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Aa, Michel van der
The Netherlands
 studied composition and music-engineering at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. He attended composition lessons with Diderik Wagenaar, Gilius van Bergeijk and Louis Andriessen. In 2002 Van der Aa studied film directing at the New York Film Academy.He composed instrumental, orchestral, vocal and electronic pieces as well as music conceived in collaboration with artists in other disciplines. Van der Aa collaborated with choreographers Kazuko Hirabayashi, Philippe Blanchard, Ben Wright and film directors Hal Hartley and Peter Greenaway
Aaberg, Gustav Øistensen
Fluberg, Norway
 in 1998 he moved to the UK to study the euphonium at the University of Salford under the guidance of Professor David King. Gustav showed an early interest for composition, which he developed further at the University of Salford, and is currently studying composition with Professor Peter Graham. He has had works performed, published and performed both in the United Kingdom and Norway and received the Kirklees Music Award for the work Hymn to the Highway in 2003. Gustav has studied the euphonium with Morgan Griffiths and Glyn Williams; composition with Professor Peter Graham; and arranging with Professor Peter Graham and Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen
Aaberg, Philip (known as Eddy Yates)
8 Apr. 1949
Montana, USA
 American composer and keyboardist
Aagaard-Nilsen, Torstein
11 Jan. 1964
 trained as a brass player, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen studied at the University of Bergen and the Bergen Conservatory of Music. A staff arranger and composer for the Norwegian Armed Forces Music, he now lives at Radøy, an island to the northwest of Bergen. As a composer Aagaard-Nilsen is mainly self-taught. He has received commissions from, among others, James Clapperton, the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, Bergen Military Band and the Royal Norwegian Navy Band in Horten. Aagaard-Nilsen's works have been featured on the programs of festivals such as Stavanger Speculum, Nordlyd, Music Factory and the Bergen Autunnale. He has also attracted attention in England where his works were presented on BBC 3
[additional information by Willem E. M. Pin]
Aagesen, Truid (called Theodoricus Sistinus)
fl. 1593-1615 Danish composer (madrigalist) and organist from the time of Christian IV (1577-1648)
Aaltoila, Heikki Johannes11 Dec. 1905
Hausjärvi, Finland
12 Jan. 1992
Helsinki, Finland
Finnish music critic, conductor and composer. He created a major career in film music, beginning in the 1940s, writing music for about 75 films, and incidental music for about 150 stage plays
[additional information by Willem E. M. Pin]
Aaltonen, Erkki (Erik Verner)
17 Aug. 1910
8 Mar. 1990
Helsinki, Finland
Finnish violinist, violist, conductor, and composer. His best-known work is the Second Symphony, Hiroshima (1949). He experimented with dodecaphony in his Violin Concerto (1966)
Aamodt, Valter Emil25 Mar. 19021989Norwegian editor, critic (e.g. music critic of the Bergens Tidende) and composer
Aaquist Johansen, Svend
7 Dec. 1948 Danish composer and conductor (NS)
Aargaard-Nilsen, Torstein (see Aagaard-Nilsen, Torstein)   
Aarne, Els (pseudonym for Elze Janovna Paëmuru)
30 Mar. 1917
Makeyevka, Ukraine
14 Jun. 1995
Tallinn, Estonia
Estonian composer, pianist and teacher. Aarne has mainly composed chamber music (her preferred instruments were violoncello and double-bass) and a lot of vocal music.
Aaron, Pietro
c. 1489
Florence, Italy
c. 1545
prob. Bergamo, Italy
composer and theorist, contemporary of Adrian Willaert and Marco Antonio Cavazzoni in Venice, author of De institutione harmonica libri tres. Bononiae, In aedibus Benedicti Hectoris Bibliopolae Bononiensis, 1516 (Reprint Broude Brothers Ltd., New York, 1978. Liber primus, liber secundus, liber tertius.); Toscanello de la musica. Impressa per Bernardino et Mattheo de Uitali, Venezia, 1523, 1529, 1539, 1562 (Reprint Broude Brothers Ltd., New York, 1969. English translation Toscanello in musica by Peter Bergquist, Colorado College Music Press, Colorado Springs, 1970); Trattato della natura et cognitione di tutti gli tuoni di canto figurato. Impressa per Bernardino Vitali, Venezia, 1525, 1531; Lucidario in musica, Impressa per Girolamo Scotto, Venezia, 1545 (Reprint, Broude Brothers Ltd., New York, 1978)
Aaronson, Irving7 Feb. 1895
New York, NY, USA
10 Mar. 1963
Hollywood, CA, USA
American popular composer, lyricist and conductor. Irving was playing piano for the silent movies at just age 11. He started recording in 1926 with a band known as the 'Crusaders', which was changed to 'Commanders' within a couple of months. During 1928 band included Chummy MacGregor, Tony Pastor, Artie Shaw. Singers Self, Phil Saxe (also on clarinet, tenor sax, violin) and Jack Armstrong, Bob Leitner. A young Claude Thornhill and Gene Krupa also appeared in the band. Bing Crosby used Aaronson's Commanders as the backing band on four songs he recorded from his movie, 'She Loves Me Not' (1934). One of them, "Love In Bloom", became a number one record for Crosby. After disbanding, Aaronson eventually found work as a musical supervisor for MGM motion picture studios, - a job he held until his death
[information drawn from American Big Bands Database]
Aav, Evald
17 Mar. 1900
(22 Feb. Old Style)
Tallinn, Estonia
21 Mar. 1939
Tallinn, Estonia
Estonian composer and choir conductor. His works have a national-romantic sound and rich melodies. Those for chorus and solo songs have a great importance in Estonian culture
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Aavik, Juhan
29 Jan. 1884
Holstre, Estonia
26 Nov. 1982
Stockholm, Sweden
Estonian composer and conductor at the Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu (1911-23), and the Estonia Theatre in Tallinn (1925-33). He emigrated to Sweden in 1944. He has written music ranging from songs for children to concertos, symphonies and operas
Abaco, Evaristo Felice dall'
12 Jul. 1675
Verona, Italy
12 Jul. 1742
München, Germany
he may have studied with Torelli before going to Modena in 1696 where he performed alongside Vitali, among others. By 1704 he was cellist at the Bavarian court, remaining in the service of Elector Maximilian II Emmanuel as years of war and hardship drove the court to Brussels (1704), Mons (1706), and Compiègne (1709). He thereby acquainted himself with the French style. Upon the court's return to Munich in 1715, dall'Abaco became Konzertmeister and electoral councillor but his influence waned after 1726 under the new elector, Karl Albrecht. He retired in 1740. His extant music, contained in six printed collections issued between about 1708 and 1735, includes chamber and church sonatas along with concertos. An indebtedness to Corelli in the earlier works yields later to both French-derived and galant elements
Abaco, Joseph (Giuseppe) Marie-Clément (Clemens) Ferdinand dall'
alternatively: Joseph-Marie-Clément dall'
27 Mar. 1710
31 Aug. 1805
Verona, Italy
son of Evaristo (see above); a court cellist in Bonn who wrote nearly 40 cello sonatas, mainly in a conservative, Baroque style
Abad, Esperanza
Mora, Toledo, Spain
 singer-actress who completed her musical studies at the Conservatorio de Música y Arte Dramático in Madrid, and later devoted her time to musical research. Co-founder of CANON and also of LIM, she specialized in the avantgarde. She is the co-writer of Réquiem escénico en memoria de Agustín Millares Sall (Goodbye that is not a Goodbye; Stage Requiem in Memory of Agustín Millares Sal) together with José Iges and Concha Jerez, as well as Ritual, a composition in three parts written for one of her own performances which combines voice, dramatization and electronics (NS)
Abatessa, Giovanni Battista (also known as Badessa, Giovanni Battista Bitontino)unknown1651Italian composer and guitarist, author of Intessitura / Di Varii Fiori / Overo Intavolatura di Chitarra alla Spagnola. / Dove si mostra il vero modo, che ciascuno da se stesso potrà imparare con facilità il so-/nare, & accordare; con diverse Sonate e Passagagli, con alcune Villanelle, & / Ottave Siciliane esemplari da cantarsi con detta Chitara, pub. Rome and Lucca (1652) (NS)
Abay (Abai) Kunanbayev (Kunanbaev)10 Aug. (Old Style 29 Jul.) 1845
Shyngghys tau, near Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan
6 Jul (Old Style 23 Jun.) 1904
Shyngghys tau, near Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan
Kazakstani poet and folk composer, he is regarded as the father of modern Kazakh written literature
Abaza, Arkady Maksimovich (Maximovich)1845 or 184816 (Old Style 3) Jan. 1915Russian pianist, pedagogue, and composer, author of more than 20 romances and more than 30 plays
Abazis, Theo
15 Jul. 1967
Athens, Greece
 studied piano and music theory at the National Conservatory in Athens, composition under Professor Henk Alkema and conducting under David Procelijn and Kenneth Montgomery at the Utrecht Conservatory. An Onassis Foundation scholarship allowed him to continue his composition studies with Professor Tristan Keuris in 1993
Abbà Cornaglia, Pietro
20 Mar. 1851
Alessandria, Piedmont
3 May 1894
Alessandria, Piedmony
Italian opera composer and organist; works include Isabella Spinola (1877), Maria di Werden (1884) and Una partia di scacchi (1893)
Abbadia, Natale11 Mar. 1792
Geno, Italy
25 Dec. 1861
Milan, Italy
Italian singing teacher and composer of the opera La Giannina di Pontieu ossia La Villanella d'onore (1812)
Abbado, Marcello
7 Oct. 1926
Milan, Italy
 Italian composer and pianist (son of violinist Michelangelo Abbado, brother of conductor Claudio Abbado), formerly director of the Milan Conservatory and founder of the Symphonic Orchestra Verdi in Milan. He composed for a wide variety of ensembles, including works for violin soloist, orchestra, and percussion ensemble, as well as ballet scores. His compositions include the ballet Hawaii 2000, Concerto and Homage to Debussy for orchestra, and The Bells of Moscow for violin and percussion
Abbakumov, Stefan Timofeyevich5 Dec. (Old Style 23 Nov.) 1870
1919Ukrainian composer, conductor and pedagogue
Abbananti, Frank
Chicago, Illinois
 American composer of primarily chamber, vocal and piano works that have been performed in Europe and North America; he is also active as a pianist and trombonist.
Abbasov, Ashraf Dzhalal ogly23 Mar. 1920 Azerbaijani composer and musicologist. Director of the A. Zeynalli Music School (1947-48), teacher and professor at the U. Hajibayov State Conservatory of Azerbaijan, Rector of the Conservatory (1953-57), member of Administrative Staff of the 1st Congress of Composers' Union of Azerbaijan from its initiation to his death
Abbasov, Jalal8 May 1957
 Azerbaijani composer, the son of noted Azeri composer Ashraf Abbasov, he completed his studies at the Baku State Music Academy. In 1990, Jalal Abbasov was awarded the Azerbaijan Youth Union Prize for his musical compostions. He has written a large number of works including works for symphony orchestra, chamber music, music for solo instruments, a children's opera and a great deal of choral works. He was awarded a UNESCO prize in 1998 and recently was the only composer from the Former Soviet Republics to take part in the 2002 Asian Composers' League symposium "Asian Music in the Third Millenium"
Abbate, Agostino Steffani (see Steffani, Abbate Agostino)   
Abbate, Ernesto188226 Apr. 1934Italian composer and band director
Abbate, Gennaro Maria1 Apr. 1874
1954Italian conductor and composer of the operettas La stella del Canada (1921) and Le Tre Grezie (1925)
Abbate, Peppe8 Mar. 1954
Casavatore, Italy
 pianist and composer, who studied with Antonio Esposito. After several years as a piano-bar and jazz club performer, he moved to Libreville, Gabon. He has written several books on classic and jazz music that are used in the Conservatoire National du Gabon
Abbati, Achille28 Sep. 1857
11 Jan. 1914Italian composer and conductor
Abbatini, Antonio Maria
26 Jan. 1595 (or maybe as late as 1610)
Città di Castello, Italy
Aug. 1679
Tiferno, Italy
an important composer, pedagogue and member of the choir of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. His surviving works include liturgical music, operas, vocal chamber music, Il pianto di Rodomonte, a lively autobiography (in verse) and a counterpoint tutor. Among his students were the notable composers Giovanni Paolo Colonna, Antonio (Pietro) Cesti, the castrato Domenico Dal Pane and hundreds of other musicians from Rome to Peru (according to his autobiography). Pope Clement IX opened the first public opera house in Rome, and for the Carnival celebrations of 1668, commissioned Abbatini to set to music his free Italian translation of a Spanish religious drama La Baltasara. The production had sets designed by Bernini
Abbiate, Luigi (Louis)1866Oct. 1933Italian composer
Abbott, Alain  French composer particularly for the accordion
Abbott, Alan1926
Birmingham, England
 studied music at Birmingham and Reading Universities before attending the Royal College of Music to study with Gordon Jacob (orchestration), Richard Austin (conducting) and Frank Probyn (horn). He conducted many operetta and musical productions in London and on tour and composed much incidental music for the theatre. He joined the Royal Ballet as a conductor for the tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1958-9 and then the BBC as Music Producer (Radio), working mainly with the BBC Concert Orchestra. In 1965, he left to take up the position of Musical Director at Turkish State Ballet and in 1971, he became Resident Conductor of Australian Ballet (AB), where he remained for five years. In 1975, Robert Helpmann created a balletic version of The Merry Widow for the AB. Abbott carried out much of the orchestration of the work of the musical arranger John Lanchbery, the company's musical director. After 5 years with the AB, Abbott moved on to become Musical Director of Western Australian Opera and the Western Australian Arts Orchestra. He returned to Britain in 1979 and became a guest conductor for Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet and Norwegian National Ballet
Abbott, Charlie11 Jan. 1903 American popular composer and scriptwriter
Abbott, Clifford1916
Invercargill, New Zealand
1994studied music and the Classics at Canterbury College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Diploma of Music in 1947. In 1948 he began private studies in composition with Sir Gordon Jacob, Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music, London, and with Benjamin Frankel. He returned to New Zealand in 1950 and spent 1950 to 1954 studying contemporary technique while working in a factory in Christchurch. His first completed work was Symphony No. 1 (1954) followed by Lento (1955), a tone poem, which was subsequently performed by Nicolai Malko with Australian and New Zealand Orchestras. Further works were performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and in 1961-63 he turned his attention to studying atonal methods in the composition of Schoenberg, Rufer and Krenek. Abbott's own music, however, did not pursue this avenue. His 'light orchestral work', Martin Place Midday, was recorded by EMI and this and subsequent Suites by the same name were performed for the ABC, conducted by Stanford Robinson. Important works by Abbot include his Concerto No. 1 for flute and orchestra performed by James Galway and Louis Fremaux with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; flute and harp works recorded by 2MBS-FM; Decision for orchestra (1972); Elements (1976) for orchestra; Conflict and Resolution (1978) for orchestra - all works combining orchestra with electronic devices (NS)
Abbott, Eric (Oscar)
4 Aug. 1929
St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
9 Feb. 1988
St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
Canadian bandmaster, cornetist, pianist, organist, composer and arranger. His compositions include the choral fugues Exalt the Lord (Boston Music 1962) and Alleluia (Boston Music 1964), the marches Invitation (1963) and St John's Citadel (1977) published by the Salvation Army, the cornet solo Supplication (1977, Eastern Territory Music Bureau), other brass band works (including one based on Canadian folk songs), three overtures for orchestra, two double fugues for solo violin and string orchestra, a sonatina for violin and piano, and anthems
Abbott, Frank  composer of the popular song Baby's with the angels now (1884)
Abbott, Gregory
2 Apr. 1954 his career as an award-winning singer, composer, producer, and musician began in New York City. While in New York City, his mother taught him to play piano and encouraged him to develop his vocal talents. At the age of eight, he sang in the famed St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir, with whom he recorded an album as well as performing on television. In his college years, he majored in psychology, minored in music and dramatic arts, in which he attained a master's degree. While pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies at Boston University, Berkeley, and Stanford, he helped pay his tuition by creating a band and playing locally. It was here he developed his own personal musical style (NS)
Abbott, Katy
1971 she began composing at the age of 26. Katy completed her Master of Music in Composition with first class honours from University of Melbourne and is currently studying towards a Doctor of Philosophy with Brenton Broadstock. She currently holds an Australian Postgraduate Award. Katy has represented Victoria and Australia in composition programs interstate and overseas including studying with Karen Tanaka (Paris), Simon Bainbridge (UK) and Dinu Ghezzo (USA). Her opera, Milushka, was a winner of The University of Melbourne’s Opera Project 1999/2000 and has since been performed numerous times including Port Fairy Spring Festival, Macedon Music and by Chamber Made Opera as well broadcast on ABC FM’s Young Australia Program
Abbott, Michael  composer of music for Pump Up The Volume (1990) and songs from the Disney movie Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997)
Abbott, Oliver John1872
Lambeth, London, UK
3 Mar. 1962
Hull, UK
folk singer who learned his vast repertoire of songs from the Irish people he worked with in Ontario and Quebec at the turn of the century. After 1957, he recorded about 120 of them for Edith Fowke (NS)
Abbott, Patsy
Abbott, Paul. J.
7 Oct. 1979 composer and co-founder and director of Departure Lounge Arts Collective. Paul has cross-disciplinary experience having written for orchestra and also for computers and fixed media. His works include cabaret and pop styled songs to full frontal cutting edge electronic music for the concert work. His visual experience is in theatre and writing for dance
'Abd al-Quadir (ibn Ghaybi al-Hafiz al-Maraghi) 1435Arab instrumentalist, singer, composer, and theorist
Abdel-Gawad, Riad
9 May 1965
Cairo, Egypt
 Egyptian-born American composer of mostly chamber works that have been performed throughout the Americas and in Asia and Europe; he is also active as a researcher and violinist
Abdel-Rahim (Abd al-Rahim), Gamal
25 Nov. 1924
23 Nov. 1988Egyptian composer, born into a musical family – his mother sang and played piano in the Oriental style, and his father played the nay (flute), oud (lute) and violin, taught music privately and was appointed as a music supervisor to the Egyptian Ministry of Education. His father also registered the invention of a Boehm flute that was capable of playing the three-quarter tones that are found in characteristic Arabic modes (maqam, maqamat (plural)). Gamal studied composition in Freiburg (1952-1957) with Harald Genzmer, a pupil of Hindemith. He created his own multicultural compositional style that fused Arabic and Western music and earned him the title of “Bartok of Egypt.” He held this position until 1984, when he became Professor Emeritus, later traveling to the United States in 1987 to teach with his wife for two years at the University of South Florida at Tampa.
[additional information by Willem E. M. Pin]
Abdel-Wahab, Mohammed
Cairo, Egypt
3 May 1991
Cairo, Egypt
the most prolific Arabic composer of his time, responsible for more than a thousand songs. He personally sang hundreds. For his orchestration of the Egyptian national anthem, Anwar Sadat awarded him the rank of general
Abdey, Dr. Alfred William
Brentford, England
1952English bandmaster, organist, choirmaster, and composer
Abdon, Bonifacio
14 May 1876
Sta. Cruz, Manila
23 Apr. 1944
Philippine composer, conductor and violinist
Abdrayev, Mukash5 May 192018 May 1979Kirghizstani music teacher and composer
9 Feb. 1830
Istanbul, Turkey
4 Jun. 1876
Istanbul, Turkey
the 32nd sultan of the Ottoman Empire and reigned between June 25, 1861 and May 30, 1876. He was interested in literature and was also a classical music composer. Some of his compositions have been collected in the album "European Music at the Ottoman Court" by the London Academy of Ottoman Court Music
Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Abdallah al Faisal ibn  son of HM King Faisal (1906-1975), former Saudi Minister of the Interior (1952-1960), former Minister of Health and Viceroy of the Hijaz; Saudi composer and poet
Abdülhamid II
21 Sep. 1842
Istanbul, Turkey
10 Feb. 1918
Istanbul, Turkey
the 34nd sultan of the Ottoman Empire, ruling from August 31, 1876 until he was deposed on April 27, 1909. Abdülhamid II was also interested in opera and personally wrote the first-ever Turkish translations of many opera classics. He also composed several opera pieces for the Mizika-i Hümayun which he established, and hosted the famous performers of Europe at the Opera House of Yildiz Palace which was recently restored and featured in the film Harem Suare (1999) of the Turkish-Italian director Ferzan Özpetek, which begins with the scene of Abdülhamid II watching a performance
Abdullayev, Karim Abdullayevich12 Feb. 1901 Uzbekhistani composer
Abe, Keiko
18 Apr. 1937
Tokyo, Japan
 Japanese composer and marimba player
Abe, Komei
1 Sep. 1911
Hiroshima, Japan
28 Dec. 2006
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese conductor and composer. His output includes over a dozen string quartets (NS)
A'Bear, David
Kingston-upon-Thames, UK
 living on the Isle of Wight since 1985, a teacher of Mathematics at Ryde School, A'Bear is a member of the Portsmouth & District Composers' Alliance
Abecassis, Eryck
Algiers, Algeria
 Algerian-born French composer of stage, chamber, vocal, and electroacoustic works that have been performed throughout Europe; he has also composed many film scores
A'Beckett, Mary Anne1817
London, UK
11 Dec. 1863
London, UK
English composer, wife of author Gilbert Abbott A'Beckett (1811-1856). She provided some of the music for William Bayle Bernard's A Round of Wrong or The Fireside Story performed at London's Theatre Royal, Haymarket in 1846
Abeele, Cyriel van den
14 Jan. 18752 Nov. 1946
Ghent, Belgium
Belgian composer and organist
Abeille, (Johann Christian) Ludwig
20 Feb. 1761
Bayreuth, Germany
2 Mar. 1838
Stuttgart, Germany
German pianist and organist, also a composer of songs. Most of his life was associated with the Stuttgart Opera for which he composed Amor und Psyche (1800), Der Hausmeister (1805) and Peter und Aennchen (1809)
Abeille, Pierre-César24 Feb. 1674c. 1733French composer
Abejo, Rosalina
13 Jul. 1922
Tagoloan, Oriental Misamison
5 Jun. 1991
Kentucky, USA
Filipina nun, composer and conductor
Abel, Clamor Heinrich
Westphalia, Germany
25 Jul. 1696German-born violist, grandfather of Karl Friedrich Abel (see below). Known for a handwritten tablature for organ of Folie d'Espagne (c. 1685) and also for a Battaglia in F
Abel, Karl (Carl) Friedrich
22 Dec. 1723
Cöthen, Germany
20 Jun. 1787
London, England
player on the viola da gamba, and composed much music of importance in its day for that instrument. He studied under Johann Sebastian Bach at the Leipzig Thomasschule; played for ten years (1748-1758) under A. Hasse in the band formed at Dresden by the elector of Saxony; and then, going to England, became (in 1759) chamber-musician to Queen Charlotte. He gave a concert of his own compositions in London, performing on various instruments, one of which, the pentachord, was newly invented. In 1762 Johann Christian Bach, the eleventh son of Sebastian, came to London, and the friendship between him and Abel led, in 1764 or 1765, to the establishment of the famous concerts subsequently known as the Bach and Abel concerts. For ten years these were organized by Mrs Comelys, whose enterprises were then the height of fashion. In 1775 the concerts became independent of her, and were continued by Abel unsuccessfully for a year after Bach's death in 1782. At them the works of Haydn were first produced in England. After the failure of his concert undertakings Abel still remained in great request as a player on various instruments new and old, but he took to drink and thereby hastened his death. He was a man of striking presence, of whom several fine portraits, including two by Gainsborough, exist. Mozart copied out Abel’s Symphony Op. 7 no. 6 for closer study, and through oversight this work was credited for many years as Mozart’s K.18
Abel, Johann Leopold24 Jul. 17951871related to Karl Friedrich, Johann Leopold was a pianist and composer who taught music at German courts and later lived in London
Abel, Leopold August24 Mar. 171825 Aug. 1794elder brother of Karl Friedrich, Leopold August was a German composer and violinist
Abel, Otto24 Oct. 1905
Berlin, Germany
21 Sep. 1977
Tettnang, Württemberg, Germany
German choir director and composer
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Abela, Paul1 Mar. 1954
Detroit, USA
 Could It Be? written by Paul Abela and Ray Mahoney and sung by Paul Giordimaina was chosen on 23 March 1991 as the song to take Malta back into the Eurovision Song Contest after a 16-year absence
[information corrected by Raymond Miceli]
Abela, Placido18146 Jul. 1876Italian organist and composer
Abelardo, Nicandor
7 Feb. 189321 Mar. 1934Filipino musician and composer
Abeliovich, Lev Moiseyevich
6 Jan. 1912 (Old Style 24 Dec. 1911)
Vilnius, Lithuania
8 Dec. 1985
Minsk, Russia
Belorusan composer. Although Abeliovich composed extensively, and his vocal music ranks with the best of the 20th century Eastern European repertory, systematic Soviet anti-Semitism prevented him from receiving the critical acclaim and support he deserved. For example, major publications on music in the Soviet Union make no mention of him
Abell, John c. 1652/3
Aberdeen, Scotland
Cambridge, England
Scottish composer, countertenor, and lutenist who published A Collection of Songs in Several Languages
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Abels, Michael
8 Oct. 1962
Phoenix, AZ, USA
 American composer. His best known work is Global Warming. Other works include the opera Homies and Popz commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera and premiered in 2000
[correction by Willem E. M. Pin]
Aben, Jotfl. 12th century troubadour in Spain, a native of Valencia
Abendroth, (Fedor Georg) Walter29 May 1896
Hannover, Germany
30 Sep. 1973
Fischbachau, Germany
German composer and writer on music
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Abene, Mike (Michael Christian Joseph)2 July 1942 American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer
Abentung, Josef19 Feb. 1779c. 1860Tirolean teacher and composer
Aber, Johann(fl. 1765-83) Italian composer and flautist of German descent
Abercrombie, Alexander1949
London., UK
 British composer and mathematician, founder of the Mozart Singing Competition (with his wife Barbara Dix) (NS)
Abercrombie, John
16 Dec. 1944
Port Chester, New York, USA
 American jazz guitarist, teacher and composer
Aberg, Thomas Harald Georg
15 Feb. 1952 Swedish composer (NS)
Abernathy, David Myles27 Jun. 1933 American popular composer and lyricist
Abernethy, Frank Nicholson186429 Jan. 1927English organist, choirmaster, editor, and composer
Abert, Johann Joseph
20 Sep. 1832
Kochowitz mit Gastorf/Boehmen, Germany
1 Apr. 1915
Stuttgart, Germany
German conductor, bass player and composer
Abeshouse, Warren8 May 1952 Australian composer
Abeson, Marion Berland13 (not 14, as some sources give) Nov. 191414 May 1988American children's songwriter and playwright (NS)
Abesser, Edmund13 Jan. 183715 Jul. 1889German popular composer
Abicht, Johann Georg 22 Oct. 1809
Angelroda, Germany
Kantor in Angelroda and teacher of Joh. Christian Heinrich Rinck (1777-1846)
Abingdon, 4th Earl of (Bertie, Willoughby)16 Jan. 174026 Sep. 1799English music patron and composer
Abingdon, Henry (see Abyngdon, Henry)   
Abler, Keith Donald 14 Oct. 1951 American popular composer, lyricist, and singer
Ables, Richard Louis30 Jul. 19118 Jan. 1997American jazz composer (NS)
Ablesimov, Alexandr Onisimovich9 Sep. 17421783Russian librettist and poet (NS)
Ablinger, Peter
15 Mar. 1959
Schwanenstadt, Austria
 he first studied graphic arts and became enthused with free jazz. He continued to study composition with Gösta Neuwirth and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati in Graz and Vienna. Since 1982 he is living in Berlin, where he initiated and conducted a series of festivals and concerts. In 1988 he founded the Ensemble Zwischentöne. As a visiting professor he taught in 1993 at the University of Music, Graz. He has been a guest conductor of Klangforum Wien, United Berlin and the Ensemble of the Insel Musik. Since 1990 Peter Ablinger has worked as a freelance musician
Abondante, Giulio (dal Pestrino)fl. 1546-87 Italian lutenist and composer
Abos, Girolamo (also Abosso, Avos, Avosso)
16 Nov. 1715
La Valletta, Malta
Oct. 1760
Naples, Italy
studied in Naples and never returned to his birthplace. From 1754 he was a teacher at the S. Maria della Pietà dei Turchini, where Paisiello was one of his students. Abos can be regarded as an Italian composer. Being well-travelled, he was well known throughout Europe. He was musical director of the Italian Theatre in London for some years. Abos composed a dozen operas and many sacred works
Abou-Khalil, Rabih
17 Aug. 1957 growing up in the cosmopolitan climate of Beirut in the sixties and seventies, as a child he learned to play the oud, the short-neck lute which in the Arab world enjoys the same overall popularity as guitar and piano together in the West. The civil war in Lebanon forced Abou-Khalil to leave his country in 1978 for Germany. He studied classical flute at the Academy of Music in Munich. This opened his eyes to the possibility of operating simultaneously within different musical worlds and appreciate traditional Arab music from a theoretical perspective, as well as the European classical tradition. His compositions meld the meandering course of oriental music with European and Jazz traditions. He now lives in Munich and has received five German Phono Academy Awards for his musical achievements (NS)
Aboulker, Isabelle
23 Oct. 1938
Boulogne Billancourt, France
 grand-daughter of French composer Henri Février. Isabelle worked as a repetiteur while following her composition studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. For her work as a composer she has awarded a prix de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts (1999) and le Prix Musique de la Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (2000)
Abrachev, Bojidar jr28 Mar 19366 Nov. 2006
Sofia, Bulgaria
Bulgarian composer (NS)
Abraham (or Ábráham), Paul (Pál)
2 Nov. 1892
Apatin, Hungary
2 May 1960
Hamburg, Germany
Hungarian composer of operetta including Victoria und ihr Husar (1930), Die Blume von Hawaii (1931) and Ball im Savoy (1932)
Abrahams, Maurice (known as Maurie Abrams)
18 Mar. 1883
13 Apr. 1931
New York, NY, USA
American popular composer, writer, and publisher
Abrahamsen, Hans
23 Dec. 1952
 studied horn at first and later went on to complete his studies in Music Theory at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. He had among his Composition tutors Per Nørgård and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen. Abrahamsen was for a time active in Gruppen for alternativ musik (The Group for Alternative Music), a forum for composers and performers who wished new music to be presented in alternative formats. Abrahamsen’s instrumental music ranges from orchestral and chamber ensemble works to two string quartets. Among his more recent compositions one could mention his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, alongside various shorter compositions, e.g. the works for solo violoncello and a piece for solo violin. Abrahamsen has been Tutor of Composition and Instrumentation at the Royal Danish Academy of Music since 1995
Abrahamyan, Ruben
2 Jul. 1981
Yerevan, Armenia
 Armenian composer of mostly chamber and electroacoustic works, many of which have been performed in Europe
Abram, John7 Aug. 184017 Jan. 1918English organist and composer
Abram, John
 he studied in England with Roger Marsh, Peter Dickinson, Vic Hoyland, Bernard Rands and Boguslav Schäffer, before founding the new music ensemble 'George W. Welch'. Since travelling there on a Commonwealth Scholarship, Abram has lived and worked in Canada (NS)
Abrams, Harriettc. 17588 Mar 1821studied with Thomas Arne. Stage debut in October, 1775 in May Day as a little gypsy. She appeared in London concerts, provincial festivals, and a series of Handel Commemoration concerts in 1784. Charles Burney praised "the sweetness and taste of her singing". Composed vocal works. She also wrote two- and three-part songs. Occasionally her sisters sang with her. Haydn presided at the piano for her benefit concerts held in 1792, 1794 and 1795. She organized the Ladies Concerts, held in the private houses of their aristocratic lady directors, in the early 1790s (NS)
Abrams, Muhal Richard (known as Richard Abrahams)
19 Sep. 1930 American jazz pianist, clarinetist, composer and music educator who was a founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
Abrams, Rita Jane
30 Aug. 1943 American popular composer and lyricist (NS)
Abramsky (or Abramski), Aleksandr (Alexander) Savvat'yevich22 (Old Style 10) Oct. 1898
29 Aug. 1985Russian composer and folklorist
Abramson, Robert Marvin23 Aug. 1928 American composer, lyricist, and teacher
Ábrányi, Emil
22 Sep. 1882
Budapest, Hungary
11 Feb. 1970
Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian opera composer who set many of his father's (also Emil, 1 Jan. 1851- 20 May 1920) texts. He was musical director in Cologne, Hanover and, from 1911, of various theatres in Budapest
Ábrányi, Kornél15 Oct. 1822
Szentgyörgyábrány, Hungary
20 Dec. 1903
Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian writer on music, composer, and pianist
[additional information by Willem E. M. Pin]
Abratowski, Jerzy22 Apr. 1929
28 Jan. 1989
Los Angeles, USA
Polish composer and pianist
Abreu, Antoniofl. 1700s Portuguese guitarist author of Escuela para tocar la guitarra de cinco y seis órdenes
Abreu, José Antonio17 May 1939 Venezuelan composer
Abreu, Paz18481880guitarist and composer; works include Tico Tico and Quejas
Abreu, Zequinha de
c. 1880
Sao Paulo, Brazil
1935Brazilian composer famous for the samba dance song Tico Tico no Fube
Abril, Anton Garcia
19 May 1933
Teruel, Spain
 Spanish composer and conductor
Abril, Mario
   Cuban guitarist, composer, teacher, transcriber (NS)
Absenger, Anton1 Jun. 182016 Dec. 1899Austrian flugelhornist, director, and composer
Absil, Jean
23 Oct. 1893
Bon-Secours, Belgium
2 Feb. 1974
Uccle, Belgium
Belgian organist-composer of 4 symphonies, a Divertimento for 4 saxophones and chamber orchestra, 2 piano concertos and ballets
Abt, Franz (Wilhelm)
22 Dec. 1819
Eilenburg, Germany
31 Mar. 1885
Wiesbaden, Germany
composer of opera and choral works as well as songs and part-songs
Abyngdon (also Abingdon), Henry
unknown, c. 1420unknown, 1497took the very first music degree at Cambridge University; was associated with the Chapel Royal; composer lauded by Sir Thomas More but of whose works none has survived
Acciaiuoli, Filippo1637
Rome, Italy
8 Feb. 1700
Rome, Italy
Italian composer
Accolay, Jean-Baptiste
17 Apr. 1833
Brussels, Belgium
19 Aug. 1900
Bruges, Belgium
violinist, composer and teacher
Accorimboni (or Accoramboni, Accorimbeni, Accorrimboni), Agostino28 Aug. 1739
Rome, Italy
13 Aug. 1818
Rome, Italy
Italian composer noted particularly for his operas
Accorinti, Michele 22 Nov. 1888
Reggio Calabria, Italy
25 Aug. 1973
Luserna S. Giovanni, Turin, Italy
Italian pianist, voice teacher, and composer

Diplomato a pieni voti con lode in canto, canto corale e composizione nel Conservatorio S. Pietro a Majella di Napoli, iniziò, come tenore, la carriera concertistica, condividendo questa fatica artistica con quella dell'insegnamento. Ampliate le conoscenze teoriche e pratiche, come istruttore di cori e come direttore d'orchestra, durante sei anni acquistò una larga esperienza anche in questi due campi. Chiamato da Francesco Cilea, direttore del Conservatorio di S. Pietro a Maiella, come coadiutore di Agostino Roche, che già gli era stato maestro, e che lo aveva, appena diplomato, voluto accanto a sé, il M.° Accorinti assunse la cattedra principale quando il M.° Roche venne a mancare. E questo posto lasciò nel 1931 quando, in seguito a concorso, fu nominato titolare della cattedra di canto all'Istituto musicale municipale Giuseppe Verdi di Torino (trasformatosi nell'omonimo Regio Conservatorio di musica nel 1936). Cattedra che tenne sino al 1963. Il suo più prestigioso allievo è stato il baritono Giuseppe Valdengo (1914-2007) che, dopo la seconda guerra mondiale, cantò per parecchi anni sotto la direzione del M.o Arturo Toscanini al Metropolitan Theater di New York. Ha pubblicato il volume Elementi di tecnica del canto, Napoli 1928, Milano 1952. Nella composizione abbiamo di lui pezzi per pianoforte, liriche, musiche sacre ed un bozzetto melodrammatico per ragazzi. Alcuni manoscritti inediti di Michele Accorinti e del di lui padre, Domenico (Reggio Calabria, 1847-1905), tenore e compositore, si trovano presso la biblioteca del Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Torino.
[information supplied by Avv. Domenico Accorinti; email:]

Ace, Johnny (real name: Alexander John Marshall, Jr.)9 Jun. 192925 Dec. 1954American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter
Acelli, Cesare fl. late 16th century Italian composer
Acerbi, Domenico10 Nov. 184230 Aug. 1921Italian conductor, voice teacher, and composer
Acevedo Raposo, Remigio16 Dec. 1896June 1951Chilean composer
Aceves y Lozano, Rafael20 Mar. 1837
La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia
21 Feb. 1876
Madrid, Spain
Spanish composer
Acfield, Williamc. 183215 Oct. 1916English composer
Acheson, Marcus Wilson, III4 Jun. 1905 American composer, writer, and critic
Achkinazi Shepherd, Polina
Siberia, Russia now living in Kazan, Russia, a composer, singer, skilled accompanist and the leading choir conductor of Yiddish song in Russia. Arranger and singer and pianist with Simcha (Russia's first Klezmer band since Perestroika). Specialising in the setting of Yiddish poetry to new compositions, she has worked extensively throughout Russia and Former Soviet Union and the USA with her a cappella vocal quartet Ashkenazim (CDs “Jam-da”, “Di Yiddishe Gas” and “FunYener Zayt Lid”). Choir arrangements of Jewish folk songs and her own compositions for choir and ensembles are sung by Jewish and non-Jewish collectives, both in Former Soviet Union and the U.S. Ms. Achkinazi is also a chorale teacher at Kharkov Klezmer Teg, Klezfest in St. Petersburg, Klezfests in Ukraine, Jewish Festival in Kazan. Lectures on Jewish music at the Centre of History and Culture of Jewish People, Kazan State University. Artistic director of the International Festivals of Jewish Culture held in Kazan (NS)
Achron (or Akhron), Isidor (Yel'yevich)
12 (Old Style 2) Nov. 1892
Warsaw, Poland
12 May 1948
New York, USA
composer, conductor and pianist. He studied composition in St. Petersburg with Liadov before immigrating to the United States. From 1922 to 1933 he was accompanist to Jascha Heifetz. Achron performed his Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic in 1937 (NS)
Achron (or Akhron), Joseph (Iosif Yul'yevich)
13 (Old Style 1) May 1866
Lozdzieje, Rus-Lithuania
29 Apr. 1943
Hollywood, USA
brother of above; composer and violinist (NS)
Achté, Lorenz Nikolai25 May 183518 Apr. 1900Finnish conductor, composer, and singer
Achterkamp, Jan
The Netherlands
 Dutch organist and composer
Achtleitner, Herbert (also Hubert von Goisern)
  German-born composer who since the early 1990s has been composing for the German television and film industry (NS)
Achtleitner, Rudolf1 Mar. 18642 Dec. 1909Austrian military conductor and composer
Acker, Dieter3 Nov. 194027 May 2006German composer and teacher (NS)
Ackere, Jean van1828
Anvers, Belgium
18 Aug. 1881
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
composer, violinist and orchestral conductor
Ackerman, Alexandre (see Agricola, Alexandre)   
Ackerman, Jan (see Agricola, Johannes)   
Ackerman, William
16 Nov. 1949
West Germany
 American composer, guitarist, and entrepreneur
Ackermans, Hippolyte9 Apr. 188631 Aug. 1965Belgian composer
Ackers, Andrew Acquarulo23 Nov. 191920 Oct. 1978American popular composer and pianist
Ackley, Alfred H(enry)21 Jan. 18873 Jul. 1960American composer, hymnwriter, and violoncellist, brother of Bentley DeForest Ackley
Ackley, B(entley) D(eForest)
27 Sep. 1872
Spring Hill, Pennsylvania, USA
3 Sep. 1958
Winona Lake, Indiana, USA
American pianist and composer of gospel hymns and songs
Ackman, Herman27 Mar. 1904 American popular composer and lyricist
Acosta, Paul d' (see Sloten, Karel van der)   
Acosta Restrepo, Rodolfo
2 Nov. 1970
Bogotá, Colombia
 he studied musical theory and composition studies at the University of Los Andes, graduating in September 1995 with further courses and tutorships with Klaus Huber, Brian Ferneyhough, Blás Emilo Atehortúa, Kaija Saariaho and Víctor Rasgado, among others, and at several institutions such as I.M.E.B., Fondation Royaumont, STEIM and Berklee College of Music. In 1994 he received the sole prize of the National Composition Contest in Electroacoustic Music. In 1997 he won the Colombian Cultural Ministry´s National Composition Prize. His music has been played and broadcast in Colombia, Denmark, Venezuela, France and Spain, and works have been commissioned from him in Colombia, Mexico, France and Denmark. Beside his work as a composer, he is active as a private teacher and lecturer/professor at institutions such as the Central University, Javeriana University and the National University of Colombia in Bogotá
Acqua, Éva dell'28 Feb. 1856
Schaerbeek, Belgium
12 Feb. 1930
Ixelles, Belgium
composed vocal works including Villanelle for soprano, flute and piano (1893) and Chanson Provençale both to texts by Frédéric van der Elst as well as many popular operettas including Bachelette (Bruxelles, 10.03.1896), Les Fiançailles de Pasquin (Paris, 1888), Le Prince noir (Bruxelles, 1882), Quentin Metsys (Bruxelles, 1884), Une Ruse de Pierette (Bruxelles, 1890), Secret de l'Alcade (Paris, 1888), Tambour-Battant (Bruxelles, 01.10.1900), Le Trésor de l'Emir (Bruxelles, 1884) and Zizi (Bruxelles, 02.11.1906)
Acquaviva, Frédéric
20 Jan. 1967
 French composer who specialises in electroacoustic installations
Acquaviva, Nick (Nicholas Paul)
11 Apr. 1925
14 Oct. 1998
Rhode Island, USA
American composer, conductor and string instrumentalist. He was founder of the New York "Pops" Symphony Orchestra, a 135-member ensemble that selected and performed melodic new works by young composers
Actman, Irving
2 Jun. 1907 American popular composer, conductor, and arranger
Acton, Carlo (Charles)25 Aug. 1829
Naples, Italy
2 Feb. 1909
Naples, Italy
Italian composer and pianist
Acton, John 1863 English composer and singing teacher
Acuff, Roy (Claxton)15 Sep. 190323 Nov. 1992American country-music singer, guitarist, song-writer, and publisher, well known to the fans of the Grand Ole Opry show, and called the 'King of Country Music'
Acuña, Vicenc21 Sep. 1946 Catalan composer
Ada, Seman24 Feb. 1953
 Turkish composer
Adair, Frances Jeffords16 May 191827 Oct. 2003
Orangeburg, California, USA
American popular composer and writer (NS)
Adair, Thomas
15 Jun 1913
Newton, Kansas, USA
24 May 1988
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
American songwriter, composer, and screenwriter (NS)
Adajewska, Ella von (aka Shultz)1846
St. Petersburg, Russia
26 Jul. 1926
Bonn, Germany
composer and pianist
Adalid y Gurréa, Marcial del24 Aug. 1826
La Coruña, Spain
16 Oct. 1881
Lóngora, nr. La Coruña, Spain
Spanish composer
Adam de Aróstegui, María de las Mercedes24 Sep. 1873
20 October 1957
Cuban composer resident in Spain
Adam de Givenchifl. 1230-68 trouvère
Adam de la Halle (Adam le Bossu)
c. 1240
c. 1285
trouvère or minstrel; composer of Play of Robin and Marion (c. 1282), a theatrical work with dialogue and songs set to what were probably popular songs, and motets
Adam de St. Victor
early 12th century1177 or 1192French composer and Augustinian monk. A cantor at the Abbey of St Victor outside Paris, he was an author of hymn and sequence texts and melodies, who brought to both forms a formal balance and regularity of metre and strophe-length
Adam von Fuldac. 14451505German composer and theorist
Adam, Adolphe(-Charles)
24 Jul. 1803
Paris, France
3 May 1856
Paris, France
overcame strenuous parental opposition to become a composer of opera, ballets, choral works and church music, the ballet Giselle and the music to Oh Holy Night, originally called Cantique de Noël and, in it's day, denounced for it's "lack of musical taste and total absence of the spirit of religion". He said, of himself, "my only aim is to write music which is transparent, easy to understand, and amusing to the public"
Adam, Claus5 Nov. 19174 Jul. 1983American cellist, teacher, and composer of Indonesian birth and Austrian parentage
Ádám, Jenö12 Dec. 1896
Szigetszentmiklós, Hungary
15 May 1982
Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian composer, conductor, and teacher
Adam, Johannc. 170513 Nov. 1779German composer
Adam of St. Victor
a prolific poet and composer of Latin Hymns and sequences. He is believed to have sparked the expansion of the poetic and musical repertoire in the Notre Dame school with his strongly rhythmic and imagery-filled poetry
Adam, Stephan
1954 German teacher and composer (NS)
Adam Ferrero, Bernardo
28 Feb. 1942 Spanish band director and composer (NS)
Adamek, Hans Paul24 Jan. 1934 Yugoslavian architect, civil engineer, conductor, and composer
Adami, Ernest Daniel19 Nov. 171619 Jun. 1795Polish theologian, musician, and composer
Adami da Bolsena, Andrea "Il Bolsena"30 Nov. 166322 Jul. 1742Italian castrato singer, writer, and composer
Adamia, Marina
Tbilisi, Georgia moving to the United Kingdom in 1991, Marina settled in Edinburgh where she completed a Ph.D. in composition with Nigel Osborne. She is a part-time lecturer specialising in composition, 20th century music and Georgian folk music at the University of Edinburgh. Her compositions range from solo pieces to those for full orchestra
Adamic, Bojan
9 Aug. 19123 Nov. 1995Slovenian conductor, arranger, and composer (NS)
Adamic, Emil
25 Dec. 18776 Dec. 1936Yugoslavian composer (NS)
Adamis, Michael George
19 May 1929
Piraeus, Greece
 Greek composer whose works include many on biblical themes including Apocalypse (The Sixth Seal) and Genesis (NS)
Adam le Liégeois (see Rener, Adam)   
Adamo, Mark
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
 Italian-American composer, critic. His opera Little Women has received more than 20 distinct productions since its world premiere in March 1998 (NS)
Adamo, Milo Angelo (known as Bobby Adano)1 Aug. 1931 American popular composer, writer, and singer
Adamowski, Timothée (Tymoteusz)
24 Mar. 1858
Warsaw, Poland
18 Apr. 1943
Boston, Mass. USA
Polish-born American violinist, conductor, teacher, and composer
Adams, Abrahamc 17521790psalmodist of Shoreham, Kent
Adams, Alton A(augustus)
4 Nov. 1889
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Danish West Indies
23 Nov. 1987
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
American bandmaster, composer, and educator. He was the first black bandmaster in the United States Navy (beginning 1917). His music was performed by the bands of John Philip Sousa and Edwin Franko Goldman and his march The Governor's Own (1921) appears as the first selection on the bicentennial album Pride of America, released by New World Records
Adams, Andrew Paul 3 Mar. 1951 American popular composer
Adams, Anthony Walter12 Nov. 1948 American composer, writer, and conductor
Adams, Audri22 Jul. 1925American popular songwriter
Adams, Bryan (Guy)
5 Nov. 1959 Canadian singer, songwriter, and guitarist (NS)
Adams, Byron
9 Mar. 1955 American composer and conductor (NS)
Adams, Chris (fingers)
14 Apr. 1958 American popular composer, writer, and producer of Uruguayan birth (NS)
Adams, Claus5 Nov 1917
Indonesia, Sumatra
4 Jul. 1983
New York, USA
Adams, David19 Apr. 1949 Australian composer and conductor
Adams, Derroll
27 Nov. 19256 Feb 2000singer and banjo player who travelled with Jack Elliot in the 1950s, before moving to Europe. He composed the song Portland Town and made a brief appearance in the 1967 Pennebaker documentary about Bob Dylan Don't Look Back (NS)
Adams, Ernest Henry16 Jul. 188625 Dec. 1959American popular composer, pianist, and teacher
Adams, Frank Ramsey
7 Jul. 18838 Oct. 1963American writer of popular songs and screenplays (NS)
Adams, Jack27 Mar. 1930 American popular composer, lyricist, and singer
Adams, James Blake
fl. 1770-1820English composer (NS)
Adams, John (Coolidge)
15 Feb. 1947
Worcester, Mass. USA
 American composer, Harvard-trained, who taught at San Francisco Conservatory during the 1970s. His music, notably the opera Nixon in China (1987), is of the "minimalist' school, stressing relentless repetition
Adams, John Luther
23 Jan. 1953
 B.F.A. 1973, California Institute of the Arts; graduate study, Georgia State University. Study with James Tenney, Leonard Stein, Harold Budd, Mel Powell and Morton Subotnik. Received awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, Opera America, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the Lila Wallace Fund, the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Alaska State Council
Adams, (Harrison) Leslie
30 Dec. 1932
Cleveland, OH, USA
 studied at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (composition with Herbert Elwell and Joseph Wood, voice with Robert Fountain, piano with Emil Danenberg) where he gained a B.M. in 1955, at California State University at Long Beach (Leon Dallin), where he took a M.Mus. in 1967; and at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, (composition with Marshall Barnes) where he gained his Ph.D. in 1973. He has also studied orchestration with Edward Mattila, Eugene O'Brien, and Marcel Dick (1978-83) and composition with Robert Starer (1959) and Vittorio Giannini (1960). Composing and Performing Career: New York, N. Y. served as piano accompanist for various ballet and dance companies, received numerous performances of his compositions by a variety of artists, 1957-62; Karamu House, Cleveland, Ohio associate musical director, 1964-65; Kaleidoscope Players, Ration, N. Mex. musical director, 1967-68; Bellagio, Italy Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation, 1979 (NS)
Adams, Paul Eugene26 Feb. 192219 Oct 2012American popular composer and lyricist (NS)
Adams, Stanley
14 Aug. 190727 Jan 1994American popular songwriter (NS)
Adams, Stephen (see Maybrick, Michael)   
Adams, Thomas
5 Sep. 178515 Sep. 1858English organist and composer (NS)
Adams, Thomas
18574 Nov. 1918English organist and composer (NS)
Adams, Thomas Julian28 Jan. 18247 May 1887English composer and conductor
Adamski, Leon Stephen (called Lee Adams)12 Apr. 1939 American teacher, wind conductor, and composer
Adamson, Barry
11 Jun. 1958
Manchester, England
 film music composer and lyricist. Barry Adamson's work as a bassist for Magazine and Nick Cave's Bad Seeds gave little indication of the complex, cinematic works he has composed as a solo artist. After leaving the Bad Seeds in 1987, Adamson decided to follow the path of film composers like John Barry, Ennio Morricone, and Bernard Herrmann, whose work had intrigued him since childhood (NS)
Adamson, Harold
10 Dec. 190617 Aug. 1980American popular songwriter (NS)
Adamus, Henryk19 Feb. 188013 Oct 1950Polish composer and violoncellist
Adamyan, Gurgen Levonovich20 (Old Style 7) Dec. 191128 Sep. 1987Armenian cellist and composer
Adán, Vicentefl. 1775-87 Spanish composer and theorist
Adashi, Judah E.
 honored with composition awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP Foundation, BMI, and the Aspen Music Festival and School, Adashi's music has been heard on Radio Canada, at a National Opera Association convention, at the American Composers Alliance American Music Festival, and at the Aspen, Bowdoin, June in Buffalo, Music03, and Ernest Bloch music festivals. His principal teachers have been Nicholas Maw and John Harbison. He has also worked with Samuel Adler, Chen Yi, and Christopher Rouse
Adaskin, Murray
28 Mar. 1906
Toronto, Canada
6 May 2002Canadian composer whose works include an opera Grant, Warden of the Plains and Qalala and Nilaula of the North for woodwind, strings and percussion, based on Eskimo tunes
[entry corrected by Wayne Toews]
Adayevskaya, Ella (Elisabeth Georgiyevna) (née Schultz)
22 (Old Style 10) Feb. 184626 Jul. 1926Russian composer, ethnomusicologist, and pianist
Adcock, James29 Jun. 177830 Apr. 1860English composer
Adcock, John31 Aug. 183812 Jan. 1919English choirmaster and composer
Adderley, Julian Edwin "Cannonball"
15 Sep. 1928
Tampa, Florida, USA
8 Aug. 1975
Gary, Indiana, USA
African-American alto saxophonist and bandleader, one of the most popular jazz musicians of the 1950s and '60s. The son of a jazz cornetist, Adderley was a high school band director in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., studied at the U.S. Naval School of Music, and led two army bands before moving to New York City in 1955 and in 1956 forming a quintet with his brother Nat, a lyrical cornetist. He was first acclaimed as a stylistic heir to Charlie Parker, though Benny Carter's phrasing and ideas of rhythm-and-blues saxophonists also influenced his music. While with Miles Davis in 1957-59, Adderley became famous and also absorbed some of John Coltrane's exploratory harmonic ideas. The quintet Adderley formed in 1959, again featuring Nat, quickly became popular, largely owing to a hit recording, "This Here" (also called "Dis Here"). A hard-bop group, it featured "soul" and "funky" tunes such as the hits "Work Song," "Jive Samba" (both by Nat), and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"; at times a second saxophonist was added to make a sextet. Adderley's highly influential improvisational style featured restless, highly decorated, often florid lines; emphatic blues harmonies; and a full, rich tone
Adderley, Nat (Nathaniel Sr.)25 Nov. 1931
Tampa, Florida, USA
2 Jan. 2000
Lakeland, Florida, USA
brother of Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley (15 Sep. 1928 - 8 Aug. 1975) jazz saxophonist, Nat was an American jazz cornettist and composer
Addington, Stephen17291796independent minister and psalmodist who started in Market Harborough, Leics.
Addinsell, Richard
13 Jan. 1904
Oxford, England
15 Nov. 1977
London, England
studied music in Berlin and Vienna. Composer of The Warsaw Concert, taken from the film Dangerous Moonlight, and other music for film (many listed here). He was also Joyce Grenfell's accompanist
Addison, John
176630 Jan. 1844English composer, flautist, bassoonist and string player (including the violin, cello and double bass), who became a professional musician only after his marriage in 1793, to a singer, Miss Williams. Although much of his work was pasticcio where two or three composers collaborated, he wrote many fine songs and glees
Addison, John (Mervyn)
16 Mar. 1920
West Chobham, England
7 Dec. 1998
Bennington, Vermont, USA
composer of music for film, including 1963 Oscar-winning score to the film version of Tom Jones, and stage, including the ballet Carte Blanche. Other films scored by Addison are listed here
Addison, Robert Brydges1854
Dorchester on Thames, Oxford, UK
 English composer and teacher
Addy, Obo1936
 Obo Addy, the son of a Wonche medicine man in Ghana, was designated a "master drummer" at the age of six. Surrounded by his enormous family (his father had about 50 children by 10 wives) and thoroughly immersed in the core musical traditions of his people, Addy embodied the skills and deep values of Ga music as few could. During his teenage years and after World War II, he absorbed the international pop music which had seeped into his home town of Accra. He later gravitated to Highlife, the new blend of African rhythms and European instrumentation. In 1969, he has employed by the Arts Council of Ghana as a scholar and master of the national music. In 1972, he and his brothers performed at the Olympic Games in Munich and embarked on an international tour. In 1978, Addy moved to the United States and settled in Portland, Oregon, where he launched Homowo (harvest time), a not-for-profit organization which holds an annual festival which has introduced thousands of people to the music of Ghana. He's a richly skilled teacher who conducts numerous in-school residencies and workshops. He also leads two ensembles which tour nationally -- Okropong, dedicated to traditional tribal music of Ghana, and Kukrudu, which performs an original type of music much like African Highlife. Addy's numerous recordings include two recent works entitled Let Me Play My Drums and Okropong
Adelaide, Princess  the wife of the Bavarian elector Ferdinand Maria, a collection of her music has some examples of early strummed guitar music. She was responsible for the first opera production in Munich
Adelberg, Simon van14 Aug. 18536 Jul. 1938Dutch violinist and composer
fl. first half 11th century music theorist and composer
Adelburg, August Ritter von1 Nov. 1830
Pera, Turkey
20 Oct. 1873
violinist and composer of Croatian and Italian descent
Adelson, Leonard Gary25 Jun. 1924Sep. 1972American popular songwriter
Adelstein, Milton (called Milt Rogers)21 Aug. 1925 American popular composer, arranger, and pianist
fl. second half 14th century ménestrel
Adenet (or Adènes, Adenés, Adenez), Adamc. 12301305Brabantine minstrel or trouvère, also known as Roi Adam, Li Rois Adenes, Adan le Menestrel, Adam Rex Menestrallus and Adenet le Roi
Ades, Hawley
25 Jun. 190826 Mar. 2008American arranger, composer, and teacher (NS)
Adès, Thomas
31 Mar. 1971
London, England
 among his most well known works are Asyla (which won the 2000 Grawemeyer Prize), Living Toys, Arcadiana, and the opera Powder Her Face, televised by Channel Four and also recorded for EMI Classics, one of six EMI CDs devoted to his music on which the composer features as pianist and conductor
Adhèmar, Abel (Count)18121851French composer
Adigezalov, Vasif Zul'fugar ogly28 Jul. 1935 Azerbaijani composer
Adigozal, Vasif1935 Azerbaijani composer who writes music for piano, symphony and chorus
Adkinson, Harvey E. (Gene)28 Feb. 1934 American popular composer
Adler, Christopher
 composer, improviser and performer living in San Diego, California. His compositions draw upon over a decade of research into the traditional musics of Thailand and Laos and a background in mathematics and computer modeling. As a pianist and conductor, he has performed with many of the West coast's finest improvisors, he performs contemporary solo and ensemble repertoire and is the pianist for the San Diego New Music resident ensemble NOISE.
Adler, György17891867Hungarian composer
Adler, James
19 Nov. 1950
Chicago, Illinois, USA
American composer and pianist, Adler is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music with Bachelor in Piano Performance, 1973; Master of Composition, 1976
Adler, Larry (Lawrence Cecil)
10 Feb. 1914
Baltimore, MD, USA
7 Aug. 2001
London, UK
mouth organist, composer. Studied piano; discovered harmonica and was a vaudeville trouper while still a teenager. He preferred the term 'mouth organ' and played a chromatic as opposed to the blues harpist's diatonic instrument. Played Ravel's Bolero, Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue; appeared in Ziegfeld's Smiles '31, St Martin's Lane '38, Music For Millions '44 etc. He appeared in film Many Happy Returns '34 playing with Duke Ellington (on the soundtrack only, because Guy Lombardo starred in the film). Big hit in London '34, made first records there (e.g. 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes'/'The Continental'); played, broadcast with Ambrose, Henry Hall; henceforth better known in the British Empire than in the USA. Recorded in UK '35--8, in Paris with Django Reinhardt '38. Adler supported Progressive candidate Henry Wallace for President '48, was blacklisted by witch-hunters, thereafter lived mostly in London. He entertained US troops during WWII with Jack Benny; after blacklisting played for British troops instead; touring Israel with Draper after a visit to South Korea he was picketed by the Israeli Communist Party. On TV USA with Dizzy Gillespie '59; has also played duets with Sonny Terry, Lord Mountbatten, Malcolm MacDonald (Australian Commissioner- General) etc. Also journalist from '41, writing dispatches for the Chicago Post from Africa; later replaced Humphrey Lyttelton as restaurant critic for Harpers And Queen until the magazine was involved in a libel suit, in London's What's On until it folded. His remark on radio that 'having a vasectomy means never having to say you're sorry' got into Penguin Book Of Quotations. He tried to establish the mouth organ as a serious instrument; music especially composed for him '36 by Cyril Scott, then Arthur Benjamin, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Darius Milhaud, Malcolm Arnold etc. His own film scores incl. Genevieve '53 (he took a percentage because he liked the script and made more than the actors, the score was nominated for an Oscar with someone else's name on it), High Wind In Jamaica and King And Country '64, The Great Chase (anthology of film comedy). Grand Prix du Disque for Le Grisbi, tune from French film Touchez pas au Grisbi. LPs in USA on London and Audio Fidelity labels; also Discovery '67 on RCA with Morton Gould (first recordings of obscure songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter etc). Published Jokes And How To Tell Them '63; autobiography It Ain't Necessarily So '84 packed with good stories. Live At The Ballroom '86 had him with pianists Ellis Larkins, Vincent Youmans, George Gershwin and Sergei Rachmaninoff (the last three by means of a Knabe/Ampico reproducing piano); he played on Glory Of Gershwin tribute album '94 on Mercury, the oldest artist ever to appear in UK pop charts
Adler, Marvin S.25 Feb. 1938 American composer, author, and educator
Adler, Richard23 Aug. 1921
New York City, USA
21 Jun. 2012composer, lyricist, producer/director. Met Jerry Ross (1950); they signed with Frank Loesser's music publishing company; 'Rags to Riches' a big hit for Tony Bennett (1953); that year wrote most of the songs for revue John Murray Anderson's Almanac, with Hermione Gingold, Billy DeWolfe, Harry Belafonte. On Loesser's recommendation George Abbott hired them to write score for The Pajama Game (1954): hit songs incl. 'I'm Not At All In Love', 'Steam Heat', 'Hernando's Hideaway', 'Hey There' (no. 1 hit record by Rosemary Clooney). Damn Yankees (1955) was another hit ('Heart', 'Whatever Lola Wants'). Each show ran more than 1,000 performances on Broadway, won Tonys and was transferred to London; both were filmed (1957 and 1958 respectively; Yankees was called What Lola Wants in UK). After Ross's death Adler wrote music and lyrics for Kwamina (1961), A Mother's Kisses (1968), also TV adverts; produced and staged galas for Democratic Party (1962-5), dir. Sammy Cahn one-man show (1974). After the failure of Music Is (1976) despite critical praise, Adler attempted to start a new base for musical shows in South Carolina. George Abbott was the most celebrated producer in the history of Broadway. His shows won 40 Tony awards, and he was still working when he was over 100 years old. (NS)
Adler, Samuel Hans
4 Mar. 1928
Mannheim, Germany
 Samuel Adler came to the United States in 1939. He holds a B.M. from Boston University, an M.A. from Harvard University, a Doctor of Music (honorary) from Southern Methodist University, a Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary) from St. Mary's College (Indiana), and a Doctor of Music (honorary) from the St. Louis Conservatory. During his tenure in the U.S. Army, he founded and conducted the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, and because of the orchestra's great psychological and musical impact on the European cultural scene, he was awarded the Army's Medal of Honor
Adler, Vincent3 Apr. 18264 Jan. 1871Hungarian pianist and composer
Adlgasser, Anton Cajetan1 Oct. 1729
Inzell, Oberbayern
22 Dec. 1777
Salzburg, Austria
German composer and organist
Adlung, Jacob14 Jan 1699
Bindersleben, Germany
5 Jul. 1762
Erfurt, Germany
German organist and theorist; author of Musica Mechanica Organoedi (1758), Musikalisches Siebengestirn and Anleitung zur musikalischen Gelahrtheit
Admoni (or Admoni-Krasny), Iogann Grigor'yevich 17 (Old Style 4) Jul. 19065 Sep. 1979Kazakstani composer
Adolfati, Andrea1721 or 1722
Venice, Italy
28 Oct. 1760
Padua, Italy
Italian composer particularly of opera
Adolfson (see Sonnenfeld)   
Adolphe, Bruce
31 May 1955 American composer and music scholar, the author of several books on music, and pianist
Adolphus, (Irving) Milton
27 Jan. 1913
Bronx, New York, USA
16 Aug. 1988
Harwich, Mass. USA
American composer
Adomián, Lan29 Apr. 1905
nr. Mogilev, Russia
9 May 1979
Mexican composer of Russian birth
Adorno, Theodor W(iesengrund)
11 Sep. 1903
Frankfurt, Germany
6 Aug. 1969
Frankfurt, Germany
a German sociologist, philosopher, musicologist, and composer. He was a member of the Frankfurt School along with Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, Jürgen Habermas, and others. He was also the Music Director of the Radio Project. Already as a young music critic and amateur sociologist, Theodor W. Adorno was primarily a philosophical thinker. The label social philosopher emphasizes the socially critical aspect of his philosophical thinking, which from 1945 onwards took an intellectually prominent position in the critical theory of the Frankfurt School
Adriaansz, Peter Stewart
Seattle, USA
 he studied composition at the conservatories of The Hague and Rotterdam with, among others, Louis Andriessen, Brian Ferneyhough, Peter-Jan Wagemans and Klaas de Vries. He completed his studies with distinction in 1994. His works, mostly chamber and vocal music, are regularly performed. Commissions include works for the Volharding, the Nieuw Ensemble and the Doelen Ensemble
Adriaenssen, Emanuel (Hadrianus)c. 1554
Anvers, Flanders
bur. 27 Feb. 1604Flemish type-setter, who published three books of music in tablature for lute (1584, 1592 and 1600) containing original works and transcriptions. The first book includes polyphonic music for voice with lute accompaniment, as well as works for three and four lutes. Pratum musicum, published in Antwerp by Phalèse in 1600, includes works by other musicians from Northern Europe including Roland de Lassus and Philippe de Monte, together with material by the Italian madrigalists Giovanni Ferretti, Alfonso Ferrabosco I and Alessandro Striggio, and Flemish musicians based in Italy including Cyprien de Rore and Jacquet de Wert
Adriani, Francesco153916 Aug. 1575Italian composer
Adrien (or Andrien), Martin-Joseph (also called 'Adrien l'aîné' or 'La Neuville'
26 May 1767
Liège, Belgium
19 Nov. 1822
Paris, France
singer, teacher and composer
Adrien (or Andrien), J.
Liège, Belgium
Liège, Belgium
singer and composer, brother of Martin-Joseph
Adrien (or Andrien), Ferdinand
probably Liège, Belgium
c.1830singer and composer
Adson, Johnc. 158629 Jun. 1640
London, England
English composer and instrumentalist. Known to have been in the service of the Duke of Lorraine in 1604-8, from 1625 he held various posts as recorder and cornett player and as music teacher at the English court. His Courtly Masquing Ayres for 'violins, consorts and cornetts' were published in 1621
Advis, Luis Vitaglich
10 Feb. 19359 Sep. 2004Chilean professor of philosophy, and a noted composer of traditional and New Chilean music. He was officially recognized as a Fundamental Figure of Chilean Music in 2003 (NS)
Adzhemyan, Aleksandr Vartanovich25 Aug. 192510 Oct. 1987Armenian composer
Aeby, Georges13 Aug 190226 Jan. 1953Swiss organist, choir director, conductor, teacher, and composer
Aegler, Gottfried10 May 1932 Swiss teacher, publisher, and composer
Aerts, Égide
1 Mar. 1822
Boom, Belgium
9 Jun. 1853
Brussels, Belgium
composer and flautist
Aeschbacher, Carl31 Mar. 188629 Jan. 1944Swiss choir director and choral composer
Aeschbacher, Niklaus
30 Apr. 1917
Trogen, Appenzell
30 Nov 1995Swiss conductor, pianist, and composer (NS)
Aeschbacher, Walther (Gottlieb)2 Oct. 19016 Dec. 1969Swiss conductor and composer
Afanas'yev, Leonid Viktorovich20 Aug. 19215 Oct. 1995Russian composer
Afanas'yev, Nikolay Yakovlevich
12 Jan. 1821 (Old Style 31 Dec. 1820)
Tobol'sk, Russia
3 Jun. (Old Style 22 May) 1898
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian violinist and composer
Afatfl. ca. 1440 composer, possibly Italian
Afferni, Ugo1 Jan. 18719 Oct. 1931Italian composer, pianist and conductor
Afossi, Pasquale (see Anfossi)   
Afromyeyev, Alexei M.8 Feb. 1868
Tyumeny, Tobolsk, Russia
Tyumeny, Tobolsk, Russia
Russian guitarist and composer
Agababov, Sergey Artom'yevich25 Oct. 192623 Oct. 1959Russian composer
Agapkin, Vasily Ivanovich
3 Feb. 1884
Tambov, Russia
29 Oct. 1964
Soviet Russian military orchestra conductor, composer, and author of the well-known march Farewell of Slavianka (written 1912)
Agatea, Mario between 1623 and 1628before 28 Jan. 1699Italian singer, composer, and instrument maker
Agazhanov, Artyom (Artyomovich)
3 Feb. 1958
Moscow, Russia
 Russian composer of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed in Europe and elsewhere; he is also active as a pianist
Agazzari, Agostino
2 Dec. 1578
Sienna, Italy
10 Apr. 1640
Sienna, Italy
Italian composer. In 1602-6 he directed music at the German College in Rome, and then returned to his native Siena as member of a cultural academy and from 1630 as choirmaster at the cathedral. He wrote four Masses, many motets, sacred concertos and madrigals, and the pastoral drama Eumelio (1606). His reputation, however, rests largely on his treatise Del sonare sopra il basso of 1607, one of the earliest and most important sources on continuo playing. Eumelio is noted for its early examples of melodic variation over a strophic repeated bass, while Agazzari's sacred concertos represent the first Roman publication of small-scale concertato church music with continuo in the manner of Viadana (though their style is relatively conventional)
Ager, Andrew
12 Feb. 1962
Ottawa, Canada
 Canadian composer (NS)
Ager, Klaus
10 May 1946
Salzburg, Austria
 composer and teacher at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria
Ager, Mrs  she had works published in London in about 1750
Ager, Milton
6 Oct. 1893
Chicago, IL, USA
6 May 1979
Los Angeles, CA, USA
American song composer who had hits from the 1918 through to 1938; hits included Nobody's Baby (1921), Mama Goes Where Papa Goes (1922), Happy Days Are Here Again (1929) and Happy Feet (1930)
Aggházy, Károly (Carolus)30 Oct. 1855
Pest, HUngary
8 Oct. 1918
Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian pianist, composer and teacher, who studied in Budapest (1867-70), and in Vienna (1870-73). He was a student of Franz Liszt (piano), A. Bruckner and R. Volkmann. Between 1878-81, he accompanied the violinist Jenö Hubay. From 1881-83 he was professor of piano at the National Conservatory in Budapest, from 1883-89 professor of piano at the Kullakschen Konservatorium in Berlin, and from 1889-1918 he returned to the National Conservatory in Budapest
Aghemo, Pietro Carlo16 Jul. 1889 Italian band director and composer
Agincourt, Francois d'168430 Apr. 1758French organist and composer of church music
Agliati, Luigi
fl. 19th century very probably from Milan, for it is in this city in Lombardy that he pursued his activity as guitarist and composer for the guitar in the first years of the 1800s. Some of his works were published by Ricordi in the first decades of the century
Aglié, Count Filippo d'160419 Jul. 1667Italian diplomat, courtier, poet, choreographer, and composer
Aglione, Alessandrofl. 1599-1621 Italian composer
Agneletti, Giovanni Battistafl. 1656-73 Italian composer
Agnelli, Lorenzo25 Mar. 16101674Italian composer
Agnelli (or Agnello), Salvatore
Palermo, Italy
Marseilles, France
Italian composer
Agnesi(-Pinottini), Maria Teresa d'
17 Oct. 1720
Milan, Italy
19 Jan. 1795
Milan, Italy
(pseudonym: Francesco Mainini) Maria Teresa d'Agnesi was a composer, harpsichordist, singer and librettist. Her older sister Maria Gaetana Agnesi was a noted mathematician for whom the curve, The Witch of Agnesi, is named. The girls' father was a mathematics professor. While still a teenager, she would perform in her home while her older sister lectured and debated in Latin. Her first theatrical work, Il ristoro d'Arcadia, was successfully presented in Milan in 1747. She wrote seven operas of which three were based on her own librettos. The Empress Maria Theresia was known to sing from a collection of arias that Maria Teresa d'Agnesi had composed for her. In 1752 she married Pier Antonio Pinottini but had no children. Her portrait hangs today in the theatre museum of La Scala
Agnew, Elaine
Kilwaughter, Co. Antrim., Ireland
 studied music at Queen’s University, Belfast and composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with James MacMillan. She has led composer-in-residence schemes with the Irish and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the National Deaf Children’s Society, Opera Theatre Company, the Ulster Orchestra and Sligo County Council. Her education work has also taken her to Iceland, Indonesia and America. She won the 1996 RTÉ Musician of the Future Composer’s Prize for Philip’s Peace (1994). Works include four compositions for orchestra, nine works for chamber orchestra, and three works for vocal and choral performance
Agnew, Roy E. (aka Ewing)
23 Aug. 1891
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia
12 Nov. 1944
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia
pianist and composer of piano music, chamber and orchestral music and songs
Agniez, Émile
3 Jun. 1859
Brussels, Belgium
29 May 1909
Brussels, Belgium
violonist, conductor, composer and teacher
Agniez, Louis (also called Luigi Agnesi)
17 Jul. 1833
Erpent, Belgium
2 Feb. 1875
London, England
composer and singer
Agnost, Frank Peter15 Jun. 19182 Feb. 2008American popular composer, author, violinist, and choir director
Agobet, Jean-Louis
 French composer who studied in at Conservatoire de Nice (composition et analysis), at l’ENM d’Aix-en-Provence (electroacoustics) and than at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon (composition and analysis)
Agolli, Lejla4 Oct. 1950 Albanian composer
Agopov, Vladimir
23 Nov. 1953
 settled in Finland in 1978, and has experimented both with traditional melodic atonality as in his Clarinet Sonata (1981) and Second String Quartet (1988) and with an idiom depending on tonal colour and textures as in his First String Quartet (1982/89) and his best-known work, the Cello Concerto Tres viae (1984)
Agosti, Guido11 Aug. 19012 Jun. 1989Italian pianist and composer
Agostini, Agostino 20 Sep. 1569Italian composer and singer
Agostini, Giuseppe
20 May 1890
Fano, Italy
9 Dec. 1971
Montreal, Canada
Canadian conductor, arranger, and composer of Italian birth
Agostini, Lodovico
Ferrara, Italy
20 Sep. 1590
Ferrara, Italy
Ferrarese cleric and the illegitimate son of the singer and composer Agostino Agostini, Lodovico Agostini was a capellano (chapel singer) at the court of Duke Alfonso II d'Este. Agostini's music reflects many aspects of Ferrarese musical and cultural life, from recreational pieces to stylish encomia
Agostini, Lucio
30 Dec. 1913
Fano, Italy
15 Feb. 1996
Toronto, Canada
Canadian conductor, composer (particularly of music for film) and arranger, son of Giuseppe Agostini
Agostini, Mezio12 Aug. 1875
Fano, Italy
22 Apr. 1944
Fano, Italy
Italian composer
Agostini, Paoloc. 15833 Oct. 1629Italian composer and organist
Agostini (or Augustini), Pietro Simone (Piersimone)c. 1635
Forli, Italy
1 Oct. 1680
Parma, Italy
Italian composer
Agrell, Jeffrey
Minneapolis, MN, USA
 associate professor of horn at the University of Iowa (UI); performer with the Iowa Brass Quintet. He teaches horn, directs the UI Horn Choir, performs with IBQ, and teaches "Improvisation for Classical Musicians." He holds degrees from St. Olaf College and University of Wisconsin-Madison. 1975-2000 associate principal horn of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Has won awards as a writer (90+ articles) and composer, with many compositions published, recorded and performed worldwide. Author of Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians. CDs include Repercussions (horn & piano), Mosaic (horn, cello, piano), and Side Show Tim (tuba, horn, trumpet). Member of the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society and faculty member of the prestigious Kendall Betts Horn Camp
Agrell, Johan(n) Joachim (also Giovanni Agrelli)1 Feb. 170119 Jan. 1765Swedish violinist and composer in the service of the Court at Kassel
Agrenev Slavyanski, Kiril Dimitriyevich (or d'Agreneff, Cyrille Slavlansky)1885 Russian conductor and composer
Agresta, Agostinoc. 1575-85after 1617Italian composer
Agricola, Alexander (born Sander Ackerman)
Ghent, Netherlands
late August 1506
Valladolid, Spain
Franco-Flemish composer, who like many of his compatriots went to Italy, serving at the Sforza court in Milan in 1471-4 and then divided his time between Italy (Florence and the Aragonese court in Naples) and the north, where he was a choirman at Cambrai, a musician at the French court, and finally a singer at the Burgundian court of Philip the Handsome. He died while accompanying the Duke on a visit to Spain. Eight Masses, twenty-five motets and other sacred music of Agricola's survive, but he was notable as a composer of secular music--nearly 100 chansons and pieces with Italian and Dutch texts, His carnival songs are brilliant examples of chordal Italianate writing, and manv of his secular pieces were published by Petrucci, he could also write elegantly complex melodic lines, and was especially adept at arranging chansons by his contemporaries
Agricola, Georg Ludwig25 Oct. 164320 Feb. 1676
Gotha, Germany
German composer and writer
Agricola, Johann Friedrich
4 Jan. 1720
Dobitschen bei Altenburg, Germany
2 Dec. 1774
Berlin, Germany
a pupil of J.S. Bach, organist at the court of Frederick the Great, writer on music and composer
Agricola, Johann Paul1638 or 1639
Hilpoltstein, nr. Nürnberg
bur. 3 May 1697
Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
German composer, organist, and musician
Agricola, Johannesc. 1560-70
after 1601German composer who taught in the Erfurter Ratsgymnasium (1608-11)
Agricola, Martin (also Martin Sore or Sohr)
6 Jan. 1486
Schwiebus, Lower Silesia
10 Jun. 1556
Magdeburg, Germany
German musical theorist, teacher and composer
Agricola, Rudolphus (originally Roelof Huysman)
17 Feb. 1444
Baflo, The Netherlands
27 Oct. 1485
Heidelberg, Germany
a Dutch scholar, humanist, and musician, he is best known to us as the author of De inventione dialectica, the father of northern European humanism and a zealous anti-scholastic in the late fifteenth century
Agricola, Wolfgang Christoph1600-10c. 1659German composer, organist, and public official
Agsteribbe, Frank
14 Sep. 1968
Ghent, Belgium
 Belgian composer of chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed across Europe very successfully; he is also active as a harpsichordist and organist
Agthe, Albrecht Wilhelm Johann13 Jul. 17908 Oct. 1873German pianist, teacher, and composer
Agthe, Karl (Carl) Christian16 Jan. 1762
Hettsstadt, Germany
27 Nov. 1797
Ballenstedt, Germany
German kapellmeister, organist und composer of songs. From 1776 he was music director of the Hündelbergerschen Truppe in Reval (Tallinn) and from 1782 principal organist of the Fürsten von Bernburg in Ballenstedt
Aguado y Garcia, Dionysio
8 Apr. 1784
Madrid, Spain
29 Dec. 1849
Madrid, Spain
Spanish guitarist, he perfected his technique in Spain before establishing himself as a performer and teacher in Paris (1825-38). There his popular guitar method was translated into French and he gave many concerts with Sor
Agudela, Graciela7 Dec. 1945 Mexican pianist and composer
Aguero (de), Abbess Maria Gonzalez 1325commissioned the copying [by the nuns] of a huge manuscript called the Las Huelgas Codex used by the sisters since the convent's founding. It is one of the few manuscripts from this time to remain in its place of origin
Agüero y Barreras, Gaspar15 Feb. 187318 May 1951Cuban musicologist, pedagogue, and composer
Aguiar, Renato de
 Brazilian composer who has been based in Fribourg (Switzerland) since 1982
Aguila, Miguel del
Montevideo, Uruguay
 American-based composer, pianist and conductor who has written over 75 works for all forms of media (including film, dance and theatre). He has worked as a composer and pianist with several orchestras, soloists and chamber ensembles worldwide as well as guest conducting many chamber choirs and ensembles in Austria and the US
Aguilar-Ahumada, Miguel12 Apr. 1931 Chilean composer
Aguilera de Heredia, Sebastiánc. 156516 Dec. 1627
Saragossa, Spain
Spanish organist, one of the masters of the Catalan-Aragonese school of organists, who travelled to Flanders in the suite of Isabella, daughter of Philip II. He was organist at the cathedral of Huesca (Aragon) from 1585 until 1603, when he moved to Saragossa. His fine and austere Magnificats à 4 - 8, published in 1618, remained long in use, and his tientos in various styles are among the best Spanish organ music of the period. He was one of the Spanish composers whose music was exported to Mexico
Aguirre, Jaime Moran26 Apr. 1931 American popular composer, author, and singern of Mexican birth
Aguirre, Juan Guillermo (Santiago)22 Dec. 1950 American popular composer, author, and singer
Aguirre, Julián28 Jan. 1868
Buenos Aires, Argentina
13 Aug. 1924
Buenos Aires, Argentina
he studied in the Conservatory of Madrid (1886), with Emilio Arrieta and others, specializing in piano. In 1916 he founded Buenos Aires la Escuela Argentina de Música, and later the musical section of the Comité Nacional de Bellas Artes. He was the first Argentine composer to be inspired by the popular music of his country, turning away from the technical forms imposed by Italian and German composers and particularly eschewing the romantic influence of Spain. His inspiration came from Albéniz and Granados
Aguirre, Sebastián de
 c. 1720composer who wrote for the Mexican cittern
Agus, Giuseppec. 1725c. 1800Italian composer
Agus, Joseph17491798Italian violinist and composer active in England and France
Agutter, Benjamin2 Apr. 18447 Jun. 1913English organist, choirmaster, and composer
Ágústsson, Herbert H.8 Aug. 1926
Icelandic hornist, teacher, and composer
Aharonián, Coriún
4 Aug. 1940
Montevideo, Uruguay
 composer of electronic and instrumental music, essayist, conductor, and educator. His music is deeply Latin American and explores native wind instruments with particular attention to their expressive context and suggestive dynamics. Aharonián has traveled widely, teaching, conducting, attending performances of his music in Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela, Spain ... He has been artist-in-residence in Berlin, Bourges, and Stockholm, and received commissions from festivals in Warsaw, Freiburg, Donaueschingen and many others. He has served as executive secretary of the Latin American Courses for Contemporary Music. He currently lives in Montevideo, Uruguay, and actively composes, teaches, and travels
Ahbez, Eden
15 Apr. 1908
Brooklyn, New York, USA
4 Mar. 1995
Los Angeles, USA
American song writer
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Ahern, David (Anthony)2 Nov. 194730 Jan. 1988Australian composer
Ahl, Fred Arthur (known as Fred Hall)
10 Apr. 18971954American popular composer and lyricist (NS)
Ahlberg, Gunnar 29 Mar. 1942 Swedish composer
Ahlberg, Harry4 Jun. 191211 Apr. 2000American popular composer, arranger, and teacher (NS)
Ahlberg, Tor
6 May 1913
Stockholm, Sweden
2 Mar. 2008he studied the piano at the then Stockholm Conservatory with Olof Wibergh and Algot Haquinius as his teachers. Haquinius also taught Ahlberg counterpoint and composition. Ahlberg's début as a pianist came in 1938. In addition to studying music he also took a law degree which became the basis for his administrative career in the State Medical and Social Boards. Ahlberg's knowledge of the piano has been utilised in several compositions. For example, he has written a piano concerto and two piano sonatas. His piano suite (1969) has also been performed internationally. He himself divides his career into two periods, the first of which came during the forties and fifties, while the other began in the 1970s. In addition to works including the piano, Ahlberg has composed two string quartets. His music is often rhythmical and dance-like in character, elegantly melodious and sometimes strictly contrapuntal (NS)
Ahle, Johann Georg12 Jun. 1651
Mühlhausen, Thüringia
2 Dec. 1706
Mühlhausen, Thüringa
son of Johann Rudolf Ahle, German composer, theorist, organist and poet
Ahle, Johann Rudolf
24 Dec. 1625
Mühlhausen, Thüringia
9 Jul. 1673
Mühlhausen, Thüringia
German organist, poet, writer on music and composer
Ahlefeldt, Gräfin Maria Theresia (Elizabeth)
28 Feb. 1755
Regensburg, Germany
4 Nov. 1823
Prague, Czech Republic
Danish composer and pianist of German birth, who produced the ballet Telemach and Calypso in 1794
Ahlers, Friedrich18821945German military conductor and composer
Ahlert, Fred E.
19 Sep. 1892
New York, NY, USA
20 Oct. 1953
New York, NY, USA
American popular composer and arranger
Ahlert, Richard4 Sep. 19219 Aug. 1985American popular composer, author, and publisher; hits included My Mammy's Arms (1920), Faithful In My Fashion (1929), Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day (1931) and I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (1936) (NS)
Ahlin, Sven Åke6 Apr. 1951 Swedish composer
Ahlstrom, David22 Feb. 1927
Lancaster, NY, USA
23 Aug. 1992American composer
Ahlström, Jacob Niclas5 Jun. 1805
Visby, Sweden
14 May 1857
Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish composer, conductor, and organist
Åhlström, Olof14 Aug. 1756
Åletorp, Värdinge
11 Aug. 1835
Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish composer and music publisher
Ahmad, Zakariyya
Arabic musician and composer who was born and lived in Egypt. He composed many pieces in a traditional Arabic style, more specifically Egyptian. His works included solo pieces and film scores
Ahmas, Harri
25 Apr. 1957
 he has progressed from free-tonality towards a more chromatic style. He is a musician as well as a composer, playing principal bassoon with the Sinfonia Lahti. Winds, particularly the bassoon, occupy an important role in his output, which consists mostly of chamber music. He has, however, also written concertos for the trombone (1987), the tuba (1995) and the baritone horn (2001). His principal vocal works are the melodrama-like Becket (1993) for mezzosoprano, cello and piano, and the chamber opera Sydänvirrat (Heartstreams, 1996–1999)
Ahne, Alfred25 Nov. 1936 German director and composer
Ahnell, Emil Gustave6 Apr. 1925 American composer
Ahninger, Hans14 Oct. 1906 Austrian band director and composer
Aho, Kalevi
9 Mar. 1949
Forssa, Finland
 Finnish composer who underlines the capacity of music for communicating: "Music, great music at least, is for me a manifestation of movements of the mind and of emotions. In music, I hear a person speaking to another — his joy, his sorrow, his happiness, his despair. And in the overall shape of his composition I hear his attitude towards life, his ideology, his view of the world — his message."
Ahrendt, Karl Fredrick Julius
7 Mar. 1904
Toledo, Ohio, USA
2 Jan. 1993
Athens, Ohio, USA
director of the Ohio University School of Music, Athens, Ohio (1950-1967); composer, violinist and conductor. Among his 60 or more compositions are works for orchestra, band, solo instruments with piano accompaniment and chorus. Ahrendt won numerous awards, including the Philadelphia Arts Alliance Award for Composition (1944), The University of Illinois Contemporary Festival Competition (1950), the First Prize, Ohio Music Teachers Association (1972), and the Baker Award at Ohio University (1969). He was a resident at the MacDowell Colony nine times during the 1950 and 1960s
Ahrens, Joseph (Johannes Clemens)17 Apr. 190421 Dec. 1997German composer and organist
Ahrens, Sieglinde19 Feb. 1936 German composer and organist
Ahrold, Frank A.12 Dec. 1931
15 Apr. 1989American composer, author and teacher (NS)
Ahvenlahti, Olli
6 Aug. 1949
 Finnish jazz musician, pianist, conductor, composer and arranger (NS)