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Daams, Andreas
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3 Feb 1971
Goch, Germany
 German writer and composer
Daca (or Daza), Estebanc.1537
Valladolid, Spain
c.1594
Valladolid, Spain
Spanish composer and vihuelist. His work El Parnaso contains contains fantasias, romanzas, villanescas, etc.
Da Costa, Antonio17141780there is speculation that he was responsible for 18th-century guitar manuscripts found in Portugal
Dacosta, Isaac François (original surname Franco)17 Jan. 1778
Bordeaux, France
12 Jul. 1866
Bordeaux, France
French clarinetist and composer of concertos, fantasies, etc., for clarinet
Dadelsen, Hans Christian von
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1948
Germany
 German writer and composer
Daelen, Ulla van
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1962
Monheim, Germany
 Harpist. Her compositions, influenced by jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music, are unconventional and cross over all musical boundaries
Dafeldecker, Werner
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1964 Bassist Dafeldecker has played jazz, rock, and new music, and has been commissioned to write works by Konzerthaus Wien and ORF, among others
Daffner, Hugo2 Jun. 1882
Munich, Germany
9 Oct. 1936
Dachau
German composer
Daglish, Ben
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1967 composer and musician from the UK, known for creating many soundtracks during the 1980s for home computer games
d'Agnesi, Maria Teresa (see Agnesi, Maria Teresa d')   
Dahl, Emma1819
Denmark
1896
Denmark
a well-known singer and composer who published several songs and a set of vocal studies
Dahl, Ingolf
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9 Jun 1912
Hamburg, Germany
6 Aug. 1970
Frutigen, Switzerland
American composer of Swedish-German parentage
Dahlstedt, Palle
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1971
Sweden
 Swedish composer, musician, sound artist and researcher. His music ranges from orchestral works to interactive music installations, from theatre music to electronic improvisations
Dahmen (or Damen), Hubert5 Dec. 1812
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
21 Dec. 1837
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch composer
Dahmen, Johan Arnold1766c.1808a cellist in Salomon's London orchestra, Dahmen composed three sacred songs, accompanied by string quartet, and in Haydn's late manner. It seems they are also some of the earliest published pieces written for solo voice and string quartet.
It is not clear whether this is the same person or brother of a Jean Arnold Dammen (Fetis calls him Jean Andre Dahmen), who belonged to a large Dutch musical family, was born in 1760, at the Hague, and had the reputation of being a clever player. About 1769 he was living in London. Of his compositions, several books of Duets and Sonatas appeared. In 1794 he was appointed to Drury Lane, and in the years 1796 and 1797 he travelled in South Germany
[information taken from Cello Playing in 19th Century France, Belgium and Holland]
Dalayrac (or D'Alayrac), Nicolas-Marie8 Jun. 1753
Muret, Haute-Garonne
26 Nov. 1809
Paris, France
French composer
Dal Barba, Daniel (Daniele) (Pius) (see Barba, Daniel (Daniele) (Pius) dal)    
Dalbavie, Marc-Andre
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1961
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
 Since 1985, he has been working at IRCAM in the music research department. in addition to his activities as conductor. He also studied with Pierre Boulez; he has received numerous prizes and awards
Dalby, Martin
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25 Apr. 1942
Aberdeen, Scotland
 Scottish composer
Dalcan, Dominique
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1964
Beirut, Lebanon
 French electronic musician and film composer
Dale, Benjamin James
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17 Jul. 1885
London, UK
30 Jul. 1943
London
English composer
Daley, Eleanor
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21 Apr. 1955
Parry Sound, Canada
 Canadian composer, organist, and accompanist
Dalfi d'Alvernha (see Dauphin of Auvergne)   
Dalgas, Andonis (Andonios ‘Dalgas’ Dhiamandidhis)
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18921945one of the greatest Greek singers of rebétika of his time. Known as ‘Dalgas’ after the undulations in his voice (dalgasis Turkish for ‘wave’), his recording career was brief but prolific. Steeped in the multifaceted Constantinopolitan musical tradition from an early age, Dalgas arrived to Greece in 1922 and soon became celebrated for his live recitals
Dallapiccola, Luigi
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3 Feb. 1904
Pazin, Croatia
19 Feb. 1975
Florence, Italy
an Italian composer known for his lyrical twelve-tone compositions
Dall'Argine, Costantino (see Argine, Costantino dall')   
Dalvimare (or d'Alvimare), (Martin-)Pierre18 Sep. 1772
Dreux, Eure-et-Loire
13 Jun. 1839
Paris, France
French composer
Daly, Ross
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29 Sep. 1952
King's Lynn, Norfolk, UK
 a distinguished composer and multi instrumentalist of Irish descent and lives on the Greek island of Crete. Daly was reared in England, the USA and Japan. ?n his teens he saw Ravi Shankar play Monterey and Stanford University on the West Coast of the US which had a profound effect on him. This influenced his move from classical music to modal Indian classical music. Later he was to play with Shankar in Athens in the early nineties
Dalza, Joan Ambrosio
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fl. 1508 Italian lutenist and composer
Daman (or Damon, Demaunde), William
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c. 15401591English composer and psalmist
Damare, Eugene
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1840
Bayonne, France
1919French composer
Damase, Jean-Michel
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27 Jan. 1928
Bordeaux, France
 French composer
Dambis, Pauls30 Jun. 1936
Riga, Latvia
 Latvian composer
Dameron, Tadley Ewing Peake (Tadd)
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21 Feb. 1917
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
8 Mar. 1965American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer
Damiani, Paolo
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1952
Rome, Italy
 Italian jazz cellist and double-bassist
Dammen, Jean Arnold (see Dahman, Johan Arnold)   
Damoureau, Mme. Laure Cinthie (née Montalant)6 Feb. 1801
Paris, France
25 Feb. 1863
Paris, France
French singer who was the author of a Méthode de chant, etc.
Damrosch, Walter (Johannes)30 Jan. 1862
Wroclaw
22 Dec. 1950
New York, USA
American composer
Damse, Józef26 Jan. 1789
Sokolów, Malopolska
15 Dec. 1852
Rudna, nr. Warsaw
Polish composer
Dan, Ikuma 7 Apr. 1924
Tokyo, Japan
 Japanese composer
Danbé, Jules15 Dec. 1840
Caen, France
30 Oct. 1905
France
French violinist, composer of works for violin and author of a method, etc.
Danckerts, Ghiselin
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c.1510
Tholen, Zeeland
after Aug. 1565a Dutch composer, singer, and music theorist of the Renaissance. He was principally active in Rome, in the service of the Sistine Chapel, and was one of the judges at the famous debate between Nicola Vicentino and Vicente Lusitano in 1551.
Dancla, Arnaud Philippe
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1 Jan 1820
Bagneres-de-Bigorre, France
1 Feb 1862
Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France
French cellist and composer called Dancla cadet or 2e. Cello. He published Etudes (Op. 2), two books of Duets, a Fantasia on Themes from Auber's Sirbne, Melodies, and a Cello method, Le Violoncelliste moderne
Dancla, (Jean Baptiste) Charles
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19 Dec 1817
Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France
8 or 10 Nov 1907
Tunis
called Dancla aîné or 1r. Violin. Violinist and composer. Composed c. 130 works for violin, quartet, orch., etc., incl. Souvenir de la Société des Concerts: 6 duos pour piano et violon (Paris, Colombier-Gallet), op. 91; and method books. Author Les Compositeurs chefs d'orchestre (1873), Miscellanées musicales (1876), Notes et souvenirs (1893, 2nd end., 1898; Eng. transl. Samuel Wolf, Linthicum Heights, Maryland: 1981)
Dancla, (Jean Pierre) Léopold
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1 Jun 1822
Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France
29 Apr. 1895
Paris, France
called Dancla jeune or 3e. Violin who was also a horn player. Composer of works for violin
Dandelot, Georges (Edouard)2 Dec. 1895
Paris, France
17 Aug. 1975
St.-George de Didonne, Charente-Maritime
French composer
Dandrieu, Jean-François
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c.1682
Paris, France
17 Jan. 1738
Paris, France
French Baroque composer, harpsichordist and organist
Daneau, Nicolas17 Jun. 1866
Binche
12 Jul. 1944
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer
d'Anglebert, Jean Henri (see Anglebert, Jean Henri d')   
Danhauser, Adolphe-Léopold26 Feb. 1835
Paris, France
9 Jun. 1896
Paris, France
French composer
Danièl, Arnaut
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fl. 13th century Provençal troubadour of the 13th century, praised by Dante and called "Grand Master of Love" by Petrarch. In the 20th century he was lauded by Ezra Pound as the greatest poet to have ever lived
Daniel-Lesur, Jean Yves (or Lesur, Daniel (Jean Yves))
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19 Nov. 1908
Paris, France
2 Jul. 2002
Paris, France
French composer, organist and administrator
Danielpour, Richard
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1956
New York, USA
 studied at the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School of Music. He is one of the most recorded composers of his generation and was one of the first composers to be signed to an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical. Danielpour is an active educator and commits much of his time to cultivating young musicians. He was in residency at the Acadamie Musicale de Villcroze and was Master Artist for the Atlantic Center for the Arts’ first International Residency Program in Italy. Danielpour has also served as Co-Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Composition and Conducting Institute, and recently completed a three-year composer residency with the Pacific Symphony. He currently serves on the faculties of both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and also gives master classes throughout the country
Daniels, Mabel Wheeler27 Nov. 1878
Swampscott, Mass., USA
10 Mar. 1971
Boston, Mass., USA
American composer
Danilaitis, Danius
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1973 Lithuanian composer
Dankevich, Konstantin 24 Dec. 1905
Odessa
26 Feb. 1984
Kiev
Russian composer
Dankworth, John (Johnny) (Philip William)
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20 Sep. 1927
London, England
 English composer
Dann, Horace
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20 Nov. 1896
Surrey, England
18 Dec. 1958
London, England
pianist, lecturer, BBC administrator and, in a small way, composer
Danner, Wilfried Maria
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24 Apr. 1956
Duisburg, Germany
 German composer
Dannström (Johan) Isidor15 Dec. 1812
Stockholm
17 Oct. 1897
Stockholm
Swedish composer
Danoville, Le Sieur de
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fl. 1687 French musician and composer, author of a treatise L'Art de toucher le Dessus et Basse de Violle (Paris 1687)
Dantas Leite, Vânia
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1945
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 Brazilian composer
Danyel, John
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1564
nr. Bath, England
after 1625English composer and lutenist
Danzi, Franz (Ignaz)
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15 Jun. 1763
Schwetzingen
13 Apr. 1826
Karlsruhe
German composer
Danzi-Marchand, Maria Marguerethe1768
Germany
1800studied voice and piano as a child. In the early 1780s she lived in the home of Leopold Mozart, studying piano and composition. (Leopold Mozart referred to her by the nickname "Gretl" in his letters). She became an opera singer, best-known for her interpretations of W. A. Mozart's operas
Daquin, Louis-Claude
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4 Jul. 1694
Paris, France
15 Jun. 1772
Paris, France
French composer of Jewish birth writing in the Baroque and Galant styles. He was a virtuoso organist and harpsichordist
D'Arcais, Francesco (see Arcais, Francesc d')   
Darcis (or d'Arcis, s'Arcy), François-Joseph1759/60
Vienna, Austria
c.1783
possibly Moscow, Russia
Austrian-born composer
Darias, Javier
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1946
Spain
 Spanish composer
Dargomyzhsky, Alexander Sergeyevich
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14 Feb. 1813
Troitskoye, Tula
17 Jan. 1869
St. Peterburg, Russia
Russian composer who bridged the gap in Russian opera composition between Mikhail Glinka and the later generation of 'The Five' and Tchaikovsky
Darke, Harold
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29 Oct. 1888
London, UK
28 Nov. 1976
Cambridge, UK
English composer and organist
Darling, Edward Irving
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 13 Feb. 1894
Mount Clemens, Detroit, Mich. USA
American composer
Darling, Erik
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25 Sep. 1933
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
3 Aug. 2008
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
American singer, songwriter, guitarist and banjo player
Darnton, (Philip) Christian30 Oct. 1905
Leeds, England
14 Apr. 1981
Hove, England
English composer
Darondeau, Benoni1740
Munich, Germany
probably Paris, FranceGerman-born composer
Darondeau, Henry28 Feb. 1779
Strasbourg
30 Jul. 1865
Paris, France
French composer
Darreg, Ivor (born: Kenneth Vincent Gerard O'Hara)
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5 May 1917
Portland, Oregon, USA
1994a leading proponent of and composer of microtonal or "xenharmonic" music. He also created a serie of experimental musical instruments
Darwish, Shaykh Sayyid
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17 Mar. 1892
Alexandria. Egypt
15 Sep. 1923
Cairo, Egtypt
Egyptian composer who is considered the father of modern Egyptian music
Darzins, Emils
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3 Nov. 1875
Jaunpiebalga
31 Aug. 1910
Riga, Latvia
Latvian composer, conductor and music critic
Dashow, James (Hyler)
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7 Nov. 1944
Chicago, USA
 an internationally recognized pioneer, has been making music with computers since 1968. His technical research includes the development of MUSIC30, a complete language for digital sound synthesis, and the Dyad System, which integrates pitch and electronic sound. He now lives in Rome
Dashkova, Ekaterina Romanova1743
St Petersburg, Russia
1813Russian composer
Dassoucy (or Assoucy, D'Assoucy, Coypeau, Coipeau, Couppeau), Charles (d')16 Oct. 1605
Paris, France
29 Oct. 1677
Paris, France
French composer
Dattari (or dal Dattaro), Ghinolfo
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c. 1537
Bologna, Italy
May 1617
Bologna, Italy
Italian singer and composer
Daugherty, Michael
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1954
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
 American composer
Daunais, Lionel
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31 Dec. 1901
Montréal, Canada
18 Jul. 1982
Montréal, Canada
French Canadian baritone singer and composer
Dauphin of Auvergne
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c.11501234/35or in Occitan Dalfi d'Alvernha was Count of Clermont and Montferrand , troubadour and patron of troubadours. He is sometimes called Robert IV, Dauphin of Auvergne but there is no solid evidence for the name Robert, and the name can cause confusion since his first cousin once removed was Robert IV, count of Auvergne, who died in 1194
Dauprat, Louis François
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24 May 1781
Paris, France
17 Jul. 1868
Paris, France
French horn player and composer of works for horn and orchestral music. His was also the author of Méthode de cor-alto et cor-basse, premier, second cor (Paris, 1830) and various theoretical treatises
Daussoigne-Méhul, Louis Joseph10 Jun. 1790
Givet, Ardennes, Belgium
10 Mar. 1875
Liège, Belgium
Belgian composer
Dautrecourt, Jean Augustin
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 1695French composer from Lyon, at one time confused with Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe who has now been identified as Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Dauvergne (or d'Auvergne), Antoine3 Oct. 1713
Moulins
11 Dec. 1797
Lyons, France
French composer
Dauverné, François (Georges Auguste)
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17991874French trumpeter and author of a famous trumpet method
Davaux (or Davau, D'Avaux), Jean-Baptiste
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19 Jul. 1742
La Côte-St André
2 Feb. 1822
Paris, France
French composer
Dauvergne, Antoine
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1713
Moulins, Allier, France
1797
Lyon, France
French composer and violinist
Daveluy, Raymond
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23 Dec. 1926
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
 Canadian organist, composer, administrator, educator/td>
Davantès, Pierre (also Maistre Pierre)
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c.1525
Rabastenne, France
31 Aug. 1561
Geneva, Switerland
humanist, printer, composer and contributor to the Geneva Psalter
Davesne (or d'Avesne, Davesnes), Pierre Justfl. 1768after 1783French composer
Davey, Shaun
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1948
Belfast, N. Ireland
 Irish composer
Davico, Vincenzo14 Jan. 1889
Monaco
8 Dec. 1969
Rome, Italy
Italian composer
David, Félicien(-César)
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13 Apr. 1810
Cadenet, Vaucluse
29 Aug. 1876
St Germain-en-Laye
French composer
David, Ferdinand
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20 Jan 1810
Hamburg, Germany
18/19 Jul 1873
Klosters
a German virtuoso violinist and composer of about 40 works. They include two symphonies, five violin concertos, an opera (Hans Wacht, 1852), a string sextet for three violins, viola and two cellos, and a number of lieder. He also produced a concertino for trombone. David also worked as editor of violin works by, for instance, Francesco Maria Veracini, Pietro Locatelli and Johann Gottlieb Goldberg
Dávid, Gyula
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6 May 1913
Budapest, Hungary
14 Mar. 1977
Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian violist, conductor and composer
David, Johann Nepomuk
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30 Nov. 1895
Eferding, Upper Austria
22 Dec. 1977
Stuttgart, Germany
Austrian organist and composer
David, Karl Heinrich30 Dec. 1884
St Gall
17 May 1951
Nervi, Italy
Swiss composer
David, Samuel12 Nov. 1836
Paris, France
3 Oct. 1895
Paris, France
French composer
David, Thomas Christian
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22 Dec. 1925
Wels, Austria
19 Jan. 2006
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer, flautists and keyboardist, son of the composer Johann Nepomuk David
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Davidenko (or Davigyenko), Alexander (Alexandrovich)13 Apr. 1899
Odessa, Crimea, Ukraine
1 May 1934
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Davidoff (or Davidow), Alexi (Alexei)24 Mar. 1867
Moscow, Russia
7 Mar. 1940
Berlin, Germany
Russian-born composer
Davidov (or Davidoff), Karl (Yul'yevich)
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15 Mar 1838
Goldingen, Kurland, Latvia
26 Feb 1889
Moscow, Russia
he may be reckoned amongst the most famous cellists of his time. Although born in the little Courland town, Goldingen, his parents moved to Moscow in 1840. He there began his studies with H. Schmidt, who was first Cellist at the Moscow Theatre. He carried on further studies under H. Schuberth, in St. Petersburg. He received his theoretical training from Moritz Hauptmann, in Leipzig, where he appeared at the Gewandhaus Concert towards the end of 1859. This was such a brilliant debut that, when Fried. Grutzmacher was called away from Leipzig to Dresden in 1860, Davidoff was offered his place, which he accepted. He did not, however, long fill it, having conceived the desire of undertaking a tour, which led him into Holland. He then travelled through Russia, when he returned to St. Petersburg. Not long. after he was appointed Imperial solo cellist, and somewhat later (1862) teacher at the Imperial Conservatoire. In 1874 he took part in the concerts of the Paris Conservatoire. Two years after he was named Director of the Russian Imperial Musical Society in St. Petersburg, as well as Director of the Conservatoire there. Davidoff's playing is especially distinguished for its perfect accuracy, as well as by a clever and easy mastery of the greatest difficulties. His Cello compositions consist of several Concertos and a collection of agreeable Drawing-room Pieces
Davidov (or Davidor, Dawydov, Davydov, Davydof), Stepan (Stephan) Ivanovich (Ivanowitsch)177722 May 1825
Moscow (or St. Petersburg), Russia
Russian composer
Davidovsky, Mario
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4 Mar. 1934
Médanos, Argentina
 Argentine-American composer
Davidson, Duane A.19351964a pupil of Quincy Porter, won several awards for his compositions and enjoyed performances of his works in the United States and Europe during his short life
Davidson, Randall
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1953 an American composer and native Midwesterner, he's lived in Minneapolis for more than twenty years
Davie, Cedric Thorpe
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13 May 1913
Glasgow, Scotland
18 Jan. 1983Scottish composer who was Professor of Music at St Andrews University from 1946 to 1978
Davies, Harry Parr
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24 May 1914
Briton Ferry, Wales
14 Oct. 1955
London, England
a Welsh composer and songwriter
Davies, Peter Maxwell (see Maxwell Davies, Peter)   
Davies, Tansy
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1973
Bristol, England
 British composer
Davies, Walford
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6 Sep. 1869
Oswestry, England
11 Mar. 1941
Bristol, England
a British composer, who held the title Master of the King's Music from 1934 until 1941
Davis, Anthony
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20 Feb. 1951
Paterson, New Jersey, USA
 an American composer, jazz pianist, and student of gamelan music
Davis, Carl
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28 Oct 1936
New York, USA
 American conductor and composer who has made England his home and married an English actress, Jean Boht. He is a conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and regularly conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He has written music for over 100 television programs but is best known for creating music to accompany films that were originally silent. He has assisted in the orchestration of the symphonic works of Paul McCartney
Davis, Charles Henry
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18 May 1815
Usk, Monmouthshire, England
17 May 1854
NSW, Australia
organist, tenor singer and composer of sacred music
Davis, Clara Novello (see Novello Davis, Clara)   
Davis, David (see Novello, Ivor)   
Davis, Donald
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4 Feb. 1957
Anaheim, California, USA
 American film score composer, conductor, and orchestrator
Davis, Hugh
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   composer, performer, instrument inventor, lecturer and musicologist. He studied music at Oxford University, 1961-64 (BA). He was the assistant to the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne, 1964-66. As a Researcher at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales of the French Radio in 1966-67 he compiled a catalogue of electronic music compositions (see below). 1967-1986 he was the founder-director, and 1986-91 the research consultant, at the Electronic Music Studio, Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 1986-93 he was the external consultant for electronic musical instruments at the Gemeentemuseum, the Hague. From 1999 he was a part-time Researcher in Sonic Art at the Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, London
Davis, John David22 Oct. 1867
Birmingham
20 Nov. 1942
Estoril
English composer
Davis, Miles
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26 May 1926
Alton, Illinois, USA
28 Sep. 1991
Santa Monica, California, USA
American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer
Davison, A(rchibald) T(hompson)11 Oct. 1883
Boston, Mass., USA
6 Feb. 1961
Brant Rock, nr. Marshfield, Mass., USA
American composer
Davy, John
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23 Dec. 1763
Upton Helions, nr. Exeter
22 Feb. 1824
London, England
prolific composer of operas
Davy, Richard
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c.14651507one of the composers represented in the Eton Choirbook. His 'Passion according to St.Matthew' is the earliest setting by a named composer which extends this basic liturgical theatre into a musical composition, by providing a polyphonic choral version of the high voice’s segments – a structure that remained intact through to the Passions of J.S.Bach and beyond. Davy was master of the choristers at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1490-92, where this Passion may have been first performed
Dawson, William Levi
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26 Sep. 1899
Anniston, Alabama, USA
2 May 21900
Montgomery, Alabama, USA
African-American composer, choir director and professor
Day, Edgar
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18831983English organist and composer
Daza, Esteban (see Daca, Esteban)   
Deacon, Nigel
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1950s
England
 a science educator and researcher in the Midlands, but his passion is music. He is a pianist and composer and has written for the piano since 1975, when he was an undergraduate at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. He has published over a hundred piano pieces with his imprint Sutton Elms Publications
Deák, Csaba
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16 Apr. 1932
Budapest, Hungary
 Hungarian-born Swedish composer
Deakin, Andrew
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late 20th century lecturer, writer, musician, composer and sound artist who works with Martin Robinson as tractor and with Martin Robinson, Catherine Bassett and Vicki Spong as Extractor
Dean, Brett
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1961 composer and viola player who studied in Brisbane, Australia before moving to Germany
De André, Fabrizio
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18 Feb. 1940
Genoa, Italy
11 Jan. 1999
Milan, Italy
an Italian singer-songwriter and poet. In his works he often told stories of prostitutes, marginalized and rebellious people. His name is spelled as "Fabrizio de André", with lowercase "de", on some records and on his signature, but "Fabrizio De André" seems to be the most used and accepted form
Deane, Raymond
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1953
Achill Island, Ireland
 contemporary freelance Irish composer and author
DeAngelis, Angelo Rivotortofl. 1770-1787c.1825
Padua, Italy
Italian composer
Dearnley, Christopher
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11 Feb. 1930
Wolverhampton, England
15 Dec. 2000
South Maroota, NSW, Australia
English organist and composer. His most familiar organ compositions include: Dominus regit me - Meditation
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De Boeck, Auguste (see Boeck, Auguste De)   
DeBoer, Brian
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  studied music and composition at the University of California, Irvine, the Eastman School of Music, and UCLA. His music, including his arrangement of STAR WARS: THE OPERA, has been performed by the New World Symphony. Brian composed the music for A PASSAGE TO MIDDLE EARTH: THE MAKING OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS for the SCIFI Network, and was an orchestrator on the Emmy-winning reality show, THE AMAZING RACE. Many of his other projects have appeared in numerous film festivals worldwide, including Sundance, the Cleveland Film Festival, and the Newport Beach Film Festival. In addition, he plays bassoon professionally with the Redlands Symphony, the San Bernardino Symphony, and the Grammy-nominated Absolut Ensemble
Debussy, (Achille-)Claude
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22 Aug. 1862
St.. Germain-en-Laye, France
25 Mar. 1918
Paris, France
French composer. He worked within the style commonly referred to as impressionist music, a term which he dismissed. Debussy was not only one of the most important French composers but was also one of the most important figures in music at the turn of the last century; his music represents the transition from late-romantic music to 20th century modernist music
Décaux, Abel1869
Auffay, France
19 Mar. 1943studied composition with Jules Massenet and organ with Widor at the Paris Conservatory and Guilmant at the Schola Cantorum. He was the organist titulair of the organ of the famous Sacré-Coeur in Paris during 20 years (1903-1923). On October 16, 1919, Décaux inaugurated the great 'new' Sacré-Coeur Organ, in collaboration with Marcel Dupré and Charles-Marie Widor. Décaux taught organ at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and also in the United States of America from 1923 to 1935 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. After his return to France in 1935 he taught at the César Frank organ school. He was famous as an improvisor, but his only known organ composition is Clairs de lune, piano (1. Minuit passe, 1900; 2. La ruelle, 1902; 3. La cimitière, 1907; 4. La Mer, 1903; 5th piece planned, but never written)
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DeCesare, Stephen
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1969
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
 American musical-theatre composer
de Chatelain, Clara (de Pontigny) (see Chatelain, Clara de (de Pontigny)   
Decker, George De
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31 Aug. 1951
Asse, Belgium
 Belgian sound artist and composer
Decker, Pamela
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1955 American organist and composer who is Associate Professor of Organ/Music Theory at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She also serves as organist at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tucson
Decsenyi, Janos24 Mar. 1927
Budapest, Hungary
 in 1956 he graduated as a composer at the Budapest Ferecz Liszt Academy of Music. Since 1951 he has been on the staff of the Hungarian Radio. In 1956 he won a prize at the Vercelli composers competition in Italy, he was awarded an Erkel prize in 1975, and the prize of the Hungarian critics in 1981, and 1991. Since 1986 he is Honoured Artist. His interests over a broad sphere of music genres - he composed symphonic and chamber music, chorals, film music and incidental music for radio, theatres and also electroacoustic music
Decruck, Fernande (Breilhl-Decruck, Jeanne Delphine Fernande)
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1896
Gaillac, France
6 Augu. 1954
France
French organist, pianist and composer. Her husband Maurice Decruck was solo saxophonist (his title) with the New York Philharmonic. He was not a composer, but for quite a long time, many of her compositions were published under his name. Her Chant Lyrique is one of the first works written by a woman composer for La garde républicaine
Dédé, Edmond
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20 Nov. 1827
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
1903
Paris, France
one of the famous Creole of colour composer, violin prodigy and conductor at the Alcazar Theatre (where he worked for 27 years). He married a French woman, Sylvie Leflet, in 1864
Dédé, Eugène Arcade
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1860s
Bordeaux, France
 son of Edmond Dédé, Eugene also composed music some of which was orchestrated by his father
Dedekind, Constantin Christian
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2 Apr. 1628
Anhalt-Cöthen, Germany
1697
Dresden, Germany
German bass singer, poet and composer
Dedler, Rochus
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1799
Oberammergau
1822
Vienna
teacher most famous for writing music for the Oberammergau passion play which has been performed since 1633 when during the plague the village council of the Twelve and the Six vow to perform the "Tragedy of the Passion" every 10 years. The first performance took place in 1634. The music heard today has been extensively arranged since it was composed in about 1811 by Dedler
Dedrick, Christopher
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12 Sep. 1947
 son of Art Dedrick (a trumpet player, music arranger, and band leader), Dedrick is an American-Canadian composer, orchestrator, conductor, sound editor, musician, singer, recording artist
Deering (or Deering, Dearing, Diringus), Richard
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c.1580
Hampshire, Ebngland
1630
England
English composer, who despite being from England, lived and worked most of his life in the Spanish-dominated South Netherlands, because of his Roman Catholic faith. He returned to England in 1625 as organist to the Catholic Queen Henrietta Maria and 'musician for the lutes and voices' to Charles I
De Ferrari, Serafino (Amadeo) (see Ferrari, Serafino (Amadeo) de)   
Deffés, (Pierre-)Louis25 Jul. 1819
Toulouse, France
10 Jun. 1900
Toulouse, France
French composer
de Fontaines, Philippe (see Fontaines, Philippe de)   
Defoort, Bart
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10 Feb. 1964
Bruges, Belgium
 Belgian saxophonist and composer, brother of Kris
Defoort, Kris
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30 Nov. 1959
Bruges, Belgium
 Belgian avant-garde jazz pianist and composer
Defossez, René
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4 Oct. 1905
Spa
20 May 1988
Brussels
Belgian composer
Degen, Helmut
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14 Jan. 1911
Aglasterhausen, Baden, Germany
2 Oct. 1995
Germany
German composer
Degen, Johann
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c.1585
Weismann, Germany
29 Aug. 1637
Bamburg, Germany
German organist and composer
Degen, Søffren
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12 Oct. 1816
Copenhagen, Denmark
7 Jul. 1885
Frederiksberg, Denmark
Danish guitarist and composer
Degtiarev, Stepan
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17661813renowned Ukrainian composer of the late 18th century. He was most famous for his nationalistic Russian Choral Music
De Giosa, Nicola (see Giosa, Nicola de)   
Degli Antoni (or Antonii), Pietro (see Antoni (or Antonii), Pietro degli)   
De Groot, Rokus
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1947
Aalst, The Netherlands
 musicologist and composer, conducts research on music of the 20th and 21st centuries, especially in the field of the interaction between different cultural traditions, and in the perspective of present-day (re)conceptualisations of past and present religious and spiritual traditions
Deichel, Joseph Anton17 Mar. 1699
Eichstätt
13 Apr. 1778
Eichstätt
German composer
Deichel, Joseph Christoph30 Dec. 1695
Eichstätt
2 Aug. 1753
Eichstätt
German composer
Deiro, Guido
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1886
Torino, Italy
1950
USA
Italian-born composer and accordionist, brother of Pietro, the two most important accordionists working in America in the early twentieth century
Deiro, Pietro
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1888
Torino, Italy
1954
USA
brother of Guido Deiro, Italian-born composer and accordionist who lived in San Francisco from 1907
Dejazet, Hermine  her operetta Le Diable Rose was performed in Paris 1859
Dejonghe, Koen
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27 Jun 1957
Kuurne, Belgium
 Belgian pianist and composer primarily of chamber, vocal and piano works. Dejonghe studied with Levente Kende at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, where he graduated in 1982 with a combined diploma in music education and piano. He then studied composition with Willem Kersters at the Koninklijk Vlaams Muziekconservatorium in Antwerp, where he earned first prizes in fugue in 1990 and composition in 1994
Dekker, Wessel
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second halk 20th century/21st century Dutch arranger, composer and conductor, for example, of the Mandolin orchestra "Caecilia" (Amsterdam)
De Koven, (Henry Louis) Reginald (see Koven, (Henry Louis) Reginald de)   
Dela, (Albert) Maurice (né Phaneuf)
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9 Sep. 1919
Montreal, Canada
28 Apr. 1978
Verdun, Montreal, Canada
Canadian composer , arranger, organist and pianist
Delaborde, Elie (né Miriam)8 Feb. 1839
Paris, France
9 Dec. 1913
Paris, France
French composer
Delacoste, François-Xavier
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5 Jan. 1950
Monthey, Valais, Switzerland
 Swiss composer, arranger and orchestrator
Delage, Maurice Charles
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18791961French composer and pianist. A student of Ravel and member of Les Apaches, he was influenced by travels to India and the East. Ravel's "La vallée des cloches" from Miroirs was dedicated to Delage
Delalande (or de Lalande), Michel-Richard
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1657
Paris, France
18 Jun. 1726
Versailles, France
prolific French Baroque composer and organist who was one of the most important composers of so-called grand motets, of which he wrote almost 80
De la Luz, Cesar Portillo (see Luz, Cesar Portillo de la)   
Delange (or De Lange), Herman-François2 Jun. 1715
Liège, Belgium
27 Oct. 1781
Liège
Belgian composer
de Lange (see Lange, de)   
Delannoy, Marcel9 Jul. 1898
La Ferté-Alais, Essonnes, nr. Paris
14 Sep. 1962
Nantes, France
French composer
de Lantins, Arnold de (see Lantins, Arnold de)   
de Lantins, Hugo de (see Latins, Hugo de)   
Delany, John Albert
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6 Jul. 1852
Ratcliffe, London
1907
Paddington, Australia
violinist, organist, teacher, conductor and composer. His greatest achievement was the presentation of the Australian première of Sir Edward Elgar's oratorio The Dream of Gerontius in Sydney Town Hall on 21 December 1903, to mark the golden jubilee of the ordination of Patrick Francis Moran, archbishop of Sydney
De Lara (Cohen), Isidore (see Lara (Cohen), Isidore Da)   
de Lassus, Orlande (see Lassus, Orlande de)   
DeLaurenti, Christopher
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1967 Seattle based composer, improvisor, and phonographer
Delaval, Mme  a famous harpist who produced a successful cantata depicting the farewell of Louis XVI which was produced in London in 1794. She also published many songs and a large amount of harp music
Delavigne, Philibert
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c. 1700
France
1750
France
French composer of which little is known, except that he was active at the court of Louis XV and entered the service of the Comte d'Ayen around 1730
Delbos, Claire (Louise)
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Nov. 1906
Paris, France
22 Apr. 1959
France
French violinist and composer, and first wife of the composer Olivier Messiaen
Delcroix, Léon Charles15 Sep. 1880
Brussels, Belgium
14 Nov. 1938
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer
Delden, Lex van (né Alexander Zwaap)
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10 Sep. 1919
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 Jul 1988
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch composer
Deldevez, Edme Marie Ernest
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31 May 1817
Paris, France
6 Nov. 1897
Paris, France
French violinist, conductor, composer of orchestral works and author of La Notation de la musique, etc. (Paris, 1867), Principe de la formation des accords, etc. (Paris 1868), Curiosités musicales (1873), L'Art du chef d'orchestre (1878), La Société des Concerts du Conservatoire (1887), De l'Exécution d'ensemble (Paris, 1888), Mes Mémoires (1890), Le Passé, à propos du présent, suite à Mes Mémoires (Paris, 1892)
de Leone, Francesco (Bartolomeo) (see Leone, Francesco (Bartolomeo) de)   
Delerue, Georges
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12 Mar. 1925
Roubaix, France
20 Mar. 1992
Los Angeles, USA
French composer noted most for his film scores including A Little Romance (1979) (for which he won an Oscar) as well as gaining nominations for Ann of a Thousand Days (1969), The Day of the Dolphin (1973), Julia (1977) and Agnes of God (1985)
Delfrate-Alvazzi, Giulio Maria1772
Varzo, Italy
1819Italian organist, friar and composer
Delft, Marc van
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4 Apr. 1958
Den Haag, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer
Delgado, Alexandre (Chaves Rosa)
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1965
Lisbon, Portugual
 Portuguese viola player and Composer mostly of orchestral and chamber works
Delgado, Francisco Eusebio
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1792
Mexico City, Mexico
c. 1853Mexico's greatest composer from the late-Classic-early Romantic period
Delgadillo, Luis (Abraham)
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26 Aug. 1887
Managua
1962
Managua
Nicaraguan composer
Delibes, (Clément Philibert) Léo
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21 Feb. 1836
St.-Germain-du-Val, Sarthe
16 Jan. 1891
Paris, France
a French composer of Romantic music
de Literes, Antonio (see Literes, Antonio de)   
Delius, Frederick (Fritz) (Theodor Albert)
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29 Jan 1862
Bradford, UK
10 Jun 1934
Grez-sur-Loing, France
English composer whose lyrical music was championed by the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham
Della Ciaia (or Ciaja), Azzolino Bernardino (see Ciaia (or Ciaja), Azzolino Bernardino della)   
Della Maria, (Pierre-Antoine-)Dominique14 Jun. 1769
Marseilles, France
9 Mar. 1800
Paris, France
French composer
Della Porta, Giuseppefl. 1697 Italian composer
Deller (or Teller, Döller, Töller), Florian Johannbap. 2 May 1729
Drosendorf
19 Apr. 1773
Munich, Germany
German composer
Dellinger, Rudolf8 Jul. 1857
Kraslice
24 Sep. 1910
Dresden, Germany
Czech born composer
Dello Joio, Norman
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24 Jan. 1913
New York, USA
24 Jul. 2007
East Hampton, NY, USA
American composer who achieved wide popularity in the mid-twentieth century with a proliferation of essentially tonal, lyrical works
Dell'Orefice, Giuseppe (see Orefice, Giuseppe Dell')    
Delmas, Marc-Jean-Baptiste28 Mar. 1885
St Quentin
30 Nov. 1931
Paris, France
French composer
Delorko, Mario Ratko
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1959
Hamburg, Germany
 virtuoso German pianist, & conductor & composer
Del Tredici, David
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16 Mar. 1937
Cloverdale, California, USA
 American composer and Pulitzer Prize winner
Delune, Louis15 Mar. 1876
Charleroi, Belgium
5 Jun. 1940
Paris, France
Belgian composer
Delvaux, Berthe (see Vito-Delvaux, Berthe di)   
Delvincourt, Claude
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12 Jan. 1888
Paris, France
5 Apr. 1954
Orbetello, Tuscany, Italy
French composer
Delz, Christoph
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3 Jan. 1950
Basel, Switzerland
13 Spe. 1993
Riehen bei Basel, Switzerland
Swiss composer and pianist
Demachy (or Machy), sieur
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fl. c.1686-1692 French viol player and composer
de Manchicourt, Pierre (see Manchicourt, Pierre de)   
Demantius, Johann Christoph
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15 Dec. 1567
Reichenberg, now in the Czech Republic
20 Apr. 1643
Freiburg, Germany
a German composer, music theorist, writer and poet. He was an exact contemporary of Monteverdi, and represented a transitional phase in German Lutheran music from the polyphonic Renaissance style to the early Baroque. As a music theoretician he is famous for compiling the first dictionary of musical terms in the German language
Demar, Johann Sebastian
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29 Jun. 1763
Gauaschach, Bavaria
25 Jul. 1832
Orléans, France
organist and composer, director of the music education of the Garde Nationale d'Orléans
Demar, Therese1801
Paris
 composed and published more than 30 compositions for the harp
Demars, Helene-Louise1733
France
 a composer published in Paris in 1752
Demény, Desiderius29 Jan. 1871
Budapest, Hungary
9 Nov. 1937
Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian composer
Demersseman, Jules Auguste Eduard
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9 Jan. 1833
Hondschoote, The Netherlands
1 Dec. 1866
Paris, France
French-trained virtuoso flautist who composed mostly virtuosic pieces for his instrument
Demessieux, Jeanne
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13 Feb. 1921
Montpelier, France
11 Nov. 1968
Paris, France
French organist, pianist, composer, and pedagogue who became a student of Marcel Dupré at age 13 (1936) until some disagreement ended their relationship in about 1946. She was the first woman to give a recital in Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. Demessieux enjoyed a stupendous performing career and a reputation as a brilliant technician and improvisor. She was Organist of Paris St-Esprit 1933-1962; Paris Église de la ste-Madeleine (Church of St Magdalen) 1962-1968 and Organ professor at Liège Conservatory. Among her major organ works are: 12 Chorale Preludes on Gregorian Chant Themes: (Rorate Caeli; Hosanna filio David; Adeste fideles; Domine Jesu; O filii et filiae; Attende Domine; Stabat mater) [inspired by the organ of New York St John the Divine Cathedral], Op.8, 1950; 6 Études (Pointes, Tierces, Sixtes, Accordes alternés, Notes répétées, Octaves), 1944 [Bornemann]; Prélude et fugue dans le mode lydien, Op.13, 1962; 7 Méditations sur le Saint-Esprit (Veni Sancte Spiritus, Les Eaux, Pentecôte, Dogme, Consolateur, Paix, Lumière), 1947 [Durand]; Répons pour le temps de Pâques, 1968; Triptyque (Prélude; Adagio; Fugue), Op.7, 1948; Te deum, Op.11, 1959; 3 Chorale Preludes; Andante. She also wrote a work for organ & orchestra entitled Poème, Op.9, 1949
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Demian, Vilmos (Wilhelm)9 Jun. 1910
Brasov
 composer
Dempster, Stuart
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7 Jul. 1936
Berkeley, California, USA
 American trombonist and experimental composer. He studied at San Francisco State College in California. From 1962 to 1966 he served as principal trombonist in the Oakland Symphony; since 1968 he has taught at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dempster tours regularly throughout the US and Europe performing his own music as well as commissioned works by such composers as Luciano Berio, Donald Erb, Andrew Imbrie, Ben Johnston, Ernst Krenek, Edwin London, and Pauline Oliveros. He has collaborated and performed with choreographer Merce Cunningham in Meet the Composer's Composer/Choreographer Project; in 1993-1994 he was composer-in-residence with Seattle's New Performance Group as part of the Music in Motion project
Demunck (or de Munck), Francois
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6 Oct 6 1815
Brussels, Belgium
28 Feb 1859
Brussels, Belgium
he entered the Conservatoire of his birthplace as a boy of ten years of age and studied with Platel. In 1834 he left the Conservatoire with the first prize, and in the following year he was nominated as his master's assistant. Demunek fell into relations which caused him to neglect the study of the Cello; consequently his performances were deprived of their precision and brilliancy; and, further, he ruined his health. Soon after, in 1845, he resigned his official work, in order to perform at concerts, in company with a singer, in Germany. His performances, however, no longer came up to the cherished expectations. In the year 1848 Servais stepped into Demunck's place as teacher at the Brussels Conservatoire, which induced him to go to London, and labour for a time in the orchestra of Her Majesty's Theatre. But only too soon the results of his dissolute life became apparent. He fell into doubtful circumstances, and, broken in body and mind, he returned, in the spring of 1858, to Brussels, where he died. Demunck published only a "Fantasia" with variations on a Russian theme (Op. 1)
Demuth, Norman15 Jul. 1898
South Croydon
21 Apr. 1968
Chichester, England
English composer
Dench, Chris
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10 Jun. 1953
London, UK
 self-taught composer who arrived in Australia after living in West Berlin, as a guest of the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, and Tuscany, becoming an Australian citizen in 1992. He currently lives in Newcastle, NSW
Dencke, Jeremiah
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17251795American Moravian composer
de Neele, Perrot (see Neele, Perrot de)   
Denefve, Jules1814
Chimay
19 Aug. 1877
Mons, Belgium
Belgian composer
Deneire, Hanne
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23 Jun. 1980
Hasselt, Belgium
 Belgian composer
Denhoff, Michael
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25 Apr. 1955
Ahaus, Germany
 German composer and cellist
Denio, Amy
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9 Jun. 1961
Seattle, USA
 a Seattle (USA)-based multi-instrumental composer of soundtracks for modern dance, film and theater, as well as a songwriter and music improviser
Denis, Mlle  a composer published in Paris in 1711
Denis Browne, William Charles (see Browne, William Charles Denis)   
Denisov, Edison (Vasil'yevich)
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6 Apr. 1929
Tomsk, Russia
24 Nov. 1996
Paris, France
Russian pianist and composer
Dennehy, Donnacha
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1970
Dublin, Ireland
 Irish composer
Dennis, Matt
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11 Feb. 1914
Seattle, Washington, USA
21 Jun. 2002
Riverside, California, USA
songwriter, pianist and singer
Dentice, Fabrizio
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c.1530
Naples, Italy
c.1590
Italy
Italian composer and virtuoso lute and viol player. He appeared as an acclaimed virtuoso in Rome and the court of Parma. He published Lamentationi a cinque voci. Other compositions (pieces for lute, madrigals, motets and faux-bourdons) appeared in contemporary anthologies
Dentice, Luigi
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 before 1601
Italy
possibly brother of Scipione, Italian writer known for his Duo Dialoghi della musica, which contains much interesting information about musicians of the time
Dentice, Scipione (or Scipione Stella)
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15601635Italian clavier player and composer of seven books of madrigals and one of motets. He was a nephew of Fabrizio Dentice
Denyer, Frank
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1943
London, UK
 English composer and pianist who forcus on creating music for a combination of conventional instruments and new, unusual, and structurally modified instruments. Partly due to his studies of non-Western music, much of Denyer's music is microtonal
Denza, Luigi
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24 Feb. 1846
Castellammare di Stabia, Italy
26 Jan 1922
London, England
Italian composer who moved to London and became a professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in 1898. His best known composition was Funiculi-funicula. This rollicking dance-song in tarantella rhythm was written to be played at the opening of the new tourist attraction in Naples, the funicular railroad that takes travelers to the top of Mount Vesuvius. It has become a kind of cliché for Southern Italy and is often taken to be a folk song
Deodato, Eumir (Almeida, Eumir Deodato de)   
de Paul (see Paul, de)   
de Pauw (see Pauw, de)   
de Peellaert, Augustin-Philippe (see Peellaert, Augustin-Philippe de)   
Penne, Antoine de (see Penne, Antoine de)   
de Picardia, Petrus (see Picardia, Petrus de)   
de Placker, Christiaan (see Placker, Christiaan de)   
de Poppe, Ferdinand (see Poppe, Ferdinand de)   
de Placker, Christiaan (see Placker, Christiaan de)   
de Puysseleyr, Peter Frans (see Puysseleyr, Peter Frans de)   
de Quercu, Simon (see Quercu, Simon de)   
Dequin, Leonfl. 1890-1910 French composer
de Raedt, Pierre (see Raedt, Pierre de)   
de Reulx, Anselme (see Reulx, Anselme de)   
de Reux, Jacques (see Reux, Jacques de)   
Dering, Richard
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c.1580
England
1630
England
expatriate English musician who because of his Roman Catholic faith, lived and worked in the Spanish-dominated South Netherlands. He returned to England in 1625 as organist to the Catholic Queen Henrietta Maria and 'musician for the lutes and voices' to King Charles I
de Rivulo, Franziscus (see Rivulo, Franziscus de)   
de Rocourt, Pierre (see Rocourt, Pierre de)   
Derome, Jean
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29 Jun. 1955
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
 French Canadian avant-garde saxophonist, flautist and composer
de Ronghe, Michaël (see Ronghe, Michaël de)   
Deroo, Maurits Alfons
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4 Nov. 1902
Brugge, Belgium
4 Mar. 1988
Assenede, Belgium
Belgian composer
de Rore, Cipriano (see Rore, Cipriano de)   
Derosier, Nicholas
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fl. 17th century guitarist and composer who invented the guitarre angelique with eight strings more than usual. He was the author of Les principes de la guitarre (1694) and Neuveaus principes pour le guitarre (1699) both in French tablature for the 5 course guitar
De Sabata, Victor (Vittorio) (see Sabata, Victor (Vittorio) de)   
de Saint-Luc, Jacques (see Saint-Luc, Jacques de)   
de Salinis, Hymbert (see Salinis, Hymbert de)   
de Sarto, Johannes (see Sarto, Johannes de)   
Désaugiers, Marc-Antoine1742
Fréjus
10 Sep. 1793
Paris, France
French composer
de Sayve (or Saife, Sainne, Saive, Seave, Seyve) (see Sayve de)   
Deschamps, Eustache (also known as Morel)
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1346
Vertus, Champagne, France
1406French poet. Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300–1377), who popularized the new lyric genres such as the rondeau, ballade, lai, and virelai in the 14th century, is considered to have been the leader of the new rhétorique, or poetic art. This tradition was continued by Eustache Deschamps, Christine de Pizan (1363–c.1434), Charles d'Orléans (1394–1464/5), and François Villon (1431-after 1463), as well as by Jean Froissart (c.1337–c.1405), the great chronicler
de Scholbas, Arnold (see Scholbas, Arnold de)   
Desderi, Ettore
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10 Dec. 1892
Asti, Italy
23 Nov. 1974
Florence, Italy
Italian composer best known for his sacred music
de Seixas, Carlos (see Seixas, Carlos de)   
Désenclos, Alfred
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7 Feb. 1912
Pontel, Pas-de-Calais, France
31 Mar. 1971
Paris, France
French composer
de Senleches, Jacob (see Senleches, Jacob (Jacques) de)   
Desfosses (or Desfossés, Desfossez), Françoise Elizabeth (later Mme Caraque, Countess)fl. 1789-1820 French composer
Deshayes (or Des Hayes, des Hayes, Deshays), Prosper-Didierfl. 1785-18041815
Paris, France
French composer
de Sire, Simon (see Sire, Simon de)   
Deslandres, Adolphe-Edouard-Marie22 Jan. 1840
Batignolles, Monceaux
30 Jul. 1911
Paris, France
French composer
Des Marais, Paul (Emile) (see Marais, Paul (Emile) des)   
Desmarets (or Desmarest, Desmarestz, Desmarais), Henri
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Feb. 1661
Paris, France
7 Sep. 1741
Lunéville
French composer
Desmazures (or Desmasures), Laurent10 Nov. 1714
Marseilles, France
29 Apr. 1778French composer
Desmond, Paul (born: Paul Emil Brentenfield)
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25 Nov. 1924
San Francisco, California, USA
30 May 1977
USA
American composer and woodwind improviser, one of the most prolific artists in free jazz, and for many years a member of the Dave Brubeck Octet and the Brubeck Quartet
de Somere, Édouard-Constantin (see Somere, Édouard-Constantin de)   
Desormery (or Désormerie), Léopold-Bastienc.1740
Bayon, Lorraine
c.1810
nr. Beauvais
French composer
Desplat, Alexandre
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23 Aug. 1961
Paris, France
 an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning film composer
Desportes, Yvonne (Berthe Melitta)
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18 Jul. 1907
Coburg, France
29 Dec. 1993
Paris, France
French composer, pianist and lecturer
Desprez (or des Prez), Josquin (né Lebloitte)
(French rendering of Dutch 'Josken Van De Velde', diminutive of 'Joseph Van De Velde'; latinized Josquinus Pratensis, alternatively Jodocus Pratensis)
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c. 1440/45
Belgium
27 Aug. 1521
Condé-sur-l'Escaut, France
Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance. He was the most famous European composer between Guillaume Dufay and Palestrina, and is usually considered to be the central figure of the Franco-Flemish School. He appears to have worked in Milan (c. 1459-1477), Aix-en-Provence (1477), Rome (c. 1489-1495) and Condé-sur-l'Escaut (the last years of his life) and who in his day enjoyed a very high reputation as a composer
Dessane, Antoine
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10 Dec. 1826
Forcalquier, nr Aix-en-Provence, France
8 Jun. 1873
Québec City, Canada
French-born organist, pianist, cellist, teacher and composer
Dessau, Paul
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19 Dec. 1894
Hamburg, Germany
28 JUn 1979
Königs Wusterhausen, Germany
German composer and conductor
Dessauer, Josef (Joseph)28 May 1798
Prague
8 Jul. 1876
Mödling, nr. Vienna, Austria
Prague-born composer
Dessel, Lode van
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5 Feb. 1909
Sint-Katelijne-Waver
7 Jul. 1993
Alost, Belgium
Belgian composer, organist and teacher
Dessoff, Felix Otto
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14 Jan. 1835
Leipzig, Germany
28 Oct. 1892
Frankfurt, Germany
German conductor and composer. His daughter Emma Margarete "Gretchen" Dessoff (11 June 1874, Vienna - 27 November 1944, Locarno, Switzerland) was a German choral conductor who was a pioneer of women's choruses. In 1924 with Angela Diller, she formed the Adesdi Chorus of Women's Voices, with the name being formed from parts of each of the founders' names. This was renamed the Dessoff Choirs in 1929
Destouches (or des Touches), André Cardinal
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6 Apr. 1672
Paris, France
7 Feb. 1749
Paris, France
French composer best known for the opéra-ballet Les éléments
Destouches, Franz (Seraph) von21 Jan. 1772
Munich, Germany
10 Dec. 1844
Munich, Germany
German composer
Deswert, Jules
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16 Aug 1843
Louvain, Belgium
24 Feb 1891
Ostende, Belgium
after completing his studies under Servais, in 1865 he stopped at Dusseldorf, and was for a time engaged there. Three years later he entered the Weimar Hofkappelle as first Cellist, whence he was summoned to Berlin, in 1869, with the title of Concertmaster, as solo cellist of the Royal band and teacher in the High School of Music. He gave up this in 1873 in order to devote himself to composition. After he had remained a few years in Wiesbaden, be chose Leipsig as his residence in 1881. Besides two operas, The Albigenses firsat performed in 1878 at Wiesbaden, the other, Graf Hammerstein, in 1884 in Mayence, he wrote three Cello Concertos, as well as many Drawing-room Pieces, re-edited a collection of old Violoncello music and arrangements of classical compositions, and published three books of Etudes under the title of Le Mecanisme du Violoncelle. He also produced a Cello method, which was brought out by Novello, in London
Desyatnikov, Leonid
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16 Oct. 1955
Kharkiv, Russia
 Russian composer
Deszczynski, Józef1781
Vilnius
1844
Horodyszcze
Lithuanian composer
de Thérache, Pierrequin (see Thérache, Pierrequin de)   
Dethier, Gaston M.1875
Belgium
1958
USA
Belgian organi lived in the USA and he composed a Procession Solennelle, published by J. Fischer in 1908
d’Étienne chez Vannes (or d’Étienne de Liège chez Auda) (see Liège, Stephanus de)   
Detlefsen, Christian
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22 Feb. 1951
Bredstedt, Germany
 German born composer who now lives in The Netherlands
de Trazegnies, François-Joseph (Franciscus Josephus) (see Trazegnies, François-Joseph (Franciscus Josephus) de)   
Dett, Robert (or R.) Nathaniel
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11 Oct. 1882
Drummondville, Ontario, Canada
2 Oct. 1943
on tour
composer in the United States and Canada. During his lifetime he was one of the most successful black composers, known for his use of folk songs and spirituals for choral and piano compositions in the romantic style. He was among the first African American composers during the early years of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. His works often appeared among the programs of William Marion Cook's New York syncopated Orchestra. Dett himself performed at Carnegie Hall and at the Boston Symphony Hall as a pianist and choir director
Deutsch, Max
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17 Nov. 1892
Vienna, Austria
22 Nov. 1982
Paris, France
an Austrian-French musical composer,conductor, and teacher
Deutz, Rupert de
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1075-1080
probably Liège, Belgium
4 Mar. 1129 or 1130
near Cologne, Germany
Flemish theologian and musician, probably a composer
Devcic, Natko
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30 Jun. 1914
Glina, Croatia
4 Sep. 1997
Zagreb, Croatia
Croatian composer
de Vleeshouwer, Albert (see Vleeshouwer, Albert de)   
de Verlit (or Verlith), Gaspar (see Verlit (or Verlith), Gaspar de)   
Devienne, François
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31 Jan. 1759
Joinville, Haute-Marne
5 Sep. 1803
Charenton
French composer and professor for flute at the Paris Conservatory
de Vinea, Antoine (see Wyngaerde, Antonius van den)   
de Vitry, Philippe (see Vitry, Philippe de)   
De Vol, Frank
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20 Sep 1911
Moundsville, West Virginia, USA
27 Oct 1999
Lafayette, California, USA
known primarily as the composer for the radio and TV series The Brady Bunch, but light music fans appreciate that his career has been far more substantial. It was not uncommon to see the credit ‘Music by De Vol’ on many films, and he also appeared as a character actor in several US television series, such as I Dream of Jeannie, Bonanza and Petticoat Junction
de Vos, Eduard (see Vos, Eduard de)   
de Vos, Isidore (see Vos, Isidore de)   
de Vos, Laurent (see Vos, Laurent de)   
Devreese, Frédéric
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2 Jun. 1929
Amsterdam, The Natherlands
 Dutch-born Belgian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been performed throughout the world; he is also active as a conductor. He is the son of composer-conductor Godfried Devreese
Devreese, Godefroid (Godfried)
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22 Jan. 1893
Kortrijk, Belgium
4 Jun. 1972
Brussels, Belgium
a pupil of Ysaÿe and César Thomson. He led the Kurhaus Orchestra in The Hague and was a member of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, also working as a conductor in Antwerp and Brussels. He spent some 29 years as director of the Malines Conservatory, establishing the city as an important musical centre. The compositions of Devreese, romantic in general style, include concertos, symphonies and a wide variety of works. His reputation as a composer has remained largely limited to his own country
de Wert, Giaches (see Wert, Giaches de)   
de Winde, Paul (see Winde, Paul de)   
de Wisme, Nicholas (see Wisme, Nicholas de)   
de Wreede Johannes (see Urreda, Johannes)   
Dexter, Harry
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19101973Harry Dexter, who should not be confused with Harold Dexter (b. 1920) sometime Organist of Southwark Cathedral and Professor of the Guildhall School, could well have been included in my series on English composers for amateurs as he produced a large number of arrangements for students, instrumental ones of Mozart, Haydn, Lehár, Grieg, Massenet, Johann Strauss, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Brahms and so on, for clarinet, recorder and flute, and vocal ones of traditional material from Britain, America (spirituals and others), France, Germany and Switzerland
Dezède (or De Zède, Dezèdes, Desaides, De Zaides), Nicolas (Alexandre)c.174211 Sep. 1792
Paris, France
French composer
D'Harcourt (or d'Harcourt), Eugène (see Harcourt (d'Harcourt), Eugène d')   
D'Hoedt, Henri-Georges (see Hoedt, Henri-Georges d')   
Dhomont, Francis
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2 Nov. 1926
Paris, France
 French composer of electroacoustic/acousmatic music
Dia, Beatriz Comtessa de
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fl. 1212 a trobairitz
Diabate, Toumani
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10 Aug. 1965
Mali
 Malian kora player who has gained international acclaim for his music. He is a versatile performer, being equally at home with the traditional music of Mali as well as with cross-cultural collaborations with flamenco, blues, jazz, and other international styles
Diabelli, Anton
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5/6 Sep. 1781
Mattsee, nr. Salzburg, Austria
7/8 Apr. 1858
Vienna, Austria
guitarist, composer, pianist and publisher, best known for his waltz, or ländler, on which Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his 33 variations for piano (Diabelli Variations, Op. 120)
Diack, John Michael
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18691947Diack was well known in his day for his arrangements, many ballad-like songs and, most notably, the nursery rhymes (e.g., Sing a Song of Sixpence and Little Jack Horner) set in the style of Handel
Diamond, David Leo
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9 Jul. 1915
Rochester, New York, USA
13 Jun. 2005
Brighton, New York, USA
pupil of Roger Sessions and Nadia Boulanger, this prolific American composer become one of the best-known composers of his generation. He received many awards, his music was performed by many leading musicians, but he never achieved the international acclaim enjoyed by fellow composers such as Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. Among his output are 10 string quartets and 11 symphonies
Diamond, Joel
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1951
Bronx, New York, USA
 New York-based composer, arranger and pianist/keyboardist Joel Diamond has successfully fused his interests in 'serious' orchestral music and contemporary electronica. His string quartet, Danza Caprichosa, recorded by Orchestra Nova, was nominated for a Grammy award
Diana, Antonio c.1862probably from the Bologna area, he published a Raccolta di composizioni per organo d'ogni genere (Milan: Ricordi, 1862) in two parts. Part One is for the organo semplice; Part Two is for the organo moderno and contains rules on registration, the classification of stops, combinations, imitation effects and the use of the pedal; a third part, for the organo corale, was announced but the author's death prevented its publication
Dianow, Anton19 Feb. 1882
Moscow, Russia
25 Mar. 1939
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Diaz (de la Peña), Eugène(-Emile)27 Feb. 1837
Paris, France
12 Sep. 1901
Coleville, France
French composer
Diaz, Simon
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8 Aug. 1928
El Llano, Venezuela
 singer and songwriter particularly of tonadas, the slow, gentle ballads that were traditionally sung by ranch hands as they carried out the milking, partly in the belief that soothing cattle in this way improved the yield
Dibdin, Charles
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4 Mar. 1745
Dibdin, nr. Southampton, England
25 Sep. 1814
London, England
British musician, dramatist, novelist, actor and songwriter
Dickinson, Clarence
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7 May 1873
Lafayette, Ind., USA
2 Aug. 1969
New York, USA
American organist and choirmaster, composer, virtuoso, performer, author, lecturer, and teacher - worked to broaden an appreciation of organ music and reach new audiences. He worked tirelessly to improve the quality of church music. He founded the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, USA
Dickinson, Peter
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15 Nov. 1934
Lytham St. Annes, Lancs.
 English composer, musicologist, and pianist.
Dickson, Ellen Elizabeth (Dolores)1819
England
1878the daughter of General Alex Dickson, she had a wide reputation as a songwriter
Dickson, Ian
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1977 composer
Dickson, John
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Big Spring, Texas, USA Texas-born French hornist, orchestrator, arranger and composer. In 1995 John began an association with Chick Corea as an orchestrator and rehearsal assistant resulting in works for piano and string quartet and pieces for orchestra and jazz quintet/sextet. The first of these, Spain for Sextet and Orchestra won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for 2000
Dickson, Oliver Wilson- (see Wilson-Dickson, Oliver)   
Didkovsky, Nicholas (Nick)
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1958
Bronxville, USA
 composer, guitarist, computer music programmer, and leader of the band Doctor Nerve. Didkovsky has developed a Java music API called JMSL (Java Music Specification Language). JMSL is a toolbox for algorithmic composition and performance. JMSL includes JScore, an extensible staff notation editor. JMSL can output music using either JavaSound or JSyn
Di Domenica, Robert (see Domenica, Robert Di)   
Dieltiens, Lode
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18 Sep. 1926
Wijnegem, Belgium
 Belgian composer, organist, choral director and teacher
Diémer, Louis-Joseph
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14 Feb. 1843
Paris, France
21 Dec. 1919
Paris, France
a French pianist and composer. Diémer was also instrumental in promoting the use of historical instruments, giving a series of harpsichord performances as part of the 1889 Universal Exhibition and contributing to the founding of the Société des instruments anciens
Dienel, Otto
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11 Jan. 1839
Tiefenfurt im Kreis Bunzlau, Germany
10 Mar. 1905
Berlin, Germany
the son of a Silesian cantor and music teacher and attended the Görlitz Hochschule and the Bunzlau Seminary. Then, he went to Berlin, entered the Royal Institute for Church Music, and studied with August Wilhelm Bach, Carl August Haupt, Carl Albert Löschhorn, August Edouard Grell, and Wilhelm Taubert. After some time as organist at the Bartholomäus-und-Heiligkreuzekirche, he took the post at the Berlin Marienkirche in 1869 and remained until his death in 1905. He also taught at the Royal Seminary and on the organ in his church. He was elected to honorary membership in the American Guild of Organists in 1898
Diepenbrock, Alphons
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2 Sep. 1862
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5 Apr. 1921
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch composer, essayist and classicist
Dieren, Bernard Hélène Joseph van
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27 Dec. 1887
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
24 Apr. 1936
London, England
Dutch-born composer, critic, author, and writer on music
Diesineer (or Diessener), Gerhard
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c. 1640
Germany
after 1673
London (?), UK
German composer
Diet, Edmond-Marie25 Sep. 1854
Paris, France
30 Oct. 1924
Paris, France
French composer
Dieter, Christian Ludwig15 Jun. 1757
Ludwigsburg
15 May 1822
Stuttgart, Germany
German composer
Diethelm, Caspar
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31 Mar. 1926
Lucerne, Switzerland
1 Jan. 1997
Lucerne, Switzerland
Swiss composer
Dietrich, Albert (Hermann)
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28 Aug. 1829
Forsthaus Golk, nr. Meissen, Germany
19 Nov. 1908
Berlin, Germany
German composer and conductor
Dietrich, Amalia1838
Germany
 made her debut at the age of eight and went on to publish many songs and piano pieces
Dietrich, Sixt
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1492/941548German composer
Dietrichstein, Count Moritz von
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19 Jan. 177521 Aug. 1864antiquary, historian, Viennese court conductor who was self-educated in music, von Dietrichstein composed part-songs, hymns and piano pieces. He was also director of what is today the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna
Dietsch (or Dietzch, Dietz), (Pierre-)Louis(-Philippe)17 Mar. 1808
Dijon, France
20 Feb. 1865
Paris, France
French composer
Dietz, Howard
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8 Sep. 1896
New York, USA
30 Jul. 1983
New York, USA
American publicist, lyricist, and librettist
Dieupart, Charles (François)
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after 1667
France
c. 1740
London, England
French harpsichordist, violinist and composer, active mainly in England. He was known as Charles to his contemporaries and to Hawkins, the main source for the events of his life, but an autograph letter in French is signed F. Dieupart
Dignum, Charles
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c.176529 Mar. 1827English tenor and composer. He was apparently short and plump
Dijk, Jan van
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4 Jun. 1918
Oostzaan, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer
Dijk, Rudi van
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27 Mar. 1932
Culemborg, The Netherlands
29 Nov. 2003
East Sussex, England
Dutch composer of classical orchestral, chamber and vocal music, often featuring violin or piano
Dijker, Mathieu
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29 Jun. 1927
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer, carillonneur and organist
Dijkstra, Lowell
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1952
Exeter, Canada
 Canadian-born composer now based in The Netherlands
Dijon, Guiot de
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fl. early 13th century troubadour
Dikcius, Arunas
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1962 Lithuanian organist, pianist and composer
Dikker, Loek
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28 Feb. 1944
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 composer, pianist, conductor and arranger
Diletsky, Nikolai
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Dillen, Guillaume
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c.1543
possibly Flanders
13 Mar. 1627
Parma, Italy
composer also called Villico, possibly Flemish
Dillen, Oscar
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25 Jun. 1958
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
 Dutch musician and composer
Dillon, James
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29 Oct. 1950
Glasgow, Scotland
 Scottish composer often regarded as belonging to the New Complexity school
Dimas de Melo Pimenta, Emanuel3 Jun. 1957
São Paolo, Brazil
 Brazilian composer
Dimitrescu, Constantin19 Mar. 1847
Blejoi-Prahova
9 May 1928
Bucharest
Romanian composer
Dimmler (or Dimler, Dümler), Franz Anton14 Oct. 1753
Mannheim
7 Feb. 1827
Munich, Germany
German composer
Dimov, Bojidar
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31 Jan. 1931
Lom, Bulgaria
 German composer of Bulgarian origin
Dimov, Ivan 13 Dec. 1927
Kazanlak, Bulgaria
 Bulgarian composer
d'India, Sigismondo (see India, Sigismondo d')   
d'Indy, Vincent
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27 Mar. 1851
Paris, France
2 Dec. 1931
Paris, France
a French composer and teacher
Dinescu, Violeta
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13 Jul. 1953
Bucharest, Romania
 Romanian-born German composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works
Dinev, Petar
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14 Jul. 1889
Kumanichevo, Bulgaria
2 Jul. 1980
Sofia, Bulgaria
Bulgarian composer and musicologist with a special interest in transcribing chant
Ding, Shande
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11 Dec. 1911
Kunshan, Jiangsu, China
12 Aug. 1995
Shanghai, China
Chinese pianist, composer and teacher
Dinicu, Grigoras
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3 Apr. 1889
Bucharest, Romania
28 Mar. 1949
Bucharest, Romania
Romanian Roma composer and violinist
Dios Filiberto, Juan de
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8 May 1885
Buenos Aires, Argentina
11 Nov. 1964
Buenos Aires, Argentina
orchestral conductor, composer, pianist, guitarist, violinist and harmonium player. He created the Sociedad Argentina de Autores y Compositores de Música (SADAIC) and registered as a founder member in 1936
Dirani, Zade
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1980
Jordan
 Jordanian pianist and composer whose compositions blend the traditions of the Middle East and Western classicism
Diruta, Girolamo
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c.1554
Deruta, Italy
after 1610
Italy
Italian organist, music theorist, and composer. He was famous as a teacher and for his part in the development of keyboard technique, particularly on the organ. As a contrapuntist, Diruta anticipates Fux in describing the different "species" of counterpoint: note against note, two notes against one, suspensions, four notes against one, and so forth. Unlike Fux, he defines a less-rigorous kind of counterpoint that was adequate for improvisation; for example it neither requires contrary motion nor prohibits successive perfect consonances
Dissevelt, Tom
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19211989
Leiden, The Netherlands
Dutch composer and keyboard player
Distel, Sascha
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29 Jan. 1933
France
22 Jul. 2004
Rayol-Canadel, France
French jazz guitarist, singer and songwriter
Distler, Hugo
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24 Jun. 1908
Nuremberg, Germany
1 Nov. 1942
Berlin, Germany
German composer, known mostly for his church choral music
Dittersdorf, Carl (Karl) Ditters von
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2 Nov. 1739
Vienna
24 Oct. 1799
Neuhof, Bohemia
commissioned in 1786 to write a German opera for the Burgtheater, he produced what became the singspiel Doktor und Apotheker, one of the first great German opera works. He was a fine composer although his string quartets pale when compared to those of his contemporaries Haydn and Mozart. He was one of a remarkable group that performed one of Mozart's string quartets: Haydn and Dittersdorf on violin, Mozart on the viola and Vanhal on the cello
Dittrich, Paul-Heinz
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12 Apr. 1930
Gornsdorf, Germany
 German composer
Divitis, Antonius (de Rijcke, le Riche)
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c.1475
Löwen
after 1526Franco-Flemish composer. From 1501 to 1506 he worked at churches in Bruges and Malines and visited Spain, and in 1515 was a singer at the French court. Two of his Masses, on motets bv Richafort and Alexander Agricola, and some Mass movements and motets, were published in anthologies between 1514 and 1549
di Vito-Delvaux, Berthe (see Vito-Delvaux, Berthe di)   
Dix, William Chatterton
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14 Jun. 1837
Bristol, England
9 Sep. 1898
Cheddar, Somerset, England
business man and writer of many hymns and carols
Dixon, Willie
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1 Jul. 1915
Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
29 Jan. 1992
Burbank, California, USA
American blues bassist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer
Dizi, Francois Joseph
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14 Jan. 1780
Manur, Belgium
Nov. 1847
Paris, France
Belgian-born French harpist who won fame as a concert player, as a harpist at the principal theatres, & was harp teacher to the royal princesses. He invented the "perpendicular harp" & established a harp factory in Paris with Pleyel. As a composer he wrote sonatas, romances, variations, studies etc. for harp & in 1827 published his Ecole de Harp, Being a Complete Treatise on the Harp
Djurov, Plamen
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1949
PLeven, Bulgaria
 Bulgarian pianist, conductor and composer who focuses on orchestral and chamber instrumental genres
Dlugoraj, Wojciech (also called Gostinensis)
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c. 1557
Poland
c. 1619
Germany
Poland lutenist and composer who is believed to be responsible for compiling the Leipzig Lutebook of 1619. According to literary sources of the period, he must have been an exceptionally virtuosic player on the instrument as well as being a brilliant improviser
Dluski, Erazm1857
Szczuczynce, Podolia
26 Feb. 1923
Otwock, nr. Warsaw, Poland
Polish composer
Dmitriev, Georgi
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1942
Krasnodar, Russia
 Dmitriev works draw on several resources: folk songs, Byzantic liturgy in combination with serial techniques. He also draws on material from "Old Russia", from J.S. Bach and the literature as Herman Hesse. Many of his works feature percussion
Döbber, Johannes28 Mar. 1866
Berlin, Germany
26 Jan. 1921
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Dobbins, Bill
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1947
Athens, Ohio, USA
 composer, author and educator who is Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at The Eastman School of Music
Dobronic, Antun2 Apr. 1878
Jelsa, Hvar
12 Dec. 1955
Zagreb
Yugoslavian composer
Dobroven (or Dobrovein, Dobrowen), Issay Alexandrovich (born: Barabeichik, Isay Aleksandrovich)27 Feb. 1894
Nishi Novgorod, Russia
9 Dec. 1953
Oslo, Norway
Russian composer, conductor and writer
Dobrowolski, Andrzej
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9 Sep. 1921
Lvov, Poland
8 Aug. 1990
Graz, Austria
Polish composer and teacher
Dobrzynski, Ignacy Feliks
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15 Feb. 1807
Romanów, Volhynia
10 Oct. 1867
Warsaw, Poland
Polish pianist and composer
Doche, Alexandre Pierre Joseph1799
France
1849
St Peterburg, Russia
French-born composer
Doche, Joseph-Denis22 Aug. 1766
Paris, France
20 Jul. 1825
Soissons, France
French composer
Docker, Robert
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5 Jun 1918
London, UK
9 May 1992
Suffolk, UK
Docker was par excellence an arranger and a prolific one, especially for programmes like the BBC's Friday Night is Music Night and Melodies For You, but also for other occasions and ensembles, including his own sextet and trio. He arranged the by now famous music for the film Chariots of Fire and he conducted the accompaniment when the Queen Mother unveiled a memorial plaque to Noel Coward in Westminster Abbey. Potpourris of popular melodies, folk tunes, film and musical themes poured from his busy pen. But Docker was known as a composer and improviser as well as an arranger
Dodds, Johnny
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12 Apr. 1892
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
8 Aug. 1940clarinet, composer, recording artist, bandleader
Dodge, Charles
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1942
Ames, Iowa, USA
 a music computer pioneer, has been particularly interested since the 70s in the treatment of lyric words and voice song by computer and is presently Music Professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, Vermont
Dodgson, Stephen
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17 Mar. 1924
London, England
12 Apr. 2013
London, England
British composer who has written music covering a number of genres, but he is perhaps best known for his guitar music
Dodworth, Allan
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18171896military bandmaster, dancing master and composer, Dodworth's manual Assistant for A. Dodworth's pupils was originally published in 1885 and "new and enlarged" editions were reissued from 1888 onwards. Allen Dodworth invented a new style of marching horn (patented in 1838) which was based on an old style marching trombone where the bell pointed backwards over the player's left shoulder. With the soldiers marching behind the band, they could keep in step as they heard the music
[dates of birth and death taken from Elizabeth Aldrich's From the ballroom to hall: grace and folly in nineteenth-century dance]
Doelle, Franz9 Nov. 1883
Mönchengladbach
13 Mar. 1965
Leverkusen
German composer
Doest, Ton ter
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1964
The Netherlands
 Dutch composer
Döhler, Theodor (von)
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20 Apr. 1814
Naples, Italy
21 Feb. 1856
Florence
Italian composer
Dohmen, Andreas
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1962
Viersen, Germany
 German composer
Dohnányi, Ernö (Ernst von)
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27 Jul. 1877
Bratislava, now Slovakia
9 Feb. 1960
New York, USA
a Hungarian conductor, composer, and pianist
Doire, René13 Jun. 1879
Evreux
9 Jul. 1959
Paris, France
French composer
Doisy, Charles
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 1807
Paris, France
composer, teacher, performer, instrument dealer in Paris. Doisy wrote for the 5- and 6 course guitar, approximity 200 compositions for guitar solo and for guitar with piano, brass or violins. The name of this composer is often confused with the composer C. Lintant (1758-1830) who also wrote music for the guitar. So the fictive name 'Doisy-Lintant' is sometimes referred to in literature (Eitner) to indicate Doisy
Dolatshani, Darius
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1947
Tehran, Iran
 Iranian composer
Doldinger, Klaus
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12 May. 1936
Berlin, Germany
 German saxophonist, especially well-known for jazz and as a composer of film music
Doles, Johann Friedrich
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23 Apr. 1715
Steinbach-Hallenberg, Saxe-Meiningeen, Germany
8 Feb. 1797
Leipzig, Germany
composer of Protestant church music and Thomaskantor
Dolin, Samuel (Joseph)22 Aug. 1917
Montreal, Canada
 Canadian composer
Dolores, José Silvestre de los (see White, Joseph)   
Dolphy, Eric
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20 Jun. 1928
Los Angeles, California, USA
29 Jun. 1964
Berlin, Germany
American jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist
Domenica, Robert Di
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4 Mar. 1927
New York, USA
 American composer
Domenico da Piacenza13901464the first dance choreographer to establish an Italian school of the dance, and his students Cornazano and Guglielmo describe themselves as devoted disciples and fervent imitators (divotissimo discieplo e fervente imitatore) of this man with a knightly aura of perfection and famous virtue (cavagliere aurato per la sua perfecta et famosissima virtute). The so-called Domenico manuscript from 1455, the earliest surviving treatise on the art of dance, was written by an anonymous scribe or student of dance based on the work of this illustrious man. It includes 23 dances and their music as well as theoretical explanations on the art of dance
Domenico (or Domenici), Gianpaolo di (Paolo, Giampaolo de, Giovan Paolo de)fl. 1719-1724 Italian composer possibly born in Naples
Domeniconi, Carlo
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1947
Cesena, Italy
 Italian guitarist and composer known as a concert artist in both the classical and jazz idioms
Domhardt, Gerd
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19 Feb. 1945
Wolmirstedt, Germany
18 Feb. 1997
Halle an der Salle, Germany
German composer
Dominguez, Alberto
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1913
Chiapas, Mexico
1975Mexican composer/arranger
Domínguez, Ángel Adolfo
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15 September 1918
San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
13 September 1974bandoneonist, arranger, leader and composer
Dominiceti, Cesare12 Jul. 1821
Desenzano del Guarda
20 Jul. 1888
Sesto di Monza
Italian composer
Domselaer, Jacob van
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15 Apr. 1890
Nijkerk, The Netherlands
5 Jan. 1960
Bergen, The Netherlands
Dutch composer
Donaldson, Lou
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1 Nov. 1926
Badin, North Carolina, USA
 alto saxophonist and composer
Donaldson, Walter
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15 Feb. 1893
Brooklyn, New York, USA
15 Jul. 1947
Santa Monica, California, USA
United States popular songwriter, producing many hit songs of the 1910s and 1920s
Donati, Ignazio
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c.1570
Casalmaggiore, Italy
21 Jan. 1638
Milan, Italy
Italian composer of the early Baroque era. He was one of the pioneers of the style of the concertato motet
Donati, Pino9 May 1907
Verona, Italy
24 Feb. 1975
Rome, Italy
Italian composer
Donato, Baldassare
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1525/1530June 1603
Venice, Italy
Italian composer and singer of the Venetian school of the late Renaissance. He was maestro di cappella of the prestigious St. Mark's Basilica at the end of the 16th century, and was an important figure in the development of Italian light secular music, especially the villanella
Donatoni, Franco
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9 Jun. 1927
Verona, Italy
17 Aug. 2000
Milan, Italy
Italian composer
Donaudy, Stefano21 Feb. 1879
Palermo, Italy
30 May 1925
Naples, Italy
Italian composer
Doncaster, Sara (Emily)
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  American composer. Sara Doncaster is the director of the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival in Irasburg, Vermont. She is a recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Citation of Merit from the Vermont Arts Council for Distinguished Service to the Arts
Donck, Adrien Van derearly 17th century
Anvers, Belgium
15 Dec. 1668Belgian composer
Dondeyne, Désiré Louis Corneille
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20 Jul. 1921
Laon, France
 French composer and conductor
Donizetti (Ciummei), Alfredo2 Sep. 1867
Izmir
4 Feb. 1921
Rosario, Argentina
Italian composer
Donizetti, Gaetano
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29 Nov. 1797
Bergamo, Italy
8 Apr. 1848
Bergamo, Italy
student of Giovanni Simone Mayr, Donizetti composed chamber music, choral music, music for keyboard. Among his operas, Lucia di Lamermoor is probably the best known
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Donner, Henrik Otto
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1938
Finland
 one of Finlands most radical experimenters. After the early Cantata profana (1962), written in a post-Darmstadt idiom, Donner turned to a freer form of Modernism. He might use the noise from 12 radios as a background as in Ideogramme I (1962) or instruct 20 musicians to move between rooms in an art gallery as in Ideogramme II (1963). Donner had the greatest liking for 'happenings', such as Street Piece Helsinki organized together with Ken Dewey and Terry Riley in August 1963. Donner's Sinfonia (Hommage à Charles Ives) (1964) for strings and Hammond organ is a quote-and-collage ironic comment on the symphony tradition so highly respected by Finns; it quotes from Mozart, Lennon & McCartney and contemporary Modernist works
Donnini, Girolamofl. 17191752
Bonn, Germany
composer
Donovan, Richard18911971Donovan enjoyed a long and active career as a composer, teacher, conductor, and important musical force in the New Haven (USA) area. Donovan was on the faculty of the Yale School of Music from 1928 to 1960
Dont, Jacob
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 18 Nov 1888
Vienna, Austria
son of Joseph Valentin, Jacob, was well known by the publication of excellent practical works for the Violin
Dont, Joseph Valentin
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15 Apr 1776
Nieder-Georgenthal, Bohemia
14 Dec. 1833
Vienna, Austria
remarkable for his performances as quartet and orchestra player, he received instructions from Stiastny in Prague. In 1804 he was enrolled in the opera orchestra of the Vienna Karnthnerthor Theatre, from which he transferred to the Burg Theatre orchestra in 1828
Dooley, James
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22 Aug. 1976
US
 American composer, arranger and orchestrator working principally in film music
Doolittle, Emily
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1972
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
 Canadian composer
Dooren, Arthur Van
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20 Jan. 1862
Maaseik, Limbourg, Belgium
1926
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer and pianist
Doorn, Frans van
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1930
Haarlem, The Netherlands
18 May 1995Dutch composer
Doppelbauer, Josef Friedrich
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5 Aug. 1918
Wels, Upper Austria
16 Jan. 1989
Salzburg, Austria
Austrian composer, organist and choir master
Dopper, Cornelius
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7 Feb. 1870
Stadskanaal, nr. Groningen
18 Sep. 1939
Amsterdam
Dutch composer
Doppler, Árpád5 Jun. 1857
Pest
13 Aug. 1927
Stuttgart
Hungarian-born composer
Doppler, (Albert) Franz (Ferenc)
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16 Oct. 1821
Lvov
27 Jul. 1883
Baden, nr. Vienna, Austria
composer
Doppler, Karl (Károly)
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12 Sep. 1825
Lvov
10 Mar. 1900
Stuttgart, Germany
composer
Doran, Matt (Higgins)1 Sep. 1921
Covington, Ky., USA
 American composer
Dorati, Antal
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9 Apr. 1906
Budapest, Hungary
13 Nov. 1988
Gerzensee, Switzerland
Hungarian-born conductor and composer
Doret, Gustave
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20 Sep. 1866
Aigle
19 Apr. 1943
Lausanne, Switzerland
French composer
Dorff, Daniel
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7 Mar. 1956
New Rochelle, NY, USA
 American composer for whom acclaim came early with First Prize in the Aspen Music Festival’s annual composers’ competition at age 18 for his Fantasy, Scherzo and Nocturne for saxophone quartet. Dorff received degrees in composition from Cornell and University of Pennsylvania; his teachers included George Crumb, George Rochberg, Karel Husa, Henry Brant, Ralph Shapey, Elie Siegmeister, and Richard Wernick. He studied saxophone with Sigurd Rascher. In 1996, Dorff was named Composer-In-Residence for the Haddonfield Symphony, in which he played bass clarinet from 1980 through 2002
Dorfman, Joseph
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3 Aug. 1940
Odessa, Ukraine
7 Jun. 2006
Los Angeles, California, USA
Israeli composer of Ukrainian birth
Dorham, Kenny
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30 Aug. 1924
Fairfield, Texas, USA
5 Dec. 1972
New York, USA
American jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer
Dormael, Pierre van
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24 May 1952
Brussels, Belgium
 Belgian guitarist and composer
Dorman, Avner
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14 Apr. 1975
Tel Aviv, Israel
 Israeli composer
Dorn, Alexander (Julius Paul)8 Jun. 1833
Riga, Latvia
27 Nov. 1901
Berlin, Germany
Latvian-born composer
Dorn, Charles James
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18391910American guitarist, composer, teacher
Dorn, Heinrich (Ludwig Egmont)14 Nov. 1804
Königsberg
10 Jan. 1892
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Dorne, Jean-Baptiste Van
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23 May 1773
Louvain, Belgium
10 Dec. 1834
Louvvain, Belgium
Belgian painter and composer
Dornel, Louis-Antoine
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c.1680after 1756
Paris
French composer
Dorsey, Jimmy
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29 Feb. 1904
Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, USA
12 Jun. 1957
New York City, USA
American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter and big band leader
Dorumsgaard, Arne Oddvar
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7 Dec. 1921
Fredrikstad, Norway
13 Mar. 2006Norwegian musicologist, composer, teacher, critic, and singer
Dorus, Louis (true name Vincent Joseph van Steenkiste)
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1 Mar. 1813
Valenciennes, France
9 Jun. 1896
Étretat, France
French flautist and composer of solos for flute and L'Étude de la Nouvelle Flûte, méthode progressive arrangée après Devienne (Paris: Schoenenberger, 1845)
Dorzée, Aurélie
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  violinist and composer
Doss, Adolf von10 Sep. 1823
Pfarrkirchen, Bayern
13 Aug. 1886
Rome, Italy
German-born composer
Doss, Thomas
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6 Jun. 1966
Linz, Austria
 Austrian composer and conductor
Dostal, Nico
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25 Nov. 1895
Korneuburg, Nieder Österreich
27 Oct. 1981
Salzburg, Austria
Austrian composer
Dotzauer, (Justus Johann) Friedrich
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20 Jan. 1783
Häselrieth, nr. Hildburghausen
6 Mar. 1860
Dresden, Germany
German composer
Douai, Parrot defl. 14th century singer and poissibly a composer
Douai, Thomas defl. 14th century Flemish musician, possibly a composer
Doubrava, Jaroslav25 Apr. 1909
Chrudim
2 Oct. 1960
Prague
Czech composer
Doucet, Clement
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1895
Brussels, Belgium
1950
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian pianist (duetist with Jean Wiener) and composer, he was the pianist at the legendary restaurant-cabaret Le Boeuf sur le Toit
Douglas, Bill (William)
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7 Nov. 1944
London, Ontario, Canada
 Canadian musician, composer, pianist, and bassoonist
Douglas, Clive Martin27 Jul. 1903
Rushworth, Victoria
29 Apr. 1977
Melbourne
Australian composer
Douglas, Dave
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24 Mar. 1963
Montclair, New Jersey, USA
 American trumpeter, composer, teacher and improvisor
Douloff (or Dulow), Georg4 Jun. 1875
Moscow, Russia
 Russian violinist, composer and editor
Dourlen, Victor(-Charles-Paul)3 Nov. 1780
Dunkerque
8 Jan. 1864
Batignolles, nr. Paris)
French composer
Douw, Andre
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1951
The Hague, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer
Dove, Jonathan
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18 Jul. 1959
England
 British composer of opera and choral works and theatre, film, orchestral and chamber music
Dowland, John
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1563
London or Dublin
20 Feb. 1626
London, England
an English, possibly Irish-born composer, singer, and lutenist. He is best known today for his song Flow, my tears which would form the basis for his best known instrumental work, Lachrimae or Seaven Teares Figured in Seaven Passionate Pavans, a set of seven for five viols and lute
Downes, Andrew
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1950
Handsworth, Birmingham, UK
 British classical composer
Downes, David
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1967
Wellington, New Zealand
 his compositions include theatre and film scores, orchestral and electro-acoustic pieces, many of which are private or public commissions
Downie, Kenneth
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1946
Glasgow, Scotland
 composer of brass band music
Doyle, Patrick
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1953 trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Doyle has composed a considerable number of scores for the theatre, especially for Kenneth Branagh, but is best known for his film music, for example to Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, A Little Princess and most notably and among the most recent, Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen), a graceful, wistful score including two song settings of 17th-century lyrics
Doyle, Roger
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1949
Dublin, Ireland
 Irish composer
Draeseke, Felix (August Bernhard)
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7 Oct. 1835
Coburg, Germany
26 Feb. 1913
Dresden, Germany
composer of the "New German School" admiring Liszt and Richard Wagner. He wrote compositions in most forms including eight operas and stage works, four symphonies, and much vocal and chamber music
Dragatakis, Dimitris
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22 Jan. 1914
Epiros, Greece
18 Dec. 2001
Athens, Greece
a Greek composer of classical music
Draghi, Antonio
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17 Jan. 1634 or 16 Jan. 1635
Rimini
16 Jan. 1700
Vienna, Austria
Italian composer possibly the brother of Giovanni Battista Draghi
Draghi, Giovanni Battista
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c.1640
Italy
1708
England
Italian composer and keyboard player
Dragoi, Sabín V(asile)18 Jun. 1894
Seliste, Arad
31 Dec. 1968
Bucharest, Romania
Romanian composer
Dragon, Carmen
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28 Jul. 1914
Antioch, California, USA
28 Mar. 1984
USA
a conductor, composer, and arranger
Dragonetti, Domenico Carlo Maria
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7 Apr. 1763
Venice, Italy
16 Apr. 1846
London, England
Italian double bass virtuoso, teacher and composer
Dragoni, Giovanni
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c.1540
Medola, Italy
Dec. 1598
Rome, Italy
an Italian composer of the Roman School of the late Renaissance, a student of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and a prominent composer and maestro di cappella in Rome in the late 16th century. He left numerous sacred and secular works, almost all vocal, and was especially noted for his often-reprinted books of madrigals
Dragstra, Willem
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  Dutch composer
Dragt, Jaap
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19302003Dutch organist and composer
Drakakis, Kostas
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  Greek composer and conductor
Drake, Earl R(oss)26 Nov. 1865
Aurora, Ill., USA
6 May 1916
Chicago, USA
American composer, pianist and violinist, pupil of Joachim
Drake, Erik8 Jan. 1788
Föllingsö, Östergötland
9 Jun. 1870
Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish composer
Drake, Ervin
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3 Apr. 1919
New York City, USA
 American songwriter
Dramm, David
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1961
Illinois, USA
 American composer, singer, guitarist and lyricist
Drdla, Frantisek (Franz) Alois
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28 Nov. 1869
Zdár nad Sázavou
3 Sep. 1944
Bad Gastein, Austria
Moravian composer
Drechsler, Joseph 26 May 1782
Vlachovo Brezi, nr. Strakovice
27 Feb. 1852
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer
Dregnau de Lille, Maroie defl. 1200s one of the few female trouveres for whom music is extant. Le Manuscrit du Roi (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, MS fr. 844, f. 181.)
Dresden, Sem
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20 Apr. 1881
Amsterdam
30 Jul. 1957
Den Haag
Dutch composer
Drese, Ingrid
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1957
Armel, Belgium
 Belgian composer
Dresher, Paul (Joseph)
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8 Jan. 1951
Los Angeles, USA
 American composer
Dressel, Erwin10 Jun. 1909
Berlin, Germany
17 Dec. 1972
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Dressler (Dreßler, Dresslerus, Dresler), Gallus
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16 Oct. 1533
Nebra, Germany
c. 1585
Zerbst, Germany
German Protestant Kantor and composer
Dreszer, Anastazy Wilhelm28 Apr. 1845
Kalisz
2 Jun. 1907
Halle, Germany
German composer
Dretzel, Cornelius Heinrich
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bap. 18 Sep. 1697
Nuremberg
7 May 1775
Nuremberg, Germany
German organist and composer
Drexel, Johann Chrysostom24 Jan. 1758
Diessen/Epfenhausen, nr. Landsberg
8 Feb. 1801
Augsburg, Germany
German composer
Dreyblatt, Arnold
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1953
New York City, USA
 American composer and visual artist
Dreyer, Johann Melchior24 Jun. 1747
Rittlingen/Württemberg, Germany
22 Mar. 1824
Germany
German composer and organist
Dreyfus, George (Georg)22 Jul. 1928
Wuppertal, Germany
 German composer
Dreyschock, Alexander
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15 Oct. 1818
Zack
1 Apr. 1869
Venice, Italy
composer
Drieberg, Friedrich von10 Dec. 1780
Charlottenburg
21 May 1856
Charlottenburg
German composer
Dries, Jean van den26 Apr. 1829
Anvers, Belgium
2 Sep. 1891
Anvers, Belgium
Belgian composer and flautist
Driessler, Johannes26 Jan. 1921
Friedrichsthal, nr. Saarbrücken
 German composer
Drigo, Riccardo
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30 Jun. 1846
Padua, Italy
1 Oct. 1930
Padua, Italy
Italian composer
Dringeles, Heinrich
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fl. 18th-century Czech composer
Drozdov (or Drosdow), Anatoly Nikalayevich4 Nov. 1883
Saratov, Russia
10 Sep. 1950
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer and musicologist
Druckman, Jacob
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26 Jun. 1928
Philadelphia, USA
24 May 1996
USA
American composer
Drummond, Frederick
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  pianist and composer, Drummond flourished during the first three decades of the 20th century, and is best remembered for the very popular ballad The Gay Highway beloved of the Australian bass/baritone Peter Dawson
Druschetzky (or Druzecky, Druzechi, Drzecky), Georg
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7 Apr. 1745
Druzek, nr. Pchery
6 Sep. 1819
Buda
composer
Drysdale, (George John) Learmont3 Oct. 1866
Edinburgh
18 Jun. 1909
Edinburgh
Scottish composer
Druzecky, Georg (born Jiri)
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7 Apr. 1745
Jemniky, Bohemia
21 Jun. 1819
Budapest, Hungary
Austrian composer of Bohemian birth
Duarte, John William
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2 Oct 1919
Sheffield, UK
23 Dec. 2004
Barnet, Herts.
English guitarist, composer, teacher, writer and chemist
Duarte, Leonora1610c. 1678composer
Düben, Andreas
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c.1590
Leigzig, Germany
7 Jul. 1662
Stockholm, Sweden
German organist and composer, active mainly in Sweden
Duben, Gustav the elder
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1628
Stockholm, Sweden
1690
Stockholm, Sweden
German organist and composer, active mainly in Sweden, son of Andreas Düben
Düben, Martin
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1598/9late 1640sGerman organist and composer, active mainly in Sweden, brother of Andreas Düben
Dubois, Dorothea1723
Dublin
1804wrote a musical comedy The Divorce in 1771, also published a novel in 1770
Dubois, Léon9 Jan. 1859
Brussels, Belgium
19 Nov. 1935
Boitsfort
Belgian composer
Dubois, Pierre Max
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1 Mar. 1930
Graúlhet, Tarn
 Belgian composer
Dubois, (François-Clément) Théodore
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24 Aug. 1837
Rosnay, France
11 Jun. 1924
Paris, France
French organist, teacher and highly successful composer and author of treatises, etc.
Dubourg, Matthew
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17071767
London, England
Irish violinist, conductor, and composer, who also enjoys the distinction of having led the orchestra at the premiere of Georg Friedrich Handel's great oratorio Messiah
Dubrovay, Laszlo
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23 Mar. 1943
Budapest, Hungary
 Hungarian pianist and composer
Dubugnon, Richard
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1968 Swiss-French composer
Duchambre, Charlotte Antoinette Pauline1778
France
1858after losing both her parents as well as the family fortune at the age of 20, she continued her musical education and published over 300 chansons. She also had a salon that was a meeting place for celebrities in music
Duchess of Lorrainefl. early 1200s composer
Duddell, Joe
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26 Jul. 1972 British composer
Dudley, Anne (born Anne Jennifer Beckingham)
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7 May 1956
Chatham, Kent, UK
 Academy Award-winning English orchestra composer and pop musician
Dudziak, Urszula
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22 Oct. 1943
Bielsko-Biala, Poland
 Polish jazz vocalist
Dueño Colón, Braulio
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26 Mar. 1854
San Juan, Puerto Rico
4 Apr. 1934
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
musician and composer
Duerinck, Philip
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1954 guitarist and composer
Dufaut, Francois
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before 16041682French lutenist and composer
Dufay, Guillaume
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5 Aug. 1397
Beersel, Belgium
27 Nov. 1474
Cambrai
Franco-Flemish composer and music theorist of the early Renaissance. As the central figure in the Burgundian School, he was the most famous and influential composer in Europe in the mid-15th century
Duff, Arthur
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13 Mar. 1899
Dublin, Ireland
23 Sep. 1956
Dublin, Ireland
Irish composer, conductor and musician
Dufferin, Lady Helen Selina1807
Ireland
1867a well-known composer of songs
Duffy (born Aimee Anne Duffy)
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23 Jun. 1984
Gwynedd, Wales
 Welsh singer-songwriter
Duffy, John
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23 Jun. 1926, New York, USA American composer
Duffy, Philip Edmund
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1943 Master of the Music at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral from 1966 to 1996 and composer of music for the liturgy, including communion services, gospel acclamations and responses
Duffy, Thomas C.
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17 Jun. 1955 American composer
Dufourt, Hughues
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28 Sep. 1943
Lyon, France
 French composer and philosopher associated with the Spectral school of composition
Dugan, Franjo sr11 Sep. 1874
Krapinica, Croatia
12 Dec. 1948
Zagreb, Croatia
Croatian organist and composer who studied mathematics and physics and held the position of cathedral organist at Zagreb Cathedral
Dugazon (Gourgaud), (Alexandre-Louis-)Gustavec.1782
Paris, France
c.1826
Paris, France
French composer
Duggan, Joseph Francis10 Jul. 1817
Dublin, Ireland
1900
London, England
Irish-born composer
Du Grain (or du Grain, Dügren), Jean (Johann Jeremias) (see Grain (du Grain, Dügren), Jean (Johann Jeremias) du)   
Duhamel, Antoine
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30 Jul. 1925
Valmondois, nr. Paris, France
11 Sep. 11 2014
Valmondois, nr. Paris, France
French composer particularly noted for his music for film
Duindam, Chris
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1963
The Netherlands
 Dutch violinist and composer
Dukas, Paul (Abraham)
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1 Oct. 1865
Paris, France
17 May 1935
Paris, France
French composer and teacher of classical music
Dukay, Barnabas
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1950
Hungary
 Hungarian pianist and composer
Duke, John (Woods)30 Jul. 1899
Cumberland, Md., USA
26 Oct. 1984
Northampton, Mass. USA
American composer
Duke, Vernon (né Dukelsky, Vladimir (Alexandrovich))
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10 Oct. 1903
Parfianovka, nr. Pskov
16 Jan. 1969
Santa Monica, Calif., USA
Russian-born composer
Dulichius (Deulich, Deilich, Teilich, Dulichs), Philipp
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18 Dec. 1562
Chemnitz, Germany
24 Mar. 1631
Stettin, Germany
German composer
Dülken, Sophie Lebrun
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20 Jul. 1781
London, England
23 Jul. 1863
Munich, Germany
German pianist and composer, the daughter of Munich court oboist Ludwig August Lebrun and singer and composer Francesca Lebrun (Franziska Danzi)
Dumbraveanu, Corneliu
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  Romanian conductor, arranger and composer
Dumitrescu, Gheorghe28 Dec. 1914
Otesani, Vilcea
 Romanian composer
Dumonchau, Charles-François 11 Apr. 1775
Strasbourg
21 Dec. 1820
Lyon, France
French composer
Dumont (Du Mont), Henri1610
Liège, Flanders
5 Aug. 1684
France
brought up to the sound of Italian music, a friend of Huyghens's, he arrived in Paris around 1640. His outstanding musical personality and ambition (he wrongly claimed to have introduced the use of the thorough bass) led him from the organ loft of St Paul's to the service of the Duke of Anjou. In 1683 he was appointed teacher's assistant to the King's Musicians, then composer to la Chapelle (1672), and finally teacher's assistant to the Queen's Musicians. His book of motets (1668) contains, together with vocal pieces of indisputable beauty, a few instrumental works for the viol, the harpsichord or the organ
Dunayevsky (or Dunajewski, Dunajewskij), Isaak (Iosifovich)
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30 (Old Style 18) Jan. 1900
Lokhvitsi, Russia
25 Jul. 1955
Moscow, Russia
Dunayevsky was one of the first composers in the Soviet Union to start using jazz. However he is really an innovator as he is concerened to make his music comprehensible and widely accessible. His success lies in his lyricism and his use of familiar themes
Duncan, Trevor
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27 Feb 1924
Camberwell, London
17 Dec 2005
Taunton, Somerset
Trevor Duncan was the pseudonym of Leonard Charles Trebilco who produced a quantity of light orchestral music in a slightly updated Eric Coates style during the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1959, he composed his two most famous works The Girl From Corsica and the Little Suite from which the opening March was used as the signature tune for Dr. Finlay's Casebook
Duncan, William Edmondstoune22 Apr. 1866
Sale, Cheshire
26 Jun. 1920
Sale
English composer
Dunhill, Thomas (Frederick)
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1 Feb. 1877
London, England
13 Mar. 1946
Scunthorpe, Lincs.
English composer
Duni, Antonioc.1700
Matera
after 1766
possibly Schwerin
Italian composer
Duni (or Duny), Egidio (Romualdo) (Egide (Romuald))9 Feb. 1709
Matera, Basilicata
11 Jun. 1775
Paris
Italian-born composer
Duniecki, Stanislaw25 Nov. 1839
Lvov
16 Dec. 1870
Venice, Italy
Polish-born composer
Dunkelman, Stephan
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7 May 1956
Brussels, Belgium
 Belgian electroacoustic music composer
Dunker, Amy
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1964
 Associate Professor of Music at Clarke College where she teaches composition, theory, aural skills and brass, Amy has degrees from Morningside College (BME-Music Education), the University of South Dakota (MM-Trumpet Performance), Butler University (MM-Composition) and a DMA (Composition) University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She has studied composition with James Mobberley, Chen Yi, Robert L. Cooper, Michael Schelle, James Aikman and Robert P. Block
Dunkler, Francois
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1779
Rastadt, Germany
1861
's-Gravenhage, The Netherlands
German-born Dutch composer, conductor, bassoonist and trombonist
Dunkler, Francois jr
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24 Feb. 1816
Namen, The Netherlands
16 Sep. 1878
Den Haag, The Netherlands
Dutch composer, musical director and clarinetist
Dunn, Sir Vivian
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19081995sometime Director of Music to the Royal Marines, he was an able composer; most famously of the march Cockleshell Heroes for the celebrated 1950s film, but also of other marches like Globe and Laurel, The Pompey Chimes, dedicated in 1949 to Portsmouth Football Club, and the Canadian National Exhibition March
Dunstable (or Dunstaple), John
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c.1390
probably Dunstable, England
24 Dec. 1453
possibly St. Alban's, England
English composer of polyphonic music of the late medieval era and early Renaissance. He was one of the most famous composers active in the early 15th century, a near-contemporary of Leonel Power, and was widely influential, not only in England but on the continent, especially in the developing style of the Burgundian School. The spelling "Dunstaple" is generally to be preferred, since it occurs in more than twice as many musical attributions as that of "Dunstable". The few English musical sources are equally divided between "b" and "p"; however, the contemporary non-musical sources, including those with a claim to a direct association with the composer, spell his name with a "p".
Duparc (or Fouqyes Duparc), (Marie Eugène) Henri
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21 Jan. 1848
Paris, France
12 Feb. 1933
Mont-de-Marsan
French composer
Duphly, Jacques
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12 Jan. 1715
Rouen, France
15 Jul. 1789
Paris, France
French harpsichordist and composer who Pascal Taskin, the harpsichord maker, considered to be one of the best teachers in Paris
Dupin, Paul14 Aug. 1865
Roubaix
6 Mar. 1949
Paris, France
French composer
Duplessis le cadetfl. 1734 French composer
Duplessis, Lenoir1754
Paris
 French composer
Dupont, Auguste
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9 Feb. 1827
Ensival, nr. Liege, Belgium
17 Dec. 1890
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer and arranger
Dupont, Gabriel Edouard Xavier1 Mar. 1878
Caen, France
2 Aug. 1914
Vésinet, nr. Paris, France
French composer
Duport, Jean-Louis
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4 Oct. 1749
France
7 Sep. 1819
France
French cellist and composer perhaps best known today for his 21 etudes for solo cello that constitute the final part of the Essai sur le doigté du violoncelle et sur la conduite de l'archet ("Essay on the fingering of the violoncello and on the conduct of the bow") (1806), a seminal work of cello technique
Duport, Jean-Pierre
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27 Nov. 1741
France
31 Dec. 1818
Paris, France
a composer and significant cellist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is contemporaneously important for owning and playing the Duport Stradivarius (named after Jean-Pierre Duport)
Duprato, Jules-Laurent20 Aug. 1827
Nîmes, France
20 May 1892
Paris, France
French composer
Dupré, Marcel
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3 May 1886
Rouen, France
30 May 1971
Meudon, nr. Paris, France
a French organist, pianist, composer, and pedagogue
Dupre, Mmefl. 1750
France
 composer
Duprez, Gilbert(-Louis)
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6 Dec. 1806
Paris, France
23 Sep. 1896
Paris, France
French tenor singer and composer of operas, vocal works; author of L'Art du chant (1845) and La Mélodie: Études complémentaires vocales et dramatiques de l'Art du chant (1846), and volumes of memoirs: Souvenirs d'un chanteur (1880) and Récréations de mon grand Âge (1888)
Dupuis, Albert1 Mar. 1877
Verviers
19 Sep. 1967
Brussels
Belgian composer
Dupuis, Sylvain9 Oct. 1856
Liège
28 Sep. 1931
Bruges
Belgian composer
Dupuy, Bernard-Aimable (or Aymable)
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17071789French composer mainly of church music
Dupuy, Jean Baptiste Edouard
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c.1770
Corcelles, Neuchâtel
3 Apr. 1822
Stockholm
Swiss-born composer
Duquesnoy (Lanctin), Charles (François Honoré)18 May 1759
Beuzet
9 May 1822
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer
Duran de la Motta, Antonio
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c.16751736South American composer
Durán, Joséfl. 1760-1762after 1791
probably Barcelona
Spanish composer
Durand de la Bergerie, Giles
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  Early Renaissance composer, probably French
Durand, Emile16 Feb. 1830
St.-Brieuc
6 May 1903
Neuilly
French composer
Durand, (Marie) Auguste
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18301909French publisher, organist and composer. He studied at the Paris Conservatory, was organist at various churches, and a partner in the publishing firm of Durand & Fils. He wrote drawing-room music for piano, including popular waltzes
Durand, Paul
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19071981French composer
Durante, (Pasquale) Francesco
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31 Mar. 1684
Frattamaggiore, Italy
13 Aug. 1755
Naples, Italy
Italian composer and teacher
Durey, Louis (Edmond)
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27 May 1888
Paris, France
3 Jul. 1979
St Tropez, France
French composer
Durham, Eddie
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19 Aug. 1906
Texas, USA
 jazz composer and arranger, who invented, amplified and played electric guitar and trombone
Durieux, Frederic
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27 Feb. 1959
Paris, France
 French composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and vocal works
Durkó, Zsolt
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10 Apr. 1934
Szeged
2 Apr. 1997
Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian composer
Durlet, Emmanuel
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11 Oct. 1893
Antwerp, Belgium
1977pianist, composer, pedagogue of the piano and, from 1920 to 1959, professor of paino at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire in Antwerp (Belgium)
Durme, Fernand van
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18 Apr. 1914
Eksaarde (Flandre Orientale)
 Belgian composer and organist
Durme, Jef (Josef) Van (van)
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7 May 1907
Kemzeke-Waas, Belgium
28 Jan. 1965
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer
Durme, Oscar van
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6 Jun. 1867
Kemzeke-Waas (Flandre Orientale)
28 Jan. 1965
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer
Durón, Sebastian
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bap. 19 Apr. 1660
Brihuega, Spain
3 Aug. 1716
Cambó
Spanish composer
Duruflé, Maurice
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11 Jan 1902
Louviers, France
16 Jun 1986
Paris, France
French composer, organist, and pedagogue
Durville, Philippe
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10 Mar. 1957
Bourg-la-Reine, France
 French composer
Dusapin, Pascal
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29 May 1955
Nancy, France
 French composer
Dusart, Mathieu (also known as Mattheus Sarto)
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fl. 1730-1771 Belgian composer probably from Liège
Dusek, Frantisek Xaver
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8 Dec. 1731
Choteborky, Czechoslvakia
12 Feb. 1799
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Czech composer and one of the most important harpsichordists and pianists of his time
Dussek (or Dusik) (Cormundi), Franz Benedikt (Frantisek Josef)22 Mar. 1766
Caslav
after 1816
Zaticina
Bohemian composer
Dussek (or Dusik), Jan Ladislav (more properly Václav Jan Dusík)
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12 Feb. 1760
Caslav, Bohemia
20 Mar. 1812
St.-Germain-en-Laye, France
one of the most celebrated composers and pianists of his age. He is considered one of the first early Romantic composers. Completing two years of study at the Charles University in Prague (1776-1778) he traveled in 1779 to Mechelen (now in Belgium) where he appeared for the first time as a pianist. He found employment at the municipal court of Wilhelm the V as a piano teacher. By 1783 he had appeared in St. Petersburg, at the court of the Czar, although he fled the country in the wake of the plot against Catherine II (in which he himself became implicated) and found refuge at the court of Prince Karl Radziwill in Lithuania. From 1784-1786 he gave concerts again in Germany, not only on the piano, but also on the glass harmonica. He then settled in Paris where his playing found favour with Marie-Antoinette. He remained in Paris as pianist, composer and teacher but fled to Britain when the French Revolution broke out in 1789, turning to music publishing to sustain himself and his family. In London, he met Haydn, Muzio Clementi, and probably John Fields and Viotti. Fleeing bankruptcy and abandoning his family, he returned to Europe in 1800 and took up concert tours again, eventually returning to Paris and working for Talleyrand. He died in 1812 leaving behind a large body of piano works including 14 concerti
Dussek, Sophia (née Corri, later Moralt)
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1 May 1775
Edinburgh, Scotland
probably 1831
London, England
in 1792, she married the composer Jan Ladislav Dussek. Modern-day musicologists believe that some of the works that were published under her husband's name and historically credited to him, including the famous sonatas (1797) and sonatinas (1799) for solo harp, were actually her creation. None of her works, published during her lifetime appeared as by J L, but Pleyel only used the name Dussek on the Paris editions, as J L was known there, but Sophia was not. It was not until 1953 that the sonata in C minor from Opus 2 book 2 appeared inder the name of JL, a misattribution by Nicanor Zabeleta. Following Jan's death in 1812, Sophia married the violist John Alvis Moralt. The couple lived in Paddington, where she founded a music school
Dutilleux, Henri
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22 Jan. 1916
Angers, France
22 May 2013
Paris, France
French composer
Dutillieu (Dutilleu, Du Tilleul), Pierre15 May 1754
Lyon, France
28 Jun. 1798
Vienna, Austria
French composer
Dütsch, Otto Johann Anton
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c.1823
Copenhagen, Denmark
21 Apr. 1863
Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
Danish-born composer
Duval, Mademoiselle Louise1718
Paris, France
after 1775member of the Paris opera from 1720-1760. Her ballet opera Les Genies was the first work by a female composer to be performed at the Grand opera in 1736. It was well received and performed nine times
Duvernoy, (Antoine François) Frédéric (Auguste)
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17 Jul. 1800
Seine, France
19 Oct. 1874
Nancy, France
French horn player, founder of the French school of horn playing and author of the Méthode pour le cor (Paris, 1802)
Duvernoy, Victor Alphonse
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30 Aug. 1842
Paris, France
7 Mar. 1907
Paris, France
French composer
Duyse, Florimond (Flor) van4 Aug. 1843
Ghent, Belgium
18 May 1910
Ghent, Belgium
Belgian composer and musicologist
Dvarionas, Boleslovas (Balis)
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19 Jun. 1904
Liepaja, Latvia
23 Aug. 1972
Vilnius, Latvia
Latvian pianist and composer. He founded the Vilnius Municipal Symphony Orchestra, and after it was united, in 1940, with the Kaunas Radio Orchestra, Dvarionas became the first chief conductor of the Lithuanian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (now the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra), Lithuania's oldest symphony orchestra
Dvorácek, Jirí8 Jun. 1928
Vamberk
 composer
Dvorák, Antonin (Leopold)
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8 Sep. 1841
Nelahozeves nr. Prague
1 May 1904
Prague
Czech composer of Romantic music. He successfully combined folk melodies with symphonic and chamber music
Dvorak, Robert James
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3 Oct. 1919
Chicago, USA
 at age 8, his interest and introduction to music study was guided by Czech composer-arranger, Frank Mulacek, who gave him piano lessons and exposed him to quality music literature. At 12 years of age, he began French horn lessons with Chicago conductor and brass instrument instructor, Karel Husa. Later he was tutored by Chicago Symphony players, Josef Mourek, Max Pottag and Philip Farkas. During his high school years 1933-37, of greatest importance was music teacher, Louis M. Blaha, a Czech who emigrated from Vienna in the 1920s. As Director of Orchestra and Band music in the J. Sterling Morton High School and College in Cicero, Illinois, Blaha inspired his students as he introduced them to the music of the world's great masters. In addition, he guided them in future pursuits. He encouraged Robert's beginning music composition efforts and advised his application for a scholarship to the original Chicago Musical College Conservatory in downtown Chicago. It followed that young Dvorak was awarded a full scholarship in composition and theory to study with composer, Max Wald
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Dyens, Roland
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1955
Tunisia
 a French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger
Dylan, Bob (born Robert Allen Zimmerman)
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24 May 1941
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
 American singer-songwriter, author, musician and poet
Dyson, George
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28 May 1883
Halifax, Yorkshire, UK
28 Sep. 1964
Winchester, UK
English musician and composer
Dzegelyonok (or Dsegelenok), Alexander (Mikhaylovich)24 Aug. 1891
Moscow, Russia
31 Jan. 1969
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Dzenitis, Andris
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23 Jan. 1978
Riga, Latvia
 Latvian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and electroacoustic works
Dzerzhinsky, Ivan (Ivanovich)
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9 Apr. 1909
Tambov
18 Jan. 1978
Leningrad
Russian composer
Dzovenos (or Tsovenou), Kostas
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19th century20th centuryGreek composer of rebetika music
Dzubay, David
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1964
Minneapolis, USA
 earned a D.M. in Composition at Indiana University in 1991. Additional study was undertaken as a Koussevitzky Fellow in Composition at the Tanglewood Music Center (1990), the June in Buffalo Festival, and as co-principal trumpet of the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado (1988, 1989). His principal teachers have been Donald Erb, Frederick Fox, Eugene O'Brien, Lukas Foss, Oliver Knussen, Allan Dean and Bernard Adelstein