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Raaff, Robin de
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1968
The Netherlands
 Dutch composer
Raaijmakers, Dick (a.k.a. Kid Baltan)
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1 Sep. 1930
Maastricht, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer particularly of electronic music
Raappana, Sakari
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27 Feb. 1966
Suomussalmi, Finland
 Finnish composer who took private studies in composition with Vesa Valkama
Raas, Jan
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Jan. 1942
The Netherlands
 Dutch organist and composer
Raats, Jaan
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15 Oct. 1932
Tartu, Estonia
 Estonian pianist and composer
Rabaud, Henri (Benjamin)
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10 Nov. 1873
Paris, France
11 Sep. 1949
Paris, France
French conductor and composer, descended from a family with distinguished musical tradition, was a pupil of Gédalge and Massenet at the Paris Conservatoire, where he became director after Fauré's retirement. He composed of operas, symphonies, and the symphonic poem La Procession nocturne, op. 6
Rabaud, Hippolyte (François)
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29 Jan. 1839
Salelles d'Aude, France
20 Apr. 1900
Paris, France
father of Henri, cellist and composer of études and a Méthode for cello
Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, Alexandre
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1945
Baku, Azerbaijan
 pianist, conductor and composer who is well known for his work with the pianist Martha Argerich
Rachmaninoff(or Rachmaninov, Rachmaninow, Rakhmaninov, Rakhmaninov), Sergei (or Sergey, Serge) Vasilievich
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1 Apr. 1873
Semyonovo, Russia
28 Mar. 1943
Beverley Hills, CA, USA
Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Sergei Rachmaninoff was the spelling the composer himself used while living in the West throughout the latter half of his life
Rakov, Nikolay Petrovich14 Mar. 1908
Kaluga, Russia
 Russian composer and teacher
Racy, Ali Jihad
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Ibl al-Saqi, Lebanon
 performer, composer, ethnomusicologist and specialist in the music of the Middle East
Radcliffe, Philip
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27 Apr. 1905
Surrey, England
2 Sep. 1986
France
British composer and music critic
Radeck, Ferdinand
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1828
Spandau, Germany
1903
he was extremely diligent in both the musical applications and in administration and in 1854 was appointed bandmaster of the 6th Grenadier Regiment band in Posen (now Poland) For much of his military career he was bandmaster and administrator in the garrison of Goblets. He wrote several quality marches and his most well known march is Fridericus Rex Grenadiermarsch which is no 136 in book II of German Regimental marches.
Radermacher, Erika
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16 Apr. 1936
Eschweiler, Aachen
 German-born musician, teacher and composer
Radermacher, Friedrich
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14 Apr. 1924
Düren, Germany
 German teacher and composer
Radesca di Foggia, Enrico
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late 16th century
Foggia, Italy
early 1625
Turin, Italy
Italian composer. He worked at Turin Cathedral as organist (until c. 1615) and then as choirmaster, and from 1610 also served at the court of Amadeo of Savoy, becoming choirmaster by 1615. He was one of the earliest composers of sacred music for small vocal ensemble and continuo, but in his seven secular collections concentrated on duets, using a lively style derived from the canzonetta
Radic, Dusan
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23 Dec. 1929 Serbian composer whose works include 'List', for voice and piano, and 'The Tower of Skulls'
Radigue, Eliane
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24 Jan. 1932
Paris, France
 a French electronic music composer whose work, since the early 1970s, has been almost exclusively created on a single synthesizer, the ARP 2500 modular system and tape
Radino, Giovanni Maria
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fl. late 16th century/early 17th century Italian lutenist whose Intavolatura di balli per sonar di liuto was published in Venice in 1592
Raditschnig, Werner
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21 Nov. 1948
Villach, Carinthia, Austria
 Austrian composer
Radomski, Nicolaus
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Radom (fl. first half 15th century) Polish musician and composer
Radulescu, Horatiu
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7 Jan. 1942
Bucharest, Romania
 a composer best known for the spectral technique of composition which he has developed since the late 1960s
Radziwill, Anton Heinrich, Count of Otyka and Nieswiez
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13 Jun 1775, Grand Duchy of Posen7 Apr. 1833
Grand Duchy of Posen
a great musical talent, not only an agreeable Violoncellist but also a Composer. In the latter capacity he was extensively known through his music to Goethe's Faust. For the Violoncello he published only one work, Complaints de Marie Stuart, with Piano accompaniment. The remainder of his published compositions consist of vocal pieces, of which one is arranged with guitar and cello accompaniment. He was appointed by the King of Prussia, in 1815, Governor of the Grand Duchy of Posen. He spent a part of the year generally at Berlin. His house there was the centre of artist celebrities
Raeburn, Boyd
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27 Oct. 1913
Faith, South Dakota, USA
2 Aug. 1966
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
American jazz bandleader, bass saxophonist and composer
Raedt, Pierre de
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fl. first half of 16th century composer originally from Belgium
Raes, Godfried-Willem
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3 Jan. 1952
Ghent, Belgium
 Belgian composer and instrument maker, founder of the Logos-Group (1968), out of which grew the Logos Duo, with Moniek Darge
Raff, (Joseph) Joachim
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27 May 1822
Lachen, Switzerland
24/25 Jun. 1882
Frankfurt, Germany
Swiss-German pianist, composer and teacher, greatly celebrated in his lifetime but nearly forgotten in the late 20th century
Ragazzi, Angelo
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c.16801750Neapolitan violinst and composer who was active in Naples and Vienna
Ragnarsson, Hjálmar Helgi
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1952 Icelandic composer
Ragué, Louis-Charles
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1744
Nawur, Belgium
c.1793
Moulins-Warnant, Belgium
Belgian composer, harpist and teacher
Rahbani, Mansour Al
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1925
Antelias, nr. Beirut, Lebanon
13 Jan. 2009
Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanese composer, musician, poet and lyricist
Rahbari, Ali (Alexander)
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1948
Tehran, Iran
 Persian (Iranian) composer and conductor. From 1988 to 1996, Rahbari was the principal conductor of the Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra and after that became music director of Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra
Rahula, Tomi
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1976 Estonian composer and conductor
Rai, Takayuki
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1954
Tokyo, Japan
 composer and writes his own composition programs for computer, back to Japan after 10 years in Hollande he is the Sonologie Studio director at theMusic Kunitachi College
Raichev, Alexander
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11 Apr. 19222003Bulgarian pianist and composer
Raick, Dieudonné
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bap. 1 Mar. 1703
Liège, Belgium
30 Nov. 1764
Anvers, Belgium
Belgian composer and organist
Räihälä, Osmo Tapio
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15 Jan,.1964
Suomussalmi, Finland
 he has experimented uninhibitedly with a wide variety of styles and elements even within a single work. His output consists mostly of chamber music. Free twelve-tone music is perhaps the single dominant feature in his idiom. At his most experimental, he has employed eight electric toothbrushes, a grand piano and a gong in Dentalation (1988); elsewhere, he has employed tonal or Minimalist elements. His most extensive textures can be found in the sextet Black Watch (1996)
Raik, Priit1948
Estonia
 composer and conductor who now lives and works in Finland. He worked as a conductor and music teacher at the Tallinn Conservatory and was a conductor also at the 1990 Estonian Song Festival in Tallinn. His major output as a composer is music for various wind ensembles
Raimbaut of Orange
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c.11471173or in Occitan Raimbaut d'Aurenga, was a major troubadour, having contributed to the creation of trobar clus, or cryptic style, in troubadour poetry. About forty of his works survive, displaying a gusto for rare rhymes and intricate poetic form
Raimondi, Ignazio
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1735
Naples, Italy
14 Jan. 1813
London, England
Italian-born composer who lived and worked in Amsterdam and Paris
Raimondi, Pietro
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20 Dec. 1786
Rome, Italy
30 Oct. 1853
Rome, Italy
Italian composer particularly of opera
Raimund, Ferdinand
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17901836Austrian actor, dramatist and librettist
Rainger, Ralph (born Ralph Reichenthal)
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7 Oct. 1901
New York City, NY, USA
23 Oct. 1942
nr. Palm Springs, California, USA
American pianist and composer of popular music principally for films including Thanks for the Memory, which won and Academy Award and which entertainer Bob Hope adopted as his signature song
Rainier, Priaulx
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2 Mar. 1903
Howick, Natal, South Africa
10 Oct. 1986
France
South-African-born violinist and composer who, in 1943, was appointed a Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, a post she held until 1961
Räisänen, Tomi
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2 Jun. 1976
Helsinki, Finland
 Finnish composer who studied composition with Harri Vuori (1997-2000) and Erkki Jokinen
Raitio, Pentti
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4 Jun. 1930
Finland
 a Finnish composer whose idiom has developed from his subtle post-Webern early period towards a freer style combining Post-Serialist and Neo-Impressionist features
Raitio, Väinö
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15 Apr. 1891
Sortavala, Finland
10 Sep. 1945
Helsinki, Finland
He is reported to have declared that "Music is colour". In winter 1916–17, Raitio went to Moscow to continue his studies, and it was there that he first encountered the music of Skryabin. Raitio later went to Berlin (1921) and Paris (1925–26), but he wrote his boldest works before going to Paris. His tone poem Joutsenet (The Swans, 1919) has as its theme Romantic-Symbolist philosophy, but its use of orchestral colour and harmony are more Impressionistic. The importance he attached to colour is indicated in the title of Raitio's major piano work, Neljä värirunoelmaa (Four Colour Poems, 1922). Raitio's core output of the 1920s is highly reminiscent of Skryabin
Rajicic, Stanojlo1910 after studying at the Prague Conservatorium, Rajicic created a thrilling polytonic harmonic musical language. He composed the opera 'Simonida', operas for television and cycles for voice and orchestra ('In the Linden Forest', 'Yellow Leaves', and many others), symphonies and several concertos
Rajna, Thomas
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21 Dec. 1928
Budapest, Hungary
 South African composer and pianist. He started to play the piano and compose at an early age and studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music where he won the Liszt Prize in 1947. That year he left Hungary to settle in London and in 1970 he settled with his family in Cape Town, South Africa
Rak, Stepan
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(8 Aug.) 1945 Czech virtuoso guitarist and composer. His exact birth date is uncertain
Rakov, Nikolai
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14 Mar. 1908
Kaluga, Russia
3 Nov. 1990
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Raksin, David
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4 Aug. 1912
Philadelphia, USA
9 Aug. 2004
Van Nuys, California, USA
studied with Arnold Schoenberg before moving to Hollywood initially as an arranger and later as a composer particularly of film scores including his biggest hit Laura. For many years he was Professor of Music at the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Ralph, James
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1695-1710
possibly Philadelphia, US
24 Jan. 1762
Berkshire(?), England
In his Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin recalled Ralph as a man of exquisite manners and declares, "I think I never knew a prettier talker". Ralph's The Fashionable Lady (1730) should be considered the first opera by an American, not Anthony Aston's The Fool's Opera (as cited by Sonneck in his Early Opera in America). Ralph, foremost a writer, travelled with Franklin to England beginning in 1724, and moved in circles of notable friends such as John Gay, Alexander Pope and William Hogarth. The Fashionable Lady fits into the scheme of English ballad opera of the period. Specific numbers in this opera are lifted most often from John Gay's The Beggar's Opera and Polly, but also from Charles Johnson's The Village Opera and Thomas Walker's The Quaker's Opera. Only one number in Ralph's work, The Queen's Old Courtier, could possibly have been composed by Ralph; in this rare instance, the music suits Ralph's text
Rameau, Jean-Philippe
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25 Sep. 1683
Dijon, France
12 Sep. 1764
Paris, France
one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era. He replaced Jean-Baptiste Lully as the dominant composer of French opera, and was attacked by those who preferred Lully's style
Ramin, Günther Werner Hans
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15 Oct. 1898
Karlsruhe, Germany
27 Feb. 1956
Leipzig, Germany
influential German organist, conductor, composer and pedagogue
Ramirez, Ariel
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4 Sep. 1921
Santa Fe, Argentina
 Argentinean composer and collector of over 400 folk and country songs
Ramm, Andrea von (born: Andrea Ramm von Marnov)
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8 Sep. 1928
Pärnu (Pernau), Estonia
30 Nov. 1999
Munich, Germany
Estonian-born mezzo-soprano, who trained, in Fribourg (Switzerland), Munich and Milan, in music theory, composition and musicology, as well as singing instruction
Ramm, Valentina Yosifovna22 Oct. 1888
Kharkov, Ukraine
 Ukrainian composer
Rammaert, Alove
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20 Jun. 1915
Mouscron, Belgium
12 Sep. 2006
Auderghem (Brussels), Belgium
Belgian composer (information provided by Jan de Kloe)
Ramos de Parej, Bartolomé
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c. 1440
Baeza (Jaén), Spain
1522
Rome, Italy
noted composer and theorist who held the chair of music at the University of Salamanca. In 1482, he proposed that tuning should be modified to incorporate more harmonious thirds and sixths. The scheme that he proposed was a form of mean tone temperament
Ramovs, Primoz
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20 Mar. Ljublijana, SloveniaJan. 1999
Ljublijana, Slovenia
Slovenian composer
Rampollini, Mattio
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1497c. 1553Italian composer
Ramsey, Robert
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 1644English composer and organist of Trinity College, Cambridge (1628-1644)
Ran, Shulamit
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21 Oct. 1949
Tel Aviv, Israel
 Israeli-born pianist who has been professor of composition at the University of Chicago since 1973. Her First Symphony won a Pulitzer Prize
Randall, John
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17151799English organist, Cambridge professor of music and composer
Randel, Andreas
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18061864Swedish composer
Rands, Bernard
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2 Mar. 1934
Sheffield, UK
 composer of contemporary classical music who lives and works in the USA
Raney, Doug
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  American jazz guitarist and composer
Raney, Jon
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1961
New York City, USA
 jazz pianist and composer
Ranglin, Ernest
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1932
Jamaica, WI
 jazz guitarist and composer
Rangstrom, Ture1884
Sweden
1947wrote massive symphonies and other works for the orchestra, but is best known for his dramatic songs, revealing an unsurpassed insight into the demands and potential of vocal music. He was himself a trained singer and singing teacher
Raninen, Paarvo1946 pianist, musical arranger and composer for windbands
Ránki, György
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30 Nov. 1907
Budapest, Hungary
22 May 1992
Hungary
Hungarian composer for various media with a strong interest in ethnomusicology
Rannap, Rein
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6 Oct. 1953
Tallinn, Estonia
 Estonian composer and pianist
Ranse, Marc de18811951French organist, conductor and composer, de Ranse was a student of the Schola Cantorum with Guilmant and d'Indy, after which he was appointed organist of the Church of Saint-Louis-d'Antin in Paris, a post he held until 1933. He was director of the Institut Grégorien in Paris and founded the choir Le Choeur Mixte
Ranta, Sulho
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15 Aug. 1901
Peräseinäjoki , Finland
5 May 1960
Helsinki, Finland
wrote several chamber music works in an Expressionist vein in his early period in the 1920s and attracted attention with his bold choice of style. In the 1930s, however, he turned to a more traditional style embracing Neo-Classical clarity and tonality. The core of Ranta's extensive output consists of four numbered Symphonies, preceded by the unnumbered Sinfonia programmatica (1929–31) inspired by Greek mythology. Ranta also provided sub-titles for his numbered Symphonies: the First Symphony is Sinfonia piccola, the Second is Sinfonia semplica (1936), the Third is Sinfonia dell'arte (1947), and the Fourth is Oratorio volgare (1951)
Ranzato, Virgilio
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7 May 1883
Venice, Italy
20 Apr. 1937
Como, Italy
Italian composer
Raoux, Louis-Alexis
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11 Sep. 1814
Courtrai, Belgium
15 Nov. 1855
Evere, Belgium
Belgian composer and teacher
Raphael, Georg
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18651904German composer who, after studying medicine, then studied music. Georg was engaged as a church musician at the Luther Kirche and later became the music director of the Matthäi Kirche in Berlin
Raphael, Gunther
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30 Apr. 1903
Berlin, Germany
1960
nr. Herford, Germany
German composer
Raphun, Martin
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1597c. 1626organist and composer
Rappé, Jean-Baptiste
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5 Feb. 1836
Grammont, Belgium
10 Jan. 1889
Ghent, Belgium
Belgian cellist, composer and teacher
Rascarini, Francesco Maria
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before 1645
Reggio Emilia, Italy
1706
Turin, Italy
castrato singer and composer
Raschenau, Maria Anna von
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16501714known only as the composer of several oratorios, all thought to be lost. References to her in court documents provide a picture of her life and personality: she was a prodigy, not only in music but also in other intellectual accomplishments, and she was—most unusually for a woman—granted a court stipend to continue her education, at the request of her father, a respected court employee. Trained in languages, philosophy, theology and history, as well as music and the usual household arts, she may have aimed to become a courtier or a noble wife, or perhaps a court governess or musician. In 1671 or 1672 she entered the convent of St. Jacob, where her musical career blossomed, as the practice of presenting large-scale musical works on patron saints’ days for members of the Imperial family became established in Viennese convents. The high point of this activity was 1690–1710, a time during which state visits to convents to hear music performed by virtuous nuns and young girls meshed perfectly with the Imperial family’s concept of itself
Raseghi, Andreas F.
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1964
Karlsruhe, Germany
 German composer, arranger & producer
Raselius, Andreas (a.k.a. Andreas Raselius Ambergensis)
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1561-1563
Hahnbach, Germany
6 Jan. 1602
Heidelberg, Germany
German composer of the Renaissance
Rasi, Francesco
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14 May 1574
Arezzo, Italy
30 Nov. 1621
Italy
Italian composer, singer (tenor), chitarrone player, and poet
Raskatov, Alexander
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1953
Moscow, Russia
 Russian composer
Rasmussen, Kristina
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  a composer and conductor of choral music, she is currently music director at Newport Center United Methodist Church in Corona del Mar, California
Rasmussen, Peter
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18381913Rasmussen studied with German composer Gebauer. He taught at the Royal Danish Conservatoire and was organist at the garrison church in Copenhagen
Rasmussen, Sunleif
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19 Mar. 1961
Sandur, Faroe Islands
 foremost Faroese composer of classical music
Rasse, François
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27 Jan. 1873
Helchin (Helkijn) (Flandre Occidentale)
4 Jan. 1955
Ixelles, Belgium
Belgian composer, violinist, conductor and teacher
Ratassepp, Arvo
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17 Mar. 1926
Tallinn, Estonia
22 Dec. 1986
Tallinn, Estonia
Estonian composer
Rathaus, Karol (born Karl Leonhard Bruno Rathaus)
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16 Sep. 1895
Tarnopol, Austro-Hungarian Empire, today Ukraine
21 Nov. 1954
Flushing, New York City, US
Rathaus trained in Vienna but fled Germany just before the Second World War, spending some time in Paris and London, before emigrating to the USA in 1938
Rathbone, George
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1874
Manchester, U.K.
1951Rathbone trained at the RCM as a pianist and organist. He was particularly noted for his songs, works for choir and church anthems
Rathgeber, Valentin
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3 Apr. 1682
Obereisbach, Germany
2 Jun. 1750
Kloster Banz, Germany
a Benedictine monk who gained fame during his lifetime for the four Trachten (parts) of his Augsburgisches Tafel-Confect.
Ratniece, Santa
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22 Mar. 1977
Jelgava, Latvia
 Latvian composer
Rauchenecker, Georg Wilhelm
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8 Mar. 1844
Monaco
17 Jul. 1906
Elberfeld, Germany
German composer
Raum, Elizabeth
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1945
USA
 Canadian composer and oboist, she received a Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance from the Eastman School of Music. From 1968-75 she served as principal oboist of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Halifax, Nova Scotia and in 1975 was named principal with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, a position she still currently holds. She received a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Regina. She has composed several works for solo brass instruments, especially tuba, and has also composed orchestral and chamber works
Rauscher, Jacob
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17711834Dutch composer
Rautavaara, Einojuhani
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9 Oct. 1928
Helsinki, Finland
 when Jean Sibelius, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, was offered a scholarship by the American Koussevitzky Foundation to present to the young composer of his choice in his homeland, he selected Einojuhani Rautavaara. The younger composer has gone through several stylistic periods in his career: Neo-Classicism, dodecaphony up to and including Serialist experiments, Neo-Romanticism and a synthesis period bringing together the various facets of his earlier output
Rautavaara, Pentti
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1911
Vaasa, Finland
 Finnish composer
Rautio, Matti
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25 Feb. 1922
Helsinki, Finland
22 Jun. 1986
Tampere, Finland
a Finnish composer who developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s, at a time when Neo-Classicism was the mainstream in Finnish music. Rautio's output remained rather limited, consisting of fewer than a dozen pieces; his life's work was in reforming Finnish music education
Rauw, Georg (see Rhau, George)   
Rava, Enrico
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1939
Trieste, Italy
 jazz trumpeter and composer
Ravanello, Oreste
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1871
Italy
1938
Italy
Italian composer and organist
Ravel, Maurice
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7 Mar. 1875
Ciboure, France
28 Dec. 1937
France
French composer and pianist, known especially for the subtlety, richness, and poignancy of his music and generally considered to be one of the major composers of the 20th century. His piano, chamber music, and orchestral works have become staples in the repertoire. Ravel's piano compositions, such as Miroirs and Gaspard de la Nuit are virtuosic, and his orchestrations, such as in Daphnis et Chloé and his orchestral arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, are notable for the effective use of tonal color and variety of sound and instrumentation. To the general public he is probably best known for his orchestral work, Boléro, which he considered a trivial work and once described as "a piece for orchestra without music". According to Sacem, Ravel currently earns more royalties than any other French musician, making him (for now at least) officially France's most popular composer
Ravenscroft, Thomas
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1582/15921635English composer, theorist and editor, notable as a composer of rounds and catches, and especially for compiling collections of British folk music, including catches, rounds, street cries, vendor songs, "freeman's songs" and other anonymous music, in three collections: Pammelia (1609), Deuteromelia (1609) and Melismata (1611)
Ravets (or Ravits), Antoine-Guillaume
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c.1758
Louvain, Belgium
1827
Anvers, Belgium
Belgian composer and organist
Raway, Érasme
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2 Jun. 1850
Liège, Belgium
Oct. 1918
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer and theologian
Rawlinson, Harold
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18911978his work, mainly orchestral, figured in the light music programmes of the first half of the 20th century. He composed a few songs like Heigho Youth, Dear Sussex and The Philosopher. Most popular among his orchestral output was the Lyric suite for strings; The Open Road, performed successfully on the BBC and by light orchestras elsewhere including, in 1946, in Doncaster; its three movements were entitled Song of the Open Road, Song of the Hills and By The Camp Fire. Also popular was the six movement suite of Troubadour Songs, also for string orchestra, and In A Kentish Garden, for full orchestra. Rawlinson also wrote incidental music (an overture and seven movements) for the play The Maid of Orleans
Rawsthorne, Alan
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2 May 1905
Haslingden, Lancs.
24 Jul. 1971
Essex
British composer
Raxach, Enrique
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15 Jan. 1932
Barcelona, Spain
 Spanish-Dutch composer
Raymond, Fred
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Raymundi, Daniel
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c.1558
Liège, Belgium
25 Jan. 1634
Liège, Belgium
Flemish composer and man of letters
Razaf, Andy (born: Andriamanantena Paul Razafinkarefo)
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16 Dec. 1895
Washington, DC, USA
3 Feb. 1973
an African American composer, poet, and lyricist of such well-known songs as Ain't Misbehavin and Honeysuckle Rose
Razzi, Giovanni
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13 Dec. 1531
Marradi, Italy
8 Aug. 1611
Florence, Italy
Italian theologian, writer, music editor and composer
Read, Daniel
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16 Nov. 1757
USA
4 Dec. 1836
USA
American composer of the First New England School, and one of the primary figures in early American classical music
Read, Gardner
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2 Jan. 1913
Evanston, Illinois, USA
10 Nov. 2005
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, USA
composer, teacher, conductor and writer
Reade, Paul
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1943
Lancashire, UK
7 Jun. 1997British composer. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music then worked as repetiteur with English National Opera. He wrote the score for several ballets including Bintley's Hobson's Choice (1989) and Far from the Madding Crowd (1996)
Reali, Giovanni
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1681c. 1727 
Rebagliati, Claudio
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6 Oct. 1843
Nola, Italy
23 Jul. 1909
Lima, Peru
Italian-born violinist and composer
Rebel, François
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19 Jun. 1701
Paris, France
7 Nov. 1775
France
son of Jean-Fery Rebel, French composer of the Baroque era
Rebel, Jean-Fery
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18 Apr. 1666
France
2 Jan. 1747
France
an innovative French Baroque composer and violinist
Rebelo, Joao Lourenco
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1610
Caminha, Portugal
16 Nov. 1661
Quinta de Santo Amaro, nr Lisbon, Portugal
Portuguese composer
Reber, Heinz
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1952
Bern, Switzerland
 Swiss-born composer who has worked in Bern, Berlin and most recently in Vienna, where he teaches solo voice and musical and dramatic expression at the Univeristy of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, as well as directing opera projects
Rebikov (or Rebikoff, Ryebikoff), Vladimir Ivanovich
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31 May 1866
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
1 Oct. 1920
Yalta, Russia
late twentieth-century romantic Russian composer and pianist
Rechberger, Herman
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14 Feb. 1947
Linz, Austria
 studied graphic art and the guitar in Linz before continuing his guitar studies in Zürich and Brussels. He has been living in Finland since 1970 and became a Finnish citizen in 1974. He is the most colourful and uninhibited of the recent Finnish Modernists, in many ways transcending the boundaries of strict Modernism. He often combines elements from early music, particularly the Renaissance, with a variety of modern sound worlds. He is also an accomplished player of both recorder and oboe
Reda, Siegfried
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27 Jul. 1916
Bochum, Germany
13 Dec. 1968
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
German composer and organist
Redford, John
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c.14851547noted as a composer of early English keyboard music, but there are very few surviving details of his life
Redgate, Roger
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Redin (or Redein), Jean-François
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bap. 5 Nov. 1748
Anvers, Belgium
27 Feb. 1802
Anvers, Belgium
Belgian composer and violinist
Redman, Don
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29 Jul. 1900
Piedmont, West Virginia, USA
30 Nov. 16964
New York, USA
an American jazz musician, arranger, and composer
Redman, Joshua
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1 Feb. 1969
Berkelely, California, USA
 saxophonist and composer
Redouté, Jean(-François)
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3 Feb. 1902
Mons, Belgium
5 Feb. 1994
Marcinelle, Belgium
Belgian composer and conductor
Reed, Alfred
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25 Jan. 1921
New York, USA
17 Sep. 2005
USA
one of America's most prolific and frequently performed composers
Reed, Eric
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21 Jun. 1970
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
 an American jazz pianist and composer
Reed, Lou
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2 Mar. 1942
Brooklyn, NY, USA
 an influential American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist
Reed, Owen
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17 Jun. 1910
Odesa, Missouri, USA
 an American composer, conductor, and author
Reeve, Gregory
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  American composer born in New York City
Reeve, Stephen
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1948
London, UK
 English composer
Reeves, Camden
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1974 studied composition with Philip Grange at the University of Exeter, with David Blake and Roger Marsh at the University of York and with Paavo Heininen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. At the age of just 22, he was appointed Composer Fellow with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester
Regamey, Constantin
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1907
Kiev, Russia
27 Dec. 1982
Lausanne, Switzerland
Swiss composer and pianist
Regenbogen, Barthel
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 c. 1320a Meistersinger who flourished in about 1300 AD
Reger, Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian (Max)
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19 Mar. 1873
Brand, Bavaria
11 May 1916
Leipzig, Germany
German composer, organist, pianist and teacher.
Reggio, Pietro
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6 Jul. 163223 Jul. 1685Italian singer, composer, and lutenist
Reginaldus (see Libert, Reginaldus)   
Regis, Johannes
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c.1425c.1496
Soignies, Flanders
a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance. He was a well-known composer at the close of the 15th-century, was a principal contributor to the Chigi Codex, and was secretary to Guillaume Dufay
Regnart, Jacob 1599Flemish musician who rose to the post of deputy bandmaster in Prague. During the reign of Rudolf II he moved to Innsbruck but he returned to Prague in 1598. In Prague, Regnart published masses dedicated to the head of the Chapter of Prague's St. Vitus' Cathedral, the humanist poet Jiri S. Pontan of Braitenberk. The madrigal written on a poem by Torquato Tasso, was published by the Munich music printer Adamus Berg
Regnault, Pierre (see Sandrin)   
Regnier de Quaregnon (see Quaregnon, Regnier de)   
Regondi, Giulio
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1822
Geneva or Lyon
6 May 1872
London, UK
an Italian classical guitarist, concertinist and composer
Regteren-Altena, Lucas van
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19242000Dutch composer
Regteren-Altena, Maarten van
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22 Jan. 1943,br>Amsterdam, The Netherlands Dutch composer, performer and band leader
Rehnqvist, Karin
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21 Aug. 1957
Stockholm, Sweden
 Swedish composer
Reich, Stephen Michael (Steve)
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3 Oct. 1936
New York, USA
 American composer. Reich is known as one of the pioneers of minimalism, although he sometimes deviates from a purely minimalist style. Reich has developed a number of very influential compositional ideas including using tape loops to create phasing patterns (such as in his first works, It's Gonna Rain, Come Out); and using processes to create and explore musical concepts (Pendulum Music, Four Organs). These compositions, marked by their use of repetitive figures and phasing effects, have significantly influenced contemporary American music as well as contemporary music as a whole; The Guardian has described Reich as one of the few composers to have "altered the direction of musical history"
Reicha, Anton
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26 Feb. 1770
Prague, Czechoslovakia
28 May 1836
Paris, France
a Czech-born naturalized French composer
Reicha, Josef
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12 Feb. 1752
Chudenice, Czechoslovakia
5 Mar. 1795
Bonn, Germany
a Czech cellist, composer and conductor. He was the uncle of composer and music theorist Anton Reicha
Reichardt, (Bernhardine) Juliane Benda1732
Germany
1783singer, pianist and composer and member of an illustrious Czech-German musical family, Juliane wrote two piano sonatas and many songs
Reichardt, Johann Friedrich
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25 Nov. 1752
Königsberg, Germany
27 Jun. 1814
Giebichenstein, Germany
a German composer, writer and music critic
Reichardt, Louise1779
Germany
1826daughter of Juliane, taught in Hamburg and organised a Handel Festival there. A soprano who composed for voice
Reiche, Gottfried
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5 Feb. 1667
Weissenfels, Germany
6 Oct. 1734
Leipzig, Germany
German trumpet player and composer of the Baroque era. He is best known for having been Johann Sebastian Bach's chief trumpeter at Leipzig from Bach's arrival there in 1723 until Reiche's death
Reichert, Mathieu-André1830
Maastricht, Belgium
1880
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Belgian-born composer and flautist
Reijseger, Ernst
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13 Nov. 1954
Bussum, The Netherlands
 a Dutch cellist and composer. He specializes in jazz, improvised music, and contemporary classical music and often gives solo concerts
Reimann, Aribert
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Reimann, Heinrich
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Reims, Robert de
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Reina, Felix
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Reina, Rafael
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Reina, Sisto
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Reinagle, Alexander
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1747
England
1809
USA
born to Joseph Reinagle (see below), Alexander was educated in Scotland, he taught harpsichord in Glasgow and was a friend of C.P.E. Bach. He emigrated to America at age 30. He contributed to American music in many ways. He directed plays and operas, produced concerts that he wrote a good deal of music for and composed piano and piano/violin sonatas. His music could also be heard in several plays and as many as 28 different types of operas. He also supervised the construction of the New Theatre in Philadelphia in the mid 1790s. He was also the piano teacher of George Washington's adopted daughter
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Reinagle, Hugh
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1766
Portsmouth, U.K.
Lisbon, PortugalJoseph Reinagle's younger brother received his education from Crosdill, and was distinguished for his unwonted skill. He died while still young, at Lisbon, whither he had gone for the restoration of his failing health. Of his compositions appeared three works: two of them, Op. 1 and 2, consist of six Cello solos, and Op. 3 contains six Duets for two Violoncellos
Reinagle, Joseph
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1762
Portsmouth, U.K.
1836
Oxford, U.K.
the son of a German music teacher who emigrated to England, Joseph was originally intended for the navy, but gave it up after his first voyage. He was apprenticed then to a goldsmith in Edinburgh, but neither in this did be persevere, and his father resolved to let him be a musician. He at first chose the trumpet as his instrument, on which he acquired some skill, and entered the service of the king as trumpeter. He was obliged to give up the wind instrument on account of his health, and was then Violoncellist, Violinist, and finally Violoncellist again. For a while he was Concert Director in Edinburgh. In 1789 he went to Dublin, and in 1791 to London, where, besides obtaining a good position in the best orchestras, he was principal cello at Salomon's concerts. He finally settled at Oxford. He published, for the Violoncello, thirty Duos in four books, as Op. 2, 8, 4, and 5, as well as a School Concise Introduction to the Art of playing the Violoncello, which went through four editions
Reincken, Johann Adam
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Reinecke, Carl Heinrich Carsten
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23 Jun. 1824
Altona, Germany
10 Mar. 1910
Leipzig, Germany
composer, conductor and performer, director of the Gewandhaus concerts at Leipzig
Reinhardt, Django
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Reinhardt, Franz
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Reininger, Blaine
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Reinmar der Alte (see Hagenau, Reinmar von)   
Reinvere, Juri
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Reis, Jacob de
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c.1540c.1605 
Reis, Gaspar dos
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 1674mestre de capela at Portugal’s primatial cathedral, at Braga and composer
Reissiger, Carl
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Reizenstein, Franz
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Rembt, Johann Ernst
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26 Aug. 1749
Suhl, Germany
26 Feb. 1810
Suhl, Germany
German organist and composer
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Remouchamps, Henri de
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c.16601639
Liège, Belgium
Flemish composer and organist
Renard, Antoine
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Rendano, Alfonso
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Rendeux, Englebert
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1717
Liège, Belgium
c.1787Belgian composer and painter
Rener, Adam (also called Adam le Liégeois)
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c.1485
Liège, Belgium
c.1520
Altenburg
Flemish composer and singer
Renesse, George van
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Renie, Henriette
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Renier, Nicolas
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Renier, Jean-Jacques
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3 Feb. 1747
Jupille, Belgium
16 Mar. 1815
Maastricht, Belgium
Belgian composer
Rennes, Catharina van
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Renotte, Hubert
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24 Feb. 1704
Liège, Belgium
before 23 Jun. 1745Begian composer and organist
Renouard Lariviere, Regis
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Rens, Jean-Marie
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29 Sep. 1955 Belgian composer, pianist, accordionist and teacher
Rensburg, Jacques
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22 May 1846
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
 he undertook cello studies under Ganz in his ninth year, and continued them under Giese, Daniel de Lange, and Emil Hegar. Rensburg was destined for a commercial and not an artistic career, but his inclination for music so increased with time, that in 1867 he received permission from his father to devote himself to Art. He now went about the middle of the year named to Cologne, in order to pursue a course under the talented Violoncellist, Schmitt. The latter, however, was already, in consequence of a chest malady which, later, carried him off, so suffering that Rensburg's wish was not fulfilled of learning from him. Instead of becoming Schmitt's pupil he was his temporary assistant, as first Cellist in the orchestra of the Gurzenich Concerts, as well as teacher in the Rhenish School of Music at Cologne. Both offices were given over to him definitely on April 1, 1868, on account of his valuable services, for, in the meantime, Schmitt had died. Besides his official duty, Rensburg frequently performed with favourable success in the tours of the Rhenish Provinces, as well as in North Germany, -and in 1872, also, in the Leipzig Gewandhaus as a soloist; but the ceaseless application with which he practised his profession brought on a nervous affection, which compelled him to retire into private life. In the autumn of 1874 he went to his native town, and since the spring of 1880 be has been living at Bonn, where he is partner in a mercantile undertaking. Of his compositions have appeared: Recitative, Adagio, and Allegro, in the form of a Concerto
Renvoisy, Richard de
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Resinarius, Balthasar
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Respighi, Ottorino
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9 Jul. 1879
Bologna, Italy
18 Apr. 1936
Rome, Italy
an Italian composer, musicologist and violinist. He is perhaps best known for his Roman trilogy and the three suites of Ancient Airs and Dances
Resta, Jose
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Reubke, Julius
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Reudenbach, Michael
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Reuenthal, Neidhart von
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fl. 1210-1240 (in Middle High German, Nîthart uon Riuwental) born in Bavaria and living in Austria, Neidhart von Reuental is one of the most famous German minnesingers
Reuland, Jacques
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Reulx, Anselme de
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fl. 16th century composer born in Le Roeulx, Hainaut, Flanders
Reusner, Esaias
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Reuss, Heinrich XXIV prinz
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Reuter, Florizel von18901985American violinist and composer, a student of Thomson and Marteau
Reuter, Marcel
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1973
Luxembourg
 Luxembourg-born composer now based in Vienna
Reutter, Hermann
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Reutter, Johann Georg jr
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Reux, Jacques defl. 16th century composer born in Le Roeulx, Flanders, possible Anselme de Reulx
Revel, Harry
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Revell, Graeme
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Révial, Louis (Marie Paulin) Benoist Alphonse29 May 1810
Toulouse, France
13 Oct. 1871
Étretat, France
French tenor singer and composer of vocal works
Revueltas, Silvestre
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31 Dec. 1899
Santiago Papasquiaro Durango, Mexico
5 Oct. 1940
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexican composer, violinist and musical director
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Revutsky, Lev
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20 (Old Style 8) Feb. 1899
Irshawetz, Ukraine
30 Mar. 1977
Kiev, Ukraine
a student of Lysenko and Gliere, he later became a professor at the Kyiv Conservatory and was elected to the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in 1957
Rey, Cemal Resit
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Rey, Jose Maria Gallardo del
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Reylof, François-Liévin
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26 Sep. 1792
Ghent, Belgium
5 Jun. 1872
Heusden, Belgium
Belgian composer, pianist, organist and carillonneur
Reynaldus tenorista (see Lantins, Ray de)   
Reyneau, Gacian
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Reyngoot, Gilles
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c.1470
Poperinge, Flanders
c.1535Belgian composer and singer
Reynolds, Alfred
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Reynolds, Belinda
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Reynolds, Roger
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Reynolds, Stephen
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Reynolds, Walter Guernsey18731953composer and organist in Seattle, Washington, USA. He published a book with ten offertories on 'American Hymn Tunes for Organ' in 1909
Reyns, Auguste François
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13 Sep. 1849
Bruges, Belgium
4 Oct. 1932
Bruges, Belgium
Belgian composer, viola player, choral director, conductor and teacher
Reys, Jakub [also known as Jacques le Polonais, Jakub Polak]
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c. 1540
POland
c. 1605
Paris, France
highly skilled lutenist and composer, active mainly in France. He wrote the earliest known sarabande to appear in France and was admired particularly for his galliards (of which four survive)
Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von
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Rezvani, Serge (see Bassiak, Cyrus)   
Rhau (or Rhaw, Rauw), Georg
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c.1488
Eisfeld, Franconia
6 Aug. 1548
Wittenberg, Germany
Kantor at the Thomasschule in Leipzig until 1520, Rhau then became a school-master in Eisleben. Subsequently Georg Rhau settled in Wittenberg, where he became a printer, issuing books both in ordinary typography (including many first editions of Luther's writing) and in musical notes, including his own works: Enchiridion musices ex vaiis musicorum libris ... (1518, often reprinted) and Enchiridion musicae mensuralis, ... (1520)
Rheinberger, Joseph
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Rhodes, Phillip
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Ribera, Bernardino de
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Ribot, Marc
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Ricardo, Nino
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Ricci, Federico
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Ricci, Francesco Pasquale
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Ricci, Luigi
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Riccio, Giovanni Battista
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Ricciotti, Carlo
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Richafort (or Richauffort, Rycefort, Ricartsvorde), Jean
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c.1480
Hainault, Flanders
c.1547
probably Bruges, Belgium
a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance
Richard, Balthazar
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c.1600
Mons, Belgium
c.1660Flemish composer and cornettist
Richard, Etienne II
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Richard I lionheart
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Richards, Godfrey (Goff)1944
St. Minver, England
 Goff Richards was born in Cornwall (Great Britain). He studied at the Royal College of Music and Reading University. He is best known as an arranger and composer for brass band.Between 1976 and 1989, he taught arrangement at Salford College of Technology (currently University College, Salford) and directed the College Jazz Orchestra. He has composed and arranged for many artists and ensembles including The King's Singers, Evelyn Glennie, Phillipp McCann, the Symphony orchestra of Boston, the BBC Northern Radio Orchestra, Huddersfield Choral Society and Benjamin Luxon.
Richardson, Alan
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Richardson, Clive
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19091998accompanist, pianist and composer, he was part of ‘Four Hands in Harmony’ (with Tony Lowry). He accompanied several artists on the piano, and was an early contributor of scores to British films (especially some of the Will Hay comedies, although he wasn’t credited on-screen). London Fantasia was a big success in the 1940s, when mini-piano concertos were all the rage. Other Richardson compositions to succeed were Melody On The Move and Holiday Spirit, that exuberant theme for BBC Children’s Television Newsreel. Like the previous two titles, Romantic Interlude was originally commissioned by the Chappell Recorded Music Library
Richartz, Willy (or Willi)
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25 Sep. 19009 Sep. 1972German composer
Richepin, (François Denis) Tiarko
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9 Mar. 1884
Paris, France
12 Oct. 1973
Paris, France
French composer
Richmann, Jacob (see Riehman, Jacob)   
Richter, Ferdinand Tobias
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22 Jul. 1651
Würzburg, Germany
3 Nov. 1711
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer and organist
Richter, Franz Xaver
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1 Dec. 1709
Holleschau, Moravia
12 Sep. 1789
Strasbourg, Germany
Czech composer, one of the most important of the Mannheim symphonists, who joined the Mannheim Orchestra in 1747. From 1769 till his death he was musical director at the Strasbourg Cathedral. He wrote an oratorio, La Deposizione della Croce (1748), 28 masses, numerous motets and psalms, 69 symphonies, and much chamber music
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Richter, Nico
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2 Dec. 1915
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
16 Aug. 1945
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch composer
Richter Herf, Franz
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17 Dec. 1920
Vienna, Austria
4 Jul. 1989
Salzburg, Austria
Austrian composer and Kapellmeister
Ricketts, Frederick Joseph21 Feb. 188115 May 1945he composed using the pseudonym Kenneth J Alford. Alford was his mother's family name. Born the son of a coal merchant in London, he studied both piano and organ as a child and by the age of fourteen was playing cornet in the Royal Irish Regiment Band. He completed the bandmaster's course at the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall in 1908. Most of his marches were composed during the next two decades while he was bandmaster of the Second Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Alford is best remembered for his restrained and dignified “poetic” marches. He was as famous in England for his marches as Sousa was in the United States. He is most famous to his march Colonel Bogey
Rickstal, Jos van
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18 Oct. 1901
Berchem, Belgium
10 Mar. 1981
Berchem, Belgium
Belgian composer, clarinetist and teacher
Rico, Joseph
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18761957French ragtime composer
Riddle, Nelson
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1 Jun. 1921
Oradell, New Jersey, USA
6 Oct. 1985
Hollywood, California, USA
American bandleader, arranger and orchestrator whose career spanned from the late 1940s, struggled with the advent of rock n roll, and saw a career revival in the early 1980s. In the 1950's, Riddle was forever associated with his work for Capitol Records, providing arrangements and musical direction to such vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee and Keely Smith and in the 1980's his career was brought back into focus and prominence, working with singer Linda Ronstadt on a series of highly successful platinum selling albums and international concerts
Ridout, Alan
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9 Dec. 1934
West Wickham, Kent
9 Dec. 1996
Caen, France
British composer and teacher
Ridout, Godfrey
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6 May 1918
Toronto, Canada
24 Nov. 1984
Toronto, Canada
Canadian composer, teacher, writer and conductor
Riedel, Georg
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8 Jan. 1934
Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia
 Swedish double bass player and composer. Riedel migrated to Sweden at the age of four and went to school in Stockholm
Riedel, Karl
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6 Oct. 1827
Wuppertal-Cronenberg, Germany
3 Jun. 1888
Leipzig, Germany
German composer and Kapellmeister
Rieding, Oskar (Oscar)
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1840
Northern Germany
1918
Cilli, Hungary
the violinist Oskar Rieding’s greatest claim to fame lies in his contribution to Hungarian music, in particular, the musical life of Budapest. Born in 1840 in the north of Germany, he attended first the recently founded Academy of Musical Arts in Berlin, later the Leipzig Conservatory. Towards the end of the 1860s, he moved to Vienna, where in 1871, the celebrated conductor, Hans Richter, at that time Musical Director of the National Opera House in Budapest, appointed Rieding as Leader of the orchestra there. He remained for thirty-two years and composed a number of violin concertos and many salon pieces for violin and piano. Following his retirement in 1904, he lived in Cilli until his death in 1918.
[information provided by Giuliana Darcy]
Riedl, Josef Anton
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11 Jun. 1929
Munich, Germany
 German composer of works for electronics, multimedia, and self-constructed instruments
Riedlbauch, Vaclav
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1 Apr. 1947
Dysina, Czechoslavakia
 Czech composer
Riegger, Wallingford
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29 Apr. 1885
Albany, Georgia, USA
2 Apr. 1961
New York, USA
a prolific American music composer, well known for orchestral and modern dance music, and film scores
Riehm, Rolf
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1937
Saarbrücken, Germany
 German composer
Riehman (or Richmann), Jacob
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c.1680
Germany
1726
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
German gambist and composer
Riemann, (Karl Wilhelm Julius) Hugo
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18 Jul. 1849
Grossmehira, Germany
10 Jul. 1919
Leipzig
Germany
German musicologist. He is sometimes referred to simply as "Riemann" in material on music theory and musicology, but should not be confused with the mathematician Bernhard Riemann, who is more commonly known by that name in other contexts
Riemenschneider, Albert31 Aug. 187821 Jul. 1950organist who studied in Paris with Widor and Guilmant. Albert Riemenschneider was a great admirer of the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Baldwin-Wallace College has founded a Riemenschneider Bach Institute in 1969, containing a large library with manuscripts, books, sheet music and more about Bach. He founded the Baldwin-Wallace College's Conservatory in 1899. Albert published 371 Harmonized Chorales and 69 Chorale Melodies with Figured Bass by Johann Sebastian Bach
Riemenschneider, Georg18481913composer, organist and conductor who worked in Germany and the Netherlands
Riehn, Rainer
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12 Nov. 1941
Danzig, Germany
 German composer and conductor
Riepel, Joseph
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22 Jan. 1709
Deutsch Hörschlag (Oberösterreich)
23 Oct. 1782
Regensburg, Germany
German violinist, composer and musical theorist
Riera, Rodrigo
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1923
Carora, Venezuela
9 Aug. 1999
Barquisimeto, Venezuela
a Venezuelan guitarist and composer. He wrote a vital and important body of works for the guitar, inspired by and dedicated to the rich music legacy of his region in the Lara state in Western Venezuela, displaying a loving nationalism that led him to be associated with the work of Antonio Lauro but with a technique that is more accessible to beginners and intermediate guitar players
Ries, Ferdinand
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bap. 28 Nov. 1784
Bonn, Germany
13 Jan. 1838
Aachen (?), Germany
German composer, a friend and pupil of Beethoven
Riessler, Michael
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1957
Ulm, Germany
 German composer and clarinetist
Rietz, Julius
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28 Dec. 1812
Berlin, Germany
12 Sep. 1877
Dresden, Germany
German conductor, composer and teacher of composition
Riga, François
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21 Jan. 1831
Liège, Belgium
18 Jan. 1892
Schaerbeek, Belgium
composer and organist
Riga, Nicolas
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fl. mid 18th century composer from Liège, Belgium
Rigatti, Giovanni Antonio
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Rigaut de Berbezilh
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f. 1175-1215 a troubadour, born to a family of poor knights in Saintonge. He was a great influence on the Sicilian School and is quoted in the Roman de la Rose. About 15 of his poems survive
Righini, Vincenzo
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Rihm, Wolfgang
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Riisager, Knudage
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Rijcke, Antoine de
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Rijken, Jos
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Rijnvos, Richard
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Rijspoort, Jan
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fl. late 16th century/early 17th century Belgian composer
Riley, Terry
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Rilski, Neophyte
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Rimbaud, Robin
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Rimini, Vincenzo da (also Vincenzo da Armino, Vincentius de Arimino, Magister Dominus Abbas de Arimino, L'abate Vincenio de Imola, Frate Vinceno)
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14th century Italian composer. An abbot at either Rimini or Imola, who is portrayed in the Squarcialupi Codex. His extant output consists of four madrigals and two cacce (this is unusual, as most composers produced only one caccia)
Rimmer, John
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Rimmer, William
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Rimonte (or Ruymonte), Pedro
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16 Apr. 1565
Saragossa, Spain
30 Nov. 1627Spanish-born composer active in Brussels
Rimskaya-Korsakova, Yuliya Lazarevna (see Veysberg, Yuliya Lazarevna)   
Rimsky-Korsakov, Georgy Mikhaylovich26 Dec. 1901
St. Petersburg, Russia
10 Oct. 1965
Leningrad, Russia
Russian composer and musicologist
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai Andreyevich
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18 Mar. 1844
Tikhvin, Novgorod, Russia
21 Jun. 1908
Lyubensk, St. Petersburg, Russia
a Russian composer, one of five Russian composers known as The Five, and was later a teacher of harmony and orchestration. He is particularly noted for a predilection for folk and fairy-tale subjects, and for his extraordinary skill in orchestration, which may have been influenced by his synesthesia
Rinck, Johann Christian Heinrich
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18 Feb. 1770
Elgersburg, Saxe-Gotha (Thuringia), Germany
7 Aug. 1846
Darmstadt, Germany
German organist and composer
Ringbom, Nils-Eric
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27 Dec. 1907
Finland
13 Feb. 1988
Finland
composer whose output experiements with a Brucknerian First Symphony (1939) with grotesque and satirical tones in the Second (1944) and Third (1948) Symphonies, with dissonant Neo- Classicism à la Hindemith in the Wind Sextet (1951), and with fully chromatic (though not yet dodecaphonic) writing in the Fourth (1962/82) and Fifth (1970) Symphonies
Ringer, Catherine
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18 Oct. 1957
Suresnes, France
 French singer, musician, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, and actress
Ringger, Rolf Urs
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Riotte, Philipp Jakob
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Ripa, Alberto da
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Rippe, Albert de
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Riquier, Guiraut
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Rische, Michael
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Rise, Indra
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Risset, Jean-Claude
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1938
Le Puy, France
 scientist, pianist and composer, member of Mathews' group at Bell Laboratories in the 60's, the first to make convincing musical use of sound synthesis by computer and also carried out important psychoacoustic research on instrumental sounds. Until1999, he was Reseach Director at the National Center for Scientific Reseach (CNRS) in Marseille
Ristori, Giovanni Alberto
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Ritter, August Gottfried
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Ritter, Christian
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Ritter, Fannie Raymond1840
USA
1890author of Woman as a Musician
Ritter, Helmut
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Ritter, Peter
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Rittmann, Trude1908
Mannheim, Germany
22 Feb. 2005
Lexington, Mass. USA
music and dance arranger. who arranged dance and choral music for Carousel, South Pacific, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. Often billed as Trude Rittman, she was particularly noted for such arrangements as the elaborate ballet sequences in The King and I and The Girl in Pink Tights, and her spectacular choral work in Fanny and Camelot. She began piano lessons at the age of eight, and graduated from the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne in 1932. In the same year she was described by the British symphonist Havergal Brian as "Germany's most brilliant woman composer". She left Germany in 1933
Rivas, Jose Maria
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Rivera, Carlos Rafael
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Rivera, Paquito d'
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Rivers, Sam
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Rivier, Jean
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21 Jul. 1896
France
6 Nov. 1987
France
French composer who composed over two hundred works, including music for orchestra, chamber groups, chorus, piano, and solo instruments. He served as Professor of Composition at the Paris Conservatory from 1948 until his retirement in 1966. During the period 1948-1962 he shared this position with Darius Milhaud
Rivilis, Pavel
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Rivulo, Franziscus de
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fl. 1560-1566 singer and composer originally from Hainault known to have been active in Gdansk, Poland
Rixner, Josef
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Roach, Max
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Roads, Curtis
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1951
Cleveland, USA
 composer and for more than 15 years, was editor of the Computer Music Journal and one of the founders of the International Computer Music Association. Author of computer music books and articles and presently, professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara
Robb, Magnus
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1970
Edinburgh
 Scottish viola player and composer
Robberechts, André
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16 Dec. 1797
Brussels, Belgium
23 Mar. 1860
Paris, France
Belgian violonist and composer
Robbins, David
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14 Aug. 1923
Greensburg, Indiana, USA
2005
Vancouver, Canada
influential American-Canadian trombonist, composer, arranger and teacher
Robbins, Richard (Stephen)
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4 Dec. 1940
South Weymouth, Mass. USA
7 Nov. 2012
New York, USA
composer, particularly of film scores. Robbins was nominated for an Oscar in 1992 for his score for the film Howards End (performed by Martin Jones) and in 1993 for The Remains of the Day
Roberday, Francois
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Robert, Lucie
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Robert de Castel (see Castel, Robert de)   
Robert de la Piere (see Piere, Robert de la)   
Robert, Jean-Louis
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20 May 1948
Haine-Saint-Pierre
12 May 1979
Thisnes, Belgium
Belgian composer, pianist and teacher
Robert, Lucie
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Roberti, Robert (see Vollstedt, Robert)   
Roberts, Charles Luckeyeth (known as Luckey Roberts)
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7 Aug. 1887
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
5 Feb. 1968
New York City, USA
composer and pianist who worked in the jazz, ragtime, and blues styles
Roberts, Marcus
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Roberts, Mary Lee
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Robin, Leo
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Robindore, Brigitte
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Robinson, Christopher
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Robinson, Fanny Arthur1831
England
1879a pianist and composer who taught at the Irish Conservatory
Robinson, John (the Younger)
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16821762English musician who was appointed organist of Westminster Abbey replacing William Croft
Robinson, J. Russell
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8 Jul. 1892
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
30 Sep. 1963
Paldale, California, USA
United States ragtime and dixieland jazz pianist and a composer of popular tunes
Robinson, Martin
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1974 freelance composer, sonic artist and sound technician
Robinson, Russell
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  American published author, composer and arranger with over 200 publications
Robinson, Thomas
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c. 1560after 1609an English renaissance composer and music teacher, who flourished around 1600. He taught and wrote music for lute, cittern, orpharion, bandora, viol, and singing
Robjohn, William James
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2 Nov. 1843
Tavistock, Devon, England
21 Nov. 1920
Tavistock. d-Asheville, NC, USA
English-born American composer who used the pseudonym Caryl Florio. As a teenager he sailed with his parents to New York. The youngster became the first boy soloist in New York's Trinity Church and subsequently worked as an organist and choirmaster as well as touring as an actor. He spent many years at the Vanderbilt estate where he was in charge of music. Florio composed a large amount of music: hymns, chamber music, a piano concerto, a light opera, at least two grand operas and two symphonies
Robledo, Melchor
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 1587Spanish composer who spent a period as a Papal singer in Rome
Robles, Daniel Alomía
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3 Jan. 1871
Huánuco, Peru
18 Jun. 1942
Chosica, Peru
a Peruvian composer and ethnomusicologist, he is best known for composing the song El Cóndor Pasa in 1913 as part of a zarzuela, a musical play that alternates between spoken and sung parts, of the same name. The song was based on Andean folk songs
Robrecht, Carl
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Robson, Jean-Jacques
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bap. 4 Dec. 1723
Termonde, Belgium
24 Oct. 1785
Tirlemont
Belgian composer and organist
Rochberg, George
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5 Jul 1918
Paterson, NJ, USA
30 May 2005
Philadelphia, USA
composer, teacher and author, sometime pupil of George Szell, Rosario Scalero and Gian Carlo Menotti, who travelled to Italy in 1950 on a Fulbright Scholarship where he met Luigi Dallapiccola. His most successful work was his 1974 Violin Concerto
Roche, Rose lafl. latter half 18th century
France
 wrote a successful work for piano and orchestra published by Benoit, Paris and also composed sonatas
Rochefort, Jean Baptiste
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Rochenard, Mme (de la)  composer who published in Paris in 1699
Rocourt, Pierre de
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first half 14th century Flemish composer from Rocourt, near Liège
Rode, Pierre
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16 Feb. 1774
Bordeaux, France
25 Nov. 1830
Damazan, France
French violinist and composer
Rogers, James Hotchkiss18571940American organist and composer who studied with Clarence Eddy and later in Paris with Guilmant and Widor. He was appointed organist of the First Unitarian Church in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He wrote works for organ and for piano as well as a number of songs
Rodgers, Richard
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Rodio, Rocco
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Rodo, Gabriel
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Rodolphe de Saint-Trond (see Saint-Trond, Rodolphe de)   
Rodrigo, Joaquin
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22 Nov. 1901
Sagunto, Spain
6 Jul. 1999
Madrid, Spain
Spanish composer who was almost totally blind from the age of 3
Rodrigues, Amalia
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Rodrigues Coelho, Manuel
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Rodrigues, Ernesto
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1959
Lisbon, Portugal
 improviser, composer - violin, viola, soprano sax, electronics. For over 20 years Rodrigues has played genres of music ranging from contemporary to free jazz and improvisation, live and in the studio. His main interest shifted towards contemporary improvised and composed music, as well as indeterminate and graphic scores by Gerhard Stäbler. He studies composition with Emmanuel Nunes
Rodrigues, Gerardo
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Rodrigues, Maria Joachinafl. late 1600s
Mexico
 nun and composer
Rodriguez, Ana Maria
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Rodriguez, Jorge
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Rodriguez, Nicolas
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Rodriguez, Robert Xavier
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Rodriguez Pico, Jesus
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Rodriguez van der Spoel, Adrian
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Rodwell, George Herbert Buonaparte
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18001852author, musical director and composer, particularly for theatrical productions
Roels, Hans
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Roels, Louis Joseph
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6 Jun. 1887
Hasselt, Belgium
3 Sep. 1939
Hasselt, Belgium
Belgian composer, pianist and teacher
Roels, Oscar August
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2 Nov. 1864
Ghent, Belgium
29 Oct. 1939
Ghent, Belgium
Belgian composer, organist, conductor and teacher
Roelstraete, Herman
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25 Oct. 1925
Lauwe (Flandre Occidentale)
1 Apr. 1985
Courtrai, Belgium
Belgian composer, organist, conductor, choral director, teacher and musicologist
Roerade, Wim
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Roeseling, Kaspar
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Roger, Miquel1954
Barcelona, Spain
 he studied at the Conservatori Superior Municipal de Musica de Barcelona. He later worked with Josep Soler on counterpoint, fugue and orchestration, and graduated in 1985 from the University of Barcelona in Philosophy and Letters He has dedicated himself to composition since 1977, the year in which his first piece was published by Zimmermann Verlag. Roger won commissions from the Asociacion Musica XXI (1979), the Festival Internacional de Musica de Barcelona (1981), the Ajuntament de Badalona (1989) and Associació Catalana de Compositors (1991). His Opera Nascita e Apoteosi di Horo has recived a prize in the I Concurso Internacional de Composición de Óperas de Camara composed for the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE). He teaches counterpoint, music history, aesthetics and composition
Roger-Ducasse, Jean
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Rogers, Benjamin
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Rogers, Keith
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Rogers, Shorty
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Roger, Pathie (see Pathie, Rogier)   
Rogier, Philippe
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Rogierus de Lignoquercu (see Lignoquercu, Rogierus de)   
Rogister, Fernand
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8 Dec. 1872
Liège, Belgium
6 May 1954 Belgian composer et conductor
Rogister, Jean
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25 Oct. 1879
Liège, Belgium
20 Mar. 1964
compositer, viola player and teacher
Rognoni (Taeggio), Francesco
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second half of 16th century
Milan, Italy
after 1626an Italian Renaissance composer. He was the son of Riccardo Rognoni and brother of Giovanni Domenico Rognoni Taeggio, both prominent Italian composers and musicians. He published both collections of his works and treatises. His most famous work was Selva de varii passaggi, a treatise on both vocal and violin technique, and on ornamentation
Rognoni, Riccardo
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Rohaczewski, Andrzej
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early 17th century composer and organist at the court of Albert Stanislaw Radziwill at Olyka and Nieswiez
Rojas Beoto, José Antonio ("Nico")
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3 Aug. 1921
Havana, Cuba
22 Nov. 2008
Havana, Cuba
guitarist, songwriter and hydraulic engineer, a key member of the filin ("feeling") movement, which combined Cuban rhythms with harmonies and melodies influenced by North American jazz in the 1940s and 1950s
Rojer, Robert
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Rojko, Uros
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Rokovic, Bora
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Roland, Claude-Robert
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19 Dec. 1935
Pont-de-Loup, Belgium
 Belgian composer, organist, conductor, teacher and musicologist
Roland-Manuel, Alexis (born Roland Alexis Manuel Levy)
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22 Mar. 1891
Paris, France
2 Nov. 1966French composer and critic
Roldan, Amadeo
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Roldan, maestro
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Rolla, Alessandro
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Rolle, Johann Heinrich
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Rollig, Johann Georg
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Rollinger, Luc
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1969
Luxembourg
 trumpeter and composer from Luxembourg
Rollins, Sonny
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Rolon, Jose
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Roma, Laurencini da
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Roman, Johan Helmich
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Romanowski, Otto
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16 Oct. 1952
Finland
 Finnish composer who has an interest in computer-assisted composition
Romans, Alain
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Romans, Beatrice (Beatriz, Bieris) defl 1200s composer
Romanus, Antonius
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fl.1400-1432 an Italian composer of the early 15th century, the early quattrocento, in which musical styles was in transition between the late medieval era and early Renaissance
Romberg, Andreas
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Romberg, Bernhard
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11 Nov. 1767
Dinklage, Germany
13 Aug. 1841
Hamburg, Germany
German cellist and composer. Romberg composed not only for the cello; he wrote operas, a ballet, symphonies, overtures, quartets, concert pieces for piano, flute, violin, and incidental music. He also devoted much time to conducting and quartet playing. Romberg also composed cello music for teaching, although frequent tours prevented him from giving it too much time. He wrote a number of cello compositions of an educational character, thus revealing his remarkable inventiveness
Romberg, Sigmund
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Rombi, Philippe
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Romby, Paul
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Rome, Harold19081993composer and lyricist of the well-known musicals Pins and Needles, Call Me Mister, Fanny, Destry Rides Again, and I Can Get It for You Wholesale
Romero, Antonio
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Romero, Celedonio
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Romero, Mateo (né Rosmarin, Mathieu)
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c.1575
Liège, Belgium
10 May 1647
Madrid, Spain
Flemish-born Spanish composer
Romitelli, Fausto
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Romppanen, Ari
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1974
Finland
 Finnish composer, pianist and music teacher who studied composition at the Sibelius Academy with Erkki Jokinen. His compositions include Interference for flute, clarinet, cello and percussion
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Roncalli, Ludovico
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  composer of music for guitar which appeared in the book entitled Capricci Armonici sopra la Chitarra Spagnuola
Ronchetti, Lucia
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Rondonia, Indio Jaboti de
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Ronell, Ann
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Rongé, Jean-Baptiste
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1 Apr. 1825
Liège, Belgium
28 Oct. 1882
Liège, Belgium
Belgian composer and musical writer
Ronghe, Michaël de
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30 Oct. 16208 Jan. 1696Flemish composer
Rontgen, Julius
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Roo, Paul de
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Rooijen, Laurens van
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Rooke, William Michael (see Rourke, William Michael)   
Roon, Marc van
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  prizewinner and finalist of the 1989 International Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition, Washington, the Amsterdam Jazz Concours and the Martial Solal Piano Concours, Paris. He performed and recorded with international stars like Clark Terry, Dave Liebman, Chuck and Bob Findley, Billy Hart, Santi di Briano, the Metropele Jazz Orchestra, Art Farmer and Ack van Rooyen. He has also written ballet music for the Modern Djazzdance company Djazzex, for the Scapino Rotterdam and the Nederlands Danstheater at the Hague
Roos, Robert de
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Roosendael, Jan Rokus van
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Roost, Jan van der
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1 Mar. 1956
Duffel, Belgium
 Belgian composer, teacher and conductor
Root, George Frederick
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Rooth, Lazlo
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Rootham, Cyril
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Ropartz, Joseph Guy
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Rore, Cipriano (or Cypriano, Cypriaan, Cyprien) de
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1515/6
Ronse, Flanders
11/20 Sep. 1565
Parma, Italy
Flemish composer and teacher. He was a central representative of the generation of Franco-Flemish composers after Josquin who went to live and work in Italy, and who were formative in the development of the late Renaissance styles there. Pierre Maillart, in his Tons et discours sur les Modes de Musique of 1610 places him amongst the four greatest Flemish madrigalists
Rorem, Ned
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Rosa, Clotilde
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Rosa, Salvatore
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Rosas Cadenas, José Juventino Policarpo
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26 Jan. 1869
Santa Cruz de Galeana Guanajuato
9 Jun. 1894
Surgidero de Batabo (Cuba)
Mexican composer, violinist and band-leader, famous for his waltz Sobre las Olas (Over the waves)
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Rosauro, Ney
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Rose, Barry
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Rose, Bernard
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Rose, David (pseudonyms: Ray Llewellyn, Sgt. David Rose)
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15 Jun 1910
London, U.K.
23 Aug 1990
Burbank, California, USA
the Rose family moved to the USA when David was just four-years-old. In 1943 he had a big hit with his own composition Holiday For Strings which firmly launched him as a light music composer in the eyes of the public. His second wife was Judy Garland (28 Jul 1941-8 Jun 1944). By the late '40s he was a regular on Red Skelton's radio show, moving with him into television. He later wrote scores and themes for over 20 television series and won Emmy awards for his 14 year stint on Bonanza, 10 years with Little House On The Prairie and his work on three much-acclaimed Fred Astaire specials. Rose had a worldwide smash hit in 1962 with another of his own tunes, a humorous and satirical piece called The Stripper. He had actually composed this four years previously for a television show called Burlesque, and it gathered dust on his record company’s shelves until they needed a ‘B’ side for Ebb Tide. A Los Angeles disc jockey picked it up, and the rest – as they say – is musical history
Rose, Fred
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Rose, John
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23 Sep. 1928
London, England
 born of Dutch parents and educated at the Diocesan College, Cape Town (1942-46), there he studied organ with Dr Claude Brown and wrote music which was performed by the Cape Town Municipal Orchestra. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and at Oxford under Edmund Rubbra. He founded the St Albans Chamber Choir and was an extra-mural tutor for various universities, a lecturer at Langside College, Glasgow, and teacher at Madras College, St Andrews. His Prelude & Fugue Op 8 (1993) and Scherzo-Intermezzo-Toccata Op 9 (1995, first performed 1999) are a natural development from his early organ studies and interest in the organs and organ music of the Netherlands and Germany
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Rose, Jon
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Rosebrook, Leon
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Roseingrave, Danielc. 1650
England
1727
Dublin, Ireland
organist and Lay Vicar Choral at Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin from 1698 until his death in 1727, he had moved to Dublin as organist of both Cathedrals. after holding similar appointments at three English Cathedrals: Gloucester (1679), Winchester (1682) and Salisbury (1692). He had been a boy chorister in the English Chapel Royal under Captain Cook, and is said to have studied under Henry Purcell and John Blow. He certainly seems to have been influenced by the latter's music. He was a somewhat volatile character, having cut off the ear of one of his colleagues with his sword in Christ Church during a service! Not surprisingly this caused the authorities there to ban the wearing of swords during services. Daniel was also in trouble at St. Patrick's for fighting with another of his colleagues at a tavern. He had previously been in difficulty at Gloucester for violent behavior. On the strength of his surviving music one would wish that more had come down to us
Roseingrave, Ralphc. 1695
England
bur. 7 Dec. 1747
Dublin, Ireland
son of Daniel, organist and Lay Vicar Choral at Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin from 1727 until his death in 1747. His father, Daniel, had moved to Dublin in 1698 as organist of both Cathedrals. Ralph succeeded his father as Organist of both Cathedrals, officially on Daniel's death in 1727, but in fact probably some years before that. He, his wife, Sarah and their children lived on Peter Street, near to St. Patrick’s. She died at the end of April 1746 and was buried at St. Patrick’s on May Day that year. Ralph survived her by only a year and a half. There are at least 12 anthems and two Services, in C major and in F major, by Ralph Roseingrave in the choir Library of Christ Church Cathedral
Roseingrave, Thomasc. 1690
Winchester, England
1788
Dublin, Ireland
son of Daniel and brother of Ralph, Thomas appears to have been the most prolific of the three and certainly had the highest public profile. On the strength of a grant from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, he went to Italy at the age of nineteen where he met, befriended and studied with Domenico Scarlatti. He settled in London around 1717, quickly establishing himself as a performer, composer and teacher. In 1725 he was appointed organist of the new church of St. George’s Hanover Square. Not long afterwards he began to show signs of mental instability (which he may well have inherited from his father). He returned to Ireland some time before 1753, for in that year Mrs. Delany writes "Mr. Roseingrave (...who was sent away from St. George's on account of mad fits) is now in Ireland, and at times can play very well on the harpsichord."
Rosell, Lars Erik
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Rosen, Jerome
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Rosenberg, Hilding1892
Sweden
1985in his extremely long career, Rosenberg was able to witness how taste radically changed with time. The scandal greeting his first string quartet had transformed into reverence and national acclaim by the time he produced his twelfth and last. This series of quartets has no match in the modern era. Rosenberg composed in all the genres of his time and his symphonies, solo concertos and major oratorios (Holy Night, The Revelation of St. John) are still regularly performed
Rosendahl, August
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Rosenfeld, Gerhard
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Rosenheck, Allan
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10 Oct. 1938
New York City, US
 Rosenheck's music for recorders is popular with German recorder groups. In 1972 he moved to Switzerland, where his composing developed. His music for recorders is a blend of light classical music, Jazz and Broadway
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Rosenman, Leonard
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Rosenmüller, Johann
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16191684
Wolfenbüttel, Germany
German Baroque composer who played a part in transmitting Italian musical styles to the north
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Rosenthal, Laurence
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Rosenthal, Manuel
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Rosenthal, Moriz
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Rosers, Guillelma (de)fl. c. 1250 composer
Rosetti (or Rossetti), Francesco Antonio (also Franz Anton Rösler)
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Leitmeritz, Bohemia
30 Jun. 1792
Ludwigslust, Germany
Franz Anton Rösler (also known as Francesco Antonio Rosetti [Rossetti]) was a German composer. His birth name cannot be exactly determined; he could have been called "Anton Rös(s)ler" or "Rusizscka" or something similar. His marriage entry in Wallerstein notes only the name Antonio Rosetti and the place Leitmeritz. The first name frequently specified "Franz" is based on a mistake of a musicologist, who regarded a Franz Anton Rösler, born in 1746, as Antonio Rosetti. Franz Anton Rösler was however a shoemaker
Rosier (or de Rosier, Rosiers ) Carl (Charles)
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26 Dec. 1640
Liège, Belgium
1725
Cologne, Germany
Belgian composer and violinist
Rosing-Schow, Niels
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Roslavets (or Roslavyets, Rosslavets, Rosslawets, Roslavetz, Roslavec), Nikolai (or Nikolaj ) Andreyvich
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4/5 Jan. 1881
Dushatino, Ukraine, Russia
23 Aug. 1944
Moscow, Russia
writing music influenced by Scriabin and showing a resemblance to Schonberg's work, he is recognized as one of the important pioneers in the evolution of non-tonal serial music
Rösler, Franz Anton (see Rosetti, Francesco Antonio)   
Rosmarin, Mathieu (see Romero, Mateo)   
Rosner, Arnold
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Rosnes, Renee
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Ross, Eric
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Ross, Marshall
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Rosse, Francois
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Rosse, Frederick
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1867
Jersey
20 Jun 1940Rosse, whose Doge's March from The Merchant of Venice music long remained popular, was educated at Harrow and abroad at Leipzig, Dresden, Brussels and Vienna. He began as a singer in the theatre, taking part in The Geisha at Daly's. He also became Chorus Master at Daly's and moved on from that to be Musical Director in various London theatres
Rosseau, Norbert
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11 Dec. 1907
Ghent, Belgium
1 Nov. 1975
Ghent, Belgium
Belgian composer and violinist
Rossellini, Renzo
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2 Feb. 1908
Rome, Italy
13 May 1982
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Italian composer best known for his film scores
Rossem, Andries van
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Rosseter, Philip
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Rossetti, Francesco Antonio (see Rosetti, Francesco Antonio)   
Rossi, Camilla de
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Rossi, Luigi de
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c.1597
Torremaggiore, Naples, Italy
19 Feb. 1653
Rome, Italy
an Italian Baroque composer. He studied music in Naples with the Franco-Flemish composer Jean de Macque who was organist of the Santa Casa dell’Anunziata and maestro di cappella to the Spanish viceroy. Rossi later entered the service of the Caetanis, dukes of Traetta. Rossi is noteworthy principally for his chamber-cantatas, which are among the finest that the 17th century produced
Rossi, Michelangelo
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Rossi, Salomone
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Rossi (de), Romana Camillafl. early 1700s
Rome
 wrote numerous oratorios for the Viennese court; of these only four oratorios and a cantata have survived, in the Austrian National Library. De Rossi's works were heard yearly in Vienna from 1707-1710
Rossi Re, Fabrizio de
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Rossini, Gioacchino Antonio
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29 Feb. 1792
Pesaro, Italy
13 Nov. 1868
Passy, France
Italian musical composer who wrote more than 30 operas as well as sacred music and chamber music. His best known works include Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) and Guillaume Tell (William Tell)
Rossler, Franz Anton
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Rossum, Frédéric (Frederik) van
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5 Dec. 1939
Ixelles, Belgium
 Dutch-origin now naturalised Belgian composer, pianist and teacher
Rossum, Piet-Jan van
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Rota, Nino
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Rota, Renzo
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Rotaru, Doina
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Roters, Ernst
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Roth, Daniel
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Rothenberg, Ned
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Rothenberg, Theophil
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Rotsaert, Julien (Frère Ildefons)
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20 Nob. 1902
Bruges, Belgium
31 Mar. 1981
Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Belgian composer and teacher
Rott, Hans
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Rottach, Meingosus
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Rottiers, Jef
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27 Aug. 1904
Malines, Belgium
22 Apr. 1985
Malines, Belgium
Belgian composer, carillonneur, painter, designer and teacher
Roucourt, Jean-Baptiste
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28 Oct. 1780
Brussels, Belgium
1 May 1849
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer, singer and teacher
Rouge, Guillaume le
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fl. 1450-1465 composer of the chanson Se je fayz dueill
Rouget de Lisle, Claude Joseph
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Roukens, Joey
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Rouma, Willy
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29 Jun. 1941
Liège, Belgium
 Belgian composer, conductor, choral director and teacher
Rourke (or Rooke), William Michaelfl. 1825-1849 violinist, composer, leader of the concert band at Vauxhall (1825-1833) and of the Royal Artillery Band (1849)
Rouse, Christopher
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Rouse, Mikel
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Roussakis, Nicolas
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Rousseau, Jean Jacques
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28 Jun. 1712
Geneva, Switzerland
2 Jul. 1778
Ermenonville, nr. Paris, France
a Geneva-born philosopher of the Enlightenment whose political ideas influenced the French Revolution, the development of socialist theory, and the growth of nationalism. Rousseau also made important contributions to music both as a theorist and as a composer. With his Confessions and other writings, he practically invented modern autobiography and encouraged a new focus on the development of subjectivity that would bear fruit in the work of thinkers as diverse as Hegel and Freud. His novel Julie, ou la nouvelle Héloïse was one of the best-selling fictional works of the eighteenth century and was important to the development of romanticism
Rousseau, Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel (see Samuel-Rousseau, Marcel Louis Auguste)   
Rousseau, Pierre (see Vellones, Pierre)   
Rousseau, Samuel (or Samiel) Alexandre (see Samuel-Rousseau, Alexandre)   
Roussel, Albert
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5 Apr. 1869
Tourcoing, France
23 Aug. 1937
Royan, France
a French composer
Rouwizer (or Rouwyzer, Rouwijser, Rouweyse), François-Léonard
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2 Jul. 1737
Maastricht, Belgium
9 Dec. 1827
Maastricht, Belgium
Belgian composer and violinist
Rouwkema, Daniel
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1974
The Netherlands
 born in The Netherlands, Rouwkema spent many years in England (Chester Cathedral and St George's Parish Church in Belfast). Most of Rouwkema's compositions are for choir, including 'the Roden Service', Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in f-minor (for the Roden Boys Choir) (2006), A great and mighty wonder (2005), People look east (2004), Unto us a Child is given (2002), A Celtic Prayer in two versions SSA and SATB (2001) (pub. Faber, London) as well as organ works that have been published in Holland (1994) and many arrangements for male voice choir, etc. He is working currently working in Holland as a choirmaster
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Roux, Gaspard le
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Rovetta, Giovanni
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Rowe, Robert
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Rowland, David
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Rowland, William
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31 Mar. 1943
Pickens, South Carolina, USA
 American organist, carillonneur and composer. Rowland's catalogue, as of 2006, has 4 symphonies, the first of which was composed at age 14, a concertante for blockflutes (Soprno, Sop., Alt., Ten., C. Grand bass), an opera, Laura in progress, a violin concerto for a Hong Kong patron, a clarinet concerto, In Memorian of his friend Kip Stecker (now lost but composed in Florida near Frederick Delius's Farm), a concerto grosso in baroque style, among many other worked, works for organ and harpsichord as well as carillon, a requiem in memoriam of his friend Art Kelley, a tone poem (The Pitons, Cliffs and Waterfalls of Guam) and many other works of a symphonic nature
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Rowland, William S.
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  Ragtime composer
Rowles, Jimmy
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Roxburgh, Edwin
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Roy, Adrian [Adrien, Adriaen] le
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c. 1520
France
1598
France
French publisher/printer, composer, lutenist and writer. Founder of the Le Roy and Ballard publishing company in 1551.The company existed from 1551 - 1798 when the revolution destroyed many a prosperous livelihood. Le Roy published some of his own lute methods.Th company also published music by Orlando di Lassus
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Roy Henry
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fl. 1410 probably a reference to a "King" Henry (a corruption of the French, le Roi Henri). An English composer, almost certainly a king of England, probably Henry V, but also possibly Henry IV. His music, two compositions in all, appears in a position of prominence in the Old Hall Manuscript
Roy, Myke
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Royer, Joseph Nicolas
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Roye, Évariste de
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13 Feb. 1907
Willebroek, Belgium
13 Feb. 1978
Anvers, Belgium
Belgian composer, oboist, conductor and teacher
Roylance, Dave
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Rozmann, Akos
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Rozsa, Miklos
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Rozsavolgyi, Mark
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Rozycki, Jacek
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c. 1630
near Leczyca, Poland
c. 1704
Warsaw, Poland
composed great motets and concertos in the Italianate concertato style and also more traditional sacred polyphony
Rozycki, Ludomir
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Rubalcaba, Gonzalo
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Rubbra, Edmund
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Rubino, Bonaventura
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Rubinstein, Anton (Grigoryevich)
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28 Nov. 1829
Vikhvatinets, Russia
20 Nov. 1894
Peterhof, St. Petersburg, Russia
a Russian Jewish pianist, composer and conductor. As a pianist he was regarded as a rival to Franz Liszt, and he ranks amongst the greatest keyboard virtuosi
Rubinstein, Nikolai Grigoryevich
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2 (or 14) Jun. 1835
Moscow, Russia
23 Mar. 1881
Moscow, Russia
a Russian Jewish pianist and composer. He was the younger brother of Anton Rubinstein and a close friend of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Rudel, Jaufré (Lord of Blaye)
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mid-12th century troubadour probably living in the mid-12th century. He is noted for developing the theme of "love from afar" (amor de lonh) in his songs. Seven of Rudel's poems have survived to the present day, four of them with music. His composition Lanquan li jorn is thought to be the model for the Minnesinger Walther von der Vogelweide's song Allerest lebe ich mir werde
Ruders, Poul
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Rudersdorff, Mme. Hermine Mansfield1822
Russia
1882
USA
a dramatic soprano who toured Germany and London. She taught in America and published songs and an essay
Rudhyar, Dane
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23 Mar. 1895
Paris, France
13 Sep. 1985
California, USA
born Daniel Chennevière, Rudhyar was one of the first composers to consciously reject the forms and sonorities of traditional European art music in favor of exploring polytonic dimensions and new sound combinations. Soon after coming to America, his compositions were performed at the New York Metropolitan Opera on April 4, 1917 as an integral part of the multi-media performance art known as Métachorie. It was the first performance of dissonant polytonal music in America. In New York and California, Rudhyar befriended other avant-garde composers of the 1920s - such as Charles Ives, Edgard Varèse, Leo Ornstein, Henry Cowell, Charles Seeger, Carl Ruggles, Ruth Crawford-Seeger. Together they formed a loosely-knit group known as the Ultra-Moderns. In a sense, Rudhyar acted as the "high-priest and spokesman" for the Ultra-Moderns and in a series of penetrating and uncomprising articles, challenged traditional European music and the "neo-Classicism" of Stravinsky and his followers. But the musical establishment "chose Stravinsky over Scriabin," as Rudhyar later stated, and the Ultra-Moderns were soon unwelcomed in the world of serious music. Now, almost a century later, the work of Rudhyar and his contribution to modern music is finally being widely recognized and accepted.
Rudnev, Sergei
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Rudnik, Eugeniusz
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Rudolph, Archduke of Austria
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Rudzinski, Witold
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4 Mar. 1913
Siebiez, Russia
 Polish pianist, teacher, writer and composer who studied with Tadeusz Szeligowski in Vilnius and Nadia Boulanger and Charles Koechlin in Paris
Rudzinski, Zbigniew
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23 Oct. 1935
Czechowice, Poland
 Polish composer who studied with Piotr Perkowski in Warsaw before extended his studies in Paris and Holland
Rue, Pierre de la
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c.1452
probably Tournai, Belgium
20 Nov. 1518
Kortrijk, The Netherlands
a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance. A member of the same generation as Josquin des Prez, he ranks with Agricola, Brumel, Compère, Isaac, Obrecht, and van Weerbeke as one of the most famous and influential exponents of the Netherlands polyphonic style in the decades around 1500. de la Rue was the favourite composer of Margaret of Austria and almost his entire output is preserved in the manuscript collections of Pierre (Petrus) Alamire (c.1470-1536), one of the most skilled music scribes of his time
Rueda, Jesus
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Rueff, Jeanine1922 French pianist and composer who studied at the Paris Conservatory with Noël and Jean Gallon and Henri Busser. She won the Favareille-Chailley-Richez prize for her Piano Quintet in 1945 and the second Grand Prix de Rome in 1948. She worked as an accompanist at the Conservatory and taught solfege there from 1959. She has mostly written chamber music, as well as orchestral music, an opera, and a ballet
Ruegg, Mathias
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Ruffo, Vincenzo
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c.1508
Verona, Italy
9 Feb. 1587
Sacile, Italy
an Italian composer of the Renaissance. He was one of the composers most responsive to the musical reforms suggested by the Council of Trent, especially in his composition of masses, and as such was an influential member of the Counter-Reformation
Rugge, Heinrich von
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Ruggero, Osvaldo
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Ruggles, Carl18761971a composer with a relatively small output: fourteen songs, seventeen other works, and hundreds of pages of sketches. One of his strongest champions was Charles Ives
Rugolo, Pete
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Ruhling, Isa
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Ruhm, Gerhard
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Ruiter, Fanny de
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Ruiter, Wim de
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Ruiz, Josep
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Ruiz de Ribayaz, Lucas
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Ruiz-Pipo, Antonio
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Ruloffs, Bartholomeus
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Rumelant, meister
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Runcie, Constance Fauntleroy1836
USA
 composer and organiser of the Minerva Club, said to be the first women’s club in America
Rundgren, Todd
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Rung, Henrik
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Runjanin, Josip1821
Vinkovci, Croatia
1878the verses for the Croatian national anthem 'Our Beautiful Homeland' (Lijepa nasa domovino) were written by the Croatian poet and diplomat Antun Mihanovic (1796-1861) and the music was composed by Runjanin. It was adopted in 1891
Running, Joseph
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Runswick, Daryl
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Ruoff, Axel
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Ruohomäki, Jukka1947
Finland
 one of the Finnish pioneers on the electronic field. He started working in 1970 in the Electronic Music Studio at Helsinki University's Department of Musicology as an assistant of Erkki Kurenniemi and he made independent compositions as well as music for ballet, theatre, radio plays and films. In the 1980s Ruohomäki was mainly involved with computer graphics
Rupert de Deutz (see Deutz, Rupert de)   
Ruppe, Christian Friedrich
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22 Aug. 1753
Salzungen, Thüringen, Germany
25 May 1826
Leiden, The Netherlands
German-born Dutch composer
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Ruppel, Paul Ernst
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18 Jul. 1913
Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
27 Nov. 2006
Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
German composer, Kantor and choral director
Rusca, Claudia Francesca15931676composer who published in Milan in 1630
Ruschkowski, Andre
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1959
Berlin, Germany
 electro-acoustic composer and audiovisual artist
Rushing, Jimmy
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Rusila, Kristian
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10 Feb. 1974
Finland
 Finnish harpsichordist, pianist and composer who studied composition with Paavo Heininen
Russell, George
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23 Jun. 1923
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
27 Jul. 2009
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
American composer and musical theorist whose great innovation was expostulated in his book The Lydian Concept of Tonal Organisation (1953)
Russell, Henry
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Russell, Kennedy
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 1954a writer of popular songs, with ones like As You Pass By, At Santa Barbara, The Barber of Turin, Gypsy River, Poor Man's Garden, Vale, Young Tom o'Devon, The Church Bells of England (clearly a song enjoyed by Doris Arnold as she arranged it for male voices) and Gypsy Dan. Some of Russell's songs were incorporated into films or in stage works. He produced for orchestra the genre pieces Tinkabelle, Dance of the Icicles, Patrol of the King's Jesters and Old Romance; pianists enjoyed his The Little Clockwork Fairy and the suite The Wooing of the Snowflakes
Russell, Pee Wee
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Russell, William I
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Russo, William
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Russolo, Antonio
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1909
Italy
8 Jun. 1996
Italy
Italian Futurist composer, brother of the more famous Futurist composer and theorist Luigi Russolo
Russolo, Luigi
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30 Apr. 1885
Portogruaro, Italy
4 Feb. 1947
Cerro di Laveno, Italy
Italian Futurist painter and composer, and the author of the manifestoes The Art of Noises (1913) and Musica Futurista
Rust, Friedrich Wilhelm
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6 Jul. 1739
Wörlitz, Germany
8 Mar. 1796
Wörlitz, Germany
Friedrich Wilhem Rust belonged to a distinguished German musical family. His father was a person of eminence, and he received a first-rate education. He was taught music by his elder brother, Johann Ludwig Anton, who as an amateur had played the violin in J.S. Bach's orchestra in Leipzig; and at 13 he played the whole of the Wohltemperirtes Clavier without book. Composition, organ and clavier he learned from Friedemann and Emanuel Bach, and the violin from Höckh and F. Benda; and in 1765, during a journey to Italy, from G. Benda, Tartini and Pugnani
Rust, Wilhelm
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15 Aug. 1822
Dessau, Germany
2 May 1892
Leipzig, Germany
German organist and scholar, Wilhelm Rust, belonged to a distinguished German musical family. He was nephew of the the famous muscu teacher, Wilhelm Karl Rust and grandson of Friedrich Wilhelm Rust. He himself was an advocate, and a fine amateur player on both violin and pianoforte, learned music from his uncle and F. Schneider. Rust composed some songs and keyboard music
Rustichelli, Carlo
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24 Dec. 1916
Carpi, Italy
13 Nov. 2004
Rome, Italy
he studied cello, piano and composition at the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, completing his studies at the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Upon leaving, he began work in the opera. In the late 1930s he entered the film industry but initially wrote scores only intermittently. However, in 1947 he scored the actor/ director Pietro Germi's Gioventù perduta (Lost Youth), beginning the most important collaborative relationship of his career, and over the next 25 years they made nearly 20 films together. he was best known for the Academy Award-winning soundtrack to Divorce, Italian Style
Rutini, Giovanni Marco
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Rutter, John
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Rutti, Carl
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Ruttmann, Walter
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Rutzky, Annie
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12 Jan. 1920
Anvers, Belgium
1943-1945
Auschwitz
Belgian composer and pianist
Ruyneman, Daniel
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Ruzdjak, Vladimir
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Ruzicka, Peter
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Ryba, Jan Jakub
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Rycke, Antoine de
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Rydberg, Bo
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Rydman, Kari
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15 Oct. 1936
Helsinki, Finland
 a composer whose radical period consists of chamber music and orchestral works. For example, in the six Sonatas written for a variety of ensembles (1962–63), Rydman experimented with modern textures, glissandos, microintervals, aleatoric counterpoint and graphic notation
Ryelandt, Joseph (baron)
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7 Apr. 1870
Bruges, Belgium
29 Jun. 1965
Bruges, Belgium
Belgian composer and teacher
Ryterband, Roman
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2 Aug. 1914
Lódz, Poland
17 Nov. 1979
Palm Springs, Florida, USA
Polish pianist, conductor and composer. Trapped in France at the outbreak of World War Two, Ryterband moved first to Switerland and then to Canada before in 1960 moving to Chicago. His final move, to Paplm Springs took place in 1967
Rypdal, Terje
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Rzewski, Frederic
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13 Apr. 1938
Westfield, Mass., USA
 American-born composer, pianist and teacher active for many years in Belgium