composer
Capet, Lucien
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1873
Paris, France
1928
Paris, France
violinist and composer
Caplet, André
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1878
Havre, France
1925
Paris, France
conductor and composer, friend of Debussy some of whose works he arranged for orchestra; he wrote orchestral and choral works as well as chamber music and songs
Capio (or Capion), Iseut (or N'Iseut) de
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c. 1140after 1190noblewoman and trobairitz from Gévaudan, France
Capirola, Vincenzo
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1474
probably Brescia, Italy
after 1548
Italy
an Italian composer, lutenist and nobleman of the Renaissance. His music is preserved in an illuminated manuscript called the Capirola Lutebook, which is considered to be one of the most important sources of lute music of the early 16th century
Caplet, André
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23 Nov. 1878
Le Havre, Normandy, France
22 Apr. 1925
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
French composer and conductor now known primarily through his orchestrations of works by Claude Debussy
Capocci, Gaetano
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16 Oct. 1811
Rome, Italy
11 Jan. 1898
Rome, Italy
organist and composer of church music
Capocci, Filippo
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11 May 1840
Rome, Italy
25 Jul. 1911
Rome, Italy
son of above, organist and composer of organ music
Capponi, Abate Ranieri
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fl. seventeenth century Italian composer who died in about 1700
Cappus, Jean Baptiste
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c. 1700c. 1749French composer
Capranica [Capranico], Matteo26 Aug. 1708
possibly Amatrice, Rieti
after 1776
Naples
Italian composer
Capricornus [Bockshorn], Samuel Friedrich
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21 Dec. 1628
Zercice, nr. Mlodá Boleslav
10 Nov. 1665
Stuttgart
South-German violinist and composer
Caprioli, Antonio
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fl. 1500 Italian composer
Caproli (or Caprioli) Del Violino, Carloc.1617
Rome, Italy
c.1693
Rome, Italy
Italian violinist and composer
Capron, Henri
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fl. 1785-1795 American cellist, composer, impresario and teacher of French origin
Capua, Eduardo di
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12 Mar. 1865
Naples, Italy
3 Oct. 1917
Milan, Italy
Italian singer and songwriter
Capuana, Franco29 Sep. 1894
Fano, Italy
10 Dec. 1969
Naples, Italy
Italian composer
Capuzzi [Capucci], Giuseppe Antonio
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1 Aug. 1755
Breno, Brescia
28 Mar. 1818
Bergamo, Italy
Italian composer
Capuzzo, Maura
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1963
Padua, Italy
 Italian composer who is member of Agon Milano (centre for research, developing and performing of electroacoustic music). Her works and electroacoustic pieces have been performed in Italy, United States, Germany and Asia by many musicians, among others, Irvine Arditti, Francesco Filidei, Taipei hamber singers, Italian flute Quartet, Kettwiger Bach Ensemble and Chamber Choir of the University of Florence.
Cara, Marchetto
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c.1470
Italy
probably 1525
Mantua, Italy
Italian composer, lutenist and singer of the Renaissance. He was mainly active in Mantua, was well-connected with the Gonzaga and Medici families, and along with Bartolomeo Tromboncino, was well known as a composer of frottolas
Carafa (de Colobrano), Michele [Michel] (Enrico-Francesco-Vincenzo-Aloisio-Paolo)
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17 Nov. 1787
Naples, Italy
26 Jul. 1872
Paris, France
Italian opera composer
Carapella, Tommasoc.1654
Cerreto Sannita
20 Sep. 1736
Naples
Italian opera composer
Carasali, Odoardofl. 1736 Italian composer
Carcani (or Carcano), Giuseppe [Gioseffo]
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1703
Cremona, Italy
Jan. 1779
Piacenza, Italy
Italian composer
Carcassi, Matteo
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1792
Florence, Italy
16 Jan. 1853
Paris, France
guitarist, composer and teacher
Càrceres, Bartomeu
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fl. 16th century Valencian musician, copyist and composer
Cardenal, Peire
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late 12th century
Puy-en-Velay, France
c.1278a Provençal troubadour known for his satirical pieces and for his dislike of the clergy
Cardew, Cornelius
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1936
England
 guitarist and pupil of Ferguson, later associated with Stockhausen; his music falls into three distinct styles: conventional music for small chamber groups and solo performers, works in which the performers make a free choice of the notes to be played, and his political works inspired by Maoist ideas
Cardillo, Salvatore
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18741947Italian songwriter whose richly scored sentimental Napuletano classic Core 'ngrato ('Ungrateful heart') written in 1911 for Enrico Caruso, has remained ever since a staple of the Italian tenor concert repertoire
Cardonne, Jean-Baptiste [Philibert]
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26 Jun. 1730
Versailles, France
after Aug. 1792French composer
Cardoso, Jorge
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1949
Posadas, Argentina
 concert guitarist, composer and musicologist, Jorge Cardoso is also medical doctor at the National University of Cordoba Argentina, (1973)
Cardoso, Manuel
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bap. 11 Dec. 1566
Fronteira, Portugual
24 Nov. 1650
Lisbon, Portugual
Portuguese composer and organist
Cardy, Patrick
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22 Aug. 1953
Toronto, Canada
24 Mar. 2005
Ottowa, Canada
Canadian composer, teacher and flautist
Carena, Felice (Felix)
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Italian composer, not to be confused with the Venetian painter of the same name (1879-1966)
Caresana, Cristoforo
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c.1640
Venice, Italy
1709
Naples, Italy
Italian composer
Carey, Henry
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c.1688
York, England
5 Oct. 1743
London, England
English composer
Carisio, Giovanni Il Orbino; Il Ciecoc.1627
Turin, Italy
7 Nov. 1687
Turin, Italy
Italian composer
Carissimi, Giacomo
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bap. 18 Apr. 1605
Marino, Papal States
12 Jan. 1674
Rome
when 18 he is mentioned as a singer at the Cathedral in Tivoli, but in 1627 he is appointed maestro di cappella at St. Ruffino, Assisi, and in 1630 he moves finally to become maestro di cappella of the Collegium Germanicum Hungaricum in Rome. He is considered the father of modern oratorio and as an outstanding teacher, among whom there are many noted composers such as Alessandro Scarlatti, Johann Kasper Kerll, Jakob Baudrexel, Kaspar Förster (who was probably Buxtehude's teacher), Johann Philip von Krieger, Christophe Bernard, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier (who ranked his teacher with Lully)
Carle, Frankie [né: Francis Nunzio Carlone]
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25 Mar. 1903
Providence, RI, USA
7 Mar. 2001
Mesa, AZ, USA
American pianist, bandleader and composer whose theme song was Sunrise Serenade
Carlebach, Neshama
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1974 daughter of the Jewish singer-songwriter Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, who is a singer in her own right, the protege of her late father
Carlebach, Shlomo
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14 Jan. 1925
Berlin, Germany
20 Oct. 1994
USA/Canada
Jewish religious teacher, composer, and singer
Carleton, Bob
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18961956American pianist and composer
Carleton (Carlton, Charlton), Nicholas (the elder)
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c.15701630English composer
Carleton, Richard
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c.1558c.1638composer of madrigals and instrumental music of whose biography absolutely nothing is known
Carlevaro, Abel
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1918
Montevideo, Uruguay
2001an exceptional virtuoso, classic guitar composer and teacher
Carlevaro, Alvaro
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1957
Montevideo, Uruguay
 guitarist and composer
Carlos, Wendy (Walter)
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14 Nov. 1939
Pawtucket, USA
 American composer
Carlson, Bengt1890
Finland
1953Finnish choral composer
Carlstedt, Jan
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15 Jun. 1926
Orsa, Sweden
2004Swedish composer
Carlton, Richard
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1955
United Kingdom
 British-born Australian guitarist and composer
Carluccio-Leante, Francesco
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1953
Verona, Italy
 Italian composer
Carmichael, Hoagy
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22 Nov. 1899
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
27 Dec. 1981
Rancho Mirage, California, USA
American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader
Carmona, Juan
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1963
Lyons, France
 flamenco guitarist and composer
Carnicer (y Batile), Ramón
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24 Oct. 1789
Tárrega, nr. Lérida
17 Mar. 1855
Madrid, Spain
Spanish composer
Carniolus, Jacobus (see Gallus Carniolus, Jacobus)   
Caro, Francisco de
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23 Mar. 1898
Buenos Aires, Argentina
31 Jul. 1976
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentinean composer and pianst
Caro, Julio de
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11 Dec. 1899
Buenos Aires, Argentina
11 Mar. 1980
Buenos Aires, Argentina
violinist, bandleader and composer
Carolan, Turlough Ó [Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin]
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1670
Nobber, Co. Meath, Ireland
25 Mar. 1738
Alderford, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
Carolan's father moved to Alderford in Co. Roscommon, where he worked in some capacity or other for the family of Mac Dermott Roe. Mrs. Mac Dermott Roe seems to have taken a liking to the young Carolan and, when at the age of eighteen he was blinded by smallpox, she arranged for him to learn the harp from a harper of the Mac Dermott Roe family. She supported him until at the age of twenty one he set off on his career of itinerant harper. The harpers, most of whom like Carolan were blind, travelled the countryside on horseback guided by a helper. Everywhere they went they were received as honoured guests and were very hospitably treated in all the great and indeed not so great, houses. Carolan, although he was said to have been a somewhat indifferent harper having come to the instrument at too late an age, had an enormous reputation as a composer, and would therefore have been considered a cut above his fellow harpers. In musical terms Carolan is unusual, if not unique, in the three elements of influence which affect his music. These are (i) the music of the Irish harping tradition, whose roots descend to the depths of antiquity and which was to die out by the end of the eighteenth century, (ii) the traditional dance music and songs and, very importantly, (iii) the music of the great Italian composer of his day, Arcangelo Corelli. These three disparate strands coalesce in his music, producing a phenomenon unique in the history of Irish music. He fails to fall comfortably into any convenient musicological category and is therefore an enigmatic and most interesting musical figure. But this is no more a barrier to his success now than it has been at any time since his own day; and his music is perhaps more popular and more widely played today than ever before
Caroline, Mlle  opera performed in Paris in 1786 at the Theatre Beaujolais
Caroli, Angelo Antonio13 Jun. 1701
Bologna, Italy
26 Jun. 1778
Bologna, Italy
Italian composer
Caron, Firminus
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fl. 1460-1475 a French composer, and probably singer, of the Renaissance. While highly successful as a composer and influential, especially on the development of imitative counterpoint, and while numerous compositions of his survive, he is almost unique in there being an almost complete absence of direct biographical information about him. Most of what is known about his life and career is inferred
Caroso, Fabrizio (Marco)
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1535/1536
Sermoneta, Italy
1605/1620
Italy
Italian Renaissance composer and choreographer. Besides miscellaneus instrumental music, he is remembered for Nobiltà di dame, a manual of courtly and social dance of the Renaissance
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Caroubel, Pierre Francisque
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 1611French violinist and composer who collaborated with Michael Praetorius and is known for his dance music, bransles and galliards
Carpani, Giovanni Antoniofl. 1660 Italian composer
Carpenter, Gary
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1951 British composer, arranger and orchestrator
Carpenter, John
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16 Jan. 1948
Carthage, New York, USA
 American director, writer, composer and producer
Carpenter, John Alden
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1876
Park Ridge, Ill., USA
1951
Chicago, USA
wealthy business man who wrote orchestral works (including two symphonies, the second based on Algerian tunes), and pieces for piano and for voice, including Adventures in a Perambulator (orchestral suite), Krazy Kat (a ballet) and Skyscrapers
Carpentier, Joseph
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fl. 18th century composer of Vingt et une variations des folies d'Espagne (c.1774) for voice and guitar
Carpentier, Simon
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  musician and composer who has been working for film, television and publicity since 1987. He works with Zumanity a cabaret-style show from Cirque du Soleil that is resident at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino on Las Vegas Blvd. (The Strip)
Carpentras, Elzear Genet
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c.1470
Carpentras, France
14 Jun. 1548
Avignon, France
a French composer of the Renaissance, he was famous during his lifetime, and was especially notable for his settings of the Lamentations which remained in the repertory of the Papal Choir throughout the 16th-century. In addition, he was probably the most prominent Avignon musician since the time of the ars subtilior at the end of the 14th-century
Carpi, Fiorenzo
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19 Oct. 1918
Milan, Italy
21 May 1997
Milan, Italy
Italian composer
Carr, Benjamin
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12 Sep. 1768
London, England
24 May 1831
Philadelphia, USA
English-born composer
Carr, Edwin (James Nairn)
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10 Aug. 1926
Auckland, New Zealand
27 Mar. 2003
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
New Zealand composer
[date of death supplied by W. Pin]
Carr, Frank Osmond
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1858
Bradford, England
1916
Uxbridge, England
composer of successful light comedy operas
Carr, Howard
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1880
Manchester, England
1960
London, England
composer of light operas, orchestral music and songs
Carrapatoso, Eurico
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1962
Mirandela, Portugal
 Eurico Carrapatoso graduated from the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade in Porto with a degree in history in 1985. In that same year, he began his musical studies with José Luís Borges Coelho. In 1987, he took the fugue examination under the supervision of Cândido Lima at the Conservatório de Música in Lisbon. In 1988, he began his composition studies at the Escola Superior de Música in Lisbon, where one of his teachers was Constança Capdeville. His final studies were with Jorge Peixinho from 1991-93 at the Conservatório de Música, where he graduated with the highest classification. He has taught composition (and also social and economic history) at several institutions, including the Escola de Música in Porto and the Escola Superior de Música in Lisbon. Since 1989, he has taught Analysis and Techniques of Musical Composition at the Academia de Amadores de Música and the Conservatório de Música, and since 1998, he has taught Analysis at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon.

His works have been performed by most major ensembles and orchestras in Portugal, and also by major orchestras in France and the USA. Among the conductors of his music are Stefan Asbury, Vasco Azevedo, Christopher Bochmann, Cesário Costa, Osvaldo Ferreira, Mark Foster, Teresita Gutierrez Marques, Paulo Lourenço, and John Pereira.

Carrapatoso has won several awards, including the Cantonigròs Prize (Barcelona, 1995), the Lopes-Graça Prize from the city of Tomar (1998-99) and the Francisco de Lacerda Prize (1999); in addition, his works have represented Portugal twice at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (1998-99). His Mentes, Peer! (incidental music for Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt) was premièred in February 2002, at the inauguration of the new Teatro Aberto in Lisbon.

Carreira, António
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c.1525
Portugal
1592
Portugual
Portuguese organist and composer who was master of the royal chapel in Lisbon from 1564
Carreño, Maria Teresa
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22 Dec. 1853
Carácas, Venezuela
12 Jun. 1917
New York, USA
four times married conductor and operatic soprano who studied with Gottschalk and Rubinstein; not the composer of the Venezuelan National Anthem
Carrillo(-Trujillo), Julián (Antonio)
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28 Jan. 1875
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
9 Sep. 1965
San Angél, Mexico
studied violin in Leipzig; developed a system of microtonal composition, invented instruments to play quarter-, eighth- and sixteenth-tones, and composed symphonies, operas, masses and chamber music, over 50 of which were for his invented instruments
Carrion, Alonso de
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  troubadour and guitarist
Carrodus, Tiplady
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1836
Keighley, Yorks, England
1895
London, England
pupil of Molique; composed for his instrument, the violin
Carroll, David
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15 Oct 1913
Chicago, Illinois, USA
 musical director of Mercury Records from 1951 to the early 1960s, during which time he accompanied many of the label’s contract singers as well as making some instrumental recordings of his own. Several of his LPs had a ‘dance’ theme, often including his own compositions, and he employed the cream of Chicago’s session musicians
Carroll, Walter
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1869
Manchester, England
1955
Manchester, England
church musician; composer of piano and violin music for children
Carse, Adam (formerly, Adam von Ahn Carse)
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19 May 1878
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
2 Nov. 1958
Great Missenden, Bucks, England
composer of orchestral, chamber and educational music
Carste, Hans
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9 May 1919
Frankenthal, Germany
5 Nov. 1971
Bad Wiessee, Germany
German composer and conductor
Cart (Czarth, Zarth), Jiri (Geroge)
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1708
Vysoká, Czechoslovakia
1778
Mannheim (?), Germany
Czech violinist and composer who served at the court of Berlin together with F.E.Bach and then as a violinist of the Mannheim orchestra
Cartan, Jean
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1 Dec. 1960
Nancy, France
25 Mar. 1932
France
French composer, son of the noted mathematician Elie Cartan and brother of Henri Paul Cartan, a founding member of Bourbaki group of French mathematicians
Cartellieri, Antonio Casimir
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27 Sep. 1772
Danzig
27 Sep. 1807
Liebshausen, Bavaria
Bohemian composer who studied with Albrechtsberger and was a favourite of Prince Joseph von Lobkowitz, who went out of his way to secure Cartellieri's services after hearing his C-minor Symphony in Vienna
Carter, Alvin Pleasant (Delaney)
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5 Apr. 1891
Maces Spring, Virginia, USA
7 Nov. 1960
Kentucky, USA
American Country music musician and founding member of the well known Carter Family group
Carter, Andrew
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1939
Leicester, England
 English choral director and composer
Carter, Benny
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8 Aug. 1907
Harlem, New York, USA
12 Jul. 2003
Los Angeles, California, USA
American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader
Carter, Betty (born: Lillie Mae Jones)
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16 May 1929
Flint, Michigan, USA
26 Sep. 1998
USA
American jazz singer who was renowned for her improvisational technique and idiosyncratic vocal style.
Carter, Charles Thomasc. 1735
Dublin, Ireland
12 Oct. 1804
London, England
a considerable degree of confusion exists about the biographical details of this composer. There were several musicians and composers with the Carter surname in Dublin during the 2nd half of the 18th century, in particular two composers: Thomas Carter and Charles Thomas Carter. The confusion is intensified by the fact that the latter was, it seems, known also as Thomas or Tom and that both men ended up in London! There are some anthems by T. Carter in the choir library of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Charles Thomas Carter was a boy chorister in Christ Church Cathedral. He became organist of St. Werburgh's Church in Dublin around 1751 and moved to London in the early 1770s. In London he established a name as a composer: a huge amount of music by Thomas Carter or Charles Thomas Carter was published in London at the end of the eighteenth century including chamber music, vocal music, and music for solo harpsichord, piano, and organ. John O'Keefe writing in his Recollections said of Carter that “any music he had never seen before, placed before him, upside down, he could play it off on the harpsichord!”
[date of death corrected by W. Pin]
Carter, Elizabeth17171806composer
Carter, Elliott (Cook) jnr.
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11 Dec. 1908
New York, USA
5 Nov. 2012
New York, USA
studied with Piston and Nadia Boulanger; composer of a wide range of music including operas (one was performed in Osnabrück, Germany, in 1927), ballets and choral and chamber works
Carter, Ernest Trow
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1866
Orange, N.J., USA
1953
Stamford, Conn., USA
professionally a lawyer, piano pupil of William Mason and studied composition in Germany; composed operas, ballets and orchestral works
Carter, John1932
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
possibly c. 1981Carter served as composer-in-residence with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC) in 1968 and was an instructor at Federal City College, Washington, in the 1970s
Carter, Regina
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1962
Detroit, USA
 American jazz violinist and composer. A cousin of jazz saxophonist James Carter, Regina Carter took a double major in classical music and African American music at both the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music and Oakland University in Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in performance
Carter, Ron
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4 May 1937
Ferndale, Michigan, USA
 American jazz double-bassist
Carter, Sydney Bertram 6 May 1915
London, England
13 March 2004songwriter, poet and singer, best known for his popular hymn 'The Lord of The Dance'
Carthy, Eliza (Amy Forbes)
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23 Aug. 1975
Scarborough, England
 folk violinist and composer, daughter of Martin Carthy
Carthy, Martin
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1941
Hertfordshire, England
 folk musician and composer
Cartier, Jean-Baptiste28 May 1765
Avignon, France
1841
Paris, France
French composer
Carulli, Ferdinando Maria Meinrado Francesco Pascale Rosario
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10 Feb. 1770
Naples, Italy
17 Feb. 1841
Paris, France
one of the most famous composers for classical guitar and the author of the first complete classical guitar method, which continues to be used today. He wrote a variety of works for classical guitar, including concertos and chamber works. He was an extremely prolific writer for guitar, writing over 400 works for the instrument in the space of 12 years
Caruso (or Carusio), Luigi [Lodovico]25 Sep. 1754
Naples, Italy
1822
Perugia, Italy
Italian composer
Carvalhinho, Miguel
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  Portuguese classical guitarist and composer
Carvalho, Eleazar de28 Jul. 1912
Iguatú
 Brazilian composer
Carvalho, João de Sousa
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22 Feb. 1745
Estremoz
1798
Alentejo
Portuguese composer
Carvalho, Léon (see Miolan-Carvalho)   
Carver, Robert
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c.1485
Scotland
c.1570
Scotland
a Scottish Renaissance monk and composer of Christian sacred music who spent much of his life at Scone Abbey in Perthshire
Carwithen, Doreen Mary
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15 Nov. 1922
Haddenham, Bucks, UK
5 Jan. 2003
Forncett St. Peter, Norfolk, UK
British composer of classical and film music. She was also known as Mary Alwyn
Cary, Francis Clive Savill
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1883
Sible Hedingham
1968composer of incidental music for plays and active in the folk song movement
Cary (Carey), Henry
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c.16881743
London, England
poet, playwright and composer of stage pieces, cantatas and songs; sometimes, mistakenly, believed to be the composer of God Save the Queen
Cary, Tristram Ogilvie
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14 May 1925
Oxford, England
24 Apr. 2008
Adelaide, South Australia
composer of film and television scores and electronic music on tape, including Birth is Life is Power is Death is God is
Caryll, Yvan (Ivan) (real name: Félix Tilkin)
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12 May 1861
Liège, Belgium
29 Nov. 1921
New York, USA
composer of many musical comedies
Casa, Girolamo dalla
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 d. 1601an Italian composer, instrumentalist, and writer of the late Renaissance. He was a member of the Venetian School, and was perhaps more famous and influential as a performer than as a composer. Two books of madrigals and one book of motets survive from his compositional output, which probably was not large. More important to musicology, however, was his two-part 1584 treatise on ornamentation (Il vero modo di diminuir), which gives clear and precise examples of ornamentation as it was practiced in singing and playing motets and madrigals at the time. From this treatise it is clear that polyphonic works were usually performed unadorned, but works in a more homophonic style, and especially grand polychoral works with frequent sectional changes and prominent cadences, were embellished with ornaments, few of which appear in the actual notated music
Casablancas, Benet
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1956 Spanish composer
Casabona, Francisco16 Oct. 1894
São Paolo, Brazil
 Brazilian-born composer
Casadesus, Francis [François] (Louis)
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2 Dec. 1870
Paris, France
27 Jun. 1954
Paris, France
composer of operas and orchestral music
Casadesus, Robert Guillaume
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1878
Paris, France
1940brother of above; pianist and composer
Casadesus, (Henri) Gustav
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1879
Paris, France
1947viola player; composer of light operas and ballets
Casadesus, Marius Robert Max
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1892
Paris, France
 son of Francis Louis; violinist who composed operas and chamber music
Casadesus, Robert Marcel
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1899
Paris, France
1972son of Robert Guillaume; Robert Marcel formed a successful two-piano team with his wife Gaby and composed concertos for piano, violin and other works for orchestra and piano
Casale, Emanuele
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14 Oct. 1974
Catania, Italy
 Italian composer
Casals i Defilló, Pau Carles Salvador (known as Pablo Casals)
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1876
Ventdrell, Catalonia, Spain
 virtuoso Catalan Spanish cellist and composer (and later conductor). He made many recordings throughout his career, of solo, chamber, and orchestral music, also as conductor, but Casals is best remembered for the recording of Bach's Cello Suites he made from 1936 to 1939
Casamorata, Luigi Fernando15 May 1807
Würzburg, Germany
24 Sep. 1881
Florence, Italy
German-born composer
Casanova, André
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12 Oct. 1919
France
 trained as a lawyer; works include a violin concerto, a work for xylophone, kettledrums and strings and La Clé d'argent) for soprano, tenor, baritone and orchestra
Casanovas, padre Narciso
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17471794Spanish composer
Casavola, Franco13 Jul. 1891
Modugno, Bari
7 Jul. 1955
Bari, Italy
Italian composer
Casazola, Matilde
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1942
Bolivia
 Bolivian songwriter
Cascante, Jose
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 1702Colombian composer
Cascia, Donato da
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fl. 1350-70 Italian composer of the trecento. All of his surviving music is secular, and the largest single source is the Squarcialupi Codex. He was probably also a priest, and the picture that survives of him in the Squarciulupi Codex shows him in the robes of the Benedictine order
Cascia, Giovanni da
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c.1270
Cascia, Umbria, Italy
c.1351
Italy
also known as Johannes de Florentia or Cascia, de, documentation pertaining to Giovanni da Cascia's life are scant. He lived and worked in Padua, then Verona and Milan, probably in the 1330s and 1340s. Giovanni's music does survive, however, in major sources from both Florence and the north (including the earliest source of Italian music from Padua); one large Florentine manuscript contains his portrait. In addition, literary evidence for Giovanni's fame abounds: chroniclers Villani and Franco Sacchetti both mention him, and Prudenzani proves his music was still in circulation some 70 years after his death. Villani even provides one intriguing anecdote about his life. Apparently when Jacopo da Bologna, Maestro Piero, and Giovanni da Cascia were all working together for the della Scala court in Verona, the trio competed in a mini-cycle of madrigals that refes to a mysterious and praiseworthy "Anna"; she later becomes a viperous menace to her admirers, but she gets the last word in Giovanni's final contribution to the madrigal group
Case, John Carol
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27 Apr. 1923
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
28 Dec. 2012
Thornton-le-Dale, England
English baritone and song composer
Casella, Alfredo
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25 Jul. 1883
Turin, Italy
5 Mar. 1947
Rome, Italy
studied under Fauré anti-romantic and Italian nationalist who music eschewed 'vocal melodramatic melody' and included an oratorio The Desert Challenged, idealizing Mussolini's Ethiopian campaign
Casella, Enrique Mario
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1 Aug. 1891
Montevideo, Uruguay
10 Dec. 1948
Tucumán, Argentina
Argentinean composer
Caserta, Antonello (Antonellus) da
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fl. 14th-15th centuries Italian composer, born at Caserta, near Naples. His work is found in the Codex Chantilly and the Reina MS. He set French texts in preference to his native Italian ones, but though some of his music makes use of the 'mannered' style, other pieces are simpler in idiom
Caserta, Philippus de (also Philipoctus, Filippo, Philippot, Philippottus)
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c.1360c.1435Italian composer and theorist. Originally from Caserta, near Naples, he was in Avignon in the 1380s but worked in Italy. He may be the 'Philippot' who was at the Aragon court in 1420. His six pieces to French texts in the Chantilly MS show that, though an Italian, he had absorbed the essentials of the late fourteenth French school; his cacce and ballate are simpler and more characteristically Italian
Casey, Kenneth
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10 Jan. 1899
New York, USA
10 Aug. 1965
Cornwall, New York, USA
American composer, publisher, author and child actor
Cashian, Philip
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1963
Manchester, England
 British composer
Casimiri, Raffaele (Casimiro) 3 Nov. 1880
Gualdo Tadina, nr. Perugia
15 Apr. 1943
Rome, Italy
Italian composer
Casimiro Júnior [Casimiro da Silva], Joaquim30 May 1808
Lisbon, Portugal
28 Dec. 1862
Lisbon, Portugal
Portuguese composer
Casken, John (Arthur)
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15 Jul. 1949
Barnsley, England
 English composer
Cass, Ronald (Ronnie)
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21 Apr. 1923
Llanelli, Wales
2 Jun. 2006
London, England
composer of musicals and the film music for three Cliff Richard movies, The Young Ones (1962), Summer Holiday (1963) and Wonderful Life (1964)
Cassadó, Gaspar
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1897
Barcelona, Spain
1966
Madrid, Spain
'cellist, pupil of Casals, made his New York debut in 1936. He composed many works for the cello which are still performed today
Cassadó (Valls), Joaquín30 Sep. 1867
Mataró, Barcelona, Spain
25 Mar. 1926
Barcelona, Spain
Spanish composer
Casselli, Angelica  operatic composer whose Christoforo Colombo was produced in Nice in 1865 at the Theatre Italien
Cassidy, Patrick
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1956
Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland
 Irish classical composer
Casson, Missfl. late 18th century
England
 composer of songs
Cassuto, Alvaro (Leon)
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17 Nov. 1938
Oporto, Portugal
 conductor and composer; whose works include Canticum in tenebris for soloists, chorus and orchestra
Castagnoli, Giulio
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22 Nov. 1958
Rome, Italy
 Italian copmposer
Castaldi, Alfonso23 Apr. 1874
Maddalone, Italy
6 Aug. 1942
Bucharest, Romania
Italian-born composer
Castaldi, Bellerofonte
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15801649Italian composer and one of Seicento Italy's most intriguing public figures. Bellerofonte Castaldi was as well known for his sensational adventures, controversial poetry, and stinging satires as for his impressive musical activities as a theorbo virtuoso and composer of monody. His volume of sophisticated music for theorbo, Capricci a due stromenti (1622), is fashioned to display his wide-ranging talents as a composer, graphic artist and poet
Castel, José
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fl. 1770 Spanish composer
Castel, Robert defl. second half 13th century Flemish trouvère
Castellanos, Tania
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  Cuban activist, steel-worker and composer
Castello, Dario
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c.1590
Italy
c.1630
Italy
an Italian composer and instrumentalist from the early Baroque period, who worked and published in Venice. He was a late member of the Venetian School, and played a part in the early transformation of the instrumental canzona into the sonata
Castelloza, Damefl. 13th century
Auvergne, France
 Castelloza was a noblewoman and wife to Turc de Mairona. The subject of her poems is courtly love. Three of her poems are extant, but no music survives
Castelnau, Alamanda11601223trobairitz
Castelnau (de), Almucsc.1140 a trobairitz who has been identified as being Almoïs, the wife of Guigue de Châteauneuf-de-Randon, the Count of Castelnau, who became the mother of Guillaume de Châteauneuf in 1219. Sje is associated with another trobairitz, Iseut de Capio, and the duet Domna n’almucs, si-us plages
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario
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3 Apr. 1895
Florence, Italy/td>
15/16 Mar. 1968
Hollywood, CA, USA
pupil of Pizzetti, who settled in America after his being a Jew banned him from Italian cultural life; composer of delicate refinement whose works include 2 violin concertos, a guitar concerto, choral music, piano pieces, songs, operas and songs for the synagogue
Castelo, Custódio
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23 Dec. 1966
Almeirim, Portugual
 Portuguese guitarist, composer and producer
Castéra, René d'Avezac3 Apr. 1873
Dax, Landes, France
17 Jul. 1932
Milan, Italy
French-born composer
Castérède, Jacques
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10 Apr. 1926
Paris, France
 French composer
Castiglioni, Niccolò
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17 Jul. 1932
Milan, Italy
7 Sep. 1996
Italy
Italian composer, pianist and writer on music, he worked mainly in the United States. His compositions include a Symphony in C with a choral text drawn from Jonson, Dante, Shakespeare and Keats
Castil-Blaze, Francois Henri Joseph
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1 Dec. 1784
Cavaillon, France
11 Dec. 1857
Paris, France
French critic, librettist and composer
Castille, Blanche de11881252Queen Blanche of Castile, Queen of France, composer
Castilleja, Pedro Fernandez de 1547nearly all his works have been lost though his status may be guessed from the fact that Guerrero named him 'Master of Masters'
Castillo, Graciela
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1940
Córdoba, Argentina
 Argentinean composer, among the small group of composers that created the Experimental Music Centre (Centro de Música Experimental) at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina during the mid 1960s. She is at present Professor of Composition and Music Analysis at the same University
Castillo, Jesús9 Oct. 1877
San Juan Ostuncalco, Guatemala
23 Apr. 1946
Quetzaltenango
Guatemalan composer
Castillo, Manuel
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19302005Spanish composer
Castillon de Saint-Victor, Marie-Alexis
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18385 Mar 1853French composer who died tragically in the early years of his career. His memory was held dear by a generation of young French composers, from Saint-Saëns and Fauré to Debussy and Ravel, who remembered him as a founding member of the new French school and the first composer of his generation to devote himself almost exclusively to writing chamber music
Castro, Francisco José de
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fl. late 17th & early 18th century Spanish composer
Castro, Henricus de Libero (possibly Laufenberg [Loufenberg], Heinrich)
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c.1390
Freiburg (?), Germany
31 Mar. 1460
Strasbourg
German-Swiss poet and musician. It does not seem out of the question that Heinrich Laufenberg and Henricus de Castro were the same man, but the issue remains unresolved
Castro, Jean de
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c.1540c.1600Castro was of the last generation of great Renaissance polyphonists, and has a career outline closely resembling Lassus'. He was probably the second most prominent polyphonist from the Low Countries, former headquarters of European polyphonic development, after Lassus. Later, political problems forced him to leave and take up posts in France and then Germany
Castro, Juan José
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7 Mar. 1895
Avellaneda, Buenos Aires
5 Sep. 1968
Buenos Aires
pupil of Vincent d'Indy; works include an opera in Spanish Proserpina and the Stranger and a piano concerto
Castro de Gistau, Salvador (see Gistau, Salvador Castro de)   
Castro Herrera, Ricardo7 Feb. 1864
Durango
28 Nov. 1907
México
Mexican composer
Castro Robinson, Eve de
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1956 New Zealand composer
Castrovillari, Daniele da [di]fl. 1660-61 Italian composer
Castrucci, Pietro
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1679
Rome, Italy
7 Mar. 1752
Dublin, Ireland
Italian violinist, conductor, and composer
Casulana (de Merarii), Maddalenac. 1540
Brescia/Casola d’Elsa (Casula)
c.1590
Siena, Italy
the first woman to consider herself a professional composer and to have three volumes of her madrigals published by to prominent Venetian printers. Her first book was published in 1568 and she dedicates “…to show the world … the futile error of men who believe themselves patrons of the high gifts of the intellect, which according to them cannot also be held in the same way by women”
Catalani, Alfredo
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19 Jun. 1854
Lucca, Italy
7 Aug. 1893
Milan, Italy
studied in Paris; composer of operas including La Wally, of a symphonic poem Hero and Leander and a mass
Catalani, Angelica B.1780
Italy
1849
Italy
a dramatic soprano whose career lasted from 1795 to 1825. She later founded a school of singing. Her compositions for voice included the brilliant La Belle Molinara which was a favourite of singers of the day
Cate, Andreas Ten (see Ten Cate, Andreas)   
Catel, Charles-Simon
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10 Jun. 1773
Laigle, Orne
29 Nov. 1830
Paris, France
French composer
Catelani, Angelo30 Nov. 1811
Guastalla
5 Sep. 1866
San Martino di Mugnano, Modena
Italian composer
Catherine, Philip
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1942
London, UK
 Jazz musician and composer
Catlett, Francisco Mora
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  Percussionist, composer, arranger, teacher and producer
Catley, Anne17451789
London
composer
Cato, Diomedes
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1560/65
nr. Treviso, Italy
after 1618
probably Sweden
an Italian-born composer and lute player, who lived and worked entirely in Poland. He is known mainly for his instrumental music. He mixed the style of the late Renaissance with the emerging Baroque, and also Italian idioms with Polish folk material; and in addition he was one of the first native-born Italian composers to visit Sweden
Catoire (or Katuar), Georgy (Lvovich)
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27 Apr. 1861
Moscow, Russia
21 May 1926
Moscow, Russia
Russian musical theorist and composer of French heritage who was a pupil of Liadof. His compositions include orchestral and piano music and some songs
Catrufo, Gioseffo [Giuseppe]19 Apr. 1771
Naples, Italy
19 Aug. 1851
London, England
Italian-born composer
Cattaneo, Francesco Maria
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c.1698
Lodi (?), Italy
20 Dec. 1758
Dresden
Italian violinist and composer
Cattani, Lorenzobefore 1681
Massa Carrara
1713
Pisa, Italy
Italian composer
Cattelani, Ferruccio
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28 Mar. 1867
Palma, Italy
16 Apr. 1932
Milan
Italian composer
Catunda, Eunice4 Mar. 1915
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 Brazilian composer
Caturla, Alejandro Garcia
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7 Mar. 1906
Remedios, Cuba
12 Nov. 1940
Remedios
Cuban composer
Cauberghs, Louis1928 Belgian percussionist and composer
Caudella, Eduard3 Jun. 1841
Iasi
15 Apr. 1924
Iasy
Romanian composer
Caurroy, François Eustace du
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bap. 4 Feb. 1549
Beauvais, France
7 Aug. 1609
Paris, France
was born in Gerberoy, a French composer of the late Renaissance. He was a prominent composer of both secular and sacred music at the end of the Renaissance, including musique mesurée, and he was also influential on the foundation of the French school of organ music as exemplified in the work of Jean Titelouze
Causton, Richard
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1971
London, UK
 English composer
Caustun, Thomas (also Causton, Cawston)
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early 16th century1569
London, England
composer of church music
Cauter, Jean van de1 Aug. 1906
Nimy, nr. Mons, Belgium
27 Jul. 1979
Charleroi, Belgium
composer, organist and organiser
Cauter, Koen (or Coen) de
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mid 20th century
West-Vlaming, Belgium
 Belgian jazz guitarist and composer
Cavalieri, Emilio de'
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c.155011 Mar. 1602
Rome, Italy
Italian composer, producer, organist, diplomat, choreographer and dancer at the end of the Renaissance era. His work, along with that of other composers active in Rome, Florence and Venice, was critical in defining the beginning of the musical Baroque era. He was an influential early composer of monody, and wrote what is usually considered to be the first oratorio. He is considered the composer of the first oratorio (really a 'morality play' set to music) entitled The Representation of Soul and Body, and an early exponent of figured bass
Cavalli [Caletti, Bruni], Pier [Pietro] Francesco
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14 Feb. 1602
Crema, Lombardy, Italy
14 Jan. 1676
Venice, Italy
organist and singer; composer of more than 40 operas, including Ormindo, Callisto, Eritrea and Erismena and church music
Cavallini, Ernesto
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18071874Italian composer and legendary clarinetist who studied at the Milan Conservatory and played in the orchestra of La Scala from 1831-1851
Cavazzoni, Girolamo (Hieronimo d'Urbino)
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c.1525
Italy
c.1577son of the following; composer of keyboard music
Cavazzoni, Marco Antonio
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c.1490
Italy
c.1570singer and organist, the latter in the service of Pope Leo X; composer of works for keyboard
Cavendish, Michael
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c.1565
England
1628composer of lute songs, psalms and madrigals, a contributor to the collection entitled The Triumphs of Oriana
Cavos, Catterino30 Oct. 1775
Venice, Italy
10 May 1840
St. Peterburg, Russia
Italian-born composer
Caymmi, Dorival
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30 Apr. 1914
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
16 Aug. 2008
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
one of the most important songwriters in Brazilian popular music
Cazden, Norman23 Sep. 1914
New York, USA
18 Aug. 1980
Bangor, Me., USA
American composer
Cazzati, Maurizio
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c.1620
Lucera, nr. Reggio Emilia
1677
Mantua, Italy
Italian composer
Cearbhalláin, Toirdhealbhach Ó (see Carolan, Turlough Ó)   
Ceccarelli, Luigi
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1953
Rimini, Italy
 Italian composer
Cecchini, Angelofl. 1635-1639 Italian composer
Cecere, Carlo
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7 Nov. 1706
Naples, Italy
15 Feb. 1761
Naples, Italy
Italian composer
Cechini, Tomaso15801644Italian-born composer, Cechini held the position of organist in the cathedral in Split and Hvar, on the island of Hvar, in Croatia
Celanský, Ludvik Vitezslav17 Jul. 1870
Vienna, Austria
27 Oct. 1931
Prague
Austrian-born composer
Celis, Frits
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11 Apr. 1929
Antwerp, Belgium
 Belgian conductor and composer of orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works
Cellier, Alexandre Eugène17 Jun. 18834 Mar. 1968French organist and composer, Cellier studied with Guilmant until 1908. He was the organist of the Temple d'Etoile in Paris
Cellier, Alfred
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1 Dec 1844
London, England
28 Dec 1891
London, England
organist and conductor; composer of light operas, the best known being Dorothy, as well as orchestral and choral works
Celoniati (or Celoniatti, Celoniat, Celonieti, Celonietto), Ignaziobefore 17401784
Turin, Italy
Italian composer
Cenci, Giuseppinofl. 16th century Roman singer and composer. His canzonetta, Fuggi, fuggi, fuggi da questo cielo, became very popular under the title, Ballo di Mantova. It probably originated in a sixteenth-century theatrical work performed at the ducal court in Mantua, because, soon after, the tune became the musical emblem of that city. There are hundreds of versions of the piece, which became so popular throughout Europe that it eventually entered the realm of folk music, wherein each country claimed it as its own. It survives today as the main theme of Vltava, the second symphonic poem in the Bohemian-born composer Bedrich Smetana’s nationalistic six-part cycle Má vlast, and also as the basis of the Israeli national anthem
Cercamon
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fl. c.1135-1145 whose real name, as well as any actual biographical datum, is unknown, was one of the earliest troubadours. He was apparently a jester of sorts, born in Gascony, who spent most of his career in the courts of William X of Aquitaine and perhaps of Eble III of Ventadorn. He was the inventor of the planh (the Provençal dirge), of the tenso (a sort of rhymed debate in which two poets write one stanza each) and perhaps of the sirventes
Ceremuga, Josef14 Jun. 1930
Ostrava-Kuncice
 Czech composer
Cererols, Joan
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9 Sep. 1618
Martorell, Spain
27 Aug. 1680
Montserrat, Spain
Catalan musician, composer and Benedictine monk
Cerha, Friedrich Paul
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17 Feb. 1926
Austria
 violinist and conductor; compositions include Spiegel nos. 1-8 for orchestra with tape
Cernitz, Ulrich
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 1654
Hamburg, Germany
German organist and composer
Cernohorsky, Bohuslav Matej
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christened 16 Feb. 1684
Nymburk, Bohemia
1 Jul. 1742
Graz, Austria
Czech composer
Cerny, Frantisek
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18611940Czech double bass player and composer
Certon, Pierre
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c.1510/20
probably Melun, France
23 Feb. 1572
Paris, France
a French composer of the Renaissance. He was a representative of the generation after Josquin and Mouton, and was influential in the late development of the French chanson
Ceruti, Roque
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c.1683
Milan, Italy
3 Dec. 1760
Lima
Italian-born composer
Cervantes (Kawanag), Ignacio
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31 Jul. 1847
Havana, Cuba
29 Apr. 1905
Havana, Cuba
Cuban composer
Cervellini, Giovanni
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18th century Venetian organist and composer
Cervelló, Jordi
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Oct. 1935
Barcelona, Spain
 Spanish composer
Cerveri de Girona (born Cervera, Guillem de)
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fl 1259-1285 Catalan troubadour who was the most prolific troubadour, leaving behind some 114 lyric poems among other works, including an ensenhamen of proverbs for his son, totaling about 130. He was a court poet to James the Conqueror and Peter the Great. He wrote pastorelas and sirventes and his overriding concern was the complexities of court life. None of his music survives
Cervetto, Giacobbe (Giacomo) Basevi1682
Italy
1783
England
London-based cellist and composer, father of James Cervetto
Cervetto, James
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8 Jan. 1748
London, England
5 Feb. 1837
London, England
English cellist and composer, son of Giacobbe Basevi Cervetto and Elizabeth Cervetto
Cesare, Giovanni Martino
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c. 1590
Udine, Italy
6 Feb. 1667
Munich, Germany
Italian composer, trombonist and cornett player
Cesarini, Carlo Francesco (Carlo del Violino)c.1664
Rome, Italy
c.1730
Rome, Italy
Italian composer
Cesarini, Franco
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18 Apr. 1961
Bellinzona, Tessin, Switzerland
 Swiss composer, director and musician
Cesaris, Johannes
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fl. 1406-1417 French composer of the late Medieval era and early Renaissance who was active in Bourges. He was one of the composers of the transitional style between the two epochs, and was active at the Burgundian court in the early 15th century
Cesena, Giovanni Battista Biondi detto
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fl. 1598-1609 Italian composer and organist
Cesis, Sulpitia (Sulpiza)1577 nun, lutenist and composer, her only known works are an important collection of motets for 2-12 voices published in Modena, 1619
Cestana, Sig.fl. 18th century there is no available information on his life. However, a concerto for harpsichord and orchestra (harpsichord part only extant) by a certain Sig. Cestana has been found in a manuscript from the library of the Conservatory of Brescia
Cesti, Antonio [Pietro]
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bap. 5 Aug. 1623
Arezzo, Italy
14 Oct. 1669
Venice, Italy
known today primarily as an Italian composer of the Baroque era, he was also a singer (tenor), and organist. He was "the most celebrated Italian musician of his generation"
Cesti, Remigioc.1635
Arezzo, Italy
1710/1717
Florence, Italy
Italian composer
Cetiz, Mahir
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1977
Ankara, Turkey
 Turkish pianist and composer
Ceuleers, Willem
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1963 Belgian composer
Cezar, Corneliu22 Dec. 1937
Bucharest, Romania
 Romanian composer
Chabrier, (Alexis-)Emmanuel
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18 Jan. 1841
Ambert, Puy-de-Dôme, France
13 Sep. 1894
Paris, France
civil servant based in Paris, also pianist who in laer life suffered severe mental illness; composer of many popular works including España and an opera Le Roi malgré lui
Chailly, Luciano
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1920
Italy
 pupil of Hindemith; composer of chamber works, works for piano and a number of operas including The Proposal and Procedura penale
Chadwick, George Whitefield
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13 Nov. 1854
Lowell, Mass., USA
4 Apr. 1931
Boston, Mass. USA
studied in Germany; composed 3 symphonies, 5 string quartets and numerous other works and is seen as the founder of an American school of composition
Chagas, Paulo
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31 Aug. 1953
Salvador, Bahía, Brazil
 Brazilian-born Belgian-German composer, now resident in the USA
Chagrin, Francis (né Alexander Pauker)
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1905
Bucharest, Romania
1972
England
Romanian-born composer who adopted the name Francis Chagrin while living and working in Paris towards the end of the 1920s. In 1936, he moved to England and following the outbreak of World War II, he joined the BBC as a musical advisor and composer-in-chief for its French service, positions he held for the duration of the war. Chagrin's film career began after World War II, and included the scores for the comedy The Last Holiday (1950) and the POW drama The Colditz Story (1955). His work came to encompass television series as well as innumerable commercials
Chaikovsky, Boris (Alexandrovich)10 Sep. 1925
Moscow, Russia
 Russian composer
Chaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich (see Tchaikovsky, Pyotr (Peter) Ilyich)   
Chailley, Jacques24 Mar. 1910
Paris, France
 French composer
Chailly, Luciano19 Jan. 1920
Ferrara, Italy
 Italian composer
Chaistaignerais (de la), Mme  composer who was published in Paris in 1699
Chalayev, Shirvani16 Nov. 1936
Khosrekh, Dagestan
 Russian composer
Chalhoub, Claude
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1974
Lebanon
 Lebanese violinist and composer
Chalmel, Gaston
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20th century French composer, arranger and musical director of the brass ensemble Le Débuché de Paris which was established in Paris in 1927
Chaloff, Serge
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24 Nov. 1923
Boston, MA, USA
16 Jul. 1957American jazz baritone saxophonist
Chamatero di Negri, Ippolitofl. late 16th/early 17th centuries Italian composer
Chambers, Paul
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  composer for film and television
Chambonnières, Jacques Champion de
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1602c.1672
Paris, France
like his father, court harpsichordist to French kings (in his father's case, Louis XIII, in his, Louis XIV who enobled him); he was an important composer for the harpsichord
Chaminade, Cécile (Louise Stéphanie)8 Aug. 1857
Paris, France
18 Apr. 1944
Monte Carlo, Monaco
pupil of Godard; excellent pianist; a composer of light, graceful music for the piano as well as works for the orchestra, ballet and voice
Champagne, Claude
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1891
Canada
1965arranger of French-Canadian folk-songs, composer of works for chamber orchestra and Altitude for chorus, ondes martenot and orchestra
Champagne, Thibaut de
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1201
Troyes, France
8 Jul. 1253
France
French poet whose sixty-six poems are divided as follows: thirty-nine love sings, twelve jeux-partis, or debating songs, four Crusade songs, and eight serventois
Champein, Stanislas19 Nov. 1753
Marseilles, France
19 Sep. 1830
Paris, France
French composer
Champion, Nicolas (also Nicolas Liégeois, Clais le Liégeois)
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c. 14745
nr. Liége, Belgium
20 Sep. 1533Franco-Flemish composer and singer of the Renaissance. He was a member of the renowned musical establishments of the Habsburg court, including the chapels of Philip I of Castile and Charles V
Chan, Ka Nin
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3 Dec. 1949
Hong Kong
 Canadian composer and teacher
Chance, John Barnes
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20 Nov. 1932
Beaumont, Texas, USA
16 Aug. 1972
USA
American composer
Chancelier, Philippe le
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1165
Paris, France
26 Dec. 1236
Paris, France
for a time the chancellor of Paris, a French philosopher who was one of the most prolific Medieval lyric poets and a composer
Chanier, Theodore Ward
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29 Apr. 1902
Newport, RI, USA
27 Jul. 1961
Boston, Mass, USA
compositions include songs based on the poetry of Walter de la Mare and a violin sonata
Chapi (y Lorente), Ruperto
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27 Mar. 1851
Villena, nr. Alicante, Spain
25 Mar. 1909
Madrid, Spain
composed zarzuelas, a symphony, orchestral works and pieces for piano
Chappell, Herbert
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1934
Bristol, England
 English composer
Chapuis, Auguste (Paul Jean-Baptiste)
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20 Apr. 1868
Dampierre-sur-Salon, France
6 Dec. 1933
Paris, France
pupil of Massenet, Franck and Dubois; composer of operas and a fine organist
Charbonnier, Janine1926 French composer
Charke, Richard
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c.1709
England
c. 1738
Jamaica
English violinist, composer and singer who fled to Jamaica because of his gambling debts
Charles, Ray (born Ray Charles Robinson)
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23 Sep. 1930
Albany, Georgia, USA
10 Jun. 2004
Greenville, Florida, USA
American composer, pianist, bandleader, one of the major influences on the sound of rhythm and blues
Charles Soler, Agustín
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12 Jul. 1960
Manressa, Barcelona, Spain
 Spanish pianist and composer
Charlotte Fredericke Wilhelmine Louise, Princess of Saxe-Meiningen1831
Germany
1855composed several marches and a number of songs and piano pieces
Charpentier, Gabriel
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13 Sep. 1925
Richmond, Quebec, Canada
 Canadian composer
Charpentier, Gustave
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25 Jun. 1860
Dieuze, Lorraine, France
18 Feb. 1956
Paris, France
pupil of Massenet and composer of operas, in particular Louise and its unsuccessful sequel Julien, music for orchestra, and songs
Charpentier, Jacques
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18 Nov. 1933
France
 organist and composer, Charpentier studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Aubin and Messiaen. Most of his works are based on the Carnatic modes (he studied Hindu music in Bombay and Calcutta 1953-54). Messian's influence is apparent in his use of harmony, rhythm, organ style and theology. Principally an Organist, Charpentier has also served as Music Inspector for French Ministry of Cultural Affairs
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Charpentier, Jacques-Marie
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17661834son of Jean-Jacques Carpentier, French organist and composer
Charpentier, Jean-Jacques
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17341794father of Jacques-Marie Charpentier (1766-1834), French organist and composer
Charpentier, Marc-Antoine
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1643
Paris, France
24 Feb. 1704
Paris, France
composer of oratorios, masses and operas, Charpentier trained at the Italian school (Le Mercure wrote "he had learnt music under Carissimi"). He was a most eclectic composer, collaborating with Molière for the Malade Imaginaire, directing the Dauphin's musicians, composing theatre music for the house of Guise. A counter tenor himself, he has left us, in his Meslanges, a large corpus of sacred music, including, among masses, leçons de ténèbres and oratorios and 235 short motets
Charpentier, Raymond (Louis Marie)14 Aug. 1880
Chartres, France
27 Dec. 1960
Paris, France
French composer
Charrosin, Frederick George
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19101976a prolific composer of mood music, with many titles to his credit. He also created numerous arrangements for various ensembles broadcasting regularly on the BBC, and his Playbox became familiar during the 1950s
Chartrain [Chartrin], Nicolas-Josephc.1740
Liège, Belgium
1793
Paris, France
Belgian composer
Chartres, Vidamé de
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1145-55
France
c. April 1204French trouvère, probably identifiable with Guillaume de Ferrières
Chasins, Abram
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1903
New York, USA
 pianist and music adviser; compositions include piano concertos, orchestral music and works for solo piano
Chatelain, Clara de (de Pontigny)
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18071876wife of Jean-Baptiste François Ernest de Chatelain (1801-76), republican author, who settled in London in 1842. Clara was a composer, translator and author. Her last work was the translation into English of the Italian libretto of Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) for the English stage
Châtelain de Coucy, Le
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fl. 12th century a French trouvère of the 12th century. He may have been the Guy de Couci who was castellan of Château de Coucy from 1186 to 1203. Some twenty-six songs are attributed to him, and about fifteen or sixteen are considered authentic
Chaumont, Lambert
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1645
Liège, Belgium
23 Apr. 1712
Hoei, Belgium
Belgian priest, organist and composer
Chausson, (Amédée-)Ernest
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20 Jan. 1855
Paris, France
10 Jun. 1899
Mantes-sur-Seine, France
trained as a lawyer; composition pupil of Massenet and Franck who composed orchestral and operatic works, Poem for violin and orchestra, as well as several fine songs, and who was killed in a bicycling accident on his estate
Chavarría, Roque Jacinto de1688
Sucre, Bolivia
1719South-American composer
Chavero Aramburu, Hector Roberto
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31 Jan. 1908
Pergamino, Argentina
23 May 1992
Nimes, France
Argentine singer, songwriter, guitarist, and writer. He is considered the most important Argentine folk musician of the 20th century. He adopted the stage name Atahualpa Yupanqui
Chávez (y Ramírez), Carlos (Antonio de Padua)
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13 Jun. 1899
Popotla, nr. Mexico City, Mexico
2 Aug. 1978
Mexico City, Mexico
folk-song collector, conductor and musical organiser; composer of a wide range of works for orchestra, including 6 symphonies, and for smaller ensembles occasionally using native Mexican instruments as in Xochipili-Macuilxochitl (named for the Mexican god of music)
Chaviano, Flores
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10 Dec. 1946
Caibarién, Cuba
 Cuban-born composer, guitarist and musical director who has lived in Spain since 1981
Chaynes, Charles
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1925
Toulouse, France
 French violinist and composer, pupil of Rivier and Milhaud at the Conservatoire de Paris
Chazal, Mrs Elisabetta (see Gambarini, Elisabetta de)   
Chédeville le Cadet, Nicolas
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17051782a French Baroque composer
Chekassine (or Chekasin), Vladimir
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1947
Yekaterinburg, Russia
 Russian composer, jazz instrumentalist-performer, producer (film-director), who, from 1975, worked as a teacher at the Lithuanian Music Academy
Chelard (né Chélard), Hippolyte-André(-Jean)-Baptiste1 Feb. 1789
Paris, France
12 Feb. 1861
Weimar, Germany
French-born composer
Chelleri (or Kelleri, Keller, Cheler), FortunatoMay 1690
Parma, Italy
11 Dec. 1757
Kassel, Germany
Italian-born composer
Chemin-Petit, Hans
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24 Jun. 1902
Potsdam, Germany
12 Apr. 1981
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Chemirani, Bijan
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after 1968
Paris, France
 began studying zarb early on with his father Djamchid and his brother Keyvan. He also plays the daf, another Iranian percussion instrument of folk origin, used today in traditional music ensembles
Chemirani, Djamchid
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1942
Tehran, Iran
 composer and performer on the tombak. Since his arrival in Paris in 1961 he has taught at the Centre d'Etudes de Musique Orientale in the Paris Sorbonne Institut de Musicologie
Chemirani, Keyvan
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1968
Paris, France
 performer oon the zarb and accompanist
Chen, Biao (see Chen, Musheng)   
Chen, Gang
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1935
Shanghai, China
 Chinese composer who is Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Chen, Musheng
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1971
Zhejiang province, China
 following studies at the Shanghai Conservatory, with Chen Ming-zhi (fugue), Yang li-qing (orchestration), Zhao Xiao-Sheng (composition), etc, Chen moved to Geneva in October 2000 where he undertook composition studies in the class of Eric Gaudibert at the Conservatory of Geneva. At the same time he attended in 2003/04 a master class held by Klaus Huber in Lugano. From 2004 to 2005 he lived in Paris as a composer in residence at the Cité International des Arts. Since the première of his work Ch´an (Suite) took a place at the Radio DRS2 in January 2002 in Bern, the music of Biao Chen has gained a considerable public audience. In 2002 he received an Honorary Award (the highest award given) of the Accademia Costantiniana Arti e Scienze in Rome for the composition String quartet No.1 (Yun). In 2004 Biao Chen won the first prize and the public prize of the 5th international competition of the Henri Dutilleux Prize for Les franges du rêve Ib and Prix Special from the Academie Internationale de Lutece at the Grand Concours International 2004 (music section), for his Si l'âme, c'était ce ciel... (Yun2). He was also winner of the Artistic Award of the Patino Foundation and Geneva City, which enabled him to work at the Cité international des Arts in Paris (2004-2005). Many of his works are published by the Alphonse Leduc Editions in Paris. He currently teaches at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Chen, Qigang
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1951
Shanghai, China
 Chinese-born composer, the son of a famous calligrapher and painter who fell out of favour during the Cultural Revolution, the son trained at the Central Conservatory of Music Beijing and later at IRCAM in Paris studying with Olivier Messiaen (1984-1988), Ivo Malec, Betsy Jolas, Claude Ballif and Claude Castérède. Chen Qigang was appointed as the Music Director of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
Chen, Yi
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4 Apr. 1953
Guangzhou, China
 Chinese composer now based in the United States
Cheremetev, Boris (see Sheremetev (Sheremetyev), Boris Sergeyevich)   
Cherepnin, Nicholas Nikolaevich
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1873
St. Petersburg, Russia
1945
Issy-les-Moulineaux
composer and conductor, pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov. From 1905 to 1917 he was principal of the conservatory of St. Petersburg, and from 1918 to 1921 he was principal of the conservatory of Tbilisi. Escaped in 1921 and from 1925 until his death he was principal of the Rakhmaninov-Conservatory in Paris. Father of the American composer and pianist Alexander Cherepnin
Cherici (or Chierici, Clerici), Sebastianoc.1642
Pistoia
c.1703
Pistoia
Italian composer
Chéri-Cizos, Victor
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15 Mar. 1830
Auxerre, France
11 Nov. 1882
Paris, France
French violinist and composer of stage works, ballets, and orchestral works
Cherney, Brian
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4 Sep. 1942
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
 Canadian composer
Chernin, Elena Kats- (see Kats-Chernin, Elena)   
Chernyavsky, Yakov
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1903 Russian composer
Chéron, André
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16951766French keyboard player and composer
Cherubini, (Maria) Luigi (Carlo Zenobio Salvatore)
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14 Sep. 1760
Florence, Italy
15 Mar. 1842
Paris, France
lived and worked mainly in Paris; composer of works for stage, including orperas in French and in Italian, and for the church, including 2 Requiems
Cheslock, Louis9 Sep. 1898
London, England
19 Jul. 1981
Baltimore, US
English-born composer
Chesnokov, Pavel Grigor'yevich
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24 Oct. 1877
Voskresensk
14 Mar. 1944
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Chestnut, Cyrus
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17 Jan. 1963
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
 American jazz pianist, songwriter, and producer
Chevillard, Camille Paul Alexandre
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14 Oct 1859
Paris, France
30 May 1923
Chatou, France
son of Pierre François Alexandre, son-in-law and later successor to the noted conductor Camille Lamoureux; composer of orchestral and chamber works
Chevillard, Pierre François Alexandre
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15 Jan 1811
Antwerp, Belgium
20 Dec 1877
Paris, France
Cellist and composer. He studied with Norblin, at the Paris Conservatoire (1820-1827) before undertaking the duties of solo cellist in the orchestra of the Theatre Gymnase. In this position, which afforded him abundant leisure for pursuing the study of composition under Fetis' direction, he remained until 1831. He then became member of the orchestra of the Italian Opera. In the year 1859 he was appointed to a Professoriate at the Paris Conservatoire in Vaslin's place. Chevillard distinguished himself not only as a trained virtuoso player, but also as a musician animated by a high artistic aim, which he proved by his efforts to introduce the last String Quartets of Beethoven into Parisian musical circles, for whom these magnificent "tone poems" had until then been an unknown world. After repeated fruitless attempts, which failed on account of the insufficient intelligence of his associate players, he at length Succeeded by means of the artists Maurin, Sabattier, and Mas, who had the same aim in view, in gaining the requisite force by which he was able to carry out his ideas. At first the quartet confederates established private performances before a few connoisseurs only. By degrees, however, the number of the audience increased, so that they ventured on a public hearing, which took place in the Pleyel Saloon. During the years 1855 and 1856 the four players undertook tours in Germany in order to perform the last Beethoven Quartet at Cologne, Frankfort, Darmstadt, Leipsig, Berlin, and Hanover. Chevillard's cello compositions were a Concerto, Quinze Melodies, Morceaux developpes pour Violoncelle et Orchestre ou Piano, a Fantasia on Themes from Marino Falliero Lamenti, Adagio and Finale, and Andante et Barcarolle. Besides these he published a Cello method which bears the title Methode complete de Violoncelle, contenant la theorie de l'instrument, des gamines, legons progressives, etudes, airs varies et legons pour chaeune des positions
Chevreuille, Raymond
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17 Nov. 1901
Watermael-Boitsfort,, Belgium
9 May 1976
Montignies-le-Tilleul, Belgium
composer of 7 symphonies, a ballet Cinderella, 6 string quartets and Prayer for Those Condemned to Death for narrator and orchestra
Chiarini, Pietroearly 18th centuryc.1765
possibly Cremona, Italy
Italian composer born in Brescia
Chiaucourt, Bernard de
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c.1780 composer of Folies d'Espagne, variés pour la flûte avec accompagnement de violon et basse (1816). Bernard de Chiacourt appears to have lived in the southern part of the Dutch Republic
Chic, Leon
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18191916 
Chiesa, Melchiorre
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17161783 
Chihara, Paul
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1938
Seattle, Washington, USA
 American composer who has written ballet music, film scores and a large quantity of both small and large scale works
Chilcott, Bob
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9 Apr. 1955
Plymouth, UK
 British choral composer, conductor, and singer, based in Oxford, England
Chilcott, Thomas
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early 18th century1766
England
organist; composer of harpsichord concertos and songs
Child, William
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1606
Bristol, England
1697
Windsor, England
organist both to Charles I and, after the Commonweath and Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell, to Charles II; composer mainly of church music
Childs, Barney
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1926
USA
 composer, teacher and writer; works include songs, a clarinet concerto and Welcome to Whipperginny for 9 percussionists
Childs, Billy
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8 Mar. 1957
Los Angeles, California, USA
 composer and jazz pianist
Chilese, Bastian
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fl. 1608 Italian composer
Chin, Unsuk
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14 Jul. 1961
Seoul, South Korea
 Korean composer of classical music, based in Berlin, Germany
Chini, André
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18 May 1945
Romengoux, France
 French conductor, musician and composer now based in Sweden
Chinzer, Giovannic.1700
Florence, Italy
after 1749Italian composer
Chiochiolo (or Chiocchiolo, Chioccioli), Antonioc.1680
possibly Brescia
after 1706Italian composer
Chion, Michel
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1947
Creil, France
 composer of experimental music. He teaches at several institutions within France and currently holds the post as Associate Professor at the Université de Paris where he is a theoritician and teacher of audio-visual relationships
Chipp, Edmund Thomas
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25 Dec. 1823
London, UK
1886English organist and composer
Chipp, Thomas Paul
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  a noted harpist and player of the kettle drum, he was the father of the noted English organist and composer Edmund Thomas Chipp
Chishkin, Oles' [Alexander] Semyonovich3 Jul. 1895
Dvurechnïy Kut, nr. Kharkov
 Russian composer
Chisholm, Erik
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4 Jan. 1904
Cathcart, Lanark, Scotland
8 Jun. 1965
Rondebosch, nr. Cape Town, South Africa
pianist, educator and conductor; composer of a trilogy of short operas, symphonies, piano concertos (no. 2, The Indian, drawing on Indian cultural influences), chamber music and ballets
Chiweshe, Stella (also Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, Stella Rambisai Chiweshe Nekati, or Stella Nekati Chiweshe)
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8 Jul. 1946
Mhondoro, Zimbabwe
 Zimbabwean musician who is internationally known for her singing and playing of the mbira dzavadzimu, a traditional instrument of the Shona people of Zimbabwe
Chlubna, Osvald
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22 Jun. 1893
Brno
30 Oct. 1971
Brno
Czech composer
Chong, Kee-Yong
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1971
Kluang, Malaysia
 Malaysian composer
Chopin, Frédéric François (originally: Fryderyk Franciszek)
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1 Mar. 1810
Zelazowa Wola, Poland
17 Oct. 1849
Paris, France
pianist who studied in Warsaw but settled in Paris, living until 1847 with the writer Aurore Dudevant (Georges Sand); influenced by Field (Nocturnes), Bellini and the music of his birthplace (Polonaises and Mazurkas), he was a leading figure in the Romantic Movement who wrote particularly effectively for the piano, although he also wrote songs, 2 piano concertos and a sonata for 'cello and piano
Choron, Alexandre(-Étienne)21 Oct. 1771
Caen, France
28 Jun. 1834
Paris, France
French composer
Chou, Wen-chung
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1923
China
 in 1946 he settled in U.S.A.; many of his works include Chinese references, for example In the mode of Shang for chamber orchestra
Chrétien (or Crétien, Chrestien), Jean-Baptiste c.1728-30
possibly Paris, France
1 Dec. 1760
Versailles, France
French composer
Chrétien de Troyes
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fl. late 12th century a French poet and trouvère. Little is known of his life, but he seems to have been from Troyes, or at least intimately connected with it, and between 1160 and 1181 he served at the court of his patroness Countess Marie de Champagne, daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine, perhaps as herald-at-arms (as Gaston Paris speculated). His work on Arthurian subjects represents some of the best of medieval literature
Christiansen, Henning28 May 1932
Copenhagen, Denmark
 Danish composer
Christensen, Jon
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20 Mar. 1943
Oslo, Norway
 Norwegian jazz percussionist
Christensen, Mogens
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7 April 1955 Danish composer
Christensen, Phil
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  New York based composer who works in a wide variety of styles, including funk, blues, jazz, fusion, rock, avant garde, electronic, progressive rock, and many others
Christian, Charlie
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29 Jul. 1916
Bonham, Texas
2 Mar. 1942
New York City, NY, USA
American swing and bebop jazz guitarist
Christianovitsj (or Christianowitch, Khristianovich), Nikolaj (Nikolai) Filipovitsj (Filipovich)22 Jul. 1828
Kislino, Kaluga, Russia
10 Apr. 1890
Poltava, Ukraine
Russian composer and musicologist
Christine, Henri
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18671941French composer who was encouraged by the cabaret artist Mistinguett (Jeanne Bourgeois) to compose ragtimes and other syncopated songs for her
Christoff, Dimiter (Dmitri)
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2 Oct. 1933
Sofia, Bulgaria
 Bulgarian composer
Christoff, Vincent (see Crombruggen, Paul van)   
Christoskov (Hristoskov), Petar
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1917
Sofia, Bulgaria
 Bulgarian composer who has been much influenced by Bulgarian folk music
Christou, Yannis (Jani)
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8 Jan. 1926
Heliopolis, Egypt
8 Jan. 1970
Athens, Greece
studied philosophy at Cambridge University; works include an oratorio Tongues of Fire, Praxis for Twelve for piano and 11 strings, and >i>The Strychnine Lady for viola, 5 actors, instrumental ensembles, tapes, assorted toys and a red cloth
Christov (Hristov, Khristov, Dobre (or Dobri)
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1875
Varna, Bulgaria
1941
Sofia, Bulgaria
Bulgarian composer particularly of liturgical music
Christy, Edwin Pearce
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28 Nov. 1815
Philadelphia, PA, USA
21 May 1862
New York City, USA
American composer, singer, actor and stage producer. He is more commonly known as E. P. Christy, and was the founder of the blackface minstrel group Christy's Minstrels
Chu, Wang-Hua
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1941
China
 Chinese-born, Australian-based pianist and composer
Chuang, Se-lien
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1965
Taiwan
 composer, pianist and media artist who has lived in Austria since 1991
Chueca, Federico
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5 May 1846
Madrid, Spain
20 Jun 1908
Madrid, Spain
Spanish composer
Chukhadjian, Tigran1837
Constantinople
25 Feb. 1898
Smyrna
composer
Church, Frank Martin10 Apr. 1874
Sandusky, Ohio
28 Sep. 1959
Chevy Chase, Maryland
studied in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1894-1898. After his graduation from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1901 he studied organ with Guilmant and Widor from 1903-1905. He made career as organist, teacher and composer. He was director of music at Columbia College, Baylor University at Waco, Texas, Greensboro College and Athens College in Alabama
Church, John
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1675
England
1741author of Introduction to Psalmody; composer of fine church music and songs in the style of Henry Purcell
Churchill, Frank 14 May 1942composer who wrote Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
Chvála, Emanuel1 Jan. 1851
Prague
28 Oct. 1924
Prague
Czech composer
Chylinski, Andrzej
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fl. 1625-1635 Polish singer and composer of the Baroque period. In 1630 he left for Italy, to work as a musician and priest in the Basilica di San Antonio in Padova, becoming maestro di cappella in 1632. He returned to Poland in 1635