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Jablonsky, Steve
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9 Oct. 1970
US
 an American music composer for film, television and video games
Jacchini, Giuseppe Maria
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Jachino, Carlo
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Jacinto, Frei
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Jackson, Anthony (or Antonio) (known as Tony Jackson)
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5 Jun. 1876
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
20 Apr. 1920
Chicago, USA
pianist, singer, and composer
Jackson, Chubby
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Jackson, Francis
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Jackson, Gabriel
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Jackson, George K
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Jackson, Joe
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Jackson, Mahalia
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Jackson, Milt
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Jackson, Ronald Shannon
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Jackson, Thomas
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Jackson, William
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Jacob, Georges18771950French organisat and composer, Jacob was the organist of the Church of Saint-Ferdinand-des-Ternes in Paris. He became organist of the Conservatory and played many 'Concerts Historiques' at the Schola Cantorum
Jacob, Gordon Percival Septimus
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5 Jul. 1895
London, UK
8 Jun. 1984
Saffron Walden, UK
in common with the generation of British composers that includes Vaughan Williams, Ireland, Howells, Bax and so on, studied with Charles Villiers Stanford; however, any resemblance between his music and that of those composers ends there. Far from the lush, overt Romanticism of his elders, his writing is more simple and sparse, inspired partly by Baroque and Classical models (some of the works under his name are in fact arrangements of Baroque music), sometimes angular and dissonant but never inaccessible. He summed up his ethos of composing in this statement: "I think the question of communication is important, because one never wants to write down to an audience, but at the same time I personally feel repelled by the intellectual snobbery of some progressive artists… the day that melody is discarded altogether, you may as well pack up music…"
[from the official Gordon Jacob web site]
Jacobi, Hanoch
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Jacobi, Victor
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Jacobi, Wolfgang
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Jacobson, Miron Isaakovich 1934pianist and composer
Jacques, Charlotte  her opera La Vielle was performed in Paris in 1862 at the Theatre Dejazet
Jacquet de la Guerre, Elisabeth-Claude (see Guerre (de la), Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet)   
Jacquet of Mantua (see Colebault, Jacques)   
Jadassohn, Salomon
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1831
Breslau, Germany
1902
Leipzig (?), Germany
a German composer and pedagogue
Jadin, Hyacinthe
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27 Apr. 1776
Versailles, France
26 Sep. 1800
Versailles, France
among later French composers, Hyacinthe Jadin emerged as a talent and his first set of 3 quartets, dating from 1795 were actually dedicated to Haydn. Jadin was primarily a pianist and was appointed professor of piano at the newly founded Conservatoire. While the earlier quatuor concertant aimed to treat the four instruments equally as regards solo material, in Jadin's music we start to see the first violin emerging as the most important voice. Jadin's individuality shows in his harmonic language, spiced with chromaticism, his sudden shifts of tonality, which would not disgrace Schubert, and in the originality of his movements. One quartet ends with a Polonaise. After the turn of the century, and with the arrival of violin virtuosos such as Viotti, the string quartet in France became more of a miniature violin concerto
Jadin, Louis Emmanuel
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21 Sep. 1768
Versailles, Frances
11 Apr. 1853
Paris, France
his father Jean-Baptiste (1744-90) was a violinist at the Chapelle Royale at Versailles and his uncle Georges (1742-?) also served there as a bassoonist. Louis Emmanuel's brothers were also musicians: Hyacinthe (1769-1800) was a famous pianist, teacher, and composer and Georges (1773- after 1813) was a noted singer. Highly regarded as both a violinist and pianist, he was also considered one of France's leading opera composers. Jadin wrote a considerable amount of music including 40 operas and operettas, 4 piano concertos, sinfonie concertantes, works for wind band, string quartets, piano music, masses, and songs
Jaell, Alfred
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Jaell, Marie
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Jager, Robert E
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Jagermeier, Ottofictitious composer invented by musicologist Jakob Schwalbe in books by Herbert Rosendorfer, presented in composer dictionaries by musicologist Egon Voss (b.1937)
Jalava, Lasse
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6 Apr. 1951
Finland
 Jalava has remained aloof from Modernism but has otherwise explored a wide range of styles. He has added jazzy, Oriental and Latin American elements to his free-tonal style, and for example in his Fourth Symphony (1995), he added a reggae band to the symphony
Jalava, Pertti
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4 May 1960
Finland
 Finnish composer who began his career in jazz
Jalbert, Pierre
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Jalkanen, Pekka
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5 Sep. 1945
Rautalampi, Finland
 He initially occupied himself with children's music and also took an interest in folk music and Gipsy music. After studying composition privately with Erkki Salmenhaara, he arrived at a free-tonal style often strongly tinted with Minimalism. Jalkanen's Minimalism, however, is related not so much to the American kind (Steve Reich and Philip Glass) as to the Estonian kind (Arvo Pärt, Lepo Sumera and Veljo Tormis). Although Jalkanen began to write chamber music in the 1970s, he did not really focus on the world of concert music until the 1980s. One of his earliest significant works is the First String Quartet in E minor (1981), whose Minimalist textures coalesce into dense sound fields. Similar textures may be found in the Concerto for oboe, harpsichord and strings (1982) and the Guitar Concerto (1988)
Jambe de Fer, Philibert
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James, James
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18331902 (also known by the bardic name Iago ap Ieuan) (1833-1902) was a harpist and musician from Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf. He composed the tune of the Welsh national anthem Hen Wlad fy Nhadau (also known as Land of my Fathers). His father, Evan James, wrote the lyrics which eventually became the words of the Welsh national anthem
James, John I
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James, William Garnet
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Jan z Lublina [Jan from Lublin]
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first half of the 16th century Polish organist and theorist, collector and compiler of one of the most comprehensive tablatures for keyboard instruments of the 16th century named Tabulatura Ioannis de Lyublin canonic: regularium de Crasnyc 1540. Many pieces are anonymous, of which some may be by Jan z Lublina
Janacek, Leos
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3 Jul. 1854
Hukvaldy, Moravia
12 Aug. 1928
Ostrava
Czech composer, particularly remembered for his orchestral piece Sinfonietta and for his operas, and is generally recognised as one of his country's foremost composers
Janarcekova, Viera
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Jancourt (or Jeancourt), (Louis Marie) Eugène
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  French bassoonist, composer of more than 100 works for bassoon and a Grande Méthode (1847) who was active in developing the French system bassoon
Janda, Peter
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Janequin, Clément
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c.1485
Châtellerault, nr. Poitiers, France
1558
Paris, France
a French composer of the Renaissance. He was one of the most famous composers of popular chansons of the entire Renaissance, and along with Claudin de Sermisy, was hugely influential in the development of the Parisian chanson, especially the programmatic type. The wide spread of his fame was made possible by the concurrent development of music printing
Janiewicz [Yaniewicz], Feliks
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1762
Wilno, Poland
21 May 1848
Edinburgh, Scotland
Polish violinist, conductor and composer. Janiewicz was one of the co-founders of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 1813. He was also one of the co-organisers of the first music festival in Edinburgh in 1815. South of the New City centre, at 48 Great King Street, is an inscription at the former home of this talented musician. Janiewicz was friend to both Haydn and Mozart and was the conductor of the Festival Orchestra until 1829. He is buried in the old Warriston cemetery. Among many works are 5 violin concertos
[information on the Royal Philharmonic Society provided by Peter Rennie]
Janitsch, Johann Gottlieb
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Janon, Charles de
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fl. 19th century Colombian guitarist and composer who came to U.S. at an early age
Jansen, Pierre
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Janson, Alfred
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Janssen, Guus
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Janssen, Harrie
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Janssens, Peter
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Jansson, Lars
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Jantchenko, Oleg
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Japart, Jean
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fl. c.1474-1481 a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance, active in Italy. He was a popular composer of chansons, and may have been a friend of Josquin Desprez
Jara Martínez, Víctor Lidio (known as Victor Jara)
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28 Sep. 1932
Chillán Viejo, nr. Santiago, Chile
15 Sep. 1973
Santiago, Chile
Chilean educator, theatre director, poet, folk singer/songwriter, and political activist. He was prominent in the development of the Nueva canción Chilena/New Chilean Song movement, that acquired considerable prominence during the socialist government of Salvador Allende. His tragic and brutal murder shortly after the September 11, 1973 coup in Chile, transformed Jara and his music into a symbol of struggle against military oppression and injustice across Latin America
Jarbas, Maciel
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Jarczyk, Herbert
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Jardanyi, Pal
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Jarnach, Philipp
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Järnefelt, Armas14 Aug. 1869
Viipuri, Finland
23 Jun. 1958
Stockholm, Sweden
only four years younger than Sibelius, he emerged as an orchestral composer in the early 1890s in much the same way. His major influence was Wagner, with whose music he became acquainted while studying in Berlin in the early 1890s. He later said: "I was overcome by an insatiable Wagner fever, I was like a drug addict." His principal orchestral work is the tone poem Korsholma (1894), whose dramatic battle sequences combine Wagnerian influences with Finnish national elements. He also wrote a number of other orchestral works in a similar though more lyrical vein around the turn of the 20th century. He is best known, however, for two melodically charming miniatures: Preludi (1900) and Berceuse (1904), the latter originally written for violin and piano but later published in an orchestral version. Järnefelt also wrote a substantial body of solo songs and choral songs, and several festive cantatas. In addition he wrote the music to the film Laulu tulipunaisesta kukasta (Song of the Scarlet lower, 1919) by Mauritz Stiller, a Finnish-born filmmaker who had emigrated to Sweden
Jarno, Georg
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Jarnovic, Ivan Mane
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17401804Ivan Mane Jarnovic (Italianized name Giornovichi) was an outstanding Croatian violinist and composer of the 18th century, probably from Dubrovnik. He had a truely European career, playing, composing and conducting in France (Paris), Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Scandinavian countries and England. He played the first violin in the orchestra of the Russian empress Catherine II. Jarnovic composed about 50 chamber instrumental pieces, 22 violin concerts (17 preserved), and is known for having introduced the romanza as a slow movement into the structure of the violin concert. His life is described in a novel Jarnowick by G. Desnoisterres (pub. le Brisoys, Paris 1844), and in a collection Scènes de la vie d'artiste by P. Smith (Une leçon de Jarnovic - pub. Paris, 1844)
Jaroch, Jiri
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Jaroka, Sandor
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Jarre, Jean-Michel André
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24 Aug. 1948
Lyon, France
 son of Maurice Jarre (below), French composer, performer and music producer. Since 1991, he has written his name Jean Michel Jarre, without the hyphen
Jarre, Maurice
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13 Sep. 1924
Lyon, France
29 Mar. 2009
Los Angeles, California, USA
French composer and conductor, noted for his film scores particularly those of David Lean: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and A Passage to India (1984). All three of these scores won Academy Awards
Jarrell, Michael
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8 Oct. 1958
Geneva, Switzerland
 Swiss composer who since 1993, has taught composition at the Music Faculty in Vienna and Zurich
Jarrett, Keith
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Jarvlepp, Jan
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Jary, Michael [ne Max Jarczyk]
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24 Sep. 1906
Laurahütte nr. Katovice, Poland
12 Jul. 1988
Munich, Germany
a film composer whose father was a foreman at the Königshütte ironworks, while his mother was a tailor. Michael Jary's intended career was not at all a musical one. He wanted to become a missionary. At the age of 18 Michael Jary left the monastery of the Steyler missionaries near Neisse a decision that would take him into the realms of music. Initially, he studied at the conversatory in Beuthen before becoming the choirmaster of a church and workers' choir. His first compositions, pieces of chamber music, were broadcast by Gleiwitz radio station. He was appointed second director of music at the municipal theatres of Neisse and Plauen. He hoped to join the élite musical composition class at the Staatliche Akademische Musikhochsule in Berlin, where Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky and Franz Schrecker were teaching
Jarzebski, Adam
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before 1590
Warka, Poland
1649
Warsaw, Poland
eminent Polish composer, is a typical figure of the Late Renaissance. He was a violonist in the cappella of Johann Sigimund, Elector in Brandenburg, in Berlin, then in the Chapel Royal in Warsaw, and a composer of instrumental pieces. He was also engaged in the erection of the Royal Palace at Ujazdow and was the author of the rhymed description of seventeeenth century Warsaw, A Gift from a Journey or a Description of Warsaw. The earliest reference to Jarzebski as a composer is found in Mattheson, in 1740. There his name is cited among the names of composers of 50 works written by the members of Wladyslaw IV's Chapel Royal
Jasbar, Helmut
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16 Feb. 1962
Vienna, Austria
 Austrian guitarist and composer,
Jaufré Rudel, Lord of Blaye
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fl. mid 12th century a troubadour noted for developing the theme of "love from afar" (amor de lonh) in his songs
Jeep, Johannes
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1581/82
Dransfeld, Germany
19 Nov. 1644
Hanover, Germany
German organist, choirmaster and composer
Jeffcoat, Rupert Edward
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1971
Scotland, UK
 he trained at Cambridge, studying under Peter Hurford and Robin Holloway, he was director of music at Coventry Cathedral (1997-2005) and is now director of music at St John's Cathedral, Brisbane, Australia. A prolific composer, with his choral music performed by many of the best cathedral choirs, he is also an organist of distinction, gaining rave reviews for his CDs and recital work. He is also a minister in the Anglican Church. He composes a fresh work for performance in the cathedral liturgies each week, and his choirs sing in up to 20 languages (incl. Arabic, Vietnamese, Japanese and Hungarian) an unusual feat for Anglican musicians
Jefferson, (Blind) Lemon
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24 Sep. 1893
Coutchman, Texas, USA
Dec. 1929
Chicago, USA
blues singer/songwriter and guitarist from Texas, one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920s, who has been titled "Father of the Texas Blues"
Jeffes, Simon
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19 Feb. 194911 Dec. 997English classically-trained guitarist, composer and arranger
Jeffreys, George
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c.16104/5 Jul. 1685
Weldon, England
English composer and organist to Charles I
Jeffreys, John
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19272010Jeffreys, of a musical family of Welsh extraction, studied at Trinity College - significantly counterpoint and musical philosophy. He came to music as a chorister in his father's Congregational Church, assimilating early the music and poetry of the Elizabethans - especially the lutenists Campion and Rossetter (on whom he is an authority), and later Tallis. In studying piano he was influenced by Clementi and Scarlatti, and later by Grieg and Grainger. Unusually, but significantly, in these formative years he encountered no German influence. This early training resulted in a rich sense of both melody and harmony: and it was inevitable that he should write music for voice. His sensitivity to the poetic image had led him to the Elizabethan poets, to Shakespeare - and, which few com-posers other than Howells, Gurney and Warlock have done, to the Georgian poets especially Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, with whom he has an especial affinity
[taken from: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/dec98/Jeffries.html]
Jegede, Tunde
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Jelic, Vinko1596
Rijeka, Croatia
1636
Alsace, France
an important representative of Croatian church music of the time, Jelic is noted for introducing new techniques like chromatics and sequences into his music, which had just begun to appear in Europe. In 1622 he published a collection, Parnassia militia, consisting of 24 motets plus 4 other pieces
Jelinek, Jan
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Jelinek, Josef
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Jemnitz, Sandor
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Jeney, Zoltan
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Jenkins, Cyril
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9 Oct 1889
Swansea, Wales
15 Mar. 1978
Hove, Sussex
Jenkins is most associated with the brass band world, no fewer than four of his major works having been test pieces. His published instrumental music comprises short pieces such as the Elegiac Poem> of 1922 for string quartet, a Mood Phantasy for violin and piano, a Legend in D Minor for trombone and piano and a Serenata in G Minor for B flat baritone and piano, the latter two also from 1922. A major work for solo piano was a suite, The Seasons, Opus 136. For organ were published a Fantasia on an Old Welsh Hymn Tune (1916) and a Sonata in D Minor
[entry corrected by W. Pin and John Spinks]
Jenkins, Gordon
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Jenkins, John
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1592
Maidstone, Kent
1678
Kimberley, Norfolk, England
Jenkins was a long-active and prolific composer whose many years of life, spanning the time from William Byrd to Henry Purcell, witnessed great changes in English music. He is noted for developing the consort fantasia for viols, being influenced in the 1630s by an earlier generation of English composers including Alfonso Ferrabosco the younger, Thomas Lupo, John Coprario and Orlando Gibbons. Jenkins composed numerous 4, 5, and 6 part Fantasias for viol consort, Almans, Courants and Pavans, and he breathed new life into the antiquated form of the In Nomine. He was less experimental than his friend William Lawes; indeed, Jenkins's music was more conservative than that of many of his contemporaries. It is characterised by a sensuous lyricism, highly skilled craftmanship, and an original usage of tonality and counterpoint
Jenkins, Karl
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17 Feb. 1944
Penclawdd, Wales
 a Welsh musician and composer
Jennefelt, Thomas
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1954
Huddinge, Sweden
 Swedish composer
Jenner, Gustav Uwe
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3 Dec. 1865
Keitum, Germany
29 Aug. 1920
Marburg, Germany
a German composer, conductor and musical scholar whose chief claim to fame is that he was the only formal composition pupil of Johannes Brahms
Jennings, Joseph
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Augusta, Georgia he joined the renowned a capella group, Chanticleer, in 1983 as a countertenor, and shortly thereafter assumed his current position as Music Director
Jensen, Adolf
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Jensen, Gustav
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Jeppsson, Kerstin
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Jeppesen, Knud
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1892
Denmark
1974composer, musicologist and writer on the history of music
Jerace, Michelangelo
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Jeral, Wilhelm
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Jersild, Jorgen
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Jerusalem, Ignacio de
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Jessel, Leon
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Jeths, Willem
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Jeune, Claude le
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1528/30
Valenciennes, France
bur. 26 Sep. 1600
Paris, France
a French composer of the late Renaissance. He was the primary representative of the musical movement known as musique mesurée, and a significant composer of the "Parisian" chanson, the predominant secular form in France in the latter half of the 16th century. His fame was widespread in Europe, and he ranks as one of the most influential composers of the time
Jewell, Frederick (Fred) Alton
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28 May 1875
Worthington, Indiana, USA
11 Feb. 1936
Worthington, Indiana, USA
virtuoso euphonium soloist, one of the most important composers of circus music and a significant conductor of both circus and concert bands. He was bandmaster of Gentry Bros. Circus (1898-1900), Sells-Floto Circus (1905-06), Barnum & Bailey Circus (1908-10), Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus (1916-17), Iowa Brigade Band (1919-1923) and the Murat Temple Band (1924-1936). He had more than 140 published band compositions, mostly marches. He was the publisher and owner of Jewell Music Co. (1920-1936)
[information supplied by Charles Conrad; Fred Jewell dissertation by Charles Conrad; Ball State Univ. 1994]
Jewitt, Clement
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1940
England
 English composer who started in his 40s, trained at Birmingham Conservatoire (England) from 1994, gained PhD in 2004. His works are "modernist but approachable" (Dr Rod Paton) ranging from songs to orchestral. Jonathan Harvey has written appreciatively about his magnum opus The Night Sea. Jewitt has also written a Sonata for recorder quartet
Jezek, Jaroslav
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Jia, Daqun
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1955
China
 Chinese composer who teaches composition in Shanghai
Jian, Chang
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Jimenez, Jose II Alfredo
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Jimenez Mabarak, Carlos
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Jiping, Zhao
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Jirmal, Jiri
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Jiskoot, Murk
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Joachim, Joseph18311907Hungarian-born violinist who studied with M. Hauser and J. Böhm, and was befriended by Mendelssohn. He assisted Brahms in the composition of his violin concerto, and Brahms wrote his double concerto for Joachim. His students included Auer, Hubay and Huberman
João IV de Portugal e II de Bragança
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Mar 1603
Vila Viçosa, Paço Ducal, Portugal
6 Nov. 1656
Palácio da Ribeira, Lisbon, Portugal
king of Portugal and Algarves from 1640 to his death. He was the grandson of Catherine, Duchess of Braganza, who had in 1580 claimed the Portuguese crown and sparked the struggle for the throne of Portugal. John was the nicknamed the John the Restorer. John was a patron of music and the arts, and a considerably sophisticated writer on music; in addition to this, he was a composer. During his reign he collected one of the largest libraries in the world, but it was destroyed in the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. Among his writings is a defense of Palestrina and Denfensa de la Musica Moderna (Lisbon, 1649)
Jobim, Antonio Carlos
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25 Jan. 1927
Brazil
8 Dec. 1994
Brazil
born Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim, Tom Jobim was one of the most original creative composers in modern Brazilian popular music and in particular in the birth of bossa-nova in the early 1960s
Jode, Fritz
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Joel, Billy
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Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar
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Johannsson, Johann
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Johannsson, Magnus Blondal
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Johansdorf, Albrecht von
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c.1185c.1209a Minnesänger and a minor noble in the service of Wolfger of Passau
Johansen, Bertil Palmar
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Johansen, David Monrad
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Johanson, Sven Eric
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Johansson, Bengt
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2 Oct. 1914
Helsinki, Finland
22 Jun. 1989
Ruovesi, Finland
began his career in a traditional Romantic style in the late 1940s and principally wrote instrumental music until the late 1950s, although this period includes the a cappella choral work Stabat mater (1951). In 1960, Johansson became a pioneer in Finnish electronic music, creating the first Finnish work based wholly on synthetic sound material, Kolme elektronista etydiä (Three Electronic Etudes). More importantly, in the same year he began his choral period with the Missa sacra, a work steeped in influences from the Renaissance and Baroque periods
Johansson, Olov
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John IV of Portugal (see João IV de Portugal e II de Bragança)   
Johnette, Jack De
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Johnova, Miroslava (see Vorlova, Slava)   
Johnsen, Hinrich Philip
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Johnson, Arthur
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10 Jan 1898
USA
1 May 1954
USA
composer known for such works as Mandy, Make Up Your Mind, Pennies from Heaven, and many others
Johnson, Barthol.
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c. 1710
U.K.
c. 1810
U.K.
he died sometime after his hundredth birthday which was celebrated at Scarborough, October 3, 1810, when Lord Mulgrave and many distinguished persons were present in the Freemasons' Hall. During the evening the centenarian played the Bass of a Minuet on the cello, which he had composed sixty years before
Johnson, Bengt Emil
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Johnson, Big Jack
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Johnson, Charles
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Johnson, David II
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Johnson, Edward I
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Johnson, Emma
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Johnson, Francis
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1792
Martinique, West Indies
1844there is an impressive list of "firsts" associated with Johnson's accomplishments: first black American composer to have works published as sheet music, first to have such a strong influence as to establish a "school" of black musicians, the first black A merican to give public concerts, the first American musical ensemble, black or white, to present concerts abroad, the first musician to introduce the promenade concert style in America, and the first black American musician to participate in integrated co ncerts in the United States in 1843 to 1844
Johnson, Francis Hall12 Mar. 1888
Athens, Georgia, USA
30 Apr. 1970
New York, USA
Johnson began his musical professional career as a violinist, but in time, his interest turned to choral music. He wrote numerous works for choir as well as spiritual settings for solo voice and piano, including Roll, Jerd’n, Roll, and Witness, which was published in 1940
Johnson, J J
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Johnson, James Price
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1 Feb. 1894
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
17 Nov. 1955
Jamaica, New York, USA
an African-American pianist and composer. With Luckey Roberts, Johnson was one of the originators of the stride style of piano playing
Johnson, John
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c.15401594English lutenist and composer; lutenist to Elizabeth I from 1581 until his death. Most of his works, nearly all for lute or lute duet, are pavanes, galliards, or settings of popular tunes. He notably developed the lute duet to a high technical standard. Some of his music survives in MS at Cambridge, in the Marsh MS in Dublin, and the Weld Lutebook. A keyboard arrangement of 'The Flat Pavan' by Giles Farnaby survives, as well as an anonymous keyboard arrangement in MS. He was the father of Robert Johnson II
Johnson, J. Rosamond18731954together with his brother, James Weldon Johnson, he composed and wrote the lyrics for Lift Every Voice and Sing, considered to be the "black national anthem." The two brothers and Bob Cole collaborated on more than two hundred songs during their seven years of existence as the Cole and Johnson Brothers. Rosamond had a remarkable career. He studied at the New England Conservatory, was a conductor in London, an officer in the United States Army, a founding member of ASCAP, toured as a pianist with Taylor Gordon, played in movies, was active in vaudeville, and created the role of Lawyer Frazier in Porgy and Bess
Johnson, Keith
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Johnson, Laurie
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1927 best remembered for his attractive music for military band. Often this is patriotic in flavour: examples are Castles of Britain, a three movement suite characterising Caernavon, Dover, and Edinburgh, The Battle of Waterloo, which has a part for narrator, Vivat Regina and the Royal Tour Suite. He also composed for the stage, including the musicals Lock Up Your Daughters (1959) and The Four Musketeers (1967), and for films, another musical, The Good Companions (1957), after J.B. Priestley's "showbiz" novel of 1929
Johnson, Lonnie
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Johnson, Marc
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Johnson, Robert I
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c.1470after 1554Scots composer and priest. Accused of heresy, he fled to England before the Reformation and may have been a chaplain to Anne Boleyn, possibly setting her lament Defyled is my name. He has left sacred compositions, some with English text, some with Latin. He spent thirty-six years at the Abbey of Scone in Perthshire and is Scotland's greatest 16th Century composer
Johnson, Robert II
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c.15821633English lutenist composer, son of John Johnson. He entered the service of the Lord Chamberlain, Sir George Carey, as "allowes of covenant servaunt, for seven years" beginning in 1596; he became a royal lutenist in the King's "Private Musick" from 1604, lutenist to Prince Henry (d. 1612) 1611-12, and continued in the service of Charles I, adding the title of composer for 'lute and voices' in 1628, a successor being appointed in 1633. He was deeply involved in stage productions composed instrumental music for masques, and songs in dramatic style for plays by Shakespeare, Beaumont and Fletcher and others produced by the King's Men, who were under the patronage of Sir George Carey. He was employed for the King's Men from 1609
Johnson, Robert III
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Johnson, Scott
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Johnson, Tom
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Johnson, William Spencer
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  American composer of music from brass
Johnston, Ben [Benjamin Burwell]
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15 Mar. 1926
Macon, Georgia, USA
 a composer of contemporary music in the just intonation system
Johnston, Fergus
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1959
Ireland
 graduated in 1982 with a music degree from Trinity College, Dublin, he was elected to membership of Aósdna, Ireland's state-supported artistic academy, in 1992, and was a board member of the National Concert Hall from 1996 until 2001. He has been active as a composer since 1981, and his works have been widely performed both in Ireland and abroad. He has written for a wide variety of genres, including dance, and has collaborated on a number of successful projects with Rubato Dance. Fergus Johnston taught for ten years in Newpark Music Centre (1983 -92) and in the Music Department of Trinity College (1986-92). An imaginative teacher, he is also actively sought after as a composition workshop leader and in addition to leading workshops for the Opera Theatre Company, he has been a prominent figure in the National Concert Hall's "In Tune" music residencies scheme since its inception. His many works include Binn an tSíorsholais (The Peak of Eternal Light) (2004) and Samsara (1991) for orchestra , commissioned by RTÉ for the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Kaleidophone (1992) for string quartet, harp and percussion, commissioned by Young European Strings, Cusp (1992) for violin and piano, commissioned by Rubato Dance, and Je go–te le jeu... (1997) for strings, commissioned by the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He has also written a short opera, Bitter Fruit (1992) commissioned by Opera Theatre Company, and a flute concerto (1996) commissioned by RTÉ for the NSOI
Joice
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Jokinen, Erkki
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16 Oct. 1941
Tervakoski, Finland
 he is a highly self-critical composer, and his output consists of only about 40 works. He has written very little since the 1990s
Jolas, Betsy
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Jolivet, Andre
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8 Aug. 1905
Paris, France
20 Dec. 1974
Paris, France
a French composer. Known for his devotion to French culture and musical thought, Jolivet's music draws on his interest in acoustics and atonality as well as both ancient and modern influences in music, particularly on instruments used in ancient times. He composed in a wide variety of forms for many different types of ensembles
Jommelli, Niccolo
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10 Sep. 1714
Aversa, Italy
25 Aug. 1774
Naples, Italy
Italian composer
Jomy, Alain
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Jonathan, Hieromonk
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Jones, Daniel
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7 Dec. 1912
Pembroke, Wales
23 Apr. 1993
Swansea, Wales
Welsh composer, a friend of Dylan Thomas from childhood, who wrote music for a radio production of Thomas' Under Milk Wood. Jones' fourth symphony is dedicated to Thomas' memory, and he also wrote a biography of the poet, My Friend Dylan Thomas
Jones, Elvin
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Jones, Jo
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Jones, John Paul
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Jones, Meirion Wynn
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1972
Llangollen, North Wales
 Welsh composer and organist. Studied Royal Academy of Music, London. Organ Scholar at Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, before moving to Liverpool as Organist of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Presently Organist of St Mary's Priory Church, Abergavenny. Choral works include anthems, canticle-settings,Christmas carols, hymn-tunes and psalm-chants. Vocal works include Tair Cân Serch, a song-cycle for tenor and piano (First Prize, National Eisteddfod of Wales, 2004). Numerous organ works
Jones, Quincy
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Jones, Robert II
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Jones, Rodney
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Jones, Sidney
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Jones, Thad
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Jones, Trevor
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Jong, Christiaan de
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Jong, Cor de
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Jong, Cynthie de
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Jong, Marinus de
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Jongen, Joseph
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Jonsson, Reine
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Joplin, Janis
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Joplin, Scott
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Jordan, Clifford
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Jordan, Dora Bland1762
France
1816wrote many songs, including the famous Blue Bells of Scotland
Jorgensmann, Theo
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Joseph I emperor of Austria
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Josephs, Wilfred
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Josif, Enriko1924 Serbian composer. His compositions include 'Stefan Decanski', the ballet 'Bird, Don't Fold Your Wings', and a piano concerto
Josquin (see Des Prez, Josquin)   
Jost, Christian
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Joubert, John
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Joyce, Archibald
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1873
London, UK
22 March 1963
Sutton, Surrey
later known in England as the Waltz King, Joyce was a boy chorister, then a dance band pianist, then a leader of his own enormously popular Archibald Joyce (dance) Orchestra. His first original waltz composition for this was Sweet Memories. In 1909 he toured as a conductor for Ellen Terry but after the Great War until he died, he mainly devoted himself to composition. His waltz compositions ran into dozens, maybe even hundreds
Joye, Gilles
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possibly Courtrai
31 Dec. 1483
Bruges, Belgium
a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance. A member of the Burgundian school, he was known mainly for his secular songs which were in a lyrical and graceful style
Jude, W. H.
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18511922the composer of the ballad The Mighty Deep, he was known in his day at least as much as an organist and academic. During the period 1883-8 he visited Doncaster six times at least to lecture, usually for the YMCA, on subjects such as The Power of Music, Musical Genius, Musical Memories and Musical Celebrities; he illustrated the talks by singing or playing solos on piano and harmonium. At that time he was described as being of the Liverpool Organ School and Liverpool College of Music. But he was a moderately prolific composer as well. He published a hymn collection of his own hymns entitled Music and the Higher Life
Judenkunig, Hans
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Juelich, Raimund
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Jullien, Gilles
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Jullien, Louis Antoine
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18121860composer of The Great Exhibition Quadrille (1851) which was included in M. Jullien’s annual series of concerts in London in December 1851
Jullich, Michael
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Julyan, David
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Junghanns, Georg Adrian
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Juon, Paul
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Jurek
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Jurisalu, Heino
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Jurmann, Walter
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Just, Johann August
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Jutras, Benoit
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Juzeliunas, Julius
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Juzeliunas, Tomas
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Jylha, Konsta
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