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Laakso, Ilari21 Oct. 1952
Kankaanpää, Finland
 Finnish composer who has written mainly instrumental music
Laakso, Petri1955
Finland
 Finnish composer who has worked with electronic music
Labarre, Théodore
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24 Mar. 1805
Paris, France
9 Mar. 1870
Paris, France
French harpist and composer
Labarre, Trille
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18th century author of Nouvelle méthode pour la guitarre (published c.1801) and composer of music for guitar solo, for guitar and violin and guitar and voice
Labitzky, August
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22 Oct. 1822
Petschau
28 Aug. 1903
Bad Reichenhall
Czech composer and kapellmeister, son of Josef
Labitzky, Josef (Joseph)
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4 Jul. 1802
Schönfeld
18 Aug. 1881
Karlsbad
Kapellmeister and composer, father of August
Labro, Nicolas Charles (called Labro aîné)
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21 Oct. 1811
Sedan, Ardennes, France
28 May 1882
Paris, France
French double-bass player, author of a contrabass method. He was called Labro aîné to distinguish him from his younger brother Antoine Auguste Labro (jeune) (1817-1887) who was also a double-bassist
Labunski, Wiktor14 Apr. 1895
St. Petersburg, Russia
26 Jan. 1974
Kansas City, USA
Russian-born pianist and composer
Laburda, Jiri
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3 Apr. 1931
Czech Republic
 Czech composer
[entry prompted by Dr. Amy Dunker]
Lacerda (de), Bernarda Ferreira15951644
Porto, Portugal
asked by King Phillip II of Spain to educate his children, she refused, preferring to devote her life to musical study. Many of her manuscripts are in the Royal Library, Madrid
Lacerda, Osvaldo
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23 Mar. 1927
São Paulo, Brazil
 Brazilian composer and teacher
Lacerna (de la Serna), Estacio dec.1565
Seville, Spain
c.1626
Peru, South America
Spanish organist and composer who emigrated to Peru sometime after 1604
Lachenmann, Helmut
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27 Nov. 1935
Stuttgart, Germany
 German composer associated with musique concrète
Lachert, Piotr de Peslin
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5 Sep. 1938
Warsaw, Poland
 Polish-born Belgian composer, who in the early 1970s became one of the first proponents of 'new consonant music'
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Lachner, Franz Paul
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2 Apr. 1803
Rain am Lech, Germany
20 Jan. 1890
Munich, Germany
German composer and conductor, brother of Ignaz Lachner and Vinzenz Lachner
Lachner, Ignaz
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17 Sep. 1807
Rain am Lech, Germany
25 Feb. 1895
Hanover, Germany
German composer and conductor, brother of Franz Paul Lachner and Vinzenz Lachner
Lachner, Vinzenz
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18 Jul. 1811
Rain am Lech, Germany
22 Jan. 1893
Karlsruhe, Germany
German composer and conductor, brother of Franz Paul Lachner and Ignaz Lachner
Lacour, Guy
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8 Jun. 1932
Soissons, France
 French composer of classical music, and a tenor saxophonist
Laderman, Ezra
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29 June 1924
Brooklyn, New York
 American composer and teacher, widely recognized as a major influence in American composition. Ezra Laderman’s commissions have included works for the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the orchestras of Minnesota, Dallas, Louisville, Houston, Detroit, Albany, Denver, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Syracuse, and New Haven; and for the New York City, Turnau, and Tri-Cities operas. He has written works for such chamber ensembles as the Tokyo, Juilliard and Vermeer quartets; and for soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Elmar Oliveira, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Samuel Baron, Sherrill Milnes and Emanuel Ax, among many others. In February 2003 the Pittsburgh Symphony under Gunter Herbig, conductor, and with Richard Page as soloist premiered his Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra. Recipient of three Guggenheim fellowships, the Prix de Rome, and Rockefeller and Ford Foundation grants, Ezra Laderman was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1989. In 1988, Laderman was named a visiting composer at Yale University and served as dean of its School of Music from 1989 to 1995. After a year’s sabbatical, he returned to a teaching role at Yale where he currently serves as professor of composition
Ladmirault, Paul
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10 Dec. 1877
Nantes, France
30 Nov. 1944
Camoël, France
French composer whose music expressed his devotion to Brittany
Laduchin, Nikolai Mikhailovich3 Oct. 1860
St. Petersburg, Russia;
19 Sep. 1918
Moscow, Russia
Russian music theorist and composer
Ladunka, Naum I.13 Dec. 17302 Aug. 1782
St. Petersburg, Russia
composer and folk song arranger
Ladurner, Josef Alois
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7 Mar 1769
Tirol
20 Feb. 1851Tirolean composer, first teacher of the French composer Daniel François Esprit Auber
Laere, Henri van
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2 Jul. 1899
Wachtebeke (Flandre Orientale), Belgium
16 Nov. 1979
Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Belgian composer and teacher
Laet, Roeland de (see Lassus, Orlande de)   
Lafertin, Fapy
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1950
Courtrai, Belgium
 jazz guitarist of Romani ethnicity, one of the foremost contemporary exponents of the Belgian-Dutch style of Gypsy jazz
Lagarde, G. F. Alice (see Ferrata, Giuseppe)   
Lagoya, Alexandre
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21 Jun. 1929
Alexandria, Egypt
24 Aug. 1999
Paris, France
composer of transcriptions of keyboard music for the guitar
Lahusen, Christian
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12 Apr. 1886
Buenos Aires, Argentina
18 May 1975
Überlingen, Germany
German composer
Lai, Francis
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26 Apr. 1932
Nice, France
 French accordionist, and composer noted for his film scores
Laiho, Timo
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19 Jun. 1957
Helsinki, Finland
 composer whose output focuses on chamber music
Laitinen, Arvo (Anto)
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4 Feb. 1893
Aura, Finland
30 Aug. 1966
Helsinki, Finland
musicologist and composer of chamber music and six Symphonies
Lajtha, László
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30 Jun. 1892
Budapest, Hungary
16 Feb. 1963
Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist and conductor
Lakatos, Roby
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16 Aug. 1965
Budapest, Hungary
 Romani (Gypsy) violinist from Hungary, renowned for his mix of classical music with Hungarian Romani music and jazz themes
Laks, Szymon
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1 Nov. 1901
Warsaw, Poland
11 Dec. 1983
Paris, France
Polish violinist, conductor and composer and Holocaust survivor. Laks's compositions may be described as neo-classical; he left several string quartets, symphonic suites, as well as many chamber works and songs
Lalande, Michel Richard de (also Delalande)
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15 Dec. 1657
Paris, France 
18 Jun. 1726
Versailles, France
French Baroque composer and organist who was in the service of King Louis XIV. He was one of the most important composers of grand motets
Lalo, Édouard(-Victoire-Antoine)
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27 Jan. 1823
Lille, France
22 Apr. 1892
Paris, France
French composer of Spanish descent
[details by Terry L. Mueller]
Laloy, Didier
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11 Jun. 1974
Etterbeek, Belgium
 Belgian accordianist and composer
Lam, Man-Yee (also Lam Manyee or Lin Minyi)
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10 Sep. 1950
Hongkong
 Chinese composer and music producer
Lama, Gaetano
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28 Feb. 1886
Naples, Italy
27 Apr. 1950
Naples, Italy
Italian composer
Laman, Willem Frederik (Wim)
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22 Apr. 1946
Den Haag, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer
Lamarque Pons, Jaures
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6 May 1917
Salto, Uruguay
11 Jun. 1982
Montevideo, Uruguay
Uruguayan composer and pianist
Lamb, Joseph
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6 Dec. 1887
Montclair, New Jersey, USA
3 Sep. 1960
Brooklyn, NY, USA
noted American composer of ragtime music. Lamb, of Irish descent, was the only non-African American of the "Big Three" composers of classical ragtime, the other two being Scott Joplin and James Scott
Lamballe, Marie-Theresa-Louisa (Maria Luisa of Savoy, Princess de Lamballe)
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8 Sep. 1749
Turin, Italy
3 Sep. 1792
Paris, France
amateur composer
Lambardi, Francesco
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1587
Naples, Italy
1642Neapolitan Baroque composer who participated in the staging of feste a ballo with Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Lambe, Walter
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c.1450/51
Salisbury, England
after Michaelmas 1499
Windsor, England
English composer, one of the three leading Eton choirbook composers. A Walter Lambe from Salisbury, clearly the composer, was elected King's scholar at Eton in 1467; he was aged fifteen the year before, and so was born in 1450 or 1451. Lambe was installed as a clerk at St George's, Windsor in 1479, and held the post of master of the choristers jointly until 1480 and on his own from 1482 to 1484. He then probably sought further advancement elsewhere, because his name does not appear in the records again until 1492. After that year the records are very incomplete, but he was still a clerk in 1499-10
Lambert, (Leonard) Constant
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23 Aug. 1905
London, England
21 Aug. 1951
London, England
a British composer and conductor
Lambert, Michel
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1610
Champigny-sur-Veude, France
29 Jun. 1696
Paris, France
Lambert was a musician and tutor in Paris for Gaston of Orleans, brother of Louis XIII. He was known as an important singer and teacher, even in his own time, and holds a position as the most important composer of French airs in the second half of the 17th century. Through his compositions, Lambert played a part in influencing the French opera composers of his day
Lambrechts, Jean
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1 July 1936
Tongeren, Belgium
 Belgian composer who works in The Netherlands
Lamond, Frederic
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28 Jan. 1868
Glasgow, Scotland
21 Feb. 1948
England
Scottish pianist and composer
Lampadarios, Petros
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c.1730
Tripoli, Greece
1777
Constantinople
Greek composer known for his work as a hymnographer
Lampadius, Henricus
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1503
Danzig
1583teacher, preacher at St. Magni and at St. Michael's in Brunswick, composer of the 6-part motet Victimae paschali laudes
Lampe, Johann Friedrich
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1703
Saxony, Germany
25 Jul. 1751
Edinburgh, Scotland
Lampe wrote operatic works in English in defiance of the vogue for Italian opera popularised by George Frideric Handel and Nicola Porpora. Lampe, along with Henry Carey and J. S. Smith, founded the short-lived English Opera Project. He became a friend of Charles Wesley, and wrote several tunes to accompany Wesley's hymns
Lancen, Serge
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5 Nov. 1922
Paris, France
10 Jul. 2005
Paris, France
French composer
Lancino, Thierry
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27 Mar. 1954
Civray, Vienne, France
 French composer
Landeghem, Jan Van
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28 Nov. 1954
Tamise, Belgium
 Belgian composer, organist, choral director and teacher
Landi, Stefano
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baptized 26 Feb. 1587
Rome, Italy
28 Oct. 1639
Rome, Italy
an Italian composer and teacher of the early Baroque Roman School. He was an influential early composer of opera, and wrote the earliest opera on a historical subject Sant'Alessio (1632)
Landini, Francesco
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c.1325
probably Florence
2 Sep. 1397
Florence, Italy
Italian composer, organist, singer, poet and instrument maker. He was one of the most famous and revered composers of the second half of the 14th century, and by far the most famous composer in Italy
Landowski, Marcel François Paul
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18 Feb. 1915
Pont-l'Abbé, Finistère, France
23 Dec. 1999
Paris, France
French composer, biographer and arts administrator
Landré, Guillaume
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24 Feb. 1905
The Hague, The Netherlands
6 Nov. 1968
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch composer of operas, 4 symphonies, and chamber music. His father, Willem Landré was also a composer
Landré, Willem
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12 Jun. 1874
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 Jan. 1948
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Dutch composer and music critic, father of Guillaume Landré
Landy, Leigh
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1951 composer and musicologist of Dutch and American citizenship, author of Understanding the art of sound organization
Lane, Philip
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1950
Cheltenham, England
 English composer and musicologist, noted for his light music compositions and arrangements, as well as his painstaking work reconstructing lost film scores
Lang, Bernhard
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24 Feb. 1957
Linz, Austria
 Austrian composer of the experimental and avant-garde school, particularly advocating a style he has self-termed "repetition-perpetrator"
Lang, Craig Sellar
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13 May 1891
Hastings, New Zealand
24 Nov. 1971
England
New Zealand-born, British-domiciled organist, music teacher and composer
Lang, David
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8 Jan. 8 1957
Los Angeles, USA
 American composer living in New York City. He was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Music for The Little Match Girl Passion
Lang, Josephine Köstlin
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14 Mar. 1815
Munich, Germany
2 Dec. 1880
Tübingen, Germany
German composer who studied composition and thorough bass with Mendelssohn when she was ten
Lang, Klaus
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26 Apr. 1971
Graz, Austria
 Austrian composer and organist
Lång, Peter
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2 Jun. 1963
Finland
 Finnish composer. Peter Lång's principal works are his three operas
Langa, Francesco Soto de (see Soto da Langa, Francesco)   
Långberg, Peter
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Lange, Daniel de
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11 Jul. 1841
Rotterdam, Netherlands
30 Jan. 1918
Point Loma, California, USA
Dutch romantic composer. He studied in Rotterdam with his father Samuel de Lange sr. (composition/organ) and Simon Ganz (violoncello), in Brussels with B. Damcke (composition) and A.F. Servais (cello). Together with his brother Samuel de Lange jr. he gave many concerts in Eastern Europe and taught at the conservatory of Lviv from 1860 until 1863. After a short period in Rotterdam he moved to Paris (1864). He met many famous French composers such as Berlioz, Lalo and Massenet, and taught composition, for instance to E. Chausson. In 1867 he went back to Holland and became one of the most influenced Dutch musicians of 19th-century. In 1883, in association with composers Frans Coenen and Julius Röntgen, Daniel de Lange was instrumental in the foundation of the Amsterdam Conservatory. He wrote many songs and choral works, a piano sonata, an opera and one cello concerto
[entry provided by Jascha Albracht]
Lange, Gustav
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13 Aug. 1830
Schwerstedt, Germany
20 Jul. 1889
Wernigerode, Germany
German composer
Lange, Samuel de sr.
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18111884Dutch composer, father of the cellist Daniël de Lange and composer Samuel de Lange jr.
Lange, Samuel de jr.
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22 Feb. 1840
Rotterdam, Netherlands
6 Jul. 1911
Stuttgart, Germany
Dutch romantic composer. He studied in Rotterdam with his father Samuel de Lange sr. and A. Winterberger (organ), in Brussels with B. Damcke (composition) and in Vienna with Carol Mikuli (piano). Gave many concerts in Eastern Europe together with his brother Daniel de Lange (cellist). Taught at the Conservatory of Lviv from 1860 until 1863. After a short period in Rotterdam he lived and taught in Basel (1874) (Switzerland), Paris (1875), Cologne (1876-1885), The Hague (1886-1893) and finally Stuttgart, where he was offered the post of director at the conservatory. He wrote many compositions, including organ works, songs, oratoria, piano music, 13 string quartets, 5 piano trios, 5 symphonies, 3 cello sonatas, 4 violin sonatas 7 organ concertos, 2 piano concerts, 3 cello concertos. His compositions are influenced by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Reger. His later works reveal an interesting authentic style
[entry provided by Jascha Albracht]
Lange-Müller, Peter
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1 Dec. 1850
Fredericksberg, Denmark
26 Feb. 1926, Copenhagen, DenmarkDanish composer and pianist
Langford, Gordon (né Coleman)
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May 1930
Edgware, Middlesex, England
 English composer, arranger and performer. Although well known in the brass band community as a composer and arranger, he is less well known as a composer of orchestral music, despite winning an Ivor Novello award for his March from the Colour Suite in 1971
Langgaard, Rued (né Rud Immanuel Langgaard)
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28 Jul. 1893
Copenhagen, Denmark
10 Jul. 1952
Ribe, Denmark
late-Romantic Danish composer and organist
Langgaard, Siegfried
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18521914Danish composer and pianist, father of Rued, Langgaard
Langlais, Jean
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15 Feb. 1907
La Fontanelle, France
8 May 1991
Paris, France
notable French organist who held positions at Paris St-Pierre-de-Montrouge and Paris Ste-Clothilde (where he was one of the successors of César Franck), 1945-1987. His organ works include: La Nativité, Suite médiévale, Dominica in palmis, Three Gregorian Paraphrases, 9 Pièces, Les rameaux (The Palms), Incantation pour un jour saint, Suite brève, 3 méditations sur la sainte trinité
[information provided by Terry L Mueller]
Lanier (or Laniere), Nicholas
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bap. 10 Sep. 1588
Rouen, France
24 Feb. 1666
Greenwich, London, England
French lutenist, violist, singer and composer who was the first to hold the title 'Master of the King's Musick'. During the Commonwealth of England he lived in the Netherlands, but returned to resume his duties in 1660
Laniuk, Juri (Yuri)
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1957
L'viv
Ukraine
 Ukrainian cellist and composer
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Lanman, Anthony (Jseph)
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1973
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
 American guitarist and composer
Lann, Vanessa
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1968
Brooklyn, USA
 American composer
Lanner, August
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23 Jan. 1835
Vienna, Austria
27 Sep. 1855
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer, son of the better-known Josef Lanner
Lanner, Joseph
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12 Apr. 1801
Vienna, Austria
14 Apr. 1843
Vienna, Austria
one of the earliest Viennese composers to reform the waltz from a simple peasant dance to something that even the highest society could enjoy, either as an accompaniment to the dance, or for the music's own sake. He was just as famous as his friend and musical rival Johann Strauss I, who was better known outside of Austria in their day because of his concert tours abroad, in particular, to France and England
Lannoy, Colinet de
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 d.1497Obrecht used a chanson by Colinet de Lannoy, that had enjoyed extensive circulation in Italian sources, as the model for his Missa Cela sans plus while Pope Leo X (reigned 1513-1521) who may have received instruction from the Flemish composer Heinrich Isaac, composed a five-part arrangement of a Colinet de Lannoy chanson melody
Lannoy, Comtesse E. de1764
Belgium
1820composer of songs and orchestral works, she also compiled a collection of Austrian folk songs
Lannoy, Eduard von
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3 Dec. 1787
Brussels, Belgium
28 Mar. 1853
Vienna, Austria
clarinetist, music teacher and composer
Lansky, Paul
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18 Jun. 1944
USA
 American electronic-music or computer-music composer,educator, and music critic. His early work used conventional instrumental ensembles and serial techniques. His work since the 1970s has been mainly electronic, though he has recently shifted his focus back to the acoustic genre
[entry prompted by Susan Mielke]
Länsiö, Erkki
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1927
Finland
1956Finnish composer whose characteristic style is to be found in his best-known work, the incisively humorous Musiikkia 5 puhaltimelle ja kontrabassolle (Music for 5 winds and double bass, 1949)
Länsiö, Tapani
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22 Oct. 1953
Finland
 he divides his time between composing and performing. He has conducted the Finnish Polytechnic Male Choir since 1984 raising it to be regarded as the most significant Finnish male voice choir performing contemporary music. His own limited output as a composer also focuses on choral music, with more or less equal numbers of works for mixed choir and male voice choir, and a few children's choir pieces. The most significant of his instrumental works is the String Quartet (1995)
Lantier, Pierre
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30 Apr. 1910
Marseille, France
1998French composer and teacher
Lantins, Arnold de
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fl. 1420sbefore 2 Jul. 1432Franco-Flemish composer of the late Medieval era and early Renaissance. He is one of a few composers who shows aspects of both medieval and Renaissance style, and was a contemporary of Dufay during that composer's sojourn in Italy
Lantins, Hugo de
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fl. 1420-1430 Franco-Flemish composer of the late Medieval era and early Renaissance. He was active in Italy, especially Venice, and wrote both sacred and secular music; he may have been a relative of Arnold de Lantins, another composer active at the same time in the same area
Lapicida, Erasmus (also Erasmus Steinmetz)
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1440 or 144519 Nov. 1547
Vienna, Austria
Renaissance Flemish composer, singer and cleric
Laporte, Andre
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12 Jul. 1931
Oplinter, nr Tienen, Belgium
 Belgian composer
Lara, Augustin
(Angel Agustin Maria Carlos Fausto Mariano Alfonso del Sagrado Corazon Lara y Aguirre del Pino)
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30 Oct. 1897
Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, Mexico
6 Nov. 1970
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexican singer and songwriter
Lara, Isidore de (né Isidore Cohen)
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8 Sep. 1858
London, England
2 Sep. 1935
Paris, France
English composer and singer
Larchet, John Francis
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13 Jul. 1884
Dublin, Ireland
10 Aug. 1967
Dublin, Ireland
Irish composer. He was Director of Music at the Abbey Theatre from 1907 to 1934 and was professor of harmony and counterpoint at the Royal Irish Academy of Music from 1920 to 1955. He was also professor of music at University College Dublin from 1921 to 1958
Larchikov, Vadim
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9 Jul. 1967
Sebastopol, Ukraine
 Ukrainian cellist and composer
Larcom, Lucy
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5 Mar. 1824
Beverly, Mass., USA
17 Apr. 1893
Boston, Mass., USA
American poetess and composer of songs
Lark, Kenneth (see Whitlock, Percy)   
Larkins, Ellis
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15 May 1923
Baltimore, USA
29 Sep. 2002
Baltimore, USA
Jazz painist, accompanist and composer
Larsen, Christian
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early 1970s
Omaha, Nebraska
 American composer and producer
Larsen, Jon
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7 Jan. 1959
Oslo, Norway
 autodidact guitarist, composer, surrealistic painter, and record producer with heavy influence on the revival of Gypsy jazz worldwide
Larsen, Libby
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24 Dec. 1950
Wilmington, Delaware, USA
 one of America's most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over fifteen operas. Grammy Award winning and widely recorded, including over fifty CDs of her work, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world, and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory
Larsen, Tore Björn
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1957
Denmark
 Danish composer
Larsson, Lars-Erik1908
Sweden
1986composer of the popular A Swedish Pastorale (especially the middle movement, Romance) for orchestra and the choral suite, Förklädd Gud (God in Disguise). Both these works, completed in the 1930s, were originally for radio, a medium of wide range and impact. Although these works indicate a tendency towards lightweight neo-classicism, his output could be profound, exhibiting great technical skill. He visited Alban Berg and was the first in Sweden to compose according to the twelve-tone system
Larvor, Francis
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  French composer and performer
Lasceux, Guillaume
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3 Feb. 1740
Poissy, France
1831
Paris, France
French organist, improviser and composer
Laserna, Blas de
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1751
Corella, Navarra, Spain
1816
Madrid, Spain
one of the most prolific and popular songwriters of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Spain
Laske, Otto
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1936
Olesnia, Silesia, Poland
 active poet, composer, clinical-developmental psychologist, and cognitive scientist
Lassen, Eduard
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13 Apr. 1830
Copenhagen, Denmark
15 Jan. 1904
Weimar, Germany
Belgian composer and conductor of Danish birth who spent most of his career working as the music director at the court in Weimar. A moderately prolific composer, Lassen produced music in a variety of genres including operas, symphonic works, piano works, lieder, and choral works
Lasserre, Jules
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29 Jul 1838
Tarbes, France
 French cellist and composer. In 1869 he settled down in London as his permanent residence, and became first Cellist in the "Musical Union" as well as in Costa's Orchestra. He wrote several works for his instrument
Lassus, Orlande de [Orlandus Lassus, Orlando (di) Lasso, Orlandus Lassus, Roland de Lassus, Roland Delattre]
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1530/32
Mons, Belgium
14 Jun. 1594
Munich, Germany
Franco-Flemish composer of late Renaissance music. Along with Palestrina he is today considered to be the chief representative of the mature polyphonic style of the Franco-Flemish School, and he was the most famous and influential musician in Europe at the end of the 16th century
Lateef, Yusef (né William Emanuel Huddleston)
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9 Oct. 1920
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
 American Grammy Award-winning jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator
Latenas, Faustas
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1956
Lithuania
 Lithuanian composer
Latilla, Gaetano
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12 Jan. 1711
Bari, Italy
15 Jan. 1788
Naples, Italy
Italian opera composer, the most important of the period immediately preceding Niccolò Piccinni (his nephew)
La Trobe, Christian Ignatius
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17581836Moravian minister and composer. His life work was as secretary to the Moravian Brethren's Society for the Furtherance of the Gospel to the Heathen. He was well known in evangelical and anti-slavery societies. One result of La Trobe's successful visitation in 1815-16 to the mission at the Cape of Good Hope was the publication of his Journal of a Visit to South Africa (1818) and the posthumous Letters to my Children (1851). He also published a six-volume Selection of Sacred Music from the Works of the most Eminent Composers of Germany and Italy (1806-26)
Lâtre, Roland de (see Lassus, Orlande de)   
Latry, Olivier
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22 Feb. 1962
Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
 French organist, improviser and Professor of Organ in the Conservatoire de Paris
Lattre, Roland de (see Lassus, Orlande de)   
Lauber, Joseph
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27 Dec. 1864
Ruswil, Switzerland
28 May 1952
Genf, Switzerland
Swiss composer
Lauder, Sir Henry McLennan
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4 Aug. 1870
Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland
26 Feb. 1950
Strathaven, Lanarkshire, Scotland
known professionally as Harry Lauder, a notable Scottish entertainer who composed the majority of the songs for which he was famous
Lauder, James
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c.1535
Edinburgh, Scotland
c.1595Lauder was licensed in 1552 to travel in England and France for 'improvement in music and the playing of instruments'. He was a composer and teacher of music and is believed to have served as a spy in the service of Mary Queen of Scots
Lauer, Christof
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25 May 1953
Melsungen, nr. Frankfurt, Germany
 German jazz band-leader and composer
Laufenberg (or Loufenburg), Heinrich (see Castro, Henricus de Libero)   
Launis, Armas
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22 Apr. 1884
Hämeenlinna, Finland
7 Aug. 1959
Nice, France
an exceptional figure in Finnish music, in that he methodically sought to become an opera composer. He wrote a total of eight operas; two further unfinished opera projects are known of. However, only the first two of his operas, Aleksis Kivi (1913) and Kullervo (1917), have ever been produced on stage. In addition to operas, he wrote orchestral works, chamber music, piano pieces and vocal music. Launis remained a peripheral name in Finland partly because he emigrated to Nice in 1930 and lived most of the rest of his life abroad. He also wrote the music to the documentary Häidenvietto Karjalan runomailla (Wedding Feast in the Runo Lands of Karelia, 1921), recycling some of its material from his earlier works
Laurenti, Christopher de (see DeLaurenti, Christopher)   
Laurentius de Florentia (see Firenze, Lorenzo da)   
Laurenz, Pedro (né Pedro Blanco Acosta)
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10 Oct. 1902
Argentina
7 Jul. 1972
Argentina
bandoneon player, director and composer of Argentine tango music
Lauridsen, Morten
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27 Feb. 1943
Colfax, Washington, USA
 his music is performed regularly by choruses and vocal artists throughout America. Morton Lauridsen is Chair of the Composition Department at the University of Southern California School of Music in Los Angeles, a faculty he joined in 1967
Laurischkus, Max
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1876
Insterburg, Germany
1929
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Lauro, Antonio
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3 Aug. 1917
Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela
18 Apr. 1986
Caracas, Venezuela
a Venezuelan composer, considered to be one of the foremost South American composers of the 20th century
Laurson, Mikael1951
Finland
  Finnish composer who has worked with electronic music. The Centre for Music and Technology, as part of its promotion of the introduction of new methods using new technology into the Sibelius Academy, has developed MacSet for the Macintosh environment, an aid for learning and teaching theory and analysis of post-tonal music. The design and programming has been carried out mainly by Marcus Castren and Mikael Laurson
Lauterbach, Lorenz1906
Waldrach/Neuhausen, Germany
1986German composer
Lavagne, André
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12 Jul. 1913
Paris, France
 French composer
Lavagne, Edmond
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1880 French pianist and composer, father of André
Lavagnino, Angelo Francesco
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22 Feb. 190921 Aug. 1987Italian composer best known for writing the scores to dozens of films, including The Naked Maja, Legend of the Lost, Gorgo, Daisy Miller, Esther and the King, and two directed by Orson Welles, Othelloand Chimes at Midnight
Lavallee, Calixa
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28 Dec. 1842
Verchères, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
21 Jan. 1891
Boston, Mass., USA
French-Canadian-American musician and Union Army officer during the American Civil War who composed the music for O Canada, which officially became the national anthem of Canada in 1980
Lavelle, Caroline
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  British singer-songwriter and cellist who has created three solo albums and contributed vocals, music, and production help to many other artists and bands
Lavigna, Vincenzo
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21 Feb. 1776
Altamura, Bari, Italy
14 Sep. 1836
Milan, Italy
Italian concert-master, keyboard player and composer
Lavigne, Philibert de (see Delavigne, Philibert)   
Lavotta, János
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5 Jul. 176411 Aug. 1820Hungarian composer noted for writing in the verbunkos style
Lavry, Marc
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22 Dec. 1903
Riga, Latvia
24 Mar. 1967
Israel
Israeli composer
Lawes, Henry I
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5 Dec. 1595
Dinton, Wilts.
21 Oct. 1662
London, England
Henry Lawes was received as one of the gentlemen of the chapel royal (in 1626), and held the position until the Commonwealth put a stop to church music. Even during that period without music, Lawes continued his work as a composer, and the famous collection of his vocal pieces, Ayres and Dialogues for One, Two and Three Voyces, was published in 1653 and followed by two other books under the same title in 1655 and 1658 respectively. On the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Lawes returned to the royal chapel, and composed an anthem for the coronation of King Charles II
Lawes, William
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1602
Salisbury, Wilts.
1645
Chester, England
the son of Thomas Lawes, a vicar choral at Salisbury Cathedral, and brother to Henry Lawes, a very successful composer in his own right, William composed secular music and songs for court masques (and doubtless played in them), as well as sacred anthems and motets for Charles's private worship. He is most remembered today for his sublime viol consort suites for between three and six players and his lyra viol music. His use of counterpoint and fugue and his tendency to juxtapose bizarre, spine-tingling themes next to pastoral ones in these works made them disfavoured in the centuries after his death; they have only become widely available in recent years
Layolle (or dell'Aiolle, dell'Aiuola, dell'Ajolle, dell'Aiolli), Francesco de
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4 Mar. 1492
Florence, Italy
c.1540
Lyon, France
an Italian composer and organist of the Renaissance. He was one of the first native Italian composers to write sacred music in the Franco-Flemish polyphonic style, combining it with the indigenous harmonic idioms of the Italian peninsula
Layton, John Turner
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2 Jul. 1894
Washington, D.C., USA
6 Feb. 1978
London, England
American songwriter, singer and pianist
Lazar, Filip
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6 May 1894
Craiova, Romania
3 Nov. 1936
Paris, France
avant-garde Romanian composer and pianist
Lazarof, Henri
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12 Apr. 1932
Sophia, Bulgaria
 Bulgarian composer
Lazkano, Ramon
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1968
San Sebastián, Spain
 Spanish Basque composer of classical music
Leach, Mary Jane
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1949
Vermont, USA
 American composer based in New York City
Lead Belly
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20 Jan. 1888
Mooringsport, Louisiana,, USA
6 Dec. 1949
New York, USA
iconic American folk and blues musician, and multi-instrumentalist, notable for his strong vocals, his virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced
Lebedeff, Aron
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1873
Homel, Russia
8 Nov. 1960
USA
Yiddish theatre star
Lebègue, Nicolas Antoine1631
France
1702
France
related to the Le Nain painters, Nicolas Lebègue was an exceptionally influential musician. Many copies of his works reached the New world during his lifetime. Organist at Saint-Merry and at the Chapelle Royale, he was also a harpsichordist, an expert at organ building, and a famous teacher (Grigny and Agincourt were among his many pupils). He has left many motets for small orchestras, two books of harpsichord pieces, and three books of organ pieces whose style is characteristic of organ composition at the time of Louis XIVth
Lebel, Firmin
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c. early 16th century
Noyon, France
27/31 Dec. 1573
Rome, Italy
French composer and choir director of the Renaissance, active in Rome. While relatively little music of his survives, he was notable as one of the likely teachers of Palestrina
Lebic, Lojze
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23 Aug. 1934
Prevalje, Slovenia
 Slovenian composer
Lebloitte, Jossequin (see Desprez, Josquin)   
Leborne, Aimé Ambroise Simon
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29 Dec. 1797
Brussels, Belgium
2 Apr. 1866
Paris, France
tenor singer and composer of operas and vocal works; he also edited the revision of Catel's Traité d'harmonie (rev. edn. 1848)
Lebouc, Charles-Joseph
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22 Dec 1822
Besançon, France
6 Mar 1893
Hyères, France
French cellist. Besides some pieces for violoncello, with piano accompaniment, he composed a Methode complete et pratique de Violoncelle. Saint-Saëns' 'The Swan' was written for the aging Lebouc, who was famous also for being the son-in-law of the well-known singer Adolphe Nourrit. Saint-Saëns had promised a solo piece for the cellist years previous, but he did not get around to the project until February 1886. By this time, Lebouc was the subject of ridicule in the string-playing community due to a number of bad performance habits that he had acquired in his old age. Once he had performed 'The Swan' with its extreme mellowness, he again caused his fellow cellists to take notice of the tenderness in his playing
Lebrun, Ludwig August
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bap. 2 May 1752
Mannheim, Germany
16 Dec. 1790
Berlin, Germany
German oboist and composer, husband of the noted singer and composer Franceska Danzi and father of the German pianist and composer Sophie Lebrun Dülken
Lebrun, Sophie (see Dülken, Sophie Lebrun)   
Lebrun-Danzi, Franceska
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24 Mar. 1756
Mannheim, Germany
14 May 1791
London, England
born in the same year as Mozart, she made her operatic debut at Schwetzingen in 1772 and soon became the leading soprano and virtuosa da camera of the Mannheim court opera. In addition to touring as an opera star and concert artist, she composed two sets of six keyboard sonatas with violin accompaniment which were first published in London and later reprinted in cities across Europe. She married Ludwig Lebrun and their daughter, Sophie Lebrun Dülken, was a noted pianist and composer
Lecce, Francescofl. 17th/18th century Italian composer known for a mandoline concerto
[entry prompted by Philippe Watel]
Lechantre, Mllefl. latter half 18th century
France
 composed concertos
Lechner, Leonhard
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c.1553
Germany
1606German composer and music editor who worked with Orlando de Lassus
Lechner, Otto
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1954
Melk, Austria
 Austrian accordionist and composer
Leclair l'aîné, Jean-Marie
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10 May 1697
Lyon, France
22 Oct. 1764
Paris, France
Baroque violinist and composer. He is considered to have founded the French violin school. His brothers Jean-Marie Leclair le cadet, Pierre Leclair (1709-84) and Jean-Benoît Leclair (1714-after 1759) were also musicians
Leclair le cadet, Jean-Marie
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170330 Nov. 1777French composer, and younger brother of the better-known Jean-Marie Leclair l'aîné ("the elder")
Lecocq, Charles
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3 Jun. 1832
Paris, France
24 Oct. 1918
Paris, France
French composer
Lecuona [y Casado], Ernesto
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6 Aug. 1895
Guanabacoa, Havana, Cuba
29 Nov. 1963
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
Cuban composer, brother of Ernestina
Lecuona [y Casado], Ernestina
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16 Jan. 1882
Matanzas, Cuba
3 Sep. 1951
Havana, Cuba
Cuban pianist, music educator and composer, sister of Ernesto
Lecuona, Margarita
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18 Apr. 1910
Havana, Cuba
1981
New Jersey, USA
musician and composer, cousin of Ernest and Ernestina Lecuona, the author of the song Babalú, made popular in the Latin American world by Miguelito Valdés, and in the United States by Desi Arnaz
Ledbetter, Huddie William (see Lead Belly)   
Ledenev, Roman
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4 Dec. 1930
Moscow, Russia
 Russian teacher and composer. He was educated at the Central Musical School of the Moscow Conservatory from 1942 until 1948, he studied under N. Rakov and composition under A.N. Aleksandrov at the Moscow Conservatory from 1948 until 1958. He completed his postgraduate training there and later joined the staff as a theory teacher
Lederer, Joseph Anton
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15 Jan. 1733
Ziemetshausen, Swabia
22 Sep. 1796
Ulm, Germany
German composer
Ledger, Philip
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12 Dec. 1937
Bexhill-on-Sea, England
 British musician and academic, best known for his tenure as director of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge between 1973 and 1982 and as director of Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama from 1982 until his retirement in 2001. He is also a composer of choral music and organist
Leduc, Daniel
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3 Sep. 1965
Montréal, Canada
 Canadian composer of electroacoustic music
Leduc, Jacques
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1 Mar. 1932
Jette, Belgium
 Belgian composer
Lee, (George) Alexander
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1802
London, England
8 Oct. 1851
London, England
composer and musical director at Vauxhall Gardens
Lee, Bill
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23 Jul. 1928
Snow Hill, Alabama, USA
 arranger and composer of film scores
Lee, Brent
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1964
Wynyard, Saskatchewan, Canada
 Canadian composer and professor of Music Composition at the University of Windsor
Lee, Noël
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25 Dec. 1924
Nanjing, China
 American classical pianist and composer living in Paris, France
Lee, Thomas Oboe
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5 Sep. 1945
Beijing, China
 Chinese-American composer
Lee Daly, Melissa
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1985
Fareham, England
 English composer, winner of the 2002 BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composers Competition
Leemans, Hébert (Philippe Adrien)
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 10 Jun. 1771Belgian composer
Leenhouts, Paul
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1957
The Netherlands
 composer, arranger and editor of numerous works for chamber music ensembles
Lees, Benjamin (born: Benjamin George Lisniansky)
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8 Jan. 1924
Harbin, China
30 May 2010
Glen Cove, Long Island, USA
American composer
Leeuw, Reinbert de
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8 Sep. 1938
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 Dutch conductor, pianist and composer
Leeuw, Ton de
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16 Nov. 1926
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
31 May 1996
Paris, France
Dutch composer
Lefébure-Wely, Louis James Alfred
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13 Nov. 1817
Paris, France
31 Dec. 1869
Paris, France
French organist and composer
Lefebvre, Charles Edouard
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19 Jun. 1843
Paris, France
8 Sep. 1917
Aix-de-Bains, France
French composer and professor at the Conservatoire de Paris who won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1870
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Lefebvre, Charles-Hugues
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28 Aug. 1864
St-Hugues, nr. Montreal, Canada
22 Feb. 1948
Montreal, Canada
choirmaster, writer on music, critic, teacher and composer of hymns, plainsong harmonisations and other liturgical music
Lefebvre, Claude
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11 Nov. 1931
Ardres, France
2 May 2012
France
French composer and poet
Lefèvre, Jean Xavier
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6 Mar. 1763
Lausanne Cressis, Switzerland
9 Nov. 1829
Paris Neuilly, France
Swiss-born French clarinettist and composer
Le Flem, Paul (see Flem, Paul le)   
Legley, Victor
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18 Jun. 1915
Hazebrouck, France
28 Nov. 1994
Ostend, Belgium
Belgian violist and composer, of French birth
Legnani, Luigi Rinaldo
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7 Nov. 1790
Ferrara, Italy
5 Aug. 1877
Ravenna, Italy
one of the greatest Italian guitarists of the romantic period. His predecessors had established the audiences for the guitar and made possible his career as a touring performer; on the other hand, they had also raised the technical standards and the expectations of these audiences. Legnani’s virtuosity was often compared with that of his friend Paganini, who was himself a competent guitarist and who once stated that he considered Legnani "first" among guitarists. One Spanish critic wrote of Legnani’s "remarkable agility of execution," of his "tone of infinite depth and rare singing beauty," and celebrated his cantabile on the bass strings
Legrady, Thomas (Theodore)
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22 Mar 1920
Budapest, Hungary
 Hungarian-born, naturalized-Canadian composer
Legrand, Michel
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24 Feb. 1932
Bécon-les-Bruyères,Paris, France
 French composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist; son of Raymond Legrand
Legrand, Raymond
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23 May 1908
Paris, France
2 Dec. 1974
Paris, France
conductor and composer renowned for hits such as Irma la douce, father of Michel Legrand
Legrenzi, Giovanni
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12 Aug. 1626
Clusone, Italy
27 May 1690
Venice, Italy
Italian composer and organist of the Baroque era. He was one of the most prominent composers in Venice in the late 17th century, and extremely influential on the development of late Baroque idioms across northern Italy
Leguerney, Jacques
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1906
Havre, Fance
10 Sep. 1997
Paris, France
French composer especially noted for his art songs
Lehár, Franz jr
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30 Apr. 1870
Komámo, Slovakia
24 Oct. 1948
Bad Ischl
Austria
Austrian composer of Hungarian descent, mainly known for his operettas
Lehmann, Liza (Elisabetha Nina Mary Frederica)
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11 Jul. 1862
London, England
19 Sep. 1918
Pinner, Middlesex, England
English operatic soprano and composer, known for her vocal compositions
Lehrer, Tom
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9 Apr. 1928
New York ,USA
 American singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician
Lehrndorfer, Franz
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10 Aug. 1928
Salzburg, Austria
 Austrian composer and organist
Lehto, Anita
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1970
Hämeenlinna, Finland
 she is a graduate of Tampere Conservatory where her main instrument was the accordion. She now conducts windbands and has begun writing for them
Lehto, Jukka-Pekka
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28 Oct. 1958
Ahlainen, Finland
 Finnish flautist and composer
[entry corrected by Terry L. Mueller]
Leibowitz, René
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17 Feb. 1913
Warsaw, Poland
29 Aug. 1972
Paris, France
French composer, conductor, music theorist and teacher born in Warsaw, Poland
Leiding, Georg Dietrich (see Leyding, Georg Dietrich)   
Leifs, Jón
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1 May 1899
Sólheimar, Iceland
30 Jul. 1968
Reykjavík, Iceland
Icelandic composer
Leigh, Mitch
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30 Jan. 1928
Brooklyn, New York, USA
  American musical theatre composer and theatrical producer best known for the musical Man Of La Mancha
Leigh, Walter
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22 Jun. 1905
Wimbledon, London, England
12 Jun. 1942
Tobruk, Libya
English composer
Leighton, Kenneth
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2 Oct. 1929
Wakefield, England
24 Aug. 1988
Edinburgh, Scotland
British composer and pianist
Leiviskä, Helvi
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25 May 1902
Helsinki, Finland
12 Aug. 1982
Helsinki, Finland
the three Symphonies of Leiviskä reflect a serious composer personality. Counterpoint plays an important part in her work, and it was counterpoint that led her to explore a more chromatic style. This is evident both in the single-movement Sinfonia brevis (1962/72), not one of her numbered symphonies, and in the Third Symphony (1971). Leiviskä was also important in that she pioneered the concept of a 'woman composer' at a time when the very existence of such a person could arouse prejudice in audiences
Lekeu, Guillaume
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20 Jan. 1870
Verviers, Belgium
21 Jan. 1894
Verviers, Belgium
a Belgian (Wallon) composer remembered most for a violin sontata he wrote for the famous violin virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe
Lelio, de
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c.17th century composer
Lelong, Fernand
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3 Sep. 1939
Pas-de-Calais, France
2 Nov. 2002
Paris, France
French tuba player, consultant to the tuba maker Antoine Courtois and composer of studies, etc., (pub. Paris: Billaudot)
Lema, Ray (né Raymond Lema A'nsi Nzinga)
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30 Mar. 1946
Lufu-Toto, Bas-Congo Province, DR Congo
 pianist, guitarist, and songwriter
Lemacher, Heinrich
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26 Jun. 1891
Solingen, Germany
16 Mar. 1966
Cologne, Germany
German composer
Lemare, Edwin Henry
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9 Sep. 1866
Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England
24 Sep. 1934
English organist and composer who lived the latter part of his life in the United States
Lemba, Artur Gustavovich24 Sep. 1885
Tallinn, Estonia
21 Sep. 1963
Tallinn, Estonia
Estonian composer, critic and pianist
Lemckert, Johann T
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1940
The Netherlands
 Dutch organist and composer
Lemmens, Jacques-Nicolas (Jaak-Nicolaas)
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3 Jan, 1823
Zoele-Parwijs, near Waterloo, Belgium
30 Jan. 1881
Sempst, near Malines, Belgium
an organist and a composer for his instrument
Lena, Battista
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8 Jun. 1960
Italy
 Italian composer
Lendvai, Erwin
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4 Jun. 1882
Budapest, Hungary
31 Mar. 1949
London, England
Hungarian composer and choral conductor. He was an uncle of the composer Kamilló Lendvay
Lendvay, Kamilló
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28 Dec. 1928
Hungary
 Hungarian composer
Lenine (né Osvaldo Lenine Macedo Pimentel)
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2 Feb. 1959
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
 Brazilian songwriter, singer and guitarist
Lenners, Claude
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1956
Luxembourg
 teacher and composer from Luxembourg
Lenning, Carl Petter1711/12
Sweden
1788in 1747, Lenning, organist of Turku Cathedral, was appointed music director at the Turku Academy. This occurred with the formation of the Academic Capell, an instrumental ensemble with, initially, 10 to 15 members and which can be considered the first regularly performing Finnish orchestra
Lennon, John Ono (born John Winston Lennon)
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9 Oct. 1940
Liverpool, England
8 Dec. 1980
New York, USA
an iconic British 20th-century composer and singer of popular music, best known as the founding member of The Beatles, in which he and Paul McCartney formed the massively successful Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership throughout the 1960s
Lenski, Adriaan
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1972
Antwerp, Belgium
 Belgian composer
Lentz, Daniel
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10 Mar. 1942
Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA
 American composer of electronic music
Lentz, Georges
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1965
Luxembourg
 Luxembourg-born composer and violinist who has lived in Australia since 1990
Lentz, Johan Nicolaas
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1719 or January 1720
Gau-Bickelheim, The Netherlands
1782
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch composer
Leo, Leonardo (Lionardo Oronzo Salvatore de)
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5 Aug. 1694
San Vito degli Schiavoni, Italy
31 Oct. 1744
Naples, Italy
an Italian Baroque composer
León, Tania
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14 May 1943
Havana, Cuba
 Cuban-born composer and conductor who is also an educator and advisor to arts organizations
Leonarda (Leonardo), Isabella16201704during the seventeenth century, Lombardy was home to more published nun composers than anywhere else in Italy. This composer was prolific among them. In 1693, at the age of seventy-three, she published a set of eleven trio sonatas, and in 1696 a sonata for solo violin and organ continuo, which place her among the first Italian women to compose in the new baroque instrumental genres. She published 20 volumes of music during her life, of which two have been lost. The surviving volumes contain more than 200 pieces of music
Leonardo, Umberto
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Naples, Italy Neapolitan guitarist and composer
Leoncavallo, Ruggiero
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8 Mar. 1857
Naples, Italy
9 Aug. 1919
Montecatini, Italy
Italian opera composer
Leone, Francesco (Bartolomeo) de28 Jul. 1887
Ravenna, Ohio
10 Dec. 1948
Akron, Ohio
American composer
Leone, Gabriele
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1732
Italy
1770
Italy
mandolinist and composer for the instrument
Leoninus (or Léonin), magister
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c.1135
probably France
c.1201
Paris, France
educated at St. Benoit, a collegiate church subordinate to Notre Dame, and earned the magister degree. Became a member of the Notre Dame clergy, and by 1180 had attained preisthood and became a canon at the cathedral. He was one of the composer-performers where were instrumental in creating modal rhythms and meters. Also according to Anonymous IV created a form of music called clausula, a polyphonic section of chant in which both voices were written in discant-style counterpoint and proceeded at approximately the same rate. He was also supposedly the original writer for the Magnus Liber Organi (Great book of Organum)
[entry supplied by Ben Conrad]
Leontaritis, Franghiskos
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c. 1518
Chandakas, Crete
c. 1572
Chandakas, Crete
he studied in Italy and worked in Rome and Venice before being engaged as a member of the choir in the Munich Court in 1562 where he composed masses and motets as well as secular music
Leontovych, Mykola
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13 Dec. 1877
Podolia region, Russian Empire
23 Jan. 1921
Kiev, Ukraine
Ukrainian composer, choral conductor, priest and teacher
Leopold I, Emperor of Austria
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9 Jun. 1640
Vienna, Austria
5 May 1705
Vienna, Austria
patron of music and a composer, Leopold I continued to enrich the court's musical life by employing and providing support for distinguished composers such as Antonio Bertali, Giovanni Bononcini, Johann Kaspar Kerll, Ferdinand Tobias Richter, Alessandro Poglietti, Johann Fux. Leopold's surviving works show influence of Bertali and Viennese composers in general (in oratorios and other dramatic works), and of Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (in ballets and German comedies). His sacred music is perhaps his most successful, particularly Missa angeli custodis, a Requiem Mass for his first wife, and Three Lections, composed for the burial of his second wife. Much of Leopold's music was published with works by his father, and described as "works of exceeding high merit"
Leopolita, Marcin
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c. 1530
Lwów, Poland
1589Polish composer who worked at the court of King Zygmunt August
Leoz, Jesus García
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1904
Spain
1953
Spain
Spanish composer
Lepnurm, Hugo
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31 Oct. 1914
Tsitre, Kolga, Harjumaa, Estonia
15 Feb. 1999
Tallinn, Estonia
Estonian composer
Lerinckx, Jos
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13 Jun. 1920
Halle, Belgium
23 Dec. 2000
Mechelen, Belgium
Belgian composer
Leroux, Philippe
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24 Sep. 1959
Boulogne Billancourt, France
 French composer who works in Canada
Lesage, Jean
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1958
Montréal, Canada
 Canadian composer
Lescurel, Jehan de
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 23 May 1304
Paris, France
medieval poet and composer. He was a transitional figure from the trouvère period to the ars nova. His lyrical style unites him with the composers of the later period, and they clearly thought highly enough of him to include his music in the same manuscript which preserves the Roman de Fauvel
Leslie, Edgar
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31 Dec. 1885
Stamford, Connecticut, USA
1976
USA
American song-writer
Lessel, Wincenty Ferdynand
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1750
Jilové, Czech Republic
1825
Pulawy, Poland
pianist and composer of Czech origin, father of Franciszek Lessel
Lessel, Franciszek
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1780
Pulawy, Poland
26 Dec. 1838
Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland
son of Wincenty Ferdynand Lessel, Franciszek was a Polish court musician, headed Warsaw's Amateur Music Society, and gave lessons on how to play the glass harmonica. In later life he largely had non-musical administrative and inspector jobs.
Lesueur, Jean François
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15 Jan. 1760
Drucat-Plessiel, France
6 Oct. 1837
France
French composer of eight operas, several masses, and other sacred music
Lesur, Daniel (see Daniel-Lesur, Jean Yves)   
Leszetycki, Teodor (sometimes also referred to by a germanised name Theodor Leschetitzky)
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22 Jun. 1830
Lancut, Poland
14 Nov. 1915
Dresden, Germany
Polish pianist, teacher and composer.
le Thiere, Charles(see Thiere, Charles le)   
Levenson, Boris
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1884
Bessarabia, a province of Russian Empire
1947
USA
Russian-born American composer
Levesque, Louise1708
Paris
1745composer
Leviev, Milcho
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19 Dec. 1937
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
 Bulgarian-born and educated pianist and composer who defected to West Germany in 1970 and has since moves to Los Angeles. He became a US citizen in 1977. He works mainly in the field of jazz
Levina, Zara
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5 Feb. 1906
Simferopol, Ukraine
27 Jun. 1976
Moscow, Russia
Ukrainian composer who has written two piano concertos, chamber music and vocal music
Lévinas, Michaël
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1949
Paris, France
 French pianist and composer
Levine, Alexander
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Philadelphia, USA jazz pianist, composer, recording artist, producer and educator
Levine, Alexander
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Moscow, Russia Russian-born guitarist and composer who is now based in the United Kingdom
Levine, Joey
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29 May 1947
New York, USA
 American songwriter, producer and performer of pop music starting around 1966
Levine, Mark
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  jazz pianist, theorist and educator
Levine, Michael A.
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20 Feb. 1964
Tokyo, Japan
 American composer who is currently based in Los Angeles, USA. His Concerto for Pedal Steel Guitar and Orchestra is believed to be the first concerto ever written for the pedal steel guitar
Levitan, Daniel
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1953 composer of numerous works for percussion ensemble that are regularly performed at colleges and universities across the country and around the world
Levitan, Yuri
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20 Dec. 1912
Poltava, Russia
 Russian composer who has written many concerti, chamber music, film music and also light music
Levitzki (or Levitski), Mischa
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25 May 1898
Kremenchuk, Ukraine
2 Jan. 1941
Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey, USA
Russian-born American concert pianist, arranger and transcriber
Levy, Fabien
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11 Dec. 1968
Paris, France
 French composer
Levy, Krishna
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27 May 1964
New Delhi, India
 Indian-born French composer
Lévy, Michel Maurice
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1883
Ville d'Avray, France
1965
Paris, France
French composer
Lewandowski, Louis
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23 Apr. 1821
Wrzesnia, Poland (then in Germany)
4 Feb. 1894
Berlin, Germany
German composer of synagogal music
Lewis, Andrew
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1963
Sutton-in-Ashfield, England
 composer, principally of electro-acoustic music
Lewis, George
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14 Jul. 1952
Chicago, USA
 composer, electronic performer, installation artist, trombone player, and scholar in the fields of improvisation and experimental music
Lewis, John
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3 May 1920, La Grange, Illinois, USA 29 Mar. 2001
New York City, USA
American jazz pianist, composer and arranger best known as the musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet
Lewis, Meade Lux
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Sep. 1905
Chicago, Illinois, USA
7 Jun. 1964
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
American pianist and composer, noted for his work in the boogie-woogie style
Lewis, Paul
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1943
Brighton, England
 English composer best known for his television music
Lewis, Robert Hall
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1926
Portland, Oregon, USA
22 Mar. 1996
Baltimore, USA
American composer, conductor and educator
Lewkovitch, Bernhard
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28 May 1927
Denmark
 Danish composer
Ley, Henry George
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30 Dec. 1887
Chagford, Devon, England
24 Aug. 1962
England
English organist, composer and music teacher
Leybach, Ignace Xavier Joseph
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17 July 1817
Gambsheim, Alsace, France
23 May 1891
Toulouse, France
French teacher, pianist and organist, and a composer of salon piano music
Leyding, Georg Dietrich
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23 Feb. 1664
Buecken, Germany
10 May 1710
Brunswick, Germany
German organist and composer mainly of works for organ
Lhéritier, Jean (see Héritier, Jean l')   
Lhoir, Bernard
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  Belgian jazz pianist and composer
Lhotka, Fran
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25 Dec. 1883
Vozice, Croatia
26 Jan. 1962
Zagreb, Croatia
Croatian composer
Li, Huanzhi (also known as Li Zhonghuan)
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2 Jan. 2 1919
Hong Kong
19 Mar. 2000
Beijing, China
Chinese composer
Li, Min Xiong
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  contemporary Chinese composer and percussionist
Liadov, Anatoly Konstantinovich
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11 May 1855
St. Petersburg, Russia
28 Aug. 1914
Polynovka, Novgorod, Russia
Russian composer, teacher and conductor
Liao, Chang Bing
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  Chinese composer of Journey to Sichuan Province
Liapunov, Sergei
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30 Nov. 1859
Yoroslavl, Russia
8 Nov. 1924
Paris, France
pianist and composer, sometime teacher in the conservatory of St. Petersburg. In 1923, after the Revolution in Russia he escaped to Paris
Liardet, Jean-Paul
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5 Oct. 1939
Lausanne, Switzerland
 Swiss composer
Liatoshinsky, Boris
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3 Jan. 1895
Shitomir
15 Apr. 1968
Kiev
prolific Russian composer
Libaek (or Lieback), Sven Erik
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20 Sep. 1938
Norway
 Norwegian composer noted for his film scores
Liban, Jerzy
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c. 1464
Liepnitz, Silesia
after 1546Polish musical theorist and composer who spent some time in Cologne and lectured at Cracow University in 1511, 1513 and 1520
Liberda, Bruno
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17 Feb. 1953
Mödling, Vienna
 Austrian composer
Libero Castro, Henricus de (or Heinrich Laufenberg)
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c1390
Freiburg (?), Germany
1460
Strasbourg, Germany
composer
Libert (or Liberth), Gautier (Gualterius, Gualtero)
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fl. 1423-1428 composer of the early Renaissance, possibly French, who flourished in Rome
Libert, Reginaldus
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fl.c.1425-1435 French composer of the early Renaissance. He was a minor member of the Burgundian School, a contemporary of Guillaume Dufay, and one of the first to use fauxbourdon in a mass setting
Libert, Simon
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1820
Liège, Belgium
20 Jan. 1861
Paris, France
Belgian composer and violinist
Lichnowsky, Fürst Karl Alois
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21 Jun. 1761
Vienna, Austria
15 Apr. 1814
Vienna, Austria
musician and composer, lodge brother of Mozart. Lichnowsky was one of the most significant aristocratic supporters of Beethoven. In an 1805 letter the composer called him "one of my most loyal friends and promoters of my art"
Lichnowsky, Reichsgraf Moritz von
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17711837composer of Sieben Variationen für Klavier über ein Thema von Paisiello ('Nel cor più non mi sento') - also the dedicatee of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90
Lichtveld, Lodewijk Alphonsus Maria (Lou)
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7 Nov. 1903
Paramaribo, Surinam
10 Jul. 1996
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Surinamese politician, playwright, composer and poet who wrote under the pseudonym "Albert Helman" in the Netherlands
Lickl (also Ligkl), Johann Georg [in Hungarian: Lickl György]
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11 Apr. 1769
Korneuburg, Lower Austria
12 May 1843
Pécs, Hungary
Austrian composer, organist, Kapellmeister in the main church of Pécs, and piano teacher
Lidarti, Christian Joseph (Cristiano Giuseppe)
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23 Feb. 1730
Vienna, Austria
1795
Pisa, Italy
Austrian-born composer, who from 1751 worked in Italy
Liddell, Claire
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24 May (year unknown)
Glasgow, Scotland
 contemporary Scottish pianist and composer
Liddle, Samuel
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1867
Leeds, England
1951English pianist, organist and composer. His many vocal pieces are written in ballad style. Most popular among his songs is the Psalm 84-based How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings
Lidholm, Ingvar
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24 Feb. 1921
Jönköping, Sweden
 Swedish composer
Lie, Harald
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21 Nov. 1902
Christiania, Norway
23 May 1942
Oslo, Norway
Norwegian composer
Liebermann, Lowell
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22 Feb. 1961
New York City, USA
 American composer, pianist and conductor
Liebermann, Rolf
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14 Sep. 1910
Zurich, Switzerland
2 Jan. 1999
Paris, France
Swiss composer
Lieberson, Goddard19111977As President of Columbia Records, the composer Goddard Lieberson was among the nation's most influential musical personalities from the 1940s to his death in the 1970s. His Papers lodged at Yale University, the gift of his widow, Vera Zorina, include essentially every Columbia LP recording issued during his tenure, twenty-five file drawers and nineteen additional boxes of correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and the holograph manuscripts of his compositions. Lieberson engaged authors, poets, and public figures to do spoken recordings; their correspondence combined with that of musicians comprise one of the most remarkable correspondence files in the Yale Music Archives. Among the major correspondences are those with Samuel Beckett, Sir Thomas Beecham, Irving Berlin, Fanny Brice, Noel Coward, Henry Cowell, Nelson Eddy, Edna Ferber, Jose Ferrer, Ira Gershwin, John Gielgud, Sir Alec Guiness, Paul Hindemith, Jerome Kern, Andre Kostelanetz, Lotte Lehman, Lotte Lenya, Groucho Marx, W. Somerset Maugham, Darius Milhaud, Eugene Ormandy, Egon Petri, Gregor Piatigorsky, Cole Porter, Basil Rathbone, Fritz Reiner, Richard Rogers, Artur Rodzinski, William Saroyan, Arnold Schoenberg, Dame Edith Sitwell, Osbert Sitwell, Rudolph Serkin, Rise Stevens, Leopold Stokowsky, Igor Stravinsky, George Szell, Joseph Szigeti, Virgil Thomson, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Bruno Walter
Lieberson, Peter
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25 Oct. 1946
New York City, USA
 American composer, son of Goddard Lieberson, president of Columbia Records, and ballerina and choreographer Vera Zorina. Married (1999) mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1954-2006)
[entry prompted by Dr Christopher McGahan]
Liebhold (or Liebholdt)
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1700?1750German composer
Liebman, David
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4 Sep. 1946
Brooklyn, New York, USA
 American jazz saxophonist and flautist
Liebmann, Helene Riese1796
Germany
after 1835a child prodigy who published compositions in her teens, she was an acclaimed pianist before she was thirteen. Her works reflect the influence of Mozart in style and form
Liechtenstein, Ulrich von
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1200
Murau, Austria
1278medieval nobleman, knight, politician and minnesinger
Liedes, Anna-Kaisa
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  Finnish folk musician and composer of film music
Liège, Stephanus de (also d’Étienne chez Vannes, d’Étienne de Liège chez Auda)
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c.850
Salm, Flanders
16 May 920musician, possibly composer, who was bishop of Liège from 903 to 920
Liehmann, Antonin
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18081879Czech organist and composer, teacher of Antonín Dvorák
Lier, Bertus van
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10 Sep 1906
Utrecht, The Netherlands
14 Feb. 1972
Roden, The Netherlands
Dutch composer, conductor, music critic and teacher
Lieske, Wulfin
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1956
Linz, Austria
 Austrian guitarist and composer
Ligeti, Gyorgy
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28 May 1923
Dicsöszentmárton, Romania
12 Jun. 2006
Vienna, Austria
a Jewish Hungarian composer born in Romania who later became an Austrian citizen. Many of his works are well known in classical music circles, but among the general public, he is probably best known for his opera Le Grand Macabre and the various pieces which feature prominently in the Stanley Kubrick films 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut
Lignoquercu, Rogierus de
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fl. second half 15th century singer and possibly composer who died in Cambrai
Lijnschoten, Henk van
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28 Mar. 1928
The Hague, The Netherlands
1 Nov. 2006
Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, The Netherlands
Dutch composer who also wrote under the names Ted Huggens and Michel van Delft
Lilburn, Douglas Gordon
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2 Nov. 1915
Whanganui, New Zealand
6 Jun. 2001
Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand composer
Lilien, Baroness Antoinette (von)17811841composer of piano works published in Vienna in 1799
Lilien, Baroness Josephine (von)  probably a sister to the preceding, composer of piano works published in Vienna in 1800
Lilien, Ignace (Ignacy)
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29 May 1897
Lviv, Poland
10 May 1964
The Hague, The Netherlands
textile engineer and composer
Liliuokalani, Queen (or Lydia Kamaka'ehal)
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2 Sep. 1838
Honolulu, Hawaii
11 Nov. 1917
Honolulu, Hawaii
born Lydia Lili'u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka'eha, was the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii. She was also known as Lydia Kamaka'eha Paki, with the chosen royal name of Lili'uokalani, and her married name was Lydia K. Dominis. She composed more than 165 songs
Lilius, Franciszek
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c. 16001657descended from a family of Italians, the Giglis, Lilius was a composer, conductor and kapellmeister
Lilius, Wincenty [Vincentius Gigli]
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before 1590
Rome
c. 1640
Warsaw, Poland
a composer who was active in the archducal court at Graz (Austria) in the 1590s. From approx. 1600 until his death he worked in King Sigismund III's chapel in Cracow and Warsaw
Lille, Simon de (see Insula, Simon de)   
Lim, Liza
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30 Aug. 1966
Perth, Western Australia
 Australian composer
Lima, Cândido
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1939
nr Viana do Castelo, Portugal
 Portuguese pianist and composer
Limenios (Latin: Limenius)
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fl. second century BC son of Thoenus, hailed from Athens and a virtuoso kithara player, composer of Paean and Processional (Second Delphic Hymn) (128 BC). He is one of earliest, if not the earliest, known composer in recorded history for a surviving piece of music
Lin, Minyi (see Lam, Man-Yee)   
Linares, Carmen (stage name of Carmen Pacheco Rodríguez)
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1951
Linares, Jaén Province, Spain
 considered one of the finest flamenco singers in Spain
Lincke, (Carl Emil) Paul
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7 Nov. 1866
Berlin, Germany
3 Sep. 1946
Hahnenklee, Germany
German composer and theatre conductor. Lincke's march Berliner Luft("Berlin Air") is the unofficial anthem of Berlin. It is one of the traditional encores of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra
Lindberg, Christian
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15 Feb. 1958
Stockholm, Sweden
 Swedish trombonist, conductor and composer
Lindberg, Magnus
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27 Jun. 1958
Helsinki, Finland
 now based in Paris, Lindberg writes music with aggressive rhythms and massive outbursts that has been compared with Xenakis, Berio and Boulez. He was appointed composition professor at the Swedish Royal Conservatoire in 1996
Lindberg, Oskar
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23 Feb. 1887
Gagnef, Dalarnas län, Sweden
10 Apr. 1955
Stockholm, Sweden
nationalist/romantic composer who in 1939 edited the Church of Sweden's hymnbook. His 1912 Requiem was of particular importance to the history of Swedish liturgical works
Lindblad, Adolf Fredrik
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1 Feb. 1801
Skänninge, Sweden
23 Aug. 1878
Linköping, Sweden
Swedish composer, mainly remembered for his songs
Lindblad, Rune
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12 May 1923
Gothenburg, Sweden
5 May 1991
Sweden
Swedish pioneer of musique concrete, live electronic music and electro-acoustic music
Lindborg, PerMagnus
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5 Apr. 1968
Sweden
 Swedish-born composer, performer and researcher
Lindeman, Osmo (Uolevi)
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16 May 1929
Helsinki, Finland
15 Feb. 1987
Vantaa, Finland
he began his career with orchestral and chamber music works, progressing from the Neo-Classicism of his First Symphony, Sinfonia inornata (1959) to the expansive sound fields and texture-based conceptions of his First (1963) and Second (1965) Piano Concertos. In his Concerto for Chamber Orchestra (1966), he added aleatoric counterpoint to his palette. Lindeman created his first electronic composition, Kinetic Forms, in 1969, and after that he never wrote instrumental music again
Linden, Dolf van der (real name David Gysbert van der Linden)19151999the leading figure on the light music scene in the Netherlands from the 1940s until the 1980s. As well as broadcasting frequently with his Metropole Orchestra, he made numerous recordings for the background music libraries of leading music publishers such as Boosey & Hawkes, Charles Brull and Paxton, often under various pseudonyms such as Nat Nyll and David Johnson. Peter Pan was one of his own compositions for Paxton, and it was chosen as the theme for a popular US TV show. Dolf'’s commercial recordings (especially for the American market) were often as Van Lynn or Daniel De Carlo
Linden, Cornelis Van der
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24 Aug. 1839
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
9 May 1918
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 
Linden, Jan van der
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7 Mar. 1932
Diest, Belgium
 Belgian composer and teacher
Lindholm, Herbert
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17 June 1946
Porvoo, Finland
 Finnish flautist and composer of melodic and free tonal music
Lindley, Robert
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4 Mar 1775
Rotherham, U.K.
13 Jun 1855
U.K.
he began his musical studies when he was about five years of age, with his father, an amateur performer, who began by teaching him the violin, and, at nine years of age, the violoncello. At sixteen he had made considerable progress, and the younger Cervetto, hearing him play, undertook his gratuitous instruction, and brought him to the South of England. Even at this age he had commenced to compose for himself, and was sent for to take the place of the professor who was to have played the violoncello solo at one of the Brighton concerts, and who had been taken suddenly ill. Lindley's performance was rapturously applauded; he played Concertos at several subsequent concerts with the same result, and was then engaged for the Theatre, frequently playing before the Prince Regent. In 1794 he succeeded Sperati at the Opera and was principal Violoncellist at all the concerts of any importance in London. In the following year began the intimacy with Dragonetti, the celebrated double-bass player, which lasted for fifty-two years. Forster quotes Chorley's remark that "Nothing could be compared with the intimacy of their mutual musical sympathy." They played together at the same desk at the Opera and every orchestral concert of any importance, and Lindley's performance of the accompaniment to Recitative from figured bass was most "elaborate and ingenious." Concerning Lindley's playing, he was probably the greatest violoncellist of his time; he was distinguished for the beauty, richness, and extreme purity of his tone, and his great technical skill was remarkable, though probably in this and his manner of rendering he did not equal Romberg. The story is well-known how, when Romberg, during his residence in England, heard him play, and was asked by Salomon what he thought of his performance, replied: "He is the devil." He retired in 1851. Lindley is less remarkable as a composer. He wrote four Concertos, Duets for Violin and Violoncello (Op. 5), Duos for two Violoncellos (Op. 6, 8, 10, and 27), Solos for Violoncello Op. 9), and several Variations on Airs, as well as Potpourris
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9 Dec. 1791
Koblenz, Germany
21 Aug. 1856German composer who was the musical director at the Court of Stuttgart from 1819 to 1856 as the successor of Franz Danzi, Konradin Kreutzer and Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Lindsay, Arto
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28 May 1953
Richmond, Virginia, USA
 American guitarist, singer, record producer and experimental composer
Linek, Jiri Ignac
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21 Jan. 1725
Bakov nad Jizerou, Bohemia
30 Dec. 1791
Bakov nad Jizerou, Bohemia
Czech late-Baroque composer and teacher
Lineva (or Linyova, Lineff), Eugenia (née Yevgenyia Eduardovna Papritz)4 Jan. 1854
Brest-Litovsk, Russia
24 Jan. 1919
Moscow, Russia
Russian contralot and collector of folksongs
Lingo, Victor (Vic) (see Kalischnig, Walter)   
Linjama, Jaakko
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16 May 1909
Äänekoski, Finland
2 May 1983
Jyväskylä, Finland
emerged as a composer at a fairly advanced age. He was a primary school teacher, and he did not begin to study composition with Aarre Merikanto until fairly late in life. His studies with Eino Roiha were also important, since Linjama himself stated that this was what opened his ears to modern music. Jaakko Linjama's son Jouko Linjama and grandson Jyrki Linjama are also composers.
Linjama, Jouko
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4 Feb. 1934
Kirvu, Finland (now Russia)
 (son of Jaakko Linjama) church organist and composer. His early works include 5 Metamorphosen (1963) for chamber ensemble, modelled on the Five Canons op. 16 of Webern. His later worked is principally with influences derived from Gregorian chant, late Medieval polyphony and Renaissance sacred music. Although Linjama's idiom is free-tonal, it incorporates the legacy of 1960s Modernism in its use of sound fields, for instance
Linjama, Jyrki
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23 Apr. 1962
Jyväskylä, Finland
 (grandson of Jaakko Linjama) he often combines the multi-threading of Post-Serialism with an almost Romantic emotional sensitivity. This is apparent in early works such as Aufschwung (1985/90) for cello and piano and Elegie für Streicher (1987), where the choice of language alone identifies the Expressionist roots of the music. Linjama has mostly written chamber music and solo works, but also a great deal of vocal music. His only work for large orchestra is pas de deux (1994)
Link, Harry (né Harry Linkey)
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25 Jan. 1896
Philadelphia, USA
5 Jul. 1956
New York City, USA
American song-writer
Link, Joachim-Dietrich
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1925
Germany
2001
Germany
German composer most associated with the former DDR
Linko, Ernst
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14 Jul. 1889
Tampere, Finland
28 Jan. 1960
Helsinki, Finland
pianist and teacher who wrote a body of quite conventional music inspired by the masters of the Baroque and the Classical-Romantic era, including four Piano Concertos (1916–57), solo piano works and chamber music
Linkola, Jukka
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21 Jul. 1955
Helsinki, Finland
 he first studied the piano at the Sibelius Academy but he emerged as a jazz musician and composer. He took a first step towards concert music in Crossings (1983) for tenor saxophone and orchestra, blending the sax improvisations beautifully with the more conventional orchestral background. Linkola has continued to pursue careers in both jazz and concert music, although he usually keeps these two worlds separate. His output also contains musicals and popular songs that do not fall into either of these two categories. Linkola is an exceptionally prolific composer, and he is remarkable for being able to adapt his writing to a wide variety of situations
Linley, Thomas sr
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17 Jan. 1733
Badminton, Gloucestershire, UK
19 Nov. 1795
Bath, UK
English singing teacher, musical director and composer, father of Thomas Linley jr
Linley, Thomas jr
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7 May 1756
Bath, UK
5 Aug. 1778
nr. Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire, UK
one of the most precocious composers and performers that have been known in England, and became known as the "English Mozart". His death in a boating accident at the age of twenty-two came as a considerable shock to English musicians. Linley's early death was a tragedy for English music, as Mozart recognised. He told Michael Kelly in 1784 that 'Linley was a true genius' who 'had he lived, would have been one of the greatest ornaments of the musical world'.
Linley, William
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1771
Bath, UK
1835brother of Thomas Linley jr, composer of glees and songs and writer
Linnala, Eino Mauno Aleksanteri
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19 Aug. 1896
Helsinki, Finland
1973
Helsinki, Finland
composer who wrote two Symphonies in 1927 and 1935 and a considerable amount of Gebrauchsmusik (‘occasional music’)
Linsén, Gabriel18381914Finnish composer who focused on vocal music, and is known today by virtue of a handful of well-written miniatures including Kesäpäivä Kangasalla (Summer day in Kangasala, 1864), originally written for female choir but today a favourite with all Finnish choirs
[maybe related to Roman literature professor Johan Gabriel Linsén (1785–1848) who was one of Finland’s earliest romanticists and an influential member of the Finnish Literature Society]
Lintinen, Kirmo
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16 May 1967
Saarijärvi, Finland
 he made a name for himself in jazz before making a breakthrough as a composer of concert music. Lintinen had studied the piano at the Sibelius Academy before his jazz career, and he describes himself as "a classical musician who has had a more jazzy period". Today, he works in both jazz and concert music as a musician and a composer
Linwood, Mary1755
England
1845
England
composer who published a number of songs and an oratorio in 1840 and was also an artist in needlework and author of Leicestershire Tales' (4 vols., 1808)
Linx, David
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22 Mar. 1965
Belgium
 Belgian jazz singer and composer
Lionheart, Richard (1st of England)
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8 Sep. 1157
Oxford, England
6 Apr. 1199
Chlus, Duchy of Aquitaine, France
English king who composed poetry and wrote in Limousin (lenga d'òc) and also in French. While a prisoner of Leopold V, Duke of Austria, Richard wrote Ja nus hons pris or Ja nuls om pres ("No man who is imprisoned"), which is addressed to his half-sister Marie de Champagne. He wrote the song, in French and Occitan versions, to express his feelings of abandonment by his people and his sister
Lipatti, Dinu
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1 Apr. 1917
Bucharest, Romania
2 Dec. 1950
Geneva, Switzerland
Romanian classical pianist and composer whose career was cut short by his death from Hodgkin's disease at age 33
Lipinsky (Lipinski), Karl Joseph (Karol Józef)
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30 Oct. 1790
Radzyn Podlaski, Poland
16 Dec. 1861
Virlov, Ukraine
Polish virtuoso violinist and composer
Lipkin, Malcolm
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2 May 1932
Liverpool, England
 English composer
Lipovšek, Marijan
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26 Jan. 1910
Ljubljana, Slovenia
25 Dec. 1995
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Slovenian composer, pianist, and teacher
Lirithier, Jean (see Héritier, Jean l')   
Lisinski, Vatroslav (né Ignaz Fuchs)
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8 Jul. 1819
Zagreb, Croatia
31 May 1854
Zagreb, Croatia
Croatian composer
Lisniansky, Benjamin George (see Lees, Benjamin)   
Liste, Anton Heinrich
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17721832known mainly for a sonata for bassoon and piano written in about 1822
Lissenko (or Lysenko, Lisenko), Mykola Vitalyevych22 Mar. 1842
Hrynky, Ukraine
6 Nov. 1912
Kiev, Ukraine
Ukrainian composer
Liszt, Franz
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22 Oct. 1811
Doborján, Hungary
31 Jul. 1886
Bayreuth, Germany
Hungarian virtuoso pianist and composer. He was a renowned performer throughout Europe during the 19th century, noted especially for his showmanship and great skill with the keyboard. Today, he is generally considered to be the greatest pianist who ever lived. Liszt also contributed greatly towards the Romantic idiom; he is credited with the invention of the symphonic poem
Litaize, Gaston
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11 Aug. 1909
Ménil-sur-Belvitte, Vosges, France
5 Aug. 1991
Bruyères, Vosges, France
a French organist and composer. Considered one of the 20th century masters of the French organ, he toured, recorded, worked at churches, and taught students in and around Paris. Blind from infancy, he studied and taught for most of his life at the Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles (National Institute for the Blind)
Literes, Antonio de
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18 Jun. 1673
Majorca, Spain
18 Jan. 1747
Madrid, Spain
Spanish composer of zarzuelas
Lithander, Carl Ludvig1773
Noaroots, Estonia
1843his Finnish father was a vicar in Noaroots, Estonia. After the parents died, some of the children moved via Stockholm to Turku in 1790; Carl Ludvig remained with his uncle in Stockholm. He lived in London from 1814 to 1818 and met Muzio Clementi, who published some of his works. He returned to Sweden but moved to Germany for health reasons in 1821, and three years later he was appointed to an organist's post in Greifswald
Lithander, Charlotte  sibling of Carl Ludvig, composer
Lithander, Christophylos1778
Noaroots, Estonia
1823sibling of Carl Ludvig, composer
Lithander, Ernst Gabriel1774
Noaroots, Estonia
1803sibling of Carl Ludvig, composer
Lithander, Fredrik Emanuel
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1777
Noaroots, Estonia
1823was an accountant by profession but was also a piano teacher and pianist, and music librarian with the Turku Music Society. Like his brother Carl Ludvig, he appears to have been an accomplished pianist; for instance, he accompanied Crusell in the latter's performances on a visit to Finland in 1801. As a composer, Fredrik was more conventional than Carl Ludvig and more closely linked to the style of Mozart and Haydn. He wrote a few sets of variations for piano, one piano sonata ("Sonate facile") and a handful of solo songs
Litinsky (or Litinski), Genrich (or Heinrich) Ilych (or Iljitsch)17 Mar. 1901
Lipovets, Ukraine
26 Jul. 1985
Moscow, Russia
Ukrianian composer and teacher
Litolff, Henry
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Little, Booker
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Little, David
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Litzau, Johannes Barend
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Liu, Feng-jing
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Liu, Weikang
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Liu, Wenjin
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Liu, Yuan
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1959
China
 graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory, he now teaches in Beijing. Liu Yuan writes for symphony orchestras and has written also for the traditional music ensemble Tian Yin
Liu, Zhuang
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Livingston, Jay
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Livorsi, Paola
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20 Oct. 1967
Alessandria, Italy
 studied composition at the Conservatory in Turin, Italy with Riccardo Piacentini, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Lyon, at the Sibelius Academy, composition and computer music under Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière and has taken masterclasses with Franco Donatoni, György Ligeti, Ivan Fedele, Salvatore Sciarrino and Kaija Saariaho as well as studies in computer music in Paris 1999-2000 (CCMIX, ex Ateliers Upic) and 2000-2001 (IRCAM). She has lived in Finland since 2001
Llanas, Albert
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1957
Barcelona, Spain
 Spanish composer
Llobet, Miguel
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Llossas, Juan
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Lloyd, Charles
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Lloyd, Charles Harford
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Lloyd, George
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Lloyd, Richard
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Lloyd Webber, Andrew
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Lloyd Webber, William
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Llull, Ramon
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Lobachev, Grigorii8 Jul. 1888
Moscow, Russia
18 Jun. 1953
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Lobanov, Vassily
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2 Jan. 1947
Moscow, Russia
 Russian pianist and composer. His early works are characterised by their energetic rhythms, showing the influence of Denisov. His later works are influenced by Schnittke. He started applying serial techniques using quarter tones and double stops when writing for wind instruments. His fondness for repeated arpeggio patterns and Reichian phasing is a characteristic element in his oevre. Since 1997 he has been professor for piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany
Lobo, Alonso
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25 Feb. 1555
Osuna, Spain
5 Apr. 1617
Seville, Spain
a Spanish composer of the late Renaissance. Although not as famous as Victoria, he was highly regarded at the time, and Victoria himself considered him to be his equal
Lobo, Duarte
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c.1565
Alcáçovas, Portugual
24 Sep. 1646
Lisbon, Portugal
a Portuguese composer of the late Renaissance and early Baroque. He was the most famous Portuguese composer of the time. Along with Filipe de Magalhães, Manuel Cardoso, and John IV, King of Portugal, he is considered to represent the "golden age" of Portuguese polyphony. His motet Audivi vocem de cælo, undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of seventeenth-century polyphony, enjoyed an extraordinary but deserved popularity among lovers of Renaissance music in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England
Locatelli, Pietro Antonio
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3 Sep. 1695
Bergamo, Italy
30 Mar. 1764
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Italian composer and violinist
Locke, Matthew
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Lockheart, Mark
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Loduca, Joseph
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Loeb, David
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Loeffler, Charles Martin
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Loeillet, Jacques
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Loeillet, Jean Baptiste
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Loesser, Frank
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Loevendie, Theo
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Loewe, Augusta1882
Germany
 alto singer and composer of songs. Schumann speaks of her voice in his writings
Loewe, Carl
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Loewe, Frederick
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Logghe, Geert
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Logothetis, Anestis
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Logy, Johann Anton
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Lohmann, Adolf
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Lohr, Hermann
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Lohr, Ina
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Lokshin, Alexander
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19 Sep. 1920
Biysk, Siberia
11 Jun. 1987
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer whose symphonies and other works show the influences of late German-Austrian romanticism and expressionism
Lolli, Antonio
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Lolli, Giuseppe Francesco
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Lolo (Lolette?), Mlle  composer who published in 1726
Lomakin, Gavriil Yakimovich
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Lomax, Alan
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Lombardi, Luca
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Lombardini, Maddalena
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Lombardo, Carlo
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Lonati, Carlo Ambrogio
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London, Frank
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Longo, Achille
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Longstaff, Edward
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  best remembered for that foot-tapping ballad When the Sergeant-Major's Parade. There were other song titles, plus musical monologues, stage works like the musical comedy His Girl and the revue Up With the Lark
Longstaff, Margaret
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  credited with composing the N.F.S. March (1944)
Lonque, Georges
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Lonquich, Heinz Martin
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Loomis, Harvey Worthington
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Loos, Armin1904
Germany
1971
USA
Loos immigrated to the United States from Dresden in 1928. He was an evening and weekend composer, living much of his life in New Britain, Connecticut. Few of his works were performed during his lifetime. His widow has been successful in promoting them after his death. His musical works include five string quartets and four symphonies. An early encouragement to Loos was the award of second prize in a WPA-sponsored choral competition in 1938, in which William Schuman received first prize, David Diamond third, and Elliott Carter fifth
Looten, Christophe
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Looy, Jos van
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29 Jul. 1927
Lierre, Belgium
 Belgian composer, organist, choral cirector and teacher
[corrected by Terry L. Mueller]
Lopatnikoff, Nikolai L'vovich16 Mar. 1903
Reval, Estonia
7 Oct. 1976
Rittsburgh, PA, USA
Russian pianist and composer
Lope, Santiago
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Lopez, Felix Maximo
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Lopez, Francis
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Lopez, Francisco III
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Lopez, George
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Lopez, Miguel
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Lopez Graca, Fernando
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Loqueville, Richard de
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 1418
Cambrai
Franco-Flemish composer who played and taught the harp to the son of the Duke of Bar in 1410, is believed to have taught plainsong to Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474) and the other choirboys of the Duke of Bar. From 1413 to his death he taught music at Cambrai Cathedral
Lorano, Filippo de (see Lurano, Filippo de)   
Lorentzen, Bent
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Lorenzani, Paolo
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Lorenziti, Joseph Antoine
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Lorenzo da Firenze (see Firenze, Lorenzo da)   
Lorenzo, Leonardo de
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Loriers, Nathalie
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Lortzing, Albert
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Losada, Francisco
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Losy, Jan Antonin
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Lotis, Theodoros
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Lotter, Adolph (or Adolf)
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1871
Czechoslovakia
1942studied at the Prague Conservatoire, prinicpal bass of the Queen's Hall Orchestra, London, composer of typically charming salon music, much of it published by Hawkes and Son, London as well as The Ragtime Bass Player which was composed and published in 1913 at the height of the ragtime era, and has been popular for over 80 years. The startup and ident music used by Associated-Rediffusion and Rediffusion, London on their opening night, September 22, 1955, began with Variations on a theme of The British Grenadiers (trad., probably arr. Adolf Lotter). For London musicians and music lovers, the destruction of Queens Hall by a Nazi incendiary bomb on the night of Saturday 10th May 1941 was an appalling tragedy. Elgar's oratorio, The Dream of Gerontius, had been performed there in an afternoon concert given by the Royal Choral Society and the LPO, conducted by Dr Malcolm Sargent. The final words of the Angel, 'Be brave and patient, swiftly shall pass thy night of trial here, and I will come and wake thee on the morrow' as the chorus breathes 'Amen, Amen', have never been more fitting or prophetic. The night of trial began within hours, and although no lives were lost, many instruments were destroyed. "Adolf Lotter lost one of his basses," the trombonist Lawrence Martin remembered. "The next day we were recording at Denham Studios and arrived to find that Studio 1 was out of action, an escaping raider having jettisoned his bombs, as they frequently did, one falling on the studio. That was the end of another of Adolf's basses, and nearly the end of him. He didn't live much longer."
Lotti, Antonio
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1667
Venice or Hanover
5 Jan. 1740
Venice, Italy
Italian composer
Lotz, Hans Georg
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Lotz, Mark Alban
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12 Jun. 1963
Tübingen, Germany
 Mark grew up in Thailand, Uganda and Germany. Mark started playing the flute at age seventeen and has studied both jazz and classical/contemporary music at the Amsterdam School of Arts in the Netherlands. His professional activities include composing as well as performing in musical settings ranging from improvised music, jazz, beat & world music
Loucheur, Raymond
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1 Jan. 1899
Tourcoing, France
14 Sep. 1979
Nogent-sur-Marne, France
French composer of orchestra music, ballet (Hop-Frog, 1953) and chamber music
Loud, John Hermann1873 organist of Park Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied with Guilmant in Paris and composed a number of works for organ
Louel, Jean
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Loufenberg (or Laufenburg), Heinrich (see Castro, Henricus de Libero)
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Loughborough, Raymond
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fl. 1925-1955 English composer of songs who dabbled in the light genre piece for chamber ensemble, Mirage and Song of Sunset, both for piano trio, appearing in 1927 and 1938 respectively
Louie, Alexina
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Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia
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Louis, Mme.fl. 17th century
France
 composed a well received operetta Fleur d’Epine and had a song published in Paris
Louiguy
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Lourie (or Lurie, Lurye), Arthur Vincent14 May 1892
St. Petersburgh, Russia
12 Oct. 1966
Princeton, NJ, USA
Russian-born composer
Louisa Frederica, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin17221792composer
Lovano, Joe
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Lovenjoul, Jean-Henri-Joseph Spoelberch de9 Oct. 1766
Louvain, Belgium
28 Dec. 1838
Louvain, Belgium
Belgian composer
Lovland, Rolf
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Lovreglio, Donato
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Lubeck, Louis,
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14 Feb 1838
The Hague, The Netherlands
 his father, the Hof-Kapellmeister, Johann Heinrich Lilbeck, so highly esteerned by the Dutch musical world (died on February 7, 1865, at the Hague), gave him his first regular instruction, after he had up to his seventeenth year occupied himself with music as a dilettante. In order still further to perfect himself he studied from 1857-1859 under Leon Jacquard's direction in Paris. He then made successful journeys through France and Holland, took up his residence in Colmar, where he often joined in concerts with Clara Schumann and Jul. Stockhausen; in 1866 he was summoned to Leipzig as first cellist at the Gewandhaus Concerts and teacher at the Conservatoire. He fulfilled these duties until 1868, in which year he occupied a similar position in Frankfurt-on-the-Maine, and he also undertook fresh concert journeys through Germany, Holland, and England. In the year 1871 Lubeck was a member of the Carlsruhe Capelle. He did not, however, remain long in this position, but he next went, in 1873, to Berlin and St. Petersburg. From the latter place lie went to Sondershausen, where he belonged to the Ducal Band as soloist, and afterwards to North America. In the year 1881 he returned to Europe, and was engaged as successor to the Concertmaster, Jul. Stahlknecht, for the Berlin Royal Band. Besides a collection of small pieces, amongst which are some transcriptions, Lubeck has written two Concertos
Lubeck, Vincent
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Lublin, Jan de
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Luc, Sylvain
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1965
Bayonne, France
 French jazz guitarist, arranger, composer and accompanist
Luc, de
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c. 17th-century composer
Lucas, Adrian
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Lucas, Charles
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1808
Salisbury, U.K.
23 Mar 1869
London, U.K.
he received his first musical instruction as chorister of the Cathedral, under Arthur Thomas Corfe, after which he attended the Royal Academy of Music in London, pupil of Robert Lindley. In 1830 he was named Composer and Violoncellist to Queen Adelaide, and performed the duties of Organist at St. George's Chapel. Two years later be was entrusted with the duties of Orchestra Conductor at the Royal Academy of Music, and succeeded Cipriani Potter as Principal in 1859. He had already taken the place of his master, Lindley, as first Violoncellist of the Italian Opera. He died on March 23, 1869, in London. His successor in the Opera was the cellist, Collins
Lucas, Leighton
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5 Jan 1903
London, U.K.
1982largely self-taught, later he became a Professor at the RAM. Experiences with Diaghilev's Ballet Russes (1918-21) and at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (1921-3) was followed by his conducting a performance of Rutland Boughton's opera The Immortal Hour in 1923. He later had further experience conducting for the ballet and after coming out of the RAF in 1946 formed his own orchestra, giving concerts of unfamiliar and modern, especially French, music. He broadcast and lectured on ballet, music and the theatre. And he composed
Lucchesi, Andrea
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Lucchinetti, Giovanni
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Lucia, Paco de (né Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gómez)
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21 Dec. 1947
Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain
 Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer. He is regarded as one of the finest guitarists in the world and the greatest living guitarist of the flamenco genre
Lucic, Franjo
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31 Mar. 1889
Velike Gorice, Croatia
16 Mar. 1972
Zagreb, Croatia
Croatian composer, organist and music theorist
Lucier, Alvin
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14 May 1931
Nashua, New Hampshire, USA
 American composer of experimental music and sound installations that explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception
Ludford, Nicholas
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c.14851557the name, at least, of Nicholas Ludford is familiar to most students of English music. He is generally perceived as a lesser contemporary of Robert Fayrfax (Ludford's festal masses are preserved with those by Fayrfax in the great early 16th-century choirbooks at Lambeth Palace, London, and Caius College, Cambridge),and all that is commonly known of him is that his music defines the gap between Fayrfax and John Taverner. However, most are unaware that, with eleven complete and three incomplete mass settings (with a record of another three which are now lost), Ludford was the most prolific composer of masses in Tudor England. He possessed compositional skills equal to any of his better-known contemporaries, and was indeed one of the greatest composers for the pre-Reformation church in England
Lüdig, Mihkel
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9 May 1880
Reiu, Estonia
7 May 1958
Vändra, Estonia
Estonian composer, organist and choir conductor. As a composer, he particularly worked on a cappella choral songs
Ludwig, Marcus
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1960
Leipzig, Germany
 German-born composer
Ludwig, Peter
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Brannenburg, Germany composer and pianist who writes tangos, chansons, melodramas and chamber music. His music for the stage has been performed internationally, and his orchestra arrangements are much sought after. As a solo performer he appears as improviser and pianist for silent films
Luengen, Ramona
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Luening, Otto
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Luigini, Alexandre
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Lukacic, Ivan1584
Sibenik, Croatia
1648conductor and organist in Split Cathedral, in 1620 he published a collection Sacrae cantiones, containing 27 motets for 1-5 voices accompanied by organs. Lukacic's collection, the only surviving copy, was lost during the Second World War but was rediscovered in the 1980s at the Jagiellon Library in Krakow, Poland
Lukas, Zdenek
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21 Aug. 1928
Prague, Czechoslovakia
13 Jul. 2007
Prague, Czechoslovakia
after graduating from the Theater Institute in Prague, Lukas was an elementary teacher for five years. From 1953-1964, he was employed by the Czechoslovak Radio Studio in Plzen as an editor and literary manager where, in 1954, he founded and directed the mixed choir, Ceska Pisen (Czech Song), whose overall artistic standards he raised immeasurably during the course of its first 20 years. The choir achieved international acclaim under his direction, a tradition which it continues to this day
[entry prompted by Dr. Amy Dunker]
Lukaszewski, Pawel
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Lully, Jean-Baptiste
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28 Nov. 1632
Florence, Italy
22 Mar. 1687
Paris, France
Jean-Baptiste Lully, originally Giovanni Battista Lulli was an Italian-born French composer, who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France. He took French citizenship in 1661
go here for an excellent biography by Bethany Kissell
Lumbye, Hans Christian
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Luna, Pablo
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Lunceford, Jimmie
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Lund, Erik
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Lundgren, Stefan
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Lundin, Bengt
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Lundquist, Torbjorn Iwan
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Lundvik, Hildor
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Luolajan-Mikkola, Vilho
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22 Dec. 1911 a composer of solo songs — including the ever popular Häätanhu (Wedding Dance, 1945) — and sprightly instrumental works
Lupi (Second), Didier
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 after 1559French composer, not identical with any composer called Lupus. Lived in Lyons, and published sacred and secular chansons (Lassus' very popular Susanne un jour is based on his chanson of the same name) and French psalm settings
Lupi, Johannes
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c.150620 Dec. 1539
Cambrai, Flanders
a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance. A representative of the generation after Josquin, he was a minor but skilled composer of polyphony who was mainly active in Cambrai. Lupi is sometimes confused with several other musicians of the 16th-century. Johannes Lupi was the name of two other obscure figures, neither of whom was a composer. One was active at Nivelles, the other at Antwerp, both in the first half of the century. In addition, there was a composer named Lupus, often referred to by contemporary musicologists as the "Italian Lupus", whose works survive in the Medici codex, another composer named Lupus Hellinck, who may be the same as the "Italian Lupus", and an entire family of musicians named Lupo. Of this family, only Ambrose Lupo, of Milan, was active in the early 16th century
Lupo, Ambrose (or Lupus Italus, de Almaliach)
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c.1505
Italy
c.1591Italian musician, one of six string (viol or violin) players, including Alexandro and Romano Lupo, all of whom had been brought to England in November 1540 on orders from Henry VIII
Lupo, Thomas I
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bap. 7 Aug. 1571
London, England
probably Dec. 1627
London, England
son of Joseph Lupo, an English composer and violinist of the late Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. Along with Orlando Gibbons, John Coprario, and Alfonso Ferrabosco, he was one of the principal developers of the repertory for viol consort.
there were in fact at least two and possibly three musicians active during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in England under the name Thomas Lupo. We know relatively little of any of them, except that there were two Thomas Lupos in court service in the early seventeenth century, the other being Thomas Lupo, Jr, son of Peter Lupo. In particular we do not know with certainty which of them is the composer of some eighty viol consorts, including fantasias and In nomines, that have survived attributed to Thomas Lupo, though Jennings concludes that most of the surviving works were written by Joseph's son, attributing differences in style to the evolution of the elder composer's technique rather than two composers. There also some anthems, motets and songs attributed to a Thomas Lupo. Works include Oberon by Ben Jonson (1611); Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly by Ben Jonson (1611) and The Lords' Masque by Campion (1613)
[comment taken from Thomas Lupo ("The Elder")]
Lupo, Thomas II
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1577
England
1642
England
English musician, son of Peter Lupo, grandson of Ambrose Lupo. Musician for the violins to the King c.1603-c.1641
(see note in entry for Thomas Lupo I)
Lupus
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  known only by works that survive in the Medici codex (1518)
Lupus Italus (see Lupo, Ambrose)   
Lupus, Joannes
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Lurano (or Luprano or Lorano), Filippo de
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c.1475
probably Cremona, Italy
after 1520
probably Aquileia, Italy
an Italian composer of the Renaissance. He was one of the most prolific composers of frottola after Marchetto Cara and Bartolomeo Tromboncino. One of his frottola was evidently the favourite song of Cesare Borgia, the son of Pope Alexander VI, according to a manuscript source of the time
Lurie, Arthur (see Lourie, Arthur Vincent)   
Lurie, Evan
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Lurie, John
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Lusitano, Vicente
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date unknown
Olivença, Portugal
after 1561Portuguese music composer and important theorist of the late Renaissance
Lustig, Jacob Wilhelm
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Luther, Martin
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Lutkemann, Paul
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Lutoslawski, Witold
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25 Jan. 1913
Warsaw, Poland
7 Feb. 1994
Warsaw, Poland
one of the major composer of the twentieth century he established his international reputation with Musique Funèbre (1958), written in memory of Bartok. His own personal aleatoric technique whereby the performers have freedom within certain controlled parameters was first demonstrated in his Jeux Venitiens (1961) and is to be found in almost all the later music
Lutyens, Elisabeth
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9 Jul. 1906
London, UK
14 Apr. 1983
London, UK
a combative and idiosyncratic character and a composer of music that has been described as ‘sensuously beautiful’, Elisabeth Lutyens had to struggle to earn her place among the composers of classical twentieth century musical canon, and her music is still seldom heard or recorded
Lutz, Alfred
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Lutzenberger, padre Ambros
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Lutzow Holm, Ole
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Luython, Karel1557
Antwerp
1620
Prague
Carl Luython was an excellent composer, though he failed to be properly appreciated in his time. He joined the Rudolfian orchestra around 1577, and from January 1582 be was its organist. A quiet introvert (as witnessed by the organmaker Jachym Rudner, who built the organ at St. Vitus'), he nevertheless lived a disorganized life full of conflicts (particularly with the said Rudner), perhaps even a life plagued by failure. He was prematurely fired in 1612, failed to receive the promised sum of 200 gold pieces, and was in such difficult financial straits that he had to sell his specially built archycymbalum based on absolute tuning, a reflection of the composer's high qualities as theoretician. His work Liber I. Missarum... was printed in Mikulat Straus' shop in Prague in 1609, a luxurious, richly illustrated work dedicated to Rudolf II consisting of church compositions
Luz, Cesar Portillo de la
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31 Oct. 31 1922
Havana, Cuba
4 May 2013
Havana, Cuba
Cuban lyricist and composer
Luzzaschi, Luzzasco
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c.1545
Ferrara, Italy
10 Sep. 1607
Ferrara, Italy
Italian composer, organist, and teacher of the late Renaissance. His accompanied madrigals would have a considerable influence on Gesualdo
Lvov (or Lwoff), Alexy (or Alexis) Fyodorovich5 Jun. 1798
Reval, Estonia
28 Dec. 1870 (possible 7 Jan. 1871)
Kovno, Lithuania
Estonian violinist and composer
Lvovsky, Bretislav18571910Czech opera composer
Lvovsky, Grigory Fyodorovich25 Jan. 1830
Bessarabia, Russia
5 Oct. 1894
Bessarabia, Russia
Russian choral director and composer
Lwowczyk, Marcin (see Marcin Leopolita)   
Lyadov, Anatoly Konstantinovich (see Liadov, Anatoly Konstantinovich)   
Lyakhnov, Ivan Yegorovich1813
Moscow, Russia
25 Feb. 1877
Moscow, Russia
Russian guitarist and composer
Lyapunov (or Liapunoff, Liapounoff, Liapunov, Liapounov, Ljapoenov, Ljapunov), Sergey Mikhaylovich30 Nov. 1859
Yaroslav, Russia
8/9 Nov. 1924
Paris, France
Russian conductor, pianist and composer
Lyatoshynsky (or Lyatoshinsky, Liatoshinski, Ljatosjinski, Liatoshynsky, Liatoshinsky, Lyatoshinsky), Boris Mikolayovich3 Jan. 1895
Zhitomir, Ukraine
15 Apr. 1968
Kiev, Ukraine
as a law student, he also took lessons from Gliere at the Kiev Conservatory. Eventually, he taught there from 1935 – 1968. In his operas, symphonic and chamber music, Lyatoshynsky attempted to form a broadly “national” style, blending Ukrainian folk motifs with a characteristically Russian romanticism. Lyatoshynsky has been viewed as the most influential 20th century composer in Ukraine
Lybin, Dmitri
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27 Jun 1963
Minsk, Belarus
 Belarusian composer of orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, piano, and organ works. Together with Sergey Beltiukov, Galina Gorelova, Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, Yevgeny Poplavsky, and others he founded the Belarusian Society for Contemporary Music in 1990. He has served as its permanent secretary since 1991 and as its chairman since 2001. He has also served as a musical consultant to the Atlar Company since 1993. He has taught form, orchestration and score reading at the Belarusian Academy of Music in Minsk since 2001
Lynch, David
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  American composer, who works in the Sound Department of Warner Bros. Studios, Hollywood, CA
Lynton, Everett (see Wright, Lawrence)   
Lyon, David
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1938
Walsall, England
 composer of orchestral, vocal, chamber and theatre music, written in accessible idiom with emphasis on melody, rhythm and colour.
Lysenko, Mykola
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22 Mar. 1842
Krynky, Ukraine
6 Nov. 1912
Kyiv, Ukraine
sometimes called the “father of Ukrainian music”, the son of a landowner, Lysenko was deeply impressed by the folk songs of local peasants during his youth. His art songs, to texts of Shevchenko, recapture a sense of his rustic early surroundings. He later studied natural science at the University of Kyiv, and between 1866 and 1868 took courses in piano and composition with Karl Reinecke at the Leipzig Conservatory. From 1874 – 1876, Lysenko studied orchestration with Rimsky-Korsakov in Saint Petersburg, where he also organized a choir to give performances of Ukrainian folk music. In 1904, he founded a musical institute in Kyiv and was active as a composer, performer, ethnomusicologist, and teacher
Lysight, Michel
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1958
Brussels, Belgium
 Belgo-Canadian composer
Lyudkevych, Stanislav (Stanislaw Ludkiewicz (Polish) or Stanislav Filipovich Ludkevich (Russian))
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24 Jan. 1879
Jaroslaw in present-day Poland
10 Sep. 1979
L’viv
Ukrainian composer who studied with Zemlinsky in Vienna and then taught in L’viv. His works include operas, patriotic cantatas, and symphonic pieces. He also made editions and settings of Ukrainian folk songs
Lyytikäinen, Pasi
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2 Oct. 1975
Lapinlahti, Finland
 Finnish flautist and composer who studied composition at the Sibelius Academy with Erkki Jokinen 1997-2002 and Paavo Heininen from autumn 2002