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Paakkunainen, Seppo (Baron)
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24 Oct. 1943
Finland
 player of reeds and composer. Paakkunainen studied at the Sibelius Academy in the 1960s and then spent time at the Berklee College of Music and with various private tutors. Paakkunainen has written symphonies based on the Lappish yoik tradition, choir pieces based on the Finnish national epic The Kalevala and its companion book The Kanteletar and big band suites and numerous theatre pieces based on Finnish folk music
Paap, Wouter
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7 May 1908
Utrecht, The Netherlands
8 Oct. 1981
Lage Vuursche, The Netherlands
Dutch composer
[entry provided by L B Venema]
Paassen, Marius van
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1952
The Netherlands
 Dutch pianist/composer
Pablo, Luis de
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28 Jan. 1930
Bilbao, Spain
 Spanish composer
Pabst, (Christian George) Paul
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15 May 1854
Königsberg, Germany
16/17 May 1897
Moscow, Russia
a German/Russian pianist, composer and teacher
[information provided by Olga Bobrovnikova]
Pacelli, Asprillo
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1570
Vasciano
4 May 1623
Warsaw, Poland
director of the Polish royal chapel at Warsaw (1603-1623) and composer of masses and Sacrae cantiones, the latter published in 1608 and the former published postumously in 1629
Pacheco Huergo, Maruja (real name: María Esther Pacheco Huergo)
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3 Apr. 1916
Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 Sep. 1983
Buenos Aires, Argentina
pianist, singer, actress and author
Pachelbel, Johann
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1653
Nuremberg, Germany
3, 6 or 7 Mar. 1706
Nuremberg, Germany
Pachelbel, like Buxtehude, represents the German Protestant tradition in 17th-century organ music, but infused with a southern flavor. He had studied with Kerll in Vienna before assuming a number of positions, the last and most important of which was in Nuremberg
Pachelbel, Wilhelm Hieronymus
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1685
Erfurt nr. Eisenach, Germany
Nuremberg, Germany
1764
Germany
son of Johann Pachelbel, organist and composer
Pachernegg, Alois
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21 Apr. 1892
Irdning, Austria
13 Aug. 1964
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer and conductor
Pachón, Ricardo
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1937
Seville, Spain
 flamenco guitarist and composer
Pacini, Giovanni
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2 Feb. 1796
Catania, Sicily, Italy
6 Dec. 1867
Pescia, Tuscany, Italy
Italian composer, best known for his operas
Pacius, Fredrik1809
Hamburg, Germany
1891has been given the honorific 'the father of Finnish music', due probably as much to his efforts as an organizer as to his work as a composer. He was born in Hamburg and studied in Kassel; his violin teacher was Louis Spohr. Before coming to Helsinki, he played violin with the Royal Court Orchestra in Stockholm. In Helsinki, he held the post of music teacher at the University from 1835 to 1867, but he also acted as an organizer in all manner of musical events. He organized orchestra concerts, often appearing as violin soloist himself, and great oratorio performances unprecedented in Helsinki. His opera Kung Karls jakt (The Hunt of King Charles) was the first opera composed and produced in Finland. Its premiere in 1852 was a truly gigantic venture, and because the company consisted mostly of enthusiastic amateurs, the production required no fewer than 74 rehearsals. The production was a huge success, however, and it was also well received in Stockholm in 1856. Pacius revised the work for the Stockholm performances, and for later revivals in Helsinki he revised it yet again on two occasions, in 1870 and 1879. Finland's national anthem, Maamme (Our Land), is also by Pacius
Pacolini, Giovanni
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late 1500s
Italy
c.1600Italian lutenist and composer. His Tabulatura tribus testudinibu (1587) was published in Milan by Simon Tini
Padbrué, Cornelis Thymenszoon
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c.1592
Haarlem, The Netherlands
1670
Haarlem, The Netherlands
coming from a musical family, Padbrué entered the company of stadsspeelluiden (city musicians) in his native city of Haarlem, but was dismissed from civic service in 1635 as a result of a long-running quarrel. From then on he supported himself as a freelance musician, and little further of his life is known. He was buried in the Sint-Bavokerk in Haarlem
Padding, Martijn
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24 Apr. 1956
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer
Pade, Steen
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1956
Denmark
 Danish composer
Paderewski, Ignacy Jan
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6 Nov. 1860
Kurylowka, Poland
29 Jun. 1941
New York, NY, USA
he studied at the Warsaw Musical Institute and with many Eastern European teachers. He became one of Poland's world renowned pianists and composers. Although his own compositions are well known, Paderewski was widely praised for his renditions of Chopin. In addition to delighting Poland and the world with his music for over 50 years, Paderewski also became one of Poland's great statesmen. He was the chief framer of the Polish Constitution of 1919 and served as Poland's delegate to the League of Nations in Geneva. Upon Poland's Independence, in 1918, Paderewski became its Prime Minister and Secretary of Foreign Affairs. After his death he was interred in the Arlington National Cemetery until such time as his body could be returned to a free Poland - 28 Jun. 1992
Padilla, Alfonso1956
Chile
 composer based in Finland who has written choral works inspired by Latin American music
Padilla, José
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1889
Almeria, Spain
1960
Madrid, Spain
Spanish composer
Padilla, Juan Gutierrez de
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c.1590
Málaga, Spain
1664
Puebla, Mexico
Spanish-born composer of New Spain (a viceroyalty of Spain that included modern day Mexico, Guatemala, the Philippines and other parts of Central America and the Caribbean) who worked at Puebla de Los Angeles, Mexico
Padova, Bartolino da (Bartolino of Padua)
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fl. c1365-c.1405 also Magister Frater Bartolinus de Padua, Italian composer representative of the stylistic period known as the trecento, sometimes known as the Italian ars nova, the transitional period between medieval and Renaissance music in Italy
Padova, Marchetto da (Marchettus of Padua)
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c.1274fl. 1305 – 1319an important Italian music theorist and composer of the late medieval era. His innovations in notation of time-values were fundamental to the music of the Italian ars nova, as was his work on defining the modes and refining tuning. In addition, he was the first music theorist to discuss chromaticism
Padovano, Annibale
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1527
Padua, Italy
15 Mar. 1575
Graz, Austria
Italian composer and organist of the late Renaissance Venetian School. He was one of the earliest developers of the keyboard toccata
Padrós (Montoriol), David
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22 Mar 1942
Igualada, Spain
 Spanish organist and composer
Padua, Bartolino of (see Padova, Bartolino da)   
Padua, Marchettus of (see Padova, Marchetto da)   
Paëmuru, Elze Janovna (see Aarne, Els)   
Paër, Ferdinando
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1 Jun 1771
Parma, Italy
3 May 1839
Paris, France
Italian composer who, with Domenico Cimarosa and Nicola Antonio Zingarelli, was one of the principal composers of opera buffa of his period
Paganelli, Giuseppe Antonio
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6 Mar. 1710
Italy
c.1763
probably Madrid, Spain
Italian composer, particularly of operas, instrumental and volcal works
Paganini, Niccolò (or Nicolò)
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27 Oct. 1782
Genoa, Italy
27 May 1840
Nice, France
Italian violinist, violist, guitarist and composer. He is one of the most famous violin virtuosi, and is considered one of the greatest violinists who ever lived, with perfect intonation and innovative techniques. He is also widely regarded as the first ever virtuoso violinist. He wrote sonatas, caprices, six violin concerti, string quartets, and numerous guitar works
Pagh, Signor (nom-de-plume of Johann Michael Bach (1648–1694), son of Heinrich Bach (1615-1692))   
Pagoli, Bernardo (see Pisano, Bernardo)   
Pagh-Paan, Younghi
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30 Oct. 1945
Cheongju, South Korea
 South-Korean pianist and composer now working in Germany
Pahissa, Jaime
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7 Oct. 1880
Spain
27 Oct. 1969
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spanish composer
Pahor, Karol
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6 Jul. 1896
nr. Trieste
25 Nov. 1974
Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
Slovenian composer
Paik, Nam June
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20 Jul. 1932
Seoul, South Korea
29 Jan. 2009
Miami, Florida, USA
Korean-born American artist. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the first video artist
Paine, John Knowles
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9 Jan. 1839
Portland, Maine, USA
25 Apr. 1906
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
the first American-born composer to achieve fame for his large-scale orchestral music
Painparé, Émile
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23 Apr. 1882
Berchem, Belgium
14 Dec. 1949
Anvers, Belgium
Belgian composer, cellist and music critic
Painparé, Jules
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31 Jan. 1830
Thuin, Belgium
27 Feb. 1906
Borgerhout, Belgium
Belgian composer and conductor
Paisible (or Peasable), James (originally Jacques)
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c.1656
France
1721
London, England
French baroque composer and recorder virtuoso who lived and worked in London for about forty years. He married Mary "Moll" Davis (c.1648-1708) a seventeenth-century entertainer and courtesan, singer and actress who became one of the many mistresses of King Charles II of England
Paisiello, Giovanni
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9 May 1740
Taranto, Italy
5 Jun. 1816
Naples, Italy
Italian composer of the Classical era
Paiva, Heliodoro de
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fl. 1552
Coimbra, Portugal (although born in Lisbon)
 Portuguese composer, philosopher, and theologian
Pajaro, Eliseo19151984Philippine composer. He started his musical career by playing in town and school bands. He directed zarzuelas in his home province of Ilocos Norte during summers. At the University of the Philippines, he obtained his formal education in the conservatory of music. Later, he was awarded a music scholarship for graduate study at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he received his master's and doctorate degrees. He composed operas on a popular Ilocano folk epic "Life of Lam-ang" and the life of the national hero Jose Rizal for which he was honored with the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1964 and the Presidential Merit Award in 1966. He wrote "Mir-i-nisa," a full length ballet, which was performed at the inauguration of the Cultural Center of the Philipines (CCP) in 1969.
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Pakenham, Eileen
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19142009
Harpenden, nr. London, England
English composer
Palacio-Quintin, Cleo
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1971
Louvain, Belgium
 a flautist who specialises in composition, improvisation and performance. Her extended explorations in electroacoustic music led her to develop a new instrument: the hyper-flute. Interfaced to a computer and software by means of electronic sensors, it enables her to compose novel electroacoustic soundscapes of interactive segments
Paladini, Giovanni Paolo
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fl c.1540-1560) Italian composer
Palester, Roman
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28 Dec. 1907
Sniatyn, Poland
25 Aug. 1989
Paris, France
Polish composer
Palestine, Charlemagne
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15 Aug. 1945 or 1947
Nrooklyn, New York
 American minimalist composer, performer, and visual artist
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da
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c.1526
Palestrina, Italy
2 Feb. 1594
Rome, Italy
Italian singer, organist and composer. He was the most famous sixteenth-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition. Palestrina had a vast influence on the development of Roman Catholic church music, and his work can be seen as a summation of Renaissance polyphony
Paliashvili (or Paliaschwili), Zakhary Petrovich16 Aug. 1871
Kutaisi, Georgia, Russia
6 Oct. 1933
Tibilisi, George, Russia
Georgian composer, teacher and ethnomusicologist
Paliev, Dobri
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1928
Pernik, Bulgaria
1997
Sofia, Bulgaria
Bulgarian percussionist and composer
Palinckx, Jacques
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25 Feb. 1959
Tilburg, The Netherlands
 Dutch guitarist, free improvisationist and composer
Pallavicino, Benedetto
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c.1551
Cremona, Italy
26 Nov. 1601
Mantua, Italy
Italian composer and organist of the late Renaissance. A prolific composer of madrigals, he was resident at the Gonzaga court of Mantua in the 1590s, where he was a close associate of Giaches de Wert, and a competitor of his considerably more famous contemporary Claudio Monteverdi
Pallavicino, Carlo
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c.1630
Salò,Lake Garda, Brescia, Italy
29 Jan. 1688
Dresden, Germany
Italian-born organist and composer
Pallemaerts, Edmundo
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21 Dec. 1867
Malines, Belgium
20 Apr. 1945
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Belgian composer who became a naturalised Argentinean
Palm, Jacobo Jose Maria 'Shon Coco'
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28 Nov. 1887
Willemstad, Curaçao
1 Jul. 1982
Willemstad, Curaçao
pianist and organist
Palmartz, Gottfried
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fl. mid 16th centuryMar. 1602
Parme
Flemish organist and composer
Palmer, Cedric King (see King Palmer, Cedric)   
Palmer, Geoffrey J.
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c.1950s composer and cellist who teaches at the University of Aberdeen
Palmer, Geoffrey Molyneux
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1882
Staines, Middlesex
1957
Dublin, Ireland
English-born, Irish composer
Palmer, John
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25 Sep. 1959
England
 composer of contemporary music (acoustic and electroacoustic).
Palmgren, Selim
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16 Feb. 1878
Pori, Finland
16 Dec. 1951
Helsinki, Finland
Palmgren is chiefly remembered for his piano music, five Piano Concertos and nearly 350 miniatures that have earned him the honorific 'Chopin of the North' or 'Schumann of the North'. His choice of focus was only natural considering that he created a lengthy career as a concert pianist. Palmgren was the most cosmopolitan Finnish composer of his time. He stayed abroad for long periods of time, for instance in Germany and Italy, and from 1921 to 1926 he was Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester in the USA, a post which Sibelius had turned down. Later (1939–51), Palmgren was Professor of Composition at the Sibelius Academy (formerly the Helsinki Conservatory)
Palol (Palazol or Palou), Berenguer de
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fl. 1160-1209 Catalan troubadour from Paillol in the County of Roussillon. Of his total output twelve cansos survive, and a relatively high proportion—eight—with melodies
Palomo, Lorenzo
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10 Mar. 1938
Ciudad Real, Spain
 Spanish composer
Pandolfi (Mealli), Giovanni Antonio
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1630
Italy
1670
Italy
Italian composer and violinist
Panhuysen, Paul
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21 Aug. 1934
Borgharen, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer, visual and sound artist, and was the founder and director of Het Apollohuis, and art space that functioned during the 1980s and 90s
Paniagua, Gregorio
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1950
Madrid, Spain
 Spanish composer and player of the viola da gamba, vihuela, lute and hurdy gurdy
Panin, Piotr
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1938
Russia
 Rusian composer
Panina, Marta  composer who published in Bologna in 1706
Pann, Anton
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c.1790
Sliven, Rumelia (now in Bulgaria)
2 Nov. 1854
Bucharest, Romania
Ottoman-born Wallachian composer, musicologist, and Romanian-language poet, also noted for his activities as a printer, translator, and schoolteacher. Pann was an influential folklorist and collector of proverbs, as well as a lexicographer and textbook author
Pann, Carter
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21 Feb. 1972
La Grange, Illinois
 American pianist and composer
Panne, Wim van der
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20th century
The Netherlands
 Dutch organist, teacher and composer
Pannke, Peter
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20th century besides composing, performing, teaching, creating acoustic radio art and sound installatioins, he is a well-known broadcaster, writer, editor and festival organizer
Panseron, Auguste Mathieu
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26 Apr. 1795
Paris, France
29 Jul. 1859
Paris, France
French tenor and composer of romances, operas and singing methods
Pantillon, Francois
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Panufnik, Andrzej
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24 Sep. 1914
Warsaw, Poland
27 Oct. 1991
Twickenham, London, England
Polish pianist, conductor and composer
Panufnik, Roxanna
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  daughter of Andrzej, Panufnik, composer
Panula, Jorma
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10 Aug. 1930
Finland
 composer mainly of folk operas for the Ilmajoki Music Festival. Panula's first opera, Jaakko Ilkka (1978) is a setting of a story with a local character, the 16th-century Ostrobothnian leader of a peasant revolt. It is written in a tonal style and quotes folk music. Panula's later operas include Jokiooppera (River Opera, 1982), Peltomiehen rukous (The Ploughman's Prayer, 1984) and Lalli ja pyhä Henrikki (Lalli and St. Henry, 1987). Panula is not only a composer and conductor; he also created a brilliant career in educating young Finnish conductors as Professor of Conducting at the Sibelius Academy
Paolo di Marco
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Papa, Jacob Clemens non (see Clemens non Papa, Jacob)   
Papadimitriou, Dimitris
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Papandopulo, Boris19061991Coratian composer and conductor
Papazoglou, Nikos
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Pape, Andy
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Pape, Gerard
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Papen, Alexandre (Alex)
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7 May 1882
Ekeren, Belgium
4 Nov. 1965
Boechout, Belgium
Belgian composer, organist and teacher
Papini, Paolo
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Paplauski, Yauhen (see Poplavsky, Yevgeny)   
Papot, Marie Anne1854
France
1896
France
composer and professor of voice, Paris Conservatoire
Pâque, Désiré
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12 May 1867
Liège, Belgium
20 Nov. 1939
Bessancourt, Belgium
Belgian composer, pianist, organist, conductor, music theorist and teacher
Paque, Guillaume
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5 Jul 1824
Brussels, Belgium
3 Mar 1876
London, U.K.
completing his studies at the Conservatoire in Brussels, he entered the orchestra of the Royal Theatre in his native town. After some years, he moved to Paris, with the intention of permanently settling there, but an offer received in 1840, of entering, as solo cellist, the Italian Opera at Barcelona, induced him to leave the French capital. Scarcely had he arrived at Barcelona, when he was appointed a Professor of the Musical School. In 1849 he played before the Queen of Spain in Madrid, and in 1850 he travelled in the South of France giving concerts. In the same year he moved to London, where he gained popularity as a chamber music player. He found his particular sphere of work as solo cellist at the Royal Italian Opera, as well as teacher at the London Academy of Music, until his death on March 3, 1876. Amongst his compositions he published several Fantasias, Variations, and Drawing-room pieces
[date of birth taken from Dictionary of Belgian composers]
Paque, Jean24 May 1829
Brussels, Belgium
1899
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian trombonist, composer and teacher
Parabosco, Girolamo
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1520/41557Italian organist and composer
Parac, Frano
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Paradies, Domenico
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Paradis (or Paradies), Maria Theresia (von)1759
Vienna
1824virtuoso pianist even though blind from the age of three. She composed with the aid of a pegboard invented by one of her teachers. Of note is the fact that Mozart, Hayden and Salieri all composed concertos in her honour, the latter when she was just fourteen. In 1783 she went on a three-year concert tour of Europe. Reviews of her performances were filled with superlative descriptions of her playing and singing. In 1808 she founded a music school for girls in Vienna
Paradisi, Domenico
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Paraiba, Canhoto da
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Parcham, Andrew
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Pardon, Félix
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1 Jun. 1851
Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium
7 Jul. 1921
Lombardsijde (Flandre Occidentale), Belgium
Belgian composer, pianist, conductor, teacher and music critic
Paredes, Carlos16 Feb. 1925
Coimbra, Portugal
23 Jul. 2004
Lisbon, Portugal
Portuguese guitarist and composer who said, about his own music, "My music normally has the structure of a song, a cançoneta. It does not mean that I am a composer of small music. I use the word "small" only to define the music for some musicologists. Aesthetically, it is not inferior music." The Kronos Quartet performed Canção Verdes Anos, Romance e Variações sobre uma Dança Popular by Paredes in Lisbon in 1998
Paredes, Hilda
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Pareja, Bartolome Ramos de
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Parent, Armand
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5 Feb. 1863
Liège, Belgium
19 Jan. 1934
Paris, France
Belgian composer, violonist and teacher
Pari, Claudio
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1574
Salines (Salins-les-Bains), Burgundy, France
after 1619
possibly Sicily, Italy
a Sicilian composer, of Burgundian birth, of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. He was a competent madrigalist, well regarded by his peers, as well as a late representative of the musical style/ethos known as musica reservata
Parijs, Annelies van
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Paris, Guillaume-Alexis (Alexandre)
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c.1756
Liège, Belgium
30 Jan 1840
St. Petersburg, Russia
Belgian-born composer and conductor
Parish, John
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Parish Alvars, Elias
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Parisotti, Alessandro
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Parke, Maria Hester (Mrs. Beardmore)1775
London
1822a well-known singer, pianist and composer
Parke, William Thomas17611847violinist and composer and songs, younger brother of the oboist John Parke (1745-1829)
Parker, Charlie
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Parker, Clifton5 Feb 19051989he was largely self-educated. His films included a number associated especially with the sea - HMS Defiant (1962), Mystery Submarine (1962) and, most famously, Sink the Bismarck (1960) whose stirring march was separately published. But there were many other films of which we may instance The Wooden Horse (1950), a famous early P.O.W. film, The Blue Lagoon, The Man Within (1947), Diamond City (1949), The Gift Horse (1952), The Feminine Touch (1956), The Hellfire Club (1960), Circle of Deception (1960) and The Informers (1963). But his output, too, was varied. He wrote a considerable amount for the theatre: incidental music to Othello, a couple of (unison) songs for As You Like It, the dramatic "fairy tales" The Glass Slipper, delicately scored for single woodwind, two horns, violin, cello and percussion, and The Silver Curlew and the "lyric drama" Aucassin and Nicolette. Orchestral works included a light suite The Land of Nod and a Phantasy Suite, Alla Cabana and a Rumba (for piano and orchestra), both in Latin American mood, the popular seascape Western Approaches and music for a radio feature Crab Village. There were songs, both sacred (If Thou Prepare thy Heart, composed in 1934) and secular (My Father's Close, An Old Song Ended and De Sheepfol'), piano pieces (e.g. the Polka of 1936) and violin pieces (e.g. Iquique)
Parker, Evan
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Parker, Horatio William
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15 Sep. 1863
Auburndale, Mass. USA
18 Dec. 1919
Cedarhurst, New York, USA
the first Dean of Yale's School of Music, serving from 1904 until his death, Parker's output as a composer is essentially complete in the Papers lodged at Yale
Parker, Jim
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Parker, Stephen
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Parkins, Zeena
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Parkkari, Martti1938
Finland
 composer who has written music for the stage
Parmegiani, Bernard
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Parmerud, Ake
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Parra Sandoval, Violeta del Carmen (known as Violeta Parra)
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14 Oct. 1917
San Carlos, Ñuble, Chile
5 Feb. 1967
notable Chilean folklorist and visual artist. She set the basis for La Nueva Canción Chilena, a renewal and a reinvention of Chilean folk music which would absorb and extend its influence far beyond Chile
Parratt, Walter
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Parreiras Neves, Ignacio
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Parrot de Douai (see Douai, Parrot de)   
Parrott, Ian
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5 Mar. 1916
Streatham, London, England
4 Sep. 2012
Aberystwyth, Wales
prolific Anglo-Welsh composer and writer on music
Parry, Hubert
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Parry, John Orlando
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17761851Welsh composer, organist, pianist, harpist and teacher
Parsch, Arnost
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Parsons, Niamh
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Parsons, Robert
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Pärt, Arvo
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11 Sep. 1935
Paide, Estonia
 Estonian composer who found it difficult to gain acceptance in the old Soviet era. He was finally able to leave Estonia with his family in 1980. They never made it to their intended destination of Israel but, with the assistance of his publisher in the West, settled firstly in Vienna, where he took Austrian citizenship. One year later, with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange, he moved to West Berlin where he still lives
Partch, Harry
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Partos, Odon
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Parveen, Abida
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Parys, Georges Van
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Pasche, William
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fl. late 15th/early 16th centuries English composer and church musician. Pasche's works appear in MSS of the late 15th and early 16th centuries; he is represented by a Christus resurgens Mass, written on a Sarum chant, two Magnificats, and a motet, Sancta Maria
Paschenko (or Pachtchenko, Pastschenko, Pasjtsjenko, Pashchenko), Andrey Filippovch15 Aug. 1885
Rostov-on-Don, Russia
16 Nov. 1972
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Pascoal, Hermeto
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1936
Arapiraca, Brazil
 Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist
Pascual, Tomasc. 1595
Huehuetenango, Guatemala
c. 1635Guatemalan composer of a villancico found in the Latin American mss. Guatemala (ca. 1570-1635) which consist of 13 bound volumes and two fragments. Pascual was maestro de capilla in northwestern Guatemala
Pasculli, Antonio
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Pashaloff (or Paschalow, Pashkalow), Viktor Nikandrovich18 Apr. 1841
Saratov, Russia
28 Feb. 1885
Kasan, Russia
Russian composer
Pashkevich (or Paskevich, Paschkevitsch, Paschkewitsch, Pachkevitch), Vasiliy Alexeyevichc.174220 Mar. 1797
St. Petersburg, Russia
violinist and composer
Pasquini, Bernardo
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7 Dec. 1637
Massa, Italy
22 Nov. 1710
Rome, Italy
an Italian composer of opera and church music
Passereau, Pierre
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Pasté, Thierry
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9 Aug. 1962
Charleroi, Belgium
 Belgian composer, pianist and teacher
Pastorius III, (John Francis Anthony) Jaco
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1 Dec. 1951
Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA
21 Sep. 1987
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
American jazz musician and composer widely acknowledged for his skills on the bass guitar, as well as his command of varied musical styles
Paszkiewicz, Andrzej
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mid-17th century composer who may be the author of known only as A.P. whose monogram appears on two masses and Cantilena de Passione Domini from 1669
Paszthory, Casimir von
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Pataky, Hubert
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16 Feb. 1892
Liège, Belgium
25 Sep. 1953
Berlin, Germany
Belgian composer
Patard, Antonio [Patart]
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c. 1560
Padova
after 1605
Warsaw, Poland
appointed as a wind player in the Italian chapel at the Warsaw court of Sigismund III (first mentioned in court records in 1598) and conducted his own works performed on the occasion of the wedding of Sigismund to Konstanza, Archduchess of Austria
Patavinus, Antonius
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Pate, Johnny
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Paterina, Mariafl. 1587-1600
Regensburg, Germany
 composer
Pathie, Rogier
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c.1510
probably Cambrai, Flanders
c.1565Flemish composer and organist
Patterson, Paul
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Patumi, Daniele
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Pauels, Heinz
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Pauer, Jiri
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22 Feb. 1919
Lubulin, Czechoslovakia
 studied first with Otakar Sín, then from 1943 to 1946 at the Prague Conservatory with Alois Hába, and finally with Pavel Boøkovec at the Academy of the Musical Arts. He has composed many operas, symphonies, and further orchestra pieces, a horn concerto and a trumpet concerto, chamber music pieces, and piano piece
[information provided by Sergey Camyshan]
Paul, Gene de
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17 Jun. 1919
New York City, USA
27 Feb. 1988
California, USA
American pianist, composer and songwriter, who was was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song in 1941 for Hellzapoppin and he was one of the composers of the songs and dances for the 1954 musical film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for which he was nominated for the 1983 Tony Award for Best Original Score
Paulli, Holger Simon
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22 Feb. 1810
Copenhagen, Denmark
23 Dec. 1891
Copenhagen, Denmark
a Danish conductor and composer
Paumann, Conrad
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c.1410
Nuremberg, Germany
24 Jan. 1473
Munich, Germany
a German organist, lutenist and composer of the early Renaissance. Even though he was born blind, he was one of the most extraordinarily talented musicians of the 15th century, and his performances created a sensation wherever he went
Pauset, Brice
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Pauwels, Jan Engelbert
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Pavia, Heliodoro de
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c.1500
Lisbon, Portugal
1552
Coimbra
Portuguese monk, organist and composer
Pavlenko, Sergei
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Pavlov, Evgueni Pavlovich1894
Moscow, Russia
 Russian composer
Pavon, Pastora 'Nina de los Peines'
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Pauw, Jean-Baptiste de
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31 Mar. 1852
Brussels, Belgium
10 Jun. 1924
Bussum, The Netherlands
Belgian composer, organist, pianist and teacher
Pauw, Marcel de
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6 May 1913
Ursel, (Flandre Orientale)
26 Jul. 1963
Gentbrugge, Belgium
Belgian composer and conductor
Pauwels, Jean-Englebert
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24/26 or 29 Nov. 1768
Brussels, Belgium
3 or 4 Jun. 1804
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer, violonist and conductor
Pauwels, Marie-Anne-Jeanne (or Jeanne-Catherine)
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11 Jul. 179518 Jun. 1839pianist and composer active in Brussels, Belgium
Paxton, William
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  violoncellist and the composer of the well-known glee Breathe soft, ye winds, besides a number of other pieces. Charles Burney praises his "full and Sweet tone, as well as his judicious manner of accompanying the voice." He published amongst his other compositions also six Duos for two Violoncellos (Op. 1), eight Duos for Violin and Violoncello (Op. 2), six solos for Violin (Op. 3), four solos for Violin and two for the Violoncello (Op. 4), twelve easy lessons for Violoncello (Op. 6). and Six solos for Violoncello (Op. 8)., His brother Stephen also composed for the Cello
Paxton, Stephen
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  brother of William Paxton who composed for the Cello
Payen, Nicolas
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c.1512
Soignies, Belgium
after 24 Apr. 1559
Madrid, Spain
Flemish-born composer
Payne, Anthony
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Payton, Nicholas
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Peacock, Gary
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Pean, Mellefl. 1770s
Paris, France
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Pearsall, Robert
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Pearson, Leslie
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Pease, F H
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Peaslee, Richard
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Peci, Aleksander
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Peck, Russell 1945
Detroit, USA
a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he also received Master and Doctoral degrees in composition. His orchestral compositions have been performed by hundreds of orchestras in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, which include the major orchestras of the world. Peck also performs extensively as narrator of his own orchestral works and often appears as a guest artist with orchestras throughout the Unites States. His best known pieces include Harmonic Rhythm, The Glory and the Grandeur, The Thrill of the Orchestra and Signs of Life
Pecorina, Polissenafl. 1534-1570
Italy
 Italian courtesan and composer
Pecou, Thierry
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Pedersen, Jens Wilhelm
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Pederson, Mogens
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Pedrell, Felipe
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19 Feb. 1841
Tortosa, Spain
19 Aug. 1922
Barcelona, Spain
composer and teacher
Pedrini, Teodorico
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Pée, Wies (né Aloysius Martinus)
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13 Jul. 1911
Termonde, Belgium
2 May 1990
Anvers, Belgium
Belgian composer, organist, choral director and teacher
Peebles, David
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fl. c.1530-1579 Scottish composer and former member of the Augustinian Priory of St Andrews who was commissioned by Lord James Stewart to set the psalm-tunes, "bot he wes not earnest..."
Peebles, Sarah
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Peel, Gerald Graham
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1877
Pendelbury, Manchester
1937
Bournemouth
a pupil of Ernest Walker at Oxford, died in Bournemouth where he was in the thirties, an excellent Chairman of the Municipal Choir. He studied at Harrow and Oxford University and was a welfare worker for much of his life. He seems to have been almost exclusively a song composer, of which he produced about a hundred, exclusive of folk song settings, though there were a few piano solos
Peellaert, Augustin-Philippe de (baron)
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12 Mar. 1793
Bruges, Belgium
10 Apr. 1876
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer, painter, designer and soldier
Peerson, Martin
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Peetermans, Maurits
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5 Apr. 1903
Anvers, Belgium
 Belgian composer, bassoonist and conductor
Peeters Edgard
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30 Sep. 1906
Bree
23 Sep. 1961
Rakem, Belgium
Belgian composer, choral director and teacher
Peeters, Emiel
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25 Apt. 1893
Anvers, Belgium
21 May 1974
Buchum, Germany
Belgian composer, violonist and conductor
Peeters, Flor
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4 Jul. 1903
Tielen, Belgium
4 Jul. 1986
Anvers, Belgium
Belgian composer, organist and teacher, sometimes called the Belgian Dupré or Dupré belge, and considered one of the greatest figures in 20th century Belgian musical life
Peeters, Jozef
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23 Feb. 1878
Neerpelt, Belgium
30 Dec. 1951
Hasselt, Belgium
Belgian composer, choral director and conductor
Peeters, Marcel
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18 Sep. 1926
Anvers, Belgium
 Belgian arranger and composer
Peeters, René
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19 Aug. 1909
Neerpelt, Belgium
24 Jul. 1985
Genk, Belgium
Belgian composer, organist, choral director and teacher
Peetrinus, Jacobus (also known as Jacques Pieters)
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c.1553
Malines, Flanders
c.1591Flemish composer
Peguilhan, Aimeric de
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Peiko, Nikolai
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25 (Old Style 12) Mar. 1916
Moscow, Russia
1 Jul. 1995
Moscow, Russia
Russian compooser whose output included eight symphonies, concerts and many other symphonic pieces
Peirol
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Peitsalo, Peter1970)
Finland
 Finnish composer
Peixinho, Jorge
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Pejacevic, Dora
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10 Sep. 1885
Budapest, Hungary
5 Mar. 1923
Munich, Germany
Croatian composer of 58 works
Pekiel, Bartlomiej
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 c. 1670composer and assistant to Marco Scacchi (Kapellmeister at the Chapel Royal at Warsaw) and succeeded him and held the post from 1649 to 1655
Pelagrini-Celloni, Anna Maria 1835
Italy
singer and vocal teacher who published a ‘Vocal Method’ in 1810 and several songs
Pelecis, Georgs
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1947
Riga, Latvia
 studied composition with Aram Khachaturian in Moscow before returning to Lativa where he is now a professor of composition at the Latvian Music Academy. Pelecis composes in a very simple but appealing and melodious style, often minimalist or repetitive but still his own style. There is also a clear influence of earlier styles (those from the 14th to 17th centuries) as well as of Latvian folk music
Pelemans, Willem
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6 Apr. 1901
Anvers, Belgium
28 Oct. 1991
Berchem-Sainte-Agathe
Belgian composer and critic
Pelissier, Victor
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Pellegrini, Domenico
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Pellio, Giovanni
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fl. second half 16th century composer
Peloponnesios, Petros
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Peñalosa, Francisco de
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c. 1470
Talavera de la Reina, Spain
1 Apr. 1528
Seville, Spain
Spanish composer who spent most of his career in Seville, serving as the maestro di capilla, though he also spent time in Burgos, and three years in Rome at the papal chapel (1518-1521)
Penderecki, Krzysztof
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23 Nov. 1933
Debica, Poland
 Polish conductor, teacher and composer
Penders, Jef
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Penella, Manuel
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Penet, Hilaire
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1501
nr. Poitiers, France
probably after 1530a French composer of the Renaissance, who worked for at least the earlier part of his life in Rome. Penet is most famous as the composer of Descendit angelus Domini, a four-voice motet which was used both by Palestrina and Costanzo Porta as source material for masses. The motet circulated widely in Europe
Pennario, Leonard
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Penne, Antoine de
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end 16th century
near Valenciennes, Flanders
after 1616Flemish composer
Pennequin, Jean
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c.1540
Arras, Belgium
after 1585Flemish composer
Pennino, Gaetano Errico
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Penzel, Christian Friedrich
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Pepock, August
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Pepper, Art
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Pepping, Ernst
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Pepusch, Johann Christoph
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Perapaskero, Sapo
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Peraza, Francisco de II15641598organist and composer. During the last third of the 16th century, a remarkable innovation was introduced that would alter the character of the Iberian organ forever. Builders began to split one or more stops between the bass and treble halves (normally at c'/c#'), allowing for two contrasting registrations on the same keyboard. Peraza’s Medio registro alto, calling for a divided registration with the more prominent solo in the treble and a softer sound for the accompanying lower voices, is probably the earliest surviving tiento to specify this technique
Perceval, Jules
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17 Jul. 1903
Brussels, Belgium
7 Sep. 1963
Santiago, Chile
Belgian-born later naturalised Argentinean composer, organist and teacher
Percy, Robert
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Pereira, Diana
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Pereira, Heitor Teixeira
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29 Nov. ????
Brazil
 a Brazilian musician who works as a film music composer at Hans Zimmer's studio
Pereira, Clovis
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Pereira, Jorge
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Perepelizyn, Polycarp14 Dec. 1818
Odessa, Ukraine
14 Jun. 1887
St. Petersburg, Russia
violinist and composer
Perez, Davide
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Perez Arroyo, Rafael
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Perez Bocanegra, Juan
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Perez Roldan, Juan
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Perezzani, Paolo
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Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista
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4 Jan. 1710
Jesi, Italy
16 Mar. 1736
Pozzuoli, Italy
Italian composer, violinist and organist
Peri, Jacopo
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20 Aug. 1561
Rome, Italy
12 Aug. 1633
Italy
Italian composer and singer of the transitional period between the Renaissance and Baroque styles, and is often called the inventor of opera. He wrote the first work to be called an opera today, Dafne (around 1597), and also the first opera to have survived to the present day, Euridice (1600)
Perissone, Cambio
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c.15201558-1569French or Flemish singer and composer
Perkinson, Coleridge-Taylor
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Perks, Oscar
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Perle, George
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Perlea, Jonel
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Pernambuco, Joao
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Pernes, Thomas
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Perosi, Lorenzo
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Pérotin
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fl. c.1200
probably France
 European composer, believed to be French, who lived around the end of the twelfth and beginning of the thirteenth century. He was the most famous member of the Notre Dame school of polyphony
Perrone, Marc
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Perrot de Neele (see Neele, Perrot de)   
Perry, Julia25 Mar. 1924
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
24 Apr. 1979
Akron, Ohio, USA
Perry attended Westminster Choir College, where she studied voice, piano, drama, and conducting, and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She gained international acclaim for her Stabat Mater for contralto and string orchestra. Her compositions included over 50 works for a variety of solo instruments and large and small ensembles, as well as solo vocal and choral works
Perry, Lee
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Persichetti, Vincent
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6 Jun. 1915
Philadelphia, USA
14 Aug. 1987
Philadelphia, USA
American composer, teacher, and pianist. An important musical educator and writer, Persichetti, a native of Philadelphia, was known for his integration of various new ideas in musical composition into his own work and teaching. His students at the Juilliard School included Philip Glass, Hall Overton, Thelonious Monk, Karl Korte, Larry Thomas Bell, Richard Danielpour, Jing Jing Luo, and Ronald Caltabiano. He also taught composition to conductor James dePreist at the Philadelphia Conservatory
Persinger, Shawn
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Persoens, Josquino
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fl. 16th century composer possibly Flemish
Persoons, Gust
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7 Nov. 1905
Anvers, Belgium
16 May 1971
Anvers, Belgium
Belgian composer, conductor, choral direcor and teacher
Perti, Giacomo Antonio
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6 Jun 1661
Bologna, Italy
10 Apr 1756
Bologna, Italy
an Italian composer of the Baroque era. He was mainly active at Bologna, where he was maestro di cappella for sixty years. He was the teacher of Giuseppe Torelli and Giovanni Battista Martini
Peruchona (Parruchono, Perucona), Maria XaveriaNovara an Ursuline nun who in 1675 published a single collection of music, Sacred Concerti and Motets for one, two three and four voices with violins and continuo (Milan)
Perugia, Matteo da
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fl. 1400-1416 a Medieval composer, presumably from Perugia. From 1402-1407 he was the first magister cappellae of the Milan Cathedral
Perugia, Niccolò (or Nicolò) da
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fl. second half of 14th century Italian composer of the trecento, the musical period also known as the "Italian ars nova". He was a contemporary of Francesco Landini, and apparently was most active in Florence
Pervazov, Andrean
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Pescetti, Giovanni
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Peschka-Leutner, Minna1839
Austria
1896composer of songs and a set of vocal studies
Pesenti, Martino
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Pesenti, Michele
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Pesonen, Olavi
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8 Apr. 1909
Helsinki, Finland
11 Nov. 1993
Helsinki, Finland
composer of orchestral works that are highly chromatic and contrapuntal, for example, the orchestral work Fuga fantastica (1948) and the two Symphonies (1949, 1953), as well as many vocal works
Pessiak-Schmerling, Anna1834
Vienna, Austria
1896a teacher at Vienna Conservatory. Her compositions were frequently performed in Vienna
Pessoa, Fernando
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Pesson, Gerard
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Peter, Johann Friedrich
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Peter Georgievich of Oldenburg, Duke
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26 Aug. 1812
Yaroslavi, Russia
14 May 1881
St. Petersburg, Russia
scholar and philanthropist. He was also noted composer of music. In 1857 he composed the music for Marius Petipa's ballet La Rose, la Violette et le Papillon. The Pas d'Esclave from the ballet Le Corsaire, which is taken from his score for this work, is still heard in theatres all over the world
Peter, Simon
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Peterburshsky, Jerzy
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Peters, Olivier
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Peters, William Cumming
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Petersen, Atli
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Petersen, David
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Petersma, Wim
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Peterson, Oscar
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Peterson, Tommy
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Peterson, Wayne
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Peterson-Berger, Wilhelm1867
Sweden
1942most loved for his folk music-inspired songs and his three collections of Frösöblomster (Flowers from Fröso Island), with their finely sculpted piano pieces permeated with folklore feelings. He also composed great operas, a masterful violin concerto and five splendid symphonies (especially the No. 2 Sunnanfärd and No. 3 Same Ätnam)
Petersson, Per Gunnar
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Petit, Jean-Claude
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Petit, Ninot le
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fl. c.1500-1520 a French composer of the Renaissance, probably associated with the French royal chapel. Although a substantial amount of his music has survived in several sources, his actual name is not known with certainty. Two identifications have been proposed by musicologists in the latter half of the 20th century. The first possibility, suggested by Barton Hudson in 1979, is that Petit may have been Johannes Baltazar alias Petit, since a singer of that name was in the papal chapel between 1488 and 1502, and his name resembles that in the attribution of some "le Petit" motets in a Vatican manuscript. The second possibility is that "le Petit" may be the same as Jean Lepetit, the singing master at Langres Cathedral between 1506 and 1510. Baltazar died in 1502, Lepetit after 1529; stylistically the music of Petit suggests composition in the first two decades of the 16th century
Petit, Pierre II
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Petitgand, Dominique
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Petitgand, Laurent
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Petr, Vyazcheslav Ivanovich5 Feb. 1845
Bohmen
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Petrali, Vincenzo
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Petrassi, Goffredo
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Petric, Ivo
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Petridis, Petros
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Petrini, Franz
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Petrov, Andrei
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2 Sep. 1930
Leningrad, Russia
 Russian composer of incidental and film music, vocal music, opera, three ballets, violin concerto, piano concerto, symphonic poem, overture and three suites
Petrov, Petar
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Petrucci, Ottaviano dei
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Petrucciani, Michel
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Petrus de Cruce (see Cruce, Petrus de)   
Petrus de Picardia (see Picardia, Petrus de)   
Petschnikoff (or Petchnikoff, Pechnikov), Alexander8 Jan. 1873
Jeletz, Russia
3 (0r 26) Nov. 1949
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Russian violinist and composer
Pettersson, Allan
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Pettiford, Oscar
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Petuchov (or Petukhov), Michael18434 Oct. 1895
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian composer
Petyrek, Felix
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Petzold, Johannes
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Peudargent, Martin
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1525-1530, Huy, Belgiumafter 1585Flemish composer
Peuerl, Paul
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Pevernage, Andreas
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1542/43
Harelbeke, Flanders
30 Jul. 1591
Antwerp, Belgium
a Flemish composer of the late Renaissance. He was one of the minority of composers from the Low Countries who stayed in his native land throughout the turbulent period of religious conflict in the late 16th century, and was a skilled composer of chansons, motets and madrigals
Pez, Johann Christoph
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Pezel, Johann Christoph
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Pfendner, Heinrich
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Pfitzner, Hans Erich
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Pfleger, Augustin
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Pfluger, Andreas
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Pfluger, Hans Georg
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Phalese, Pierre
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Phaliesen, Antoine (Vander)
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 17 Mars. 1485Flemish organist and composer who was born in Louvain
Phan, Phuc Quang
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Pheloung, Barrington
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1954
Austrlia
 he has earned accolades for his attractive music for TV, especially that for the long-running Inspector Morse crime features
Phibbs, Joseph
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Phile, Philip
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Philharmonica, Mrs. (pseudonym)fl. 1715 composer
Philidor, Anne Danican
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Philidor, Francois Andre Danican
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Philidor, Pierre Danican
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Philip, Achille18781959French organist and composer who studied at the Paris Conservatory and founded the 'Quatuor Français'. Philip was organist of the Abbey Chuch of Val-de-Grâce in Paris from 1903 until 1950 and professor of organ and harmony at the Schola Cantorum from 1904 until 1950
Philips, Peter
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c.1560
England
1628
Brussels, Belgium
eminent English composer, organist, and Catholic priest exiled to Flanders after the start of the Protestant Reformation. He was one of the greatest keyboard virtuosos of his time
[entry corrected by François-Emmanuel de Wasseige]
Philipp, Isidor
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2 Sep. 1863
Budapest, Hungary
20 Feb. 1958
Paris, France
a French pianist, composer, and distinguished pedagogue
Philippe de Fontaines (see Fontaines, Philippe de)   
Philippe, André
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6 Sep. 1943
Sivry, Belgium
 Belgian trumpeter and composer
Philippi, Raimund
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Philippot, Michel
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Phillips, Dudley
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Phillips, U. Utah (born Bruce Duncan Phillips
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15 May. 1935
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
23 May 2008
Nevada City, California, USA
folk singer and songwriter
Philp, Elizabeth 1827
England
1885singer, teacher and composer who also published How to Sing an English Ballad
Phinot, Dominique
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c.1510
France
c.1556
Lyon, France
a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance, active in Italy and southern France. He was highly regarded at the time for his motets, which anticipate the style of Palestrina, and in addition he was an early pioneer of polychoral writing.
Piacenza, Domenico da
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Piaf, Edith
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Piana, Sebastian
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Piatigorsky (or Pjatigorskij, Pyatigorski, Piatigorsky), Gregor
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17 Apr. 1903
Ekaterinoslav, Russia
6/8 Aug 1976
Los Angeles, California, USA
Russian-born cellist, teacher and composer
Piatti, Alfredo
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Piazza, Gaetano Felice
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c.1725
Milan, Italy
after 1775Italian organist and composer whose dates of birth and death are uncertain. Piazza worked in Milan in the second half of the eighteenth century. In 1775 he was an organist in the churches of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, San Francesco Fuori Porta, and San Damiano. We know he wrote for the organ, for the theatre (Demetrius, Pavia 1750 and The Chinese Hero, Milan 1757) as well as a number of concertos for solo instruments and strings
Piazzolla, Ástor Pantaleón
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11 Mar. 1921
Mar del Plata, Argentina
4 Jul. 1992
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentine tango composer and bandoneón player. His oeuvre revolutionised the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. He is therefore widely considered the most important tango composer of the latter half of the twentieth century
Pic, Karel Frantisek
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Picchi, Giovanni
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Piccinini, Alessandro
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1566
Bologna, Italy
1638
Italy
Piccinini was taught to play the lute by his father, Leonardo Maria Piccinini. He held appointments at the Este court in Ferrara and with Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini. Piccinini is best known for his two volumes of lute music: Intavolatura di Liuto et di Chitarrone, libro primo (Bologna, 1632) and Intavolaturo di Liuto (Bologna, 1639), the latter published posthumusly by his son Leonardo Maria Piccinini
Piccinni, Niccolo
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16 Jan. 1728
Bari, Italy
7 May 1800
Passy, France
Italian composer of classical music
Piccioni, Piero
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6 Dec. 1921
Turin, Italy
23 Jul. 2004
Rome, Italy
a prolific Italian film composer in dazzling styles ranging from lounge to avant-garde. His father, Attilio, a Christian Democrat MP, encouraged Piero to follow family tradition and practise law. But ,while studying, he taught himself music, organised jazz concerts and played piano for the radio, eventually dropping law to become musical director of a radio orchestra. His versatility and speed in scoring radio plays led Alberto Lattuada to suggest film work, though it was Gianni Franciolini who commissioned him for Il mondo le condanna (The World Condemns Them, 1952). Initially Piccioni used the improbable moniker Piero Morgan to distance himself from a drugs and sex scandal involving his father, dropping it in 1957 when the case collapsed, though he further anglicised it to Peter Morgan for Qualcuno ha tradito (Every Man is My Enemy, 1967)
Piccolo, Anthony
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Piccone, Francesco
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Picforth
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Piche, Jean
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Pichl, Vaclav
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Pickard, John
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Pichart, Adrien (see Adrien Thiebault, Adrien)   
Picker, Tobias
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Pickering (Pickeringe), Janefl. early 1600s the Jane Pickering Lute Book is a major source of English lute music from the golden age (1580-1620)
Piefke, Gottfried
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Pieltain, Dieudonné-Pascal (known as l’aîné)
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4 Mar. 1754
Liège, Belgium
10 Dec. 1833
Liège, Belgium
Belgian composer and violinist
Pieper, Rene
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Pieranunzi, Enrico
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Piere, Robert de la 1258Flemish ménestrel
Pireloz, Alexis
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18 Jan. 1853
Hasselt, Belgium
29 May 1919
Hasselt, Belgium
Belgian composer, conductor and teacher
Pierné, Gabriel
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16 Aug. 1863
Metz, France
17 Jul. 1937
Ploujean, Finistère, France
organist, educator and prolific composer, a winner of the Prix de Rome
Pierné, Gabriel
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16 Aug. 1863
Metz, France
17 Jul. 1937
Ploujean, Finistère, France
French composer, conductor, and organist
Pierné, Paul
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30 Jun. 1874
Metz, France
24 Mar. 1952
Paris, France
French composer and organist who was a cousin of composer and organist Gabriel Pierné
Pierpont, Marie (de) 1896
France
an organist and composer whose works include an opera
Pierquin Beurse (see Beurse, Pierquin)   
Pierquin de Thérache (see Thérache, Pierrequin de)   
Pierre, Alain
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Pierre de la Croix (see Cruce, Petrus de)   
Pierre de la Rue (see Rue, Pierre de)   
Pierrequin de Thérache (see Thérache, Pierrequin de)   
Piersanti, Franco
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Pierson, Martin
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Pieta (della), (married, Fuggita), Laviniafl. 1670s
Pieta, Venice
 the four Venetian ospedali were orphanages which specialized in music instruction for girls (the boys were not trained in music) from about 1500 until the end of the 18th century. Many works were written specifically for performance by Ospedali girls' choirs and instrumental ensembles, and a number of women who were trained in these schools continued on as teachers, and some including Lavinia composed too
Pieta, Santa Dellafl c. 1725-c.1750 composer
Pieters, Jacques (see Peetrinus, Jacobus)   
Pietkin, Lambert
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  composer and organist
Pietri, Giuseppe
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Pietrobono (real name could be Pierre Boone)fl. 15th century1497instrumentalist, possibly a composer
Pietsch, Edna Frida1894
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
1982
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
received her musical training in Chicago, studying piano with Ida Schroeder and composition with Wilhelm Middelschulte. She studied composition at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music with Carl Eppert, Rudolph Kopp, and Bernard Dieter, in addition to violin and viola with Pearl Brice. She later became a member of the faculty at the Conservatory, where she taught piano and theory to children of all ages and abilities
Pijper, Willem
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Pike, Jeremy
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Pilas, Karl
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Pilati, Mario
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Pilkington, Francis
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Pillays (or Pilloys), Johannes (see Pullois, Johannes)   
Pillney, Karl Hermann
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Pilss, Karl
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Pimentel, Osvaldo Lenine Macedo (see Lenine)   
Pinarol, Jean
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second half 15th century composer
Pinchik, Pinchas
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Pinck, Christian Heinrich
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Pindar
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c.522 BC
Cynoscephalae, Boeotia
443 BC
Argos, Greece
the greatest Greek lyric poet, brought choral poetry to perfection. Unlike the personal lyrics of his predecessors, his works were meant to be recited by choruses of young men and women and accompanied by music
Pinel, Juliefl. c. 1737
Paris, France
 composer
Pingoud, Ernest
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14 Oct. 1887
St. Petersburg, Russia
1 Jun. 1942
Helsinki, Finland
Pingoud never really found a niche for himself in Finnish music. His nonconformist, colourful Modernism and cosmopolitan personality simply did not fit the mould that the newly independent nation had conceived for its great public figures. His few foreign successes included a well-received composition concert in Berlin in 1923 and a handful of performances abroad, most notably the performance of "Le prophète" conducted by Leopold Stokowski in Philadelphia in 1926. Pingoud was above all an orchestral composer. His major works are tone poems, whose titles provide a dazzling vista into the composer's expansive imagination: La dernière aventure de Pierrot (1916), Hymnen an die Nacht (1917), Danse macabre (1918/33), Mysterium (1919), Le prophète (1921) and Le chant de l'espace (1931/38). He also wrote three Symphonies (1920, 1921, 1923–27) and three Piano Concertos (1917, 1921, 1922), but these are not in his most characteristic idiom
Pinho Vargas, Antonio
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Pinkard, Maceo
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Pinkham, Daniel
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Pinto, Antonio
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Pinto, George Frederick (born Sanders or Saunders)
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25 Sep. 1785
Lambeth, London, England
23 Mar. 1806
Chelsea, London, England
English composer and keyboard virtuoso who performed using the surname of his mother's father, the violinist Thomas Pinto
Pintscher, Matthias
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Piovani, Nicola
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Pipelare, Matthaeus
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c.1450
Louvain, Belgium
c.1515
Belgium
a Franco-Flemish composer, choir director, and possibly wind instrument player of the Renaissance. He wrote 11 complete masses which have survived to modern times (although many of the manuscripts were destroyed in the Second World War), as well as 10 motets, and 8 chansons; the chansons are both in French and Dutch
Pipkov, Lyubomir
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Pirchner, Werner
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Pirck, Wenzel Raimund Johann
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Pirenne, Maurice
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Pironkov, Simeon sr
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Pisan (or Pizan) (de), Christine13631431composer
Pisador, Diego
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c. 1509
Spain
after 1557Spanish vihuelist and composer
Pisano (or Pagoli), Bernardo
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12 Oct. 1490
Florence, Italy
23 Jan. 1548
Rome, Italy
an Italian composer, priest, singer, and scholar of the Renaissance. He was one of the first madrigalists, and the first composer anywhere to have a printed collection of secular music devoted entirely to himself
Pisendel, Johann Georg
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26 Dec 1687
Cadolzburg, nr. Nuremberg
25 Nov 1755
Dresden, Germany
a German Baroque musician, violinist and composer who for many years led the Court Orchestra in Dresden, then the finest instrumental ensemble in Europe. However slight the number of his own compositions, the influence of Johann Georg Pisdendel on music was great. The likes of Tomaso Albinoni, Antonio Vivaldi and Georg Philipp Telemann all dedicated violin concertos to him.
Piskacek, Rudolf
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Pistocchi ("Pistocchino"), (Francesco Antonio Massimiliano)
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1659
Palermo, Italy
13 May 1726
Bologna, Italy
for a century, Pistocchi was thought to be the greatest musical prodigy there had ever been; a published composer by the time he was eight, a contralto castrato in the cathedral choir of Bologna in his early teens, and an opera singer of repute for more than twenty years. He wrote at least five full-length operas, though very little of them survives. His great contribution, however, was to found his own school for singers in Bologna. Among those he taught were the castrato Gaetano Berenstadt, who would sing for Handel in London, and one of the very few tenors to make an impact on the eighteenth century, Annibale Pio Fabri. But his greatest pupil was Antonio Maria Bernacchi, a castrato blessed with amazing technique and the ability to perform vocal acrobatics like no other. Pistocchi was not particularly amused by this: "My sadness is that I taught you to sing and you want to play"
Pistoleta
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Piston, Walter
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Pitfield, Thomas
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Pitoni, Giuseppe Ottavio (or Joseph)
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18 Mar. 1657
Rieti, Italy
1 Feb. 1743
Rome, Italy
Italian musician and composer. He was buried in the church of San Marco, where he had been choirmaster, in the Pitoni family vault. His biography, by his pupil Girolamo Chiti, is in the library of the Corsini palace. At five years he began to study music at Rome. Not yet sixteen, he composed pieces which were sung in the church of the Holy Apostles. At that age he was in charge of the choir at Monte Rotondo; at seventeen at the Cathedral of Assisi. At twenty (1677) he returned to Rome, and was maestro di cappella in many churches; in 1708 he was appointed director of St. John Lateran. In 1719 he became choirmaster of St. Peter's, and remained in that office for twenty-four years. In the Accademia di S. Cecilia he was one of the four esaminatori dei maestri. Pitoni acquired such a marvellous facility, that for his compositions, which were of great musical value, he could write every part separately, without making a score. The number of his compositions, says Chiti, is infinite. Many of them are written for three and four choirs. He also began a Mass for twelve choirs; but his advanced age did not allow him to finish it. He left a work Notizie dei maestri di Cappella si di Roma che oltramontani
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Pitsch, Karl Franz
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Pittaluga, Gustavo
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Pittar, Fanny Krumpholtz17851815daughter of composer Anne-Marie Krumpholtz, Pittar was an English harpist and composer. Her manuscript, published in 1812, displays a wide range of compositional skills
Pixinguinha
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Pixis, Johann Peter
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Pizan (de), Christine (see Pisan (de), Christine)   
Pizzetti, Ildebrando
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Pla, Joan Baptista
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Pla, Josep I
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Placker, Christiaan de
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19 Jun. 1613
Poperinge, Flanders
20 Jan. 1691
Anvers, Belgium
Flemish poet and composer
Plaja, Francisco Alonso de
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Plakidis, Peteris
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4 Mar. 1947
Riga, Latvia
 studying at the E. Darzins special music school with composer and teacher Gederts Ramans, in 1970 he graduated from Prof. V. Utkins's composition class at the Jazeps Vitols State Conservatory. His postgraduate studies were completed in 1975, the composer himself playing the solo part in his Concerto for orchestra and piano for the examination
Plancken Corneille Vander
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25 Oct. 1772
Brussels, Belgium
9 Feb. 1849
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian violinist, conductor and composer
Planquette, Jean Robert
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Plantade, Charles-Henri
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17641839French composer
Plantade, Charles (François)
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14 Apr. 1787
Paris, France
26 May 1870
Paris, France
French tenor and composer of romances and chansons
Plante, Jacques
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Planyavsky, Peter
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Platel, Nicolas-Joseph
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1777
Versailles, France
25 Aug. 1835
Brussels, Belgium
French-born later naturalised Belgian cellist, composer and teacher considered the founder of the school of Belgian violoncello playing
Platel, Raymond
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2 Oct. 1906
Ghent, Belgium
 Belgian composer, singer, conductor and teacher
Platti, Giovanni
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Platz, Robert HP
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Plautzius, Gabriel
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Plaw (or Placy, Placw, Blan, Blau), Henri (de)
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 1611-1613singer and composer originally from the Netherlands in the region of Tongres-Maastricht but active in Flanders
Playford, John I
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1623
Norwich, England
1686
London, England
London’s foremost music publisher during the 17th century and also a prominent royalist
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Plaza, Juan Bautista
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19 Jun. 1898
Caracas, Venzuela
1965
Caraca, Venezuela
a classical composer, he began studies in medicine at the Central University of Venezuela but, after a short period, left in order to dedicate himself to music. His first teacher was Jesus Maria Suárez. He studied in Rome from 1920 and 1923 and obtained the title of professor in sagrada composition. After his return to Venezuela he was named Master of Chapel of the Caracas Cathedral and carried out this position until year 1948. In the Caracas Superior Music School he taught music history and appreciation to composer Antonio Lauro and singer Morella Muñoz
Pleyel, Ignaz Josef
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Pleyel, Marie-Felicite Denise Moke1811
France
1875teacher at Brussels Conservatory 1848-1872. Received the praises of Liszt, Mendelsohn and Chopin and published piano pieces
Plitt, Agathe1831
Germany
 her musical education was financed by Queen Elizabeth of Prussia. She wrote cantatas, motets and psalms
Plog, Anthony
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Pluister, Simon
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Plum, Jean-Marie
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30 Jun. 1899
Liège, Belgium
28 Mar. 1944
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer, and organist
Plummer (or Plomer, Polumier), John
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c.1410c.1484English composer. Member of the Chapel Royal 1437-6(7). Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal 1444-1455(?), and a verger and member of the Choir of St George's, Windsor, probably 1458-1484
Pocksteiner, Markus
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Podbielski, Jan
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Podgorodetzky, Vladimir (see Pogoreloff, Vladimir)   
Poenitz, Franz17 Aug. 1850
Bischofswerder/Westpreussen, Germany
19 Mar. 1912
Berlin, Germany
at the age of six years Poenitz played harp concertos to ovations in Sweden. A year later he played in Berlin. In the 1860s he was a member of the Court Orchestra in Berlin, and Royal Chamber Musician from 1891. The Nordische Ballade in E-Minor op.33 is perhaps his best-known solo. He published many instrumental works, including Elegie for Violine, Violoncell und Harfe op. 20, Capriccio Op. 73 for clarinet and harp, Vineta op. 74 for harp and orchestra (first performance under R. Strauss), Spukhafte Gavotte op. 75 for two harps, Maskenscherz op. 78 harp solo and Wikingerfahrt op. 80 for two harps. Alfred Holý’s Elegie op. 17 was composed in 1911 as a tribute to Franz Poenitz who had been Holý’s colleague at the Royal Orchestra in Berlin
[information provided by Franz Poenitz' grandson, Andreas Fischer who says that Poenitz died in 1912, not 1913]
Poglietti, Alessandro
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Pogoreloff, Vladimir11 ug. 1884
Nikolayev, Ukraine
12 Sep. 1951
Lodz, Poland
Ukrainian composer who used the pseudonyms Podgorodetzky and Porell
Pohjannoro, Hannu
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4 Jul. 1963
Savonlinna, Finland
 in the programme notes for his composition concert in 2000, he said: "My music is usually atonal, with complex rhythms and 'modern' playing techniques. I like to use abstract models in planning a new work."
Pohjola, Seppo
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4 May 1965
Finland
 he favours up-tempo music and rapidly shifting events, and has also managed to cover a variety of styles in the course of his career. He has, as it were, come full circle from the strict Modernism of his early works through a more traditional idiom back to Modernism, albeit in a more relaxed and pluralist vein than in his early period. His works of the early 2000s show a new turn towards more traditional forms of expression
Pohjonen, Kimmo
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Pohl, Richard
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12 Sep. 1826
Leipzig, Germany
17 Dec. 1896
Baden-Baden, Germany
a German music critic, writer, poet, and amateur composer. He figured prominently in the mid-century War of the Romantics, taking the side opposite Eduard Hanslick, and championing the "Music of the Future" (the progressive Romantic style of Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner)
Pohl, Vladimir Ivanovich
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17 Jan 1880 (or 1875)
Kiev, Russia
1962 (?)composer and pianist, educated first in Kiev and later at The Moscow Conservatory. From 1905 he served five years as director of the Moscow section of the Russian Music Society after which in 1911 he succeeded Rachmaninoff as the director of the Empress Maria Music Institute in Moscow. After the revolution he fled Russia and settled in Paris where he was on the Council of The Belaïeff Editions and professor of composition at the Russian Conservatory. Pohl was associated with the circle around George Ivanovich Gurdjieff showing interest in orient literature and Sufi music. He married the singer Ian-Rouban composer and pianist
Pohle, David
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Poitiers, Guillaume de
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Pokorny, Frantisek Xaver
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Pokrass, Dmitry
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Pokrovsky, Dmitri
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Polak, Jakub (see Jakub Reys)   
Poldini, Ede
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Poledouris, Basilis
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21 Aug. 1945
Kansas City, USA
8 Nov. 2006
Los Angeles, USA
film composer
Poleva, Victoria
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11 Sep. 1962
Kiev, Ukraine
 In 1989 she graduated from Kiev State P. Tchaikovsky Conservatory after studying composition with Prof. Ivan Karabyts. She completed her post-graduate studies there in 1995 under Prof. Levko Kolodub
Poliart, Jean-Louis
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6 Jan 1954
Jemappes, Belgium
 Belgian composer and teacher
Poliziano, Angelo
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Polko, Elise Vogel1822
Germany
1899a mezzo soprano who composed songs and piano works. She wrote many books on music and musicians
Pollarolo, Carlo Francesco
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Pollet, Marie Nicole Simonin1787
Paris, France
 harpist who introduced her compositions on concert tours and wrote a method for the harp
Pollini, Francesco Giuseppe
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Pollio, Pierre-Louis
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15 Jun. 1724
Dijon, France
7 Dec. 1796
Soignies, Belgium
French-born composer
Pollmann, Ulrich
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Polonio, Eduardo
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1941
Madrid, Spain
 founder, together with Luis de Pablo and Horacio Vaggione, of the group ALEA in the 70s and today is one of the main figures in Spanish electroacoustic music
Polovinkin (or Polovinkine), Leonid Alexyevich13 Aug. 1894
Kurgan, Russia
2/8 Feb. 1949
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer and teacher
Pomanski (or Pomasanski), Ivan Alexandrovitch11 Apr. 1848
Kiev, Ukraine
 Ukrainian composer, harpist and conductor
Pomarico, Emilio
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Ponc, Miroslav
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Ponce, Juan
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Ponce, Manuel Maria
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8 Dec. 1882
Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico
24 Apr. 1948
Meico City, Mexico
Mexican composer noted particularly for his works for orchestra, guitar, piano and cello
[information provided by America Bermudez]
Ponchielli, Amilcare
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31 Aug. 1834
Paderno Fasolaro, nr Cremona, Italy
16 Jan. 1886
Milan, Italy
Italian composer and teacher
Pongracz, Zoltan
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Ponomarenko, Igor
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Pons, Jose
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Ponse, Luctor
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Pöntinen, Roland
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1963
Sweden
 Swedish pianist who is also an active composer. In 1998 his Blue Winter had its World Première in Philadelphia and in Carnegie Hall, New York with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Wolfgang Sawallisch
Pöntinen, Stefan
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Sweden Swedish composer, violinist and violin teacher. Winner of the TRIADE competition 2002 (Ahrenshoop, Germany) for his piece Kärna
Ponty, Jean Luc
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Pook, Jocelyn
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Pool, Philippus
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1709
Hildburghaus, Germany
25-30 May 1795
Leiden, The Netherlands
in 1734, he became a student in Leyden, Holland. Composer, organ player in the (Walonian) Onze Lieve Vrouwe Church in Leiden. On 8 Jul. 1736 he married Maria Gonoalt
[information provided by Jantien Buisman]
Poore, Melvyn
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Poorten, Arved
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1835
Riga
 he was Kummer's pupil in Dresden, and afterwards attended the Brussels Conservatoire. When he had played during tours in Russia, Belgium, and Holland, he became a member of the Russian Imperial band and teacher at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. Among his compositions are Six Morceaux caracteristiques for cello
Poos, Heinrich
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Poot, Marcel
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7 May 1901
Vilvorde, Belgium
12 Jun. 1988
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer, teacher and writer on music
Popescu Branesti, Gheorghe
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Poplavsky, Yevgeny (Paplauski, Yauhen)
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1959
Grodno region, Belarus
 Belorussian composer of mostly orchestral, choral and vocal works. He co-founded with Sergey Beltiukov, Galina Gorelova, Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, Dmitry Lybin, and others the Belorussian Society for Contemporary Music in 1990 and co-organized the Festival of Modern Chamber Music in Minsk from 1991-95. He has worked with the performance organization Belorussian Capella since 1992, for which he has researched ancient Belorussian music
Popma van Oevering, Rynoldus
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Popov (or Popow), Gavril Nikolayevitch
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12 Sep. 1904
Novocherkassk, Russia
17 Feb. 1972
Repino, nr. St. Petersburg, Russia
he studied from 1922 until 1930 at the Leningrad Conservatory with Nikolayev, Shcherbachov and Steinberg
Popp, Andre
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Popp, Wilhelm
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Poppe, Enno
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Poppe, Ferdinand de
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22 Jul. 1933
Ghent, Belgium
21 Mar. 1998
Zellik, Belgium
Belgian composer, percussionist, choral director and teacher
Popper, David
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Poppy, Andrew
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Popy, Francis
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Porcairages (de), Azalais
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c. 1140
possibly Portiragnes, nr. Béziers, France
 she was said to have loved Gui Guerrejat, the brother of William VII of Montpellier, which suggests that she moved in courtly society. Only one of her works is extant, a poem of 52 lines; no music is attached to it
Porcelijn, David
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Porpora, Nicola Antonio
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17 Aug. 1686
Naples, Italy
before 3 Mar. 1768
Naples, Italy
in a career that spanned almost seventy years Porpora worked mainly in Naples, Rome, Venice, London, Dresden and Vienna. He was a maestro at three of the Conservatorii in Naples, maestro di coro at the three main Venetian Ospedale, formed an opera company to rival Handel in London, became Ober-Kapellmeister to the Electoress of Saxony and was internationally celebrated. He numbered among his students Metastasio, Farinelli, Caffarelli, Antonio Uberti (known as "Porporino"), the soprano Regina Mingotti and the composer Franz Joseph Haydn. His output was large, mostly vocal music including more than 40 operas, 12 serenatas, 4 pasticcios, 14 sacred operas or oratorios, around 135 secular cantatas, 40 sacred choral works, 7 masses, 9 solo motets, 13 Marian antiphons as well as various lamentations and duets. His instrumental output was small, most notably a G major cello concerto, F major cello sonata and his opus 2 Sinfonie da camera (London 1736). Despite his success and international fame during his lifetime, Porpora's life ended in poverty
Porell, Vladimir (see Pogoreloff, Vladimir)   
Porret, Julien
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1896
Paris, France
1979
Pessac, France
French cornet player and composer
Porta, Costanzo
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1528/919 May 1601
Padua, Italy
Italian composer of the Renaissance, and a representative of what is known today as the Venetian School. He was born in Cremona and died in Padua. He was highly praised throughout his life both as a composer and a teacher
Porta, John La
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Portal, Michel
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  multi-instrumentalist (clarinets, saxophones, bandoneon, etc.) and composer who is considered the father figure of the French modern jazz movement. An accomplished classical musician, Portal initiated the free jazz movement in France in the early 1960s
Porter, Cole (Albert)
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9 Jun. 1891
Peru, Indiana, USA
15 Oct. 1964
Santa Monica, California, USA
outstanding American composer and lyricist
Porter, Quincy18971966he was involved with the American Composers Alliance, the National Institute of Arts & Letters, the American Music Center, and the Yado festivals in addition to his professorships at the Cleveland Institute, Vassar College, the New England Conservatory, and Yale University (1946-66). He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for musical composition in 1954
Portillo de la Luz, Cesar
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Portman, Rachel
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Porto, Pedro do (see Escobar, Pedro de)   
Portokaloglou, Nikos
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Portugal, Marcos
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Porumbescu, Ciprian
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Posch, Isaac
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Poser, Hans
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Posford, George
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Posman, Lucien
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22 Mar. 1952
Maldeem (Flandre Orientale)
 Belgian composer, singer, teacher and writer on music
Posse, Wilhelm
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Possinger, Franz Alexander
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Post, Martin
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Post, Peter
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Poston, Elizabeth
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Pototsky, Seguei Ivanovich1883
Russia
1958Russian composer
Pott, Francis (Dolben)
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1957
United Kingdom
 chorister, New College, Oxford; Music Scholar, Winchester College and Magdalene College, Cambridge. John Bennett Lecturer in Music, St Hilda's College, Oxford, 1992-2001. Administrative Head of Music, London College of Music & Media (Arts Faculty of Thames Valley University), 2001-2002; Head of Composition and Head of Research Development Faculty-wide for Music, Media, Creative Technologies and Art & Design, 2002-. 1st prize, four national composition awards and S.S. Prokofiev International Composing Competition, Moscow, 1997. Works performed in around 20 countries worldwide; represented in print by UMP, OUP, G.Ricordi [London] and Novello & Co; on CD by Signum, Guild and Golomb/CBC [Canada]
[email: postbox53@btinternet.com]
Potter, Archibald James
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22 Sep. 1918
Belfast, NI
5 Jul 1980
Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Irish composer and teacher, who wrote hundreds of works including operas, a mass, and four ballets, as well as orchestral and chamber music
Potter, (Philip) Cipriani (Hambly)
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3 Oct. 1792
London, England
26 Sep. 1871
England
British composer, pianist and educator
Potter, Johnc.17341813employed at Vauxhall (c.1764-1777) and composer of songs performed there between 1765 and 1772
Potter, Sally
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19 Sep. 1949
London, UK
 English fim director, screenwriter, performance artist, singer-songwriter and composer
Pottier, Matthias (Mathieu)
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c.15534 Dec. 1629
Bruges, Belgium
Flemish composer
Potulov, Nikolai1810
Russia
1873
Russia
collector of Orthodox Church music
Poturlian, Artin Bedros
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4 May 1943
Harmanly, Bulgaria
 Bulgarian composer and teacher whose musical studies took place in Sofia and Yerevan. Artin Poturlian has written an opera, two symphonies, Music in memory of Evariste Galois, Mosaics, Elegy, Bagatelles, Poem for organ and symphony orchestra, Concerto for violin and symphony orchestra, Fantasy for piano and symphony orchestra. The composer’s wife is the concert pianist Anaida Akopian
Poulain, Simon
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13 Jan. 1906
Louvière, Belgium
3 Mar. 2004Belgian composer, arranger and bandmaster
Poulenc, Francis
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7 Jan. 1899
Paris, France
30 Jan 1963
Paris, France
a French composer and a member of the French group Les Six. He composed music in all major genres, including art song, chamber music, oratorio, opera, ballet music, and orchestral music
Poulton, George R.
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1828
England
1867
Rochester, NY, USA
English-born composer noted for his song Aura Lee, to words by William Whiteman Fosdick (1825-1862), written in 1861
Pound, Ezra Loomis
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30 Oct. 1885
Hailey, USA
1 Nov. 1972
Venice, Italy
American expatriate poet, composer, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in early-to-mid 20th century poetry. Pound was the driving force behind several Modernist movements, notably Imagism and Vorticism. Between 1920 and 1933, Pound, known for his revelatory work concerning the music of language, turned as well to the language of music. Composing two complete operas and several pieces for solo violin, all in a very personal language which drew from sources as diverse as troubadour music and Igor Stravinsky, Pound set texts by Guido Cavalcanti and François Villon which he felt resisted translation, in order to share his appreciation of these poets with his contemporaries. The result is a body of music, still unknown to many, which is of surpassing beauty and casts new light on the practice of prosody, the elusive craft of setting texts to music
Pousseur, Henri
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23 Jun. 1929
Malmedy, Belgium
6 Mar. 2009
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer, author and teacher
Poveda, Miguel
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Powell, Baden
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6 Aug. 1937
Varre-e-Sai, Brazil
26 Sep 2000Baden Powell took guitar lessons as a child. As a teenager, he met samba musicians and started to work on the radio. In the 50s, his attention turned towards jazz, while he performed as a back up musician for singers in Copacabana nightclubs. By then, he had already written songs like Samba Triste, with Billy Blanco. Powell met Vinícius de Moraes in 1962, and the partnership resulted in such pearls as Berimbau, Samba em Prelúdio, Samba da Bênção and the African-samba series, which included Canto de Xangô, Canto de Ossanha and Bocoxê. His peculiar way of playing the guitar - mixing in the classical virtuoso technique with pop harmonies and swing – was a radical way of exploring the instrument to its limits, and helped transform him into one true international Brazilian star. Powell established his name in Europe from the 60s, especially in France and Germany, where he lived for four years
Powell, Bud Earl
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Powell, John
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18 Sep. 1963
England
 a British film score composer
Powell, Jonathan
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Powell, Mel1923
New York City, USA
 Mel Powell has had remarkable careers in both jazz and classical music, the latter highlighted by a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for his Duplicates. Forty-two of his arrangements are in the Benny Goodman Papers at Yale
Powell, Richie
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Powell, Thomas
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1776
London, U.K.
 early devoted himself to music, and studied, besides Violoncello playing, the piano and the harp. In 1805 he appeared with success in his native town as solo cellist, in a Concerto which he had composed. He then established himself in Dublin as a teacher of music He devoted his leisure to composition and earnest study of his instrument. His contemporaries con- sidered him equal to Romberg, though this was probably going Somewhat too far, as Powell's name was scarcely known out of England, while Romberg, by his performances, acquired a world-wide renown. After several years' residence in Dublin, Powell took up his permanent abode in Edinburgh. His published compositions- amongst which is a "Grand Duo" for Violin and Violoncello- belong for the most part to the sphere of chamber music
Powell, Thomas James ("T.J.")
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1897
Tredegar, South Wales
1965early experience with Tredegar Town and Salvation Army Bands was followed by Great War service in the Royal Marines Band at Portsmouth. In 1920 he became conductor of the Melingriffith Band (also South Wales) and remained with them until his death, though he trained many Welsh and West Country Bands. His most ambitious composition was Snowdon Fantasy which was for brass like most, if not, all his works
Power, Leonel
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1370/13855 Jun. 1445English composer of the late Medieval and early Renaissance eras. Along with John Dunstaple (or John Dunstable), he was one of the major figures in English music in the early 15th century
Powers, Anthony
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Praag, Henri C van
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18941968Dutch composer
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Prac, Ivan
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Pradal, Vicente
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Prado, Almeida
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Praetorius, Bartholomaus
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Praetorius, Christoph
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 died 1609German composer who was the uncle of Michael
Praetorius, Hieronymus
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10 Aug. 1560
Hamburg, Germany
27 Jan. 1629
Hamburg, Germany
a north German composer and organist of the late Renaissance and very early Baroque eras. It is not known if he was related to the much more famous Michael Praetorius; however, the Praetorius family had many distinguished musicians throughout the 16th and 17th centuries
Praetorius, Jacob
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c.15301586German composer and organist who was the father of Hieronymus
Praetorius, Jacob
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15861651a German Baroque composer and organist, a pupil of the Dutch organist and composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621), and the son of Hieronymus Praetorius. His grandfather, the father of Hieronymus, was also named Jacob, and was also a composer
Praetorius, Michael
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c. Feb. 1571
Creuzburg, Germany
15 Feb. 1621
Germany
German composer, organist, and writer on music, son of Michael Schultze (Praetorius being a Latinization of the name). He was one of the most prolific and versatile composers of his time, and was particularly significant in the development of musical forms based on Protestant hymns
Prange, Matthijs
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Pranzer, Joseph
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Pratella, Francesco Balilla
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Pratsch, Johann Gottfried
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Pratt, Silas Gamaliel
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Pratten, Mrs. Sidneyc. 1840
England
 a guitarist who wrote 250 works and several methods for guitar. She also wrote an instruction booklet for the gigliera, an instrument made of wood and straw
Prèbostel, Perrinet
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fl. first half 15th century Flemish mjsician, possibly a composer
Preckher, Jean
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4 Feb. 1866
Forest, Belgium
9 Jan. 1939
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer
Preisner, Zbigniew
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Prentes (or Prentyce), Henry
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 1514like Edmond Turges, Prentes is represented by one work in the Caius Choirbook, a Magnificat that is actually a reworking of Cornysh's setting in the same collection. Prentes joined the Chapel Royal by 1509, when he is listed last among the singingmen at the coronation of Henry VIII on June 24 (he was not present at the funeral of Henry VII in the previous month). He next appears at the funeral of Prince Henry on February 27, 1511
Pres, Josquin des (see Desprez, Josquin)   
Presles (de), Mlle Guedon c. 1754a French composer who published between 1731-1748 and lived in Paris
Presley, Elvis
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Preston, Simon
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Preston, Thomas II
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Preud'homme, Armand
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21 Feb. 1904
Peer, Belgium
7 Feb. 1986
Braschaat, Belgium
Belgian composer, organist and teacher
Previn, Andre
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Previte, Bobby
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Prevorsek, Uros
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Prevost, Andre
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Prevost, Arthur
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9 Jul. 1888
Tournai, Belgium
10 Jun. 1967
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer, arranger and conductor
Price, Florence Beatrice Smith9 Apr. 1888
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
3 Jun. 1953
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Music was an important part of her life from an early age, as evidenced by her public performance at the age of four. Price was a teacher and composer, especially of works for the piano. With many of her compositions, she drew upon her exposure to Negro folk music
Price, Richard Maldwyn
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1890
Welshpool
1952Welsh-born, he studied at the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth and was the first student to be awarded the degree of D.Mus (Wales). An organist and choirmaster in Welshpool, and a schoolmaster at Redhill and Malvern, he produced sacred choral works, string quartets and some music for brass band
Prigozhin, Luzian
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Prima, Louis
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Primavera, Giovanni Leonardo
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1540
Barletta (Bari), Italy
1585
Naples, Italy
Italian composer of the Renaissance
Primus, Vermont
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Prin, Yves
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Pring, Joseph
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Prins, Gert-Jan
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Prioris, Johannes
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c.1460
possibly Brabant, Belgium
cd.1514
France
a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance. He was one of the first composers to write a polyphonic setting of the Requiem mass
Pritchard, Alwynne
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Pritchard, Roland
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Priuli, Giovanni
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Priuli, Marieta Morosina
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Proctor, Charles
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Proença, Garsenda de
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Profes, Anton
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Prokoviev, Sergei Sergeyevich
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23 (Old Style 11) Apr. 1891
Sontsovka, Ukraine
4/5 Mar. 1953
Moscow, Russia
considered one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He was also an accomplished pianist and conductor. He attended the St. Petersburg Conservatory from 1904 to 1914, winning the Anton Rubinstein prize for best student pianist when he graduated. Like other great composers he mastered a wide range of musical genres, including symphonies, concerti, film music, operas, ballets, and program pieces. At the time, his works were considered both ultra-modern and innovative. He traveled widely, spending many years in London and Paris, and toured the United States five times. He gained wide notoriety and his music was both reviled and triumphed by the musical press of the time. He returned to his homeland permanently in 1936
Prooyen, Anton van
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Propper, Theodor
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Proselyte, Obadiah the
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Proto, Frank
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Protopopov, Sergei Vladimirovich21 Mar. 1893
Moscow, Russia
14 Dec. 1954
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Protopsalti, Alkistis
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Protopsaltis, Iakovos
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Prout, Ebenezer
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Provenzale, Francesco
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1624
Naples, Italy
6 Sep. 1704
Naples, Italy
an Italian Baroque composer and teacher who worked in Naples and is regarded as one of the founders of the Neapolitan opera school
Provins, Guiot de
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Provost, Heinz
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Provost, Mlle  composer who published in Paris in 1732
Prudencio, Cergio
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Prume, François
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3 Jun. 1816
Stavelot
Belgium
14 Jul. 1849
Liège, Belgium
Belgian violonist, composer and teacher
Pryor, Arthur
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Ptaszynska, Marta
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1943
Warsaw, Poland
 Polish composer, percussionist and professor of music. She studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, attended the classes of Olivier Messian at the Conservatoire National and worked at Groupe des Recherches Musicales (GRM) at l'ORTF. She has lived and worked in the United States since 1972.
Puccini, Giacomo sr
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Puccini, Giacomo jr
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Puccini, Michele
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Puchtler, Wilhelm Maria
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Puente, Juan Manuel de la
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Puente, Ernest Anthony "Tito"
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20 Apr. 1923
New York City, USA
31 May 2000
New York City, USA
bandleader, composer, arranger, percussionist, and mentor. Popularly known as the El Rey del Timbal and the King of Mambo, he recorded more than 100 albums, published more than 400 compositions, and won five Grammy awards. Although he played and recorded jazz and salsa, Puente is one of only a handful of musicians who deserve the title 'legendary', primarily for his mastery of the mambo
Puerto, David del
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Puget, Louise (Loisa)1810
France
1889her piece Mon Pays sold thousands of copies
Pugliese, Osvaldo
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Pugnani, Gaetano
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1731
Turin, Italy
1798
Turin, Italy
violinist, violin teacher and composer
Pugni, Cesare
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c.31 May 1802
Genoa, Italy
26 Jan. 1870
St. Petersburg, Russia
historians are not certain of the exact year of his birth, as it has been given as both 1802, and 1805. Likewise the place of his birth is not know for certain either, as both Milan and Genoa have been given. The most authoritative facts concerning the composer's birth appear to be Genoa, Italy on May 31, 1802. His father, Carlo Pugni, was a well-known clockmaker with a successful shop in the Pallazzo del Duomo, near Milan's cathedral. Pugni is most noted for the ballets he scored while serving as Ballet Composer to Her Majesty's Theatre in London, and First Imperial Ballet Composer to the Romanov's Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg, collaborating with such distinguished choreographers as Jules Perrot, Arthur Saint-Léon, Paul Taglioni, and Marius Petipa. Pugni is the most prolific composer of the genre of ballet music that has ever lived - by the end of his life he had scored 312 original ballets, and a gargantuan amount of various Pas and incidental dances, such as divertessments, variations, and additional music for interpolation into already exsisting works, as well as adapting and revising scores for ballets by other composers
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Puilloys Johannes (see Pullois, Johannes)   
Pujol, Maximo Diego
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Pujol Vilarrubi, Emilio
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Puliti, Gabriello15801643an Italian priest, Puliti was an important composer for lute and organ in various Croatian towns of Istria
Pujol Vilarrubi, Emilio
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Pulkkinen, Risto T. T.
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26 Jul. 1954
Finland
 Finnish percussionist and composer. As a composer Pulkkinen has especially concentrated on chamber music. Combinations of instruments have varied, but a group of percussion instruments have always featured. Pulkkinen has mainly produced pulsating music based on harmonious and strong melodies, which is a natural characteristic of percussion instruments
Pulkkis, Uljas
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22 Jul. 1975
Helsinki, Finland
 he established his credentials with prizes in composition competitions, beginning with the 2nd prize won by his Octet (1997) in the first Uussävel competition organized by the Association of Finnish Composers in 1997. Tears for Ludovico (1999) for piano and orchestra won 1st prize in the Queen Elisabeth competition in Brussels in 1999, and Duett für eine (1999) for contralto and chamber orchestra received 3rd prize in the Gustav Mahler competition in Klagenfurt in the same year
Pullaer, Louis van
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c.1475
Cambrai
21 Sep. 1528
Cambrai
Flemish composer
Pullen, Don
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Pullois, Johannes (Pillays, Pilloys, Pylois, Pyloys, Pyllois, Puilloys, Puylloys, Puyllois)
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c.1420
Pulle, nr. Antwerp, Belgium
23 Aug. 1478
Antwerp, Belgium
a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance, active in both the Low Countries and Italy. He was one of the early generation of composers to carry the Franco-Flemish polyphonic style from its home region in the Netherlands to Italy
Puntin, Claudio
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Punto, Giovanni
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Purcell, Daniel
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1664
London, England
26 Nov. 1717
London, England
English composer, the younger brother of Henry Purcell
Purcell, Henry
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10 Sep. 1659
London, England
21 Nov. 1695
London, England
Baroque composer, is generally considered to be one of England's greatest composers — indeed, he has often been called England's finest native composer. Purcell incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements but devised a peculiarly English style of Baroque music
Purday, Charles
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Purim, Flora
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Pusiex, Egidius de
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Puskunigis, Giedrius
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Püttlingen, Johann Vesque von (see Hoven, Johann)   
Pütz, Marco
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1958
Luxembourg
 saxophonist and composer from Luxembourg
Puumala, Veli- Matti
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18 Jul. 1965
Finland
 Finnish composer who made his breakthrough as a composer with his composition concert at the Helsinki Biennale in 1993, showcasing the work of a composer firmly committed to the Modernism of the previous decade. Although he has since expanded his palette, he has not abandoned his Modernist roots; instead, the narrow confines of his early works have broadened into a more substantial and expansive dramaturgical approach
Puyllois (or Puylloys), Johannes (see Pullois, Johannes)   
Puysseleyr, Peter Frans de
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11 Jan. 1893
Nieuwkerken-Waas (Flandre Orientale)
28 Dec. 1961
Wilrijk, Belgium
Belgian composer, viola player pianist, conductor, teacher and writer on music
Puyvelde, Omer van20 Nov. 1912
Wachtebeke (Flandre Orientale)
25 Nov. 1980
Ghent
Belgian composer, organist, choral cirector and teacher
Pyamour, John I
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Pye, Charlotte Alington [pseudonym: Claribel]
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23 Dec. 1830
Louth, Lincolnshire
30 Jan. 1869
Dover, England
daughter of solicitor Henry Alington Pye and Charlotte Yerburgh, Charlotte became one of the most successful and prolific ballad composers of the 19th century. After attending a “Vocal and Miscellaneous Entertainment” at the Mansion House in Louth in 1838, she declared that she would become a poet and writer. And, a little over a year later when her father, the Warden of Louth, carried out the old custom of distributing cloth to poor women, Charlotte wrote a 20-verse poem to commemorate the occasion. By 1847, she was well enough known that when the new railway station was built at Louth, she was asked to lay the cornerstone. Charlotte married Charles Barnard in 1854, and they lived at The Firs in Westgate, though Charles was parson of St. Olave’s in Ruckland. Following Charlotte’s presentation at court in 1856, the couple moved to Pimlico in London. Among their neighbours was Michael Costa, conductor at Covent Garden, where Charlotte often attended
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  Australian composer, percussionist and conductor working principally in dance, theatre, and music for youth and amateurs. In 1983 he founded Nova to perform the classical music of the twentieth century. From 1988 to 1996, David was Musical Director of the West Australian Mandolin Orchestra. David took up composition in 1989 with commissions since for Nova, Chrissie Parrott Dance Company, Festival of Perth, Independent New Choreographers, 2-Dance Plus, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, WA Academy of the Performing Arts School of Dance, Graduate College of Dance, Myth Maker Films, Mostly Baroque and the W.A Mandolin Orchestra
Pye, Kellow John1812
Exeter, England
1901
Exmouth, England
English organist and church composer
Pykini
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fl. 1370 French composer, whose name may be a corruption of Picquigny, a town near Amiens. If so then he may be Robert de Picquigny, chamberlain to Charles II of Navarre. His attractive Plasanche or tost is a spring song which makes much use of imitation and has ironic text suggesting that it may have been written in Avignon for a pope
Pylois (or Pyllois, Pyloys), Johannes (see Pullois, Johannes)   
Pylkkänen, Tauno
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22 Mar. 1918
Helsinki, Finland
13 Mar. 1980
Helsinki, Finland
he was the only Finnish composer of his generation to work almost exclusively in opera. His ten operas show a vibrant Late Romantic composer often dubbed the 'Nordic Puccini'. Pylkkänen was artistic director of the Finnish National Opera from 1960 to 1969
Pyysalo, Severi
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18 Dec. 1967
Finland
 Finnish player of the vibraphone and composer
 
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