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Name Born Died Information
Åm, Magnar
9 Apr. 1952
Trondheim, Norway
  Norwegian born organist and composer; his biography tells us that "[he] writes in a polyphonic, freely dissonant or free-tonal style with condensed expressive, yet introspective tone language"
Amacher, Maryanne
25 Feb. 1938
Kane, Pennsylvania, USA
22 Oct. 2009
Rhinebeck, New York, USA
(Note, while most sources state Amacher's birth year as 1938, she had in later years used the birth year 1943) American composer Maryanne Amacher has basically specialized in the performance of multimedia artworks, and most specifically in the creation of huge installations, usually sited in specific places. In her artistic creations, Amacher combines with undisputed mastery sculpture, sound - loud and extremely noisy - with low tones that resonate in the listener's stomach. Maryanne Amacher is a temperamental perfectionist whose artistic work has been developed mainly in Europe. (NS)
Amadei, Amadeo 1866 1935 Italian wind composer and conductor
Amadei (or Mattei), Filippo
Reggio, Italy
possibly Rome, Italy
Italian cellist and composer who, between 1719 and 1723, spent time in London as a member of the orchestra of G.F. Handel's Royal Academy of Music (NS)
Amadei, Michelangelo 11 Dec. 1586
Cortona, Italy
12 Mar. 1642
Cortona, Italy
Italian composer (NS)
Amadei, Roberto 13 Dec. 1913 29 Nov. 1940 Italian composer, organist, and choir director (NS)
Amadeo, Gaetano
Porto Maurizio, Italy
8 Apr. 1893
Nice, France
Italian composer and choir director (NS)
Amador Santiago, Joaquin 1952
Alicante, Spain
  flamenco guitarist; brother of Susana
Amador Santiago, Susana 'La Susi' 1955
Alicante, Spain
  flamenco singer; sister of Joaquin (NS)
Amadori, Giuseppe c. 1670 c. 1732 Italian composer
Amalia, Anna von Preußen
9 Nov. 1723
Berlin, Prussia
30 Mar. 1787
Berlin, Prussia
Prussian composer; sister of Frederick the Great who became Coadiutor of the Quedlinburg convent; in 1755 she became its Abbess. A melody, Du, dessen Augen flossen, from Ramler's Passion Cantata Der Tod Jesu for which she wrote the music was set as a chorale by Kühnau and appeared in many hymnals as a setting for Neander's poem Christ, alles, was dich kränket (NS)
Amalia, Anna, Herzogin von Saxe Weimar
24 Oct. 1739
Wolfenbüttel, Germany
10 Apr. 1807
Weimar, Germany
niece of Frederick the Great and Anna Amalia above. Anna later became Duchess of Saxe-Weimar. The largest surviving piece by her is a Singspiel or musical play called Erwin und Elmire, a setting of text by Goethe, which she wrote in 1776 (NS)
Amalia Catharina, Duchess of Erbach
8 Aug. 1640
Arolsen, Germany
4 Jan. 1697
German poetess and composer (NS)
Amalie, Marie Frederike, Fürstin von Sachsen [Marie Auguste Friederike Amalie]
10 Aug. 1794
Dresden, Germany
18 Sep. 1870
Dresden, Germany
composer of church music and fourteen operas (NS)
Amanbaev, Isradin     Kyrgyzi composer
Amani, Nikolay Nikolayevich 4 Apr. (Old Style 23 Mar.) 1872 17 (Old Style 4) Oct. 1904 Russian pianist and composer
Amann, Adolf 31 Mar. 1911   German conductor, publisher, and composer
Amann, Gerold 30 Oct. 1937   German teacher and composer
Amano, Masamichi
26 Jan 1957
Akita, Japan
  Japanese conductor and composer, particularly of film scores including the Manga epic Giant Robo. He graduated from the Japanese National Academy of Music in 1980 and then spent time in Australia studying the uses of computerised musical instruments, returning to Japan as one of the pioneers in this field (NS)
Amar, Armand
Jerusalem, Israel
  of Moroccan origin, Amar was born in Israel. He has been influenced by the music of many cultures and now lives and works in France. He has composed film music and music for dance (NS)
Amaral, Nestor 16 Sep. 1913 26 Feb. 1962 Brazilian popular composer and singer
Amaral, Pedro
  Portuguese composer who studied in Lisbon at the Academia dos Amadores de Música and then at the Instituto Gregoriano where he studied Gregorian chant, its construction and its interpretation. Between 1991 and 1994 he studied with Christopher Bochmann at the Escola Superior de Música. He had produced and performed several musical programmes for Portuguese radio including programmes about the teaching of music. He has collaborated with Jornal de Letras (Portugal) writing seven articles examining various aspects of the music of the second half of the 20th century. Since October 1994, Amaral has been based in Paris where he continued his composition studies under Emmanuel Nunes and his doctoral studies with Hugues Dufort (NS)
Amargós, Joan Albert
2 Aug. 1950   Catalan composer (NS)
Amat, José 1st half 19th century after 1863 Brazilian impresario, tenor, and composer
Amat, Juan Carlosc.15721642wrote a collection of music for guitar entitled Guitarra espanola y Vandola De Cinco Ordenes y De Quatro which was published in Barcelona in the late 1500s. It contains works for both the four and five course guitar (NS)
Amat, Leopold Paul 1814 31 Oct. 1872 French composer
Amato, Giocondo d' 1913 (possibly 1929)
1983 Italian choral conductor and composer
Amato (or D'Amato, De Amato, Di Amato), Vincenzo [Vincentius]
6 Jan. 1629
Ciminna, nr. Palermo, Italy
29 Jul. 1670
Palermo, Italy
Italian composer (NS)
Amatucci, Paolo
14 Oct. 1868 17 Jan. 1935 Italian organist, conductor, and composer (NS)
Amaya, Efrain
  composer, conductor, and pianist Efraín Amaya was born in Venezuela, where he began his musical training. Continuing his studies in United States, he earned degrees in composition and piano from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, and a master's degree in conducting from Rice University (NS)
Amber, Daniel 1782 1871 English composer
Amberg, Herman
22 Dec. 1834 12. Apr. 1902
Viborg, Denmark
Danish organist and composer (NS)
Ambiela, Miguel de
bap. 29 Sep. 1666
La Puebla de Albortón, Zaragoza, Spain
29 Mar. 1733
Toledo, Spain
Spanish composer (NS)
Ambleville, Charles d'
second half of 16th century
Burgundy, France
6 Jul. 1637
Rouen, France
composer of religious music (NS)
Ambros, August Wilhelm
17 Nov. 1816
Mauth near Prague, Bohemia
26 Jun. 1876
Vienna, Austria
music historian, critic, Romantic composer who was an early supporter of Cecilianism in Austria
Ambros, Vladimír 18 Sep. 1890
Prostejov, Moravia
12 May 1956
Prostejov, Moravia
Czech composer and conductor
Ambrosch, Anton 6 or 7 Apr. 1839 27 Mar. 1886 Austrian military band director and composer
Ambrosch, Joseph Karl 6 May 1759 8 Sep. 1822 German tenor and composer of Czech descent
Ambrose, (Benjamin Baruch) Bert
15 Sep 1897
London, UK
11 Jun 1971
Yorkshire, UK
one of Britain’s top dance band leaders of the 1930s, and his name was still sufficiently important in the mid-1950s to generate record sales. Tango Capriccioso is one of a number of tracks for MGM in his name, although the arranger and conductor was actually Laurie Johnson (b. 1927) at the start of his own impressive career
Ambrose, John fl. c. 1520-45   English composer
Ambrose, Paul
11 Oct. 1868
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
1 Jul. 1941
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
grandson of Charles Ambrose (1791-1856), an English born organist and teacher based at Christ Church Cathedral in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and son of Robert (see below), Paul studied orchestration and composition in New York, where he became an organist and choirmaster. He taught the history of music in various institutions, and in 1904 was appointed principal of the New Jersey State Normal School in Trenton. Four times president of the National Association of Organists in the United States, he finally became president of the Canadian College of Organists. He composed over 200 songs, choral pieces, and music for organ and piano (NS)
Ambrose, Robert
7 Mar. 1824
Chelmsford, England
30 Mar. 1908
Ontario, Canada
the son of Charles, he was organist and choirmaster at Ascension Church in Hamilton (1863-83) and a teacher at Wesleyan Ladies College from 1864 to 1888. Interested in vocal music, he has left some 80 songs, 14 songs for several voices, and instrumental music (NS)
Ambrose, Tommy [Thomas]
19 Oct. 1939
Toronto, Canada
  Canadian popular singer and composer (NS)
Ambrosi, Alearco 30 Dec. 1931   Italian composer
Ambrosi, Alfredo d' 13 Jun. 1871 31 Dec. 1914 Italian violinist and composer
Ambrosini, Claudio
9 Apr 1948
Venice, Italy
  Italian composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, piano, and electroacoustic works that have brought him much acclaim all over the world; he is also known as a conductor specializing in new music
Ambrosio, Alfredo d' 13 Jun. 1871
Naples, Italy
31 Dec. 1914
Nice, France
Italian-born composer
Ambrosius, Hermann
25 Jul. 1897
Hamburg, Germany
25 Oct. 1983
Engen am Hegau, Germany
studied musicology and mathematics in Leipzig after participating in World War 1; from 1923 he studied composition with Hans Pfitzner at the Akademie der Küste in Berlin; worked as a sound engineer and teacher from 1926 becoming Korrepetitor at the Neuen Theater, Leipzig; from 1945 he worked as a teacher and choral conductor; his compositions include symphonies, other orchestral works, works for and including accordian, and works for choir and for chamber orchestra (NS)
Ameijden (Ameyden), Christiaan van der
c. 1530
Oirschot, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
20 Nov. 1605

Rome, Italy
Dutch composer and tenor singer in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, who is buried in the church of Santa Maria dell’Anima
[information corrected by Maria Gorissen] (NS)
Amellér, André (Charles Gabriel)
2 Jan. 1912
Arnaville, France
14 May 1990
Garenne-Colombes, nr. Paris, France
French composer and bass player (NS)
Amelli, Guierrino 18 Mar. 1848   Italian priest and composer
Amelsvoort, Jos van
8 Jan. 1910
Kattsheuvel, The Netherlands
14 Nov. 2003 he studied piano with Fons Dusch and composition with Willem Pijper at the Conservatory of Music in Rotterdam (1934). During World War II he studied composition with Flor Peeters in Mechelen (Belgium) and also organ. After the war he studied composition for one year with Albert de Klerk. From 1955-1975 he was a teacher (music theory) at the Brabant Conservatory of Music in Tilburg but his main activity has always been composing music. His first composition for orchestra, Sinfonietta (1944), has only recently been performed on the occasion of a documentary on his life for television Componeren voor de eeuwigheid (Composing for eternity). He wrote church music, motets (influenced by Bruckner and Verdi), compositions for wind band, orchestra, piano and organ. Van Amelsvoort has always dissociated himself from atonal and serial music. His music is influenced by Bach, Bruckner, Franck, Mahler, Debussy and Ravel.(NS)
Amenábar, Alejandro
31 Mar. 1972
Santiago de Chile, Chile
  film director and composer. Amenabar was barely a year old when Pinochet's military takeover forced his Chilean father and Spanish mother to flee to Madrid, where his family has lived ever since. "We got out just 2 weeks before the coup," Amenabar recalls. (NS)
Amenábar, Juan 22 Jun. 1922 3 Feb. 1999 Chilean composer (NS)
Amendola, Giuseppe c. 1750
possibly Palermo, Italy
possibly Palermo, Italy
Italian composer
Amendola, Richard 23 Apr. 1951   American popular composer, singer, and guitarist
Amendola, Ugo 28 Aug. 1917 20 Feb. 1995 Italian composer
Amenduni, Antonio 5 May 1896
Ruvo di Puglia, Italy
24 Aug. 1988 he studied at the Conservatory S. Cecilia in Rome under the guidance of its director Giuseppe Mulé, obtaining the Diploma in Composition and Band Instrumentation. He succeeded his brother Antonio as teacher in the Municipal School of Music in Ruvo di Puglia, which in 1942 obtained juridical recognition. He was the Director of the Children's Band, which toured the centre and south of Italy several times. He took the part of maestro di cappella in the churches of St. Dominic and of the Immaculate Virgin in Ruvo di Puglia. He composed vocal and instrumental music, both sacred and secular (Magnificat, Mass for three mixed singers, Mottetti, Romances), music for band as well as symphonic marches. He revised and arranged Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Puccini's Turandot and Verdi's Traviata for band at the instigation of Ricordi, the famous Italian music publisher (NS)
Amengual(-Astaburuaga), René
2 Sep. 1911 2 Aug. 1954 Chilean composer and pianist (NS)
Ameniya, Yasukazu 18 Jul. 1938   Japanese composer and percussionist
Amenreich (also Armenreich, Ammenreich, Ammeinreich, Ammenmacher), Bernhard 1535
Heilbronn, Germany
German composer, Kapellmeiser, organist and music teacher. He was the organist in Feuchtwangen, Germany from 1560-1564
[information prompted by Ulrich Metzner]
Amerongen, Alex van
15 May 1920 2 Dec. 1985 Dutch composer (NS)
Amerongen, Jan van 3 Mar. 1938
Buurse, The Netherlands
  he studied at the Utrecht Conservatory with Stoffel van Viegen, Willem Mudde, Adriaan Schuurman and Cor Kee (organ and church choirmaster). During that time he developed a special interest in analysis of modern music (Ton de Leeuw and Joep Straesser). He also studied electronic music for two years at Gaudeamus. He taught organ and was chorus conductor in several cities in Holland. He was editor of the magazine Koor en Kunstleven. Between 1973 and 1984 he was manager of the county school of music in De Meern. Jan van Amerongen has written songs, choral music, chamber music and orchestral works
Amersfoordt-Dijk, Hermina Maria 26 Jun. 1821 26 Jul. 1892 Dutch pianist and composer
Amerval, Eloy d'
probably before 1440
Amerval, Pas-de-Calais, France
after 1508
possibly Châteaudun, France
a French composer, singer, choirmaster, and poet of the Renaissance. He spent most of his life in the Loire Valley of France. From his poetic works, especially his enormous 1508 poem Le livre de la deablerie, it can be inferred that he knew most of the famous composers of the time, even though his own musical works never approached theirs in renown
Ames, John Carlowitz 8 Jan. 1860 21 Jul. 1924 English pianist and composer
Ames, Marie Mildred 20 Jun. 1867   English composer (NS)
Ames, William T.
20 Mar. 1901
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
14 Jan. 1987
Mendocino, California, USA
American composer and pianist (NS)
Ameyden, Christian (see Ameijden, Christiaan van der)   
Amfitheatrof (or Amfiteatrov), Daniele (Alexandrovich) [Amfitreatrov]
29 (Old Style 29) Oct. 1901
St. Petersburg, Russia
7 Jun. 1983
Rome, Italy
American composer and conductor of Russian birth who wrote music for films and TV series
Amft, Georg
25 Jan. 1873
Oberhannsdorf, Germany
9 Jul. 1937
Altheide, Germany
German composer (NS)
Amicis, Leonardo de     Italian composer of light music; set a homily given by Pope John Paul II to music; de Amicis is described by Rob Tannenbaum as "a composer best known for his work with Riccardo Cocciante, an Italian pop star and onetime Elvis impersonator" and the music as mixing "flutey space-rock, rhythmic New Age, and Gregorian chant, spanning generations to inventively combine the worst of the Moody Blues with the worst of Vangelis."
Mark Swed, in the March 31 Los Angeles Times (Calendar Section), while discussing the positive role of Easter and Christianity as an inspiration for countless talented composers, greeted the new CD Abba Pater without much excitement. "Rather than expect art to make the pope's message meaningful, Vatican Radio, which produced the CD, has appearently decided that the way to get the pope's words into the most houses is to use a commercial-sounding background, however much it may, in parts, resemble the typical soundtrack of a Euro-trashy romp on the Riviera."
Amiens, Guillaume d' (or Guillaume le Peigneur)
fl. 13th century
  trouvere or troubadour; composer of Son mi regarde and the Rondeau Prendés i garde (NS)
Amigo, Vicente
25 Mar. 1967
Guadalcanal, nr. Seville, Spain
  Spanish-born flamenco guitarist; at the age of five, he studied with influential flamenco guitarist Merenque De Cordoba. By the age of fifteen, Amigo was attracting attention as a protégé of Paco Peña and appeared on Netherlands TV. Although he launched his professional career as a member of a band, Manolo Sanlucar, Amigo has performed most of his concerts as a soloist. Amigo has also accompanied numerous vocalists including El Pele and Luis De Cordoba and dancers including Javier La Torre and Israel Galvan. Amigo collaborated with singer Jose Merce on an album, De Amanacer. While flamenco remains the foundation of his sound, Amigo has been equally inspired by the jazz of Stanley Jordan, John McLaughlin and Al DiMeola (NS)
Amiot, Jean-Claude
18 Oct. 1939
Vichy, France
  French teacher, band director, administrator, and composer (NS)
Amiot (or Amyot), Joseph Maria
8 Feb. 1718
Toulon, France
8/9 Oct. 1793 a Jesuit, he was sent to China as a missionary where his fluency in Tatar brought him into the confidence of the Emperor Kien Long. His mastery also of the Chinese language together with his extensive knowledge of the arts and sciences gave him extraordinary insight concerning all things Chinese. He made a special study of their music. Most of the important works of Amiot are found in the collection: Mémoires concernant l'histoire, les sciences, les arts, les moeurs et les usages des chinois, par les missionaires de Pekin (Paris, Nyon ainé, 1776-89)
Amir, Nahum 8 Feb. 1936   Israeli composer
Amiran-Pougatchov, Emanuel
8 Aug. 1909
Warsaw, Poland
18 Dec. 1993
Kibbutz Yakum, Israel
Israeli composer and teacher (NS)
Amirkhanian, Charles (Benjamin)
19 Jan. 1945
Fresno, CA, USA
  composer, poet, and percussionist, Charles Amirkhanian has been a leading proponent of text-sound composition in the USA. His recent works typically incorporate processed ambient and found sounds which explore a rich continuum of sonic materials, layered and developed in the manner of a disjunct narrative playing of abstract (musical) sounds against representational ones (sound effects). Musical director of KPFA FM Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, he is now Executive Director of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside (California, USA), and Program Director of the Other Minds Music Festival in San Francisco (California, USA) (NS)
Amirov, Fikret (Meshadi Dzhamil'ogly)
22 Nov. 1922
Gjandza Kirovabad, Azerbaijan
20 Feb. 1984
Baku, Azerbaijan
Mashadi Jamil's son, Russian trained Azerbaijani composer much influenced by Azerbaijani culture. He created a new genre called symphonic mugam. His most famous works include Shur, Kurd Afshari, Gulustan Bayati-Shiraz, Nizami and the ballet Arabian Nights. He was honored as People's Artist of the USSR (NS)
Amirov, Jamil 1957   Fikrat's son and a third generation Azerbaijani musician excelling both as a performer and composer
Amirov, Mashadi Jamil 1875 1928 a famous Azerbaijani tar player and singer. He performed in some of the mugam operas of Uzeyir Hajibeyov. He was the composer of the opera Seyfelmulk and the operetta Honest Girl
Amit-Kalev, Lotti
1934   composer living in Israel. Piano and harmony teacher. Graduated from the Rubin Music Academy in Tel Aviv in 1957. Music program editor in the 1950s at IDF radio station Galey Tzahal in Tel Aviv (NS)
Ammann, Benno
14 Jun. 1904
Gersau, Switzerland
14 Mar. 1986
Rome, Italy
Swiss composer and conductor (NS)
Ammerbach, Elias Nikolas
c. 1530
Naumberg, nr. Leipzig, Germany
29 Jan. 1597
Leipzig, Germany
a German organist and arranger of organ music of the Renaissance. He published the earliest printed book of organ music in Germany. Ammerbach developed a method of music notation for keyboard playing, known as tablature, which was specifically adapted for organ. His method became known as the "new German organ tablature" and involved letter notation for the pitches with rhythmic symbols placed above
Ammirati, John Lewis [Lonesome John] 10 Nov. 1944   American popular composer and lyricist
Ammon, Blasius (see Amon, Blasius)      
Ammons, Gene (Eugene) "Jug"
14 Apr. 1925
Chicago, USA
23 Jul. 1974
Chicago, USA
the son of outstanding boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons, Gene Ammons grew up in Chicago and first became nationally known as a member of Billy Eckstine's innovative bebop big band during 1944-47; he also played in Woody Herman's big band (1949). He and versatile saxophonist Sonny Stitt then formed a touring band (1950-52) that featured their improvised "battles"; Ammons spent the rest of his career leading his own groups. At the height of his popularity, Ammons served a prison sentence (1962-69) for a narcotics violation.
Ammons' 1950 recording "My Foolish Heart" was a rhythm-and-blues hit. For most of his career he played straightforward, lyrical jazz, at first in a style strongly influenced by Lester Young. As he developed a rich tone, he used rests and dynamic contrasts to create vivid phrasing in blues ("Blue Hymn") and standard songs ("Exactly Like You," "Angel Eyes"). He was among the first jazz saxophonists to work regularly in the popular tenor saxophone and organ "soul" idiom; his melodic variations and dramatic instincts lent character and musical integrity to otherwise sentimental material. He recorded a series of all-star albums with the likes of trumpeter Art Farmer and saxophonist John Coltrane in the 1950s, and later he performed frequently with fellow bebop saxophonists that included Stitt, James Moody, and Dexter Gordon (NS)
Amner, John
23/4 Aug. 1579
Ely, England
28 Jul. 1641
Ely, England
organist and choirmaster at Ely Cathedral, composer of church music, in particular a collection of 26 anthems entitled Sacred Hymnsof 3, 4, 5 and 6 parts for Voyces and Vyols (pub. 1615) (NS)
Amner, Ralph fl. from 1605 3 Mar. 1664 Gentleman of the English Chapel Royal and composer
Amodei, Cataldo
Sciacca, nr. Agrigento, Italy
Naples, Italy
Sicilian composer (NS)
Amodei, Roberto 1 Oct. 1880   Italian pianist, composer, and musicologist
Amon (Ammon), Blasius
c. 1560
Imst, Austria
between 1-21 Jun. 1590
Vienna, Austria
singer with the court orchestra of Archduke Ferdinand II in Innsbruck and later at Heiligenkreuz; from 1587 Franciscan monk in Vienna. Composed mainly church music
Amon, Johannes Andreas
Bamberg, Germany
29 Mar. 1825
Willerstein, Germany
German composer, conductor and horn player (NS)
Amorose, Anthony Alfred 21 May 1918   American popular composer, lyricist, and singer
Amoroso, Francesco 1874 1916 Italian wind composer
Amory, Anton Herman 18 Nov. 1862 14 Oct. 1930 Dutch teacher, conductor, and composer
Amos, Keith
1939   English conductor, pianist, trombonist, and composer
Amott, John 1798 9 Feb. 1865 English organist, choral conductor, and composer
Amps, William 18 Dec. 1824 20 May 1910 English organist, conductor, and composer
Ampuja, Raine
24 Jan 1958
Helsinki, Finland
  conductor of Kaartin Soittokunta, the Finnish Army Band in Helsinki, French horn player, musical consultant to STM-musiikki in band music and composer (NS)
Amram, David (Werner III)
17 Nov. 1930
Philadelphia, USA
  described by The Boston Globe has "the Renaissance man of American music.", Amram has composed over 100 orchestral and chamber works, written two operas, and early in his career, wrote many scores for theatre and films, including Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate. He plays French horn, piano, guitar, numerous flutes and whistles, percussion, and a variety of folkloric instruments from 25 countries.
Amsberry, Robert Wayne 2 Jun. 1928 20 Nov. 1957
Portland, USA
American actor and songwriter (NS)
Amsden, Arthur 1 Jan. 1865 1925 American wind conductor and composer
Amsel, Peter
Toronto, Canada
  Canadian composer whose compositions include works for diverse solo instruments, chamber music, choral music and orchestral works. He has had numerous commissions, including works for Alcides Lanza and Robert Jones (piano duo) for a concert at McGill University in 1992 as well as the first Ottawa Chamber Music Festival in 1994 (NS)
Amsterdam, Chet 20 Aug. 1926   American popular composer and musician
Amsterdam, Morey
14 Dec. 1908
Chicago, Illinois, USA
28 Oct. 1996
Los Angeles, California, USA
American composer, writer, and actor (NS)
Amy, Gilbert
29 Aug. 1936
Paris, France
  pupil of Boulez; French composer whose works include Jeu for 1 to 4 oboes and a cycle for 6 percussionists (NS)
Ana (Anna), Francesco d'
c. 1460 late 1502, or before 6 Feb. 1503 Italian composer and organist (NS)
Anaguino, Spirito fl. 1617-25   Italian composer
Anastas, Mounir
  Palestinian composer mostly of chamber works that have been performed in Europe and elsewhere. He has been resident in France since 1981 (NS)
Anbild, Karol
16 Feb. 1925
Katowice, Poland
1 Mar. 2008
Kielce, Poland
Polish conductor and composer (NS)
Ancelin, Pierre
25 October 1934
Cannes, France
19 Dec. 2001 French born composer and writer; his output includes operas, chamber music, etc. (NS)
Anchieta, Juan de
Azpeitia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
30 Jul. 1523
Azpeitia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
a relative of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order. Composer to the courts of Castille and Aragon, who wrote church music in Latin and secular songs in Spanish. He retired in 1519 to become a parish priest at Azpeitia (NS)
Anchors, William fl. 1726   psalmodist who published 'A choice collection of psalm-tunes' (c. 1726)
Ancina, (Giovanni) Giovenale (in England known as John Juvenal)
19 Oct. 1545
Fossano, Savoy
31 Aug. 1604
Saluzzo, Savoy
Italian music editor, composer, and possibly writer on music (NS)
Ancliffe, Charles
13 Mar. 1914
Stockholm, Sweden
4 Jan. 1972
Malmö, Sweden
Swedish composer, pianist, and conductor (NS)
Andergassen, Günther 17 Apr. 1930
Margreid, Austria
  composer and musicologist
Anders, Erich [Freiherr Wolff von Gudenberg] 29 Aug. 1883 8 Jan. 1955 German music critic, administrator, agent, and composer
Anders, Hendrik
Oberweissbach, Thüringen
c. 14 Mar. 1714
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Netherlands composer, organist, violinist, and carillonneur of German origin (NS)
Anders, John Frank [Andy; Jon Dersan; Bennnie Francis] 24 Apr. 1907 18 Dec. 1983 American popular composer, lyricist, and singer (NS)
Andersen, Anton Jögen 10 Oct. 1845 9 Sep. 1926 Swedish cellist and composer of Norwegian birth
Andersen, Arthur Olaf 30 Jan. 1880 11 Jan. 1958 American composer and educator
Andersen, Bo 10 Nov. 1963   Danish composer, organist, and musicologist
Andersen, Carl Joachim 29 Apr. 1847 7 May 1909 Danish flautist and composer
Andersen, Eric1943 singer-songwriter of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk revivial. He is best known for two songs Thirsty Boots and Violets of Dawn
Andersen, Johan Fritz Em 14 Feb. 1829 1910 Danish pianist and composer
Andersen, Karl August 29 Sep. 1903 15 Aug. 1970 Norwegian composer and cellist
Andersen, Martin Stig
  Danish electroacoustic composer
Andersen, Michael 26 Jan. 1938   American composer, author, and conductor
Andersen-Wingar, Alfred Nikolai 15 Oct. 1869 21 Apr. 1952 Norwegian composer, conductor, violinist, and violist
Anderson, Avril 10 Jun. 1953   co-artistic director, with David Sutton-Anderson, of Sounds Positive ensemble. Has written works for orchestra, chorus, instrumental ensembles, solo instruments and voice. Composer-in-Residence, Young Place (London Contemporary Dance School). PRS Composer-in-Education 1997
Anderson, Barry 22 Feb. 1935
Stratford, New Zealand
27 May 1987
Paris, France
Barry Anderson died tragically in Paris a few hours after the premiere of his IRCAM commission, Arc (bass clarinet, string quartet and tape). Barry Anderson's music was firmly based in the post-Webern idiom, dissonant but elegantly crafted, and at its best, brilliantly orchestrated with computer generated sounds. He founded the West Square Electronic Music Studio in Kennington, London in 1971
Anderson, Beth [Barbara Elizabeth]
3 Jan. 1950
Lexington, Kentucky
  Beth Anderson received her musical education in California with John Cage, Terry Riley, Robert Ashley and Larry Austin at the Mills College and the University of California Davis. As well as composing she is active as a critic, pianist and vocalist
Anderson, Carol Grace 7 Oct. 1945   American country composer, lyricist and singer
Anderson, David Sutton
London, UK
  David Sutton-Anderson studied with John Lambert at The Royal College of Music, where he now teaches composition in the Junior Department, and at the Cologne Musikhochschule with Mauricio Kagel. Awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, the Composition Prize of the City of Mons and the Gemini Fellowship
Anderson, Edmund 19 Sep. 1912   American popular composer, writer, and producer
Anderson, Frank H., Jr. 9 Apr. 1895 4 Jan. 1952 American popular composer, author, pianist, singer, and conductor
Anderson, Garland Lee 10 Jun. 1933   American composer and pianist
Anderson, George Frederickfl. 19th century noted violinist and Master of the Queen's Music (1848-70)
Anderson, James Smith 30 Jun. 1853 17 Jan. 1945 English organist, teacher, editor, and composer
Anderson, Jean
Bradford, England
  British-born composer who now lives and works in Canada
Anderson, John 1737 5 Jun. 1808 English violinist and composer
Anderson, John 13 Dec. 1955   American country-music and rock singer and songwriter
Anderson, John Maxwell 11 Aug. 1948   American composer
Anderson, Julian
London, UK
  Julian Anderson studied composition with John Lambert, Alexander Goehr and Tristan Murail. His first acknowledged work, Diptych (1990) for orchestra, won the 1992 Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Young Composers
Anderson, Laurie (Phillips)
5 Jun. 1947
Chicago, IL
  after her 1981 lone hit "O Superman," Anderson remained firmly grounded within the realm of performance art, her ambitious multimedia projects encompassing not only music but also film, mime, visual projections, dance, and — most importantly — spoken and written language, the cornerstone of all of her work
Anderson, Leroy
29 Jun. 1908
Cambridge, MA, USA
18 May 1975
Woodbury, CT, USA
famous for his “concert music with a pop quality” (his own words), Leroy Anderson possessed not merely a skill in technique and a rich melodic gift, but also an engaging sense of humor. He was particularly successful in creating descriptive pieces that effectively borrowed sounds and rhythms of the extramusical world, such as the ticking of a clock, the clicking of a typewriter, and the ringing of sleigh bells. Anderson first studied music with his mother, who was a church organist. He earned a B.A. degree in music at Harvard University in 1929 and an M.A. degree in foreign language there the following year. As a student, he conducted the Harvard Band from 1928 to 1930. He became a music instructor at Radcliffe College from 1930 to 1932 and returned to Harvard as band conductor from 1932 to 1935. Later, he served as a church choir director, an organist, a conductor, and a composer-arranger, whose works in the “encore” category have few equals
Anderson, Mary Beth 26 Jul. 1954   American popular composer, lyricist, and singer
Anderson, Pink19001974South Carolina blues singer and guatarist who wrote the songs I Got Mine, Travelin' Man and Every Day of the Week which were popular with 60s revival singers
Anderson, R. Alex     during the Golden Era of Hawaiian Music, some of best "Hawaiian" songs were written by R. Alex Anderson, a confessed 'non-professional'. Anderson, a Honolulu business executive with no musical training and no knowledge of the Hawaiian language, nevertheless composed well over one hundred 'Island' songs, some of which, like Lovely Hula Hands have become standards
Anderson, Robert 6 May 1835 22 Nov. 1882 Scottish amateur musician and composer
Anderson, Robert Alexander 6 Jun. 1894   American popular songwriter
Anderson, (Evelyn) Ruth
21 Mar. 1928   Ruth Anderson is a minoritary composer, some of whose works have been published by the label Opus One, a label devoted to women composers and minority musics. Among the works this label has released of her compositions, mention must be made of "Dump", a piece consisting in a strange sonic collage composed by means of tape, which was released in 1970, where the author uses radio and TV ads, at the same time drawing her inspiration from contemporary references so as to develop her ideas. Another work by this author also released by the label Opus One is "I come out of your sleep", appeared in 1979, a composition in which Ruth Anderson utilizes sounds manipulated in an electronic environment. In 1973 this same label releases her work "SUM" ("State of the Union Message"), another sonic collage produced with the use of tape
Anderson, Thomas Jefferson jr.
17 Aug. 1928
Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA
  he has received degrees from West Virginia State College, Penn State University, and a Ph.D in Composition from the University of Iowa. He also holds several honorary degrees. After serving as Chairman of the Department of Music at Tufts University for eight years, Thomas Jefferson Anderson became Austin Fletcher Professor of Music and in 1990 became Austin Fletcher Professor of Music Emeritus. He now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he devotes full time to writing music
Anderson, William Henry
21 Apr. 1882
London, England
12 Apr. 1955
Winnipeg, Manitoba
he studied voice and composition with private teachers before winning two scholarships to attend the Guildhall School of Music, London. He studied voice in Italy with Garcia and Battistini and was later tenor soloist in London at St. Stephen's Walbrooke Church and St. Paul's Cathedral, before moving and working in Canada
Anderson, William 6 Jan. 1799 15 Sep. 1872 Scottish minister, compiler of sacred works, and composer
Anderson, W.H. (William Henry) 21 Apr. 1882 12 Apr. 1955 Canadian composer, choirmaster, and tenor
Anderssén, Alfred 4 Aug. 1887 10 Sep. 1940 Finnish conductor, critic, and composer
Andersson, Åke 1944
  Finnish composer who has worked with electronic music
Andersson, Benny 1 Jan. 1946
  composer, actor, songwriter; a member of the 1970s musical phenomenon ABBA, Benny Anderson later wrote scores for Swedish films
Andersson, Ellen 17 Oct. 1884   Danish pianist and composer
Andersson, Magnus 1953   Swedish trombonist and composer
Andersson, Otto (Emanuel) 27 Apr. 1879 27 Dec. 1969 Finnish musicologist, folklorist, and composer
Andersson, (Ernst Christian) Richard 22 Sep. 1851 20 May 1918 Swedish pianist, teacher, and composer
Anderton, Howard Orsmond 20 Apr. 1861 1 Feb. 1934 English composer and writer
Anderton, Thomas 15 Apr. 1836 October 1903 English composer, organist, and critic
Anding, Johann Michael25 Aug. 18109 Aug. 1879German composer
Andlauer, Louis Marie François18771915organist at Notre-Dames-des-Champs and Eglise Saint-Eloi in Paris. He wrote Two Short Pieces for Organ published in book one of Les Maitres Contemporains de l'Orgue in 1911
Andolfi, Otello 20 Feb. 1887   Italian violoncellist, writer, administrator, and composer
Andovska, Darija
2 Jan. 1979
Skopje, Macedonia
  Macedonian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and vocal works
Andrade, Jean-Auguste c.1793
Gironde, France
  French tenor and composer of romances and a Nouvelle Méthode de chant
Andrasovan, Tibor 3 Apr. 1917
Slovenská Lupca
  Slovak conductor and composer
André, Charles-Louis-Joseph
23 Feb. 1765
Ath, Belgium
8 Apr. 1839
Malines, Belgium
Belgian composer, organist and choral director
Andre, Fabian
8 Jan. 1910
La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA
30 Mar. 1960
Mexico City, Mexico
American composer, best known for cowriting the music of Dream a Little Dream of Me with Wilbur Schwandt in 1931
André, Fabrizio De (see De André, Fabrizio)   
André, Jean Baptiste (Andreas) 7 Mar. 1823 9 Dec. 1882 German pianist and composer
André, Johann (Jean) 28 Mar. 1741
Offenbach-am-Main, Germany
18 Jun. 1799
Offenbach-am-Main, Germany
German composer and music publisher
André, Johann Anton 6 Oct. 1775
Offenbach, Germany
6 Apr. 1842
Offenbach, Germany
German composer and publisher. In 1799, when he became head of the music-publishing firm founded by his father (founded in 1774), he contacted Constanze, Mozart's widow, and negotiated the purchase of a large number of Mozart’s manuscripts. These were published in generally excellent editions over the coming years. He also published in 1805 Mozart’s own catalogue of compositions covering the period from February 1784 until November 1791. He further made an attempt to catalogue Mozart’s earlier works. As well, he was involved in the ongoing controversy as to the accuracy and authenticity of the Requiem K.626, his firm bringing out two editions of the work, one in 1827 and another in 1829
André, José 17 Jan. 1881 13 Jul. 1944 Argentine composer
Andre, Julius
1806   music publisher who is believed to have completed Mozart's Sonata for 4-hands in G major which he published in 1853
André, Mark
Paris, France
  French composer of mostly chamber works
André le Chapelain (see Andreas Capellanus)   
Andreae, Carolus   1627 German composer
Andreae, Volkmar 5 Jul. 1879
Berne, Switzerland
19 Jun. 1962
Zürich, Switzerland
Swiss conductor and composer
Andreas Capellanus
fl. 12th century author of a treatise commonly entitled De amore ("On Love"), and often known in English as 'The Art of Courtly Love'. Nothing is known of Andreas Capellanus's life, but he is presumed to have been a courtier of Marie of Troyes, and probably of French origin; he sometimes known by a French translation of his name, André le Chapelain
Andreas de Florentia c. 1415   Italian composer and organist
Andreas of Crete, St.
c. 650
composer of hymns
André de Huy (see Huy, André de)    
Andrée, Elfrida 19 Feb. 1841
Visby, Sweden
11 Jan. 1929
Göteborg, Sweden
Swedish organist, conductor and composer
Andreescu, Horia     Romanian composer and conductor
Andreevska, Jana
27 Apr. 1967
Skopje, Macedonia
  Macedonian composer of orchestral, choral, vocal, and piano works
Andrejs, Jaroslav 1919   Czech administrator and composer
Andreoli, Alessandro 8 Jan. 1900   Italian composer
Andreoli, Carlo 8 Jan. 1840 22 Jan. 1908 Italian pianist, composer, and conductor
Andreoli, Guglielmo, Senior 22 Apr. 1835 13 Mar. 1860 Italian pianist and composer
Andreoli, Guglielmo, Junior 9 Jan. 1862 26 Apr. 1932 Italian pianist, violinist, conductor, and composer
Andreozzi, Gaetano [called Jommellino] 22 May 1775
Aversa, Italy
21 or 24 Dec. 1826
Paris, France
Italian opera composer and singing teacher. He studied with his uncle Jommelli, whence his nickname 'Jommellino'. His most successful opera was La principessa filosofa
Andreozzi, Maria, Marquise de Bottini 1802
1858 composer who was elected an honorary member of the Academie des Philharmoniques of Bologna
Andres, Bernard 1941
Belfort, France
  French composer particularly of music for the harp
Andrès, Camillo 1863 Aug. 1904 organist and composer
Andresen, Mogens 1945   educated privately in Denmark and England. Has worked as a bass trombonist in several orchestras, including The Royal Danish Orchestra. Composes and arranges music, especially for brass. Member of the ”Royal Danish Brass”
Andress, Walter 2 Feb. 1904   Austrian composer and conductor
Andrevi y Castellar, Francisco 7 Nov. 1786 23 Nov. 1853 Spanish composer
Andrews, Addison Fletcher 2 Apr. 1857   American composer
Andrews, Curcy H., Jr. [Bud] 5 Jul. 1940   American popular composer, writer, and musician
Andrews, Edward Hoffmann 7 Feb. 1836
  American pianist and composer
Andrews, George Whitfield186118 Aug. 1932American organist and composer. He became musical director in Oberlin in 1903, where he also had studied. He was the organist of Second Church in Oberlin for almost 50 years. At the Oberlin Conservatory he taught organ and composition since 1886. Andrews was one of the founders of the American Guild of Organists
Andrews, H.K. (Herbert Kennedy)10 Aug. 190410 Oct. 1965Northern Irish music scholar, teacher, organist, composer, and editor
Andrews, James William12 Aug. 1945 American administrator, wind conductor, flute teacher, composer, and arranger
Andrews, Jenny [Mrs. John Holman née Constant]1817
29 Apr. 1878published a set of vocal exercises, songs and piano pieces
Andrews, Mark21 Mar. 1875
10 Dec. 1939American composer, organist, and conductor
Andrews, Nicola Ellis
Wrexham, North Wales
  English flautist and composer
Andrews, Richard Hoffmann 22 Nov. 1803 8 Jun. 1891 English actor, teacher, publisher, violinist, editor, and composer
Andrews, Richard Hoffmann, Jr. 24 May 1831
  American pianist and composer
Andreyev, Samuel
Kincardine, Ontario, Canada
  Canadian oboist, poet and composer mostly of chamber works
Andreyev, Vassily Vassil'yevich
15 Jan. 1861 26 Dec. 1918 in the late nineteenth-century, the Russian nobleman, Vassily Vassilievich Andreyev, embarked on a project to standardize the balalaika for orchestral use. Andreyev, with the assistance of luthiers, developed the multiple balalaika sizes and tunings in use today. He arranged many traditional Russian folk songs and melodies for the orchestra and also composed many tunes of his own
Andriasov, Iosaf [Ovsep Andreasian]
7 Apr. 1933
Moscow, USSR
16 Nov. 2000
New York, NY, USA
Russian composer of three symphonies, Concertino for trumpet and orchestra, Concertino for clarinet and orchestra, Concerto for French horn and orchestra, Variations in Five Movements for symphony orchestra, musical sketches for various instruments and orchestra, Passacaglia for trumpet, trombone and strings, Meditation for French horn and strings, string quartet, piano trio, cantata To the Mother-Earth (poetry by Vladimir Lazarev), as well as numerous works for choir, voice and many other instruments. Andriasov left the USSR in 1979 to live in the United States
Andric, Josip 14 Mar. 1894 7 Dec. 1967 composer of about 700 songs, an opera Duzijanca for tamburitza, collector of almost 2000 folk songs, he was already conducting at the age of 15. He wrote widely on Slovak music and produced the first grammar of the Slovak language: Slovnica Slovackog jezika (HKD Sv. Jeronima Zagreb, 1942). In his weekly Obitelj ('Family') he wrote articles against Hitler during the 1930s. During the Second World War he was arrested by the Gestapo, but after three months spent in prison, upon intervention of the Slovak government, he was released
Andricu, Mihail G(heorghe) 3 Jan. 1895 (Old Style 22 Dec. 1894) 4 Feb. 1974 Romanian composer, pianist, and critic
Andries, Jean 25 Apr. 1798
Ghent, The Netherlands
21 Jan. 1872
Ghent, The Netherlands
violonist, composer, teacher and writer on music
Andriessen, Cornelis (Kees) 28 Jan. 1865 22 Jan. 1947 Dutch conductor and composer
Andriessen, Hendrik [Hendricus Franciscus] 17 Sep. 1892
Haarlem, The Netherlands
12 Apr. 1981
Heemstede, The Netherlands
brother of Willem; composer of choral, symphonic and organ works; his Masses make use of Gregorian chant
Andriessen, Juriaan 15 Nov. 1925
Haarlem, The Netherlands
23 Aug. 1996 son of Hendrik; composer of Concertante for 4 trumpets and orchestra and Homage to Milhaud for 11 instruments
Andriessen, Louis (Joseph)
6 Jun. 1939
Utrecht, The Netherlands
1 Jul. 2021
Weesp, The Netherlands
brother of above; pupil of his father and of Berio; works include Sweet for recorder and Contra tempus for 23 musicians
Andriessen, Nicolaas Hendrik 9 May 1845 16 May 1913 Dutch organist and composer
Andriessen, Willem (Christiaan Nicolaas) 25 Oct. 1887
Haarlem, Holland
29 Mar. 1964
Amsterdam, Holland
composer of choral and orchestral works
Andrieu Contredit d’Arras (see Arras, Andrieu Contredit d’)   
Andrieu, François
fl. late fourteenth century   Andrieu is known only from the ballade Armes amours, written on the death of Machaut in 1377 to the text by Eustache Deschamps
Andrieu, Fernand 6 Aug. 1863 15 Feb. 1935 French pedagogue, publisher, and wind composer
Andrieu, Jean-François d' (see Dandrieu, Jean-François)   
Andrikopoulos, Dimitris 1971
  Greek-born composer who works in the Netherlands
Andrino, José Escolástico 1837 14 Jul. 1862 Salvadorian pedagogue and composer
Andrix, George
15 Jun. 1932   Canadian string player and composer
Androet, Cesare 1827 1889 Italian wind composer
Androsch, Peter
12 Jan. 1963
Wels, Austria
  composer who studied at the Bruckner conservatory in Linz and from 1984 with M. Rüegg at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna
Androet, Cesare 1827 1889 Italian wind composer
Andrus, Donald 1935   American composer
Andrzejowski, Adam 1880 1920 Polish violinist and composer
Anduza, d' Clara fl. 1200s   composer
Anelli, Achille 23 Mar. 1887   Italian piano and voice teacher and composer resident in the United States
Anello, Ann Marie 13 Sep. 1954   American popular composer, lyricist, singer, actress, and dancer
Anerio, Felice
c. 1560
Rome, Italy
26 or 27 Sep. 1614
Rome, Italy
boy-soprano in the Cappella Giulia and later Palestrina's successor as composer to the Papal Chapel. His canzonette had an influence on Thomas Morley's well-known book of Canzonets to Two Voyces
Anerio, Giovanni Francesco
c. 1567
Rome, Italy
12 Jun. 1630
Graz, Austria
brother of above, composer of masses, madrigals and motets and for a number of years maestro di cappella at Verona Cathedral
Anessy, Joseph Jacques Auguste 25 Apr. 1800 2 Jan. 1871 French conductor and composer
Anet, Jean-Jacques-Baptiste [known as Baptiste] 2 Jan. 1676 14 Aug. 1755 French violinist and composer
Anfossi, Giovanni 6 Jan. 1864   Italian composer, pianist, and conductor
Anfossi, Giuseppe 19 May 1846 1920 Italian composer
Anfossi, Pasquale
5 Apr. 1727
Taggia, Naples, Italy
Feb. 1797
Rome, Italy
church musician in Rome and also a writer of operas including La Finta Giardiniera, to a libretto later used by Mozart; between 1781 and 1783 he conducted the Italian opera in London
Angel, Alfred 1816 24 May 1876 English organist, choirmaster, and composer
Angelelli, Carlo 5 Sep. 1872   Italian pianist and composer
Angeleri, Giuseppe Maria fl. 1678-91   Italian composer
Angelet, Charles-François
18 Nov. 1797
Ghent, Belgium
20 Dec. 1832
Brussels, Belgium
pianist and composer
Angeli, Andrea d' 9 Nov. 1868
Padua, Italy
28 Oct. 1940
Rome, Italy
Italian composer and writer on music
Angeli, Enrico 16 Dec. 1820 25 Jan. 1844 Italian composer and pianist
Angeli, Francesco Maria ["Il Rivotorto"] 1632 23 Dec. 1697 Italian composer
Angelini, Angelo 1885 1973 Italian wind composer
Angelini, Baldassare between 27 Oct. 1739 and 27 Aug. 1740   Italian composer
Angelini, Giovanni Andrea 14 May 1969
Bucharest, Romania
  Romanian composer mostly of orchestral and chamber works
Angelini, Louis A. 13 Jun. 1935   American teacher and composer
Angelini, Orazio fl. 1583-92   Italian composer
Angell, Warren Mathewson 13 May 1907   American religious composer and educator
Angelo, Gioacchino
9 Aug. 1899
Palermo, Italy
14 Oct. 1971
Rome, Italy
Italian conductor and composer of operas, ballets, orchestral music and film scores
Angeloni, Carlo 16 Jul. 1834
Lucca, Italy
13 Jan. 1901
Lucca, Italy
Italian composer, teacher, and bandmaster
Angely, Ludwig 1 Feb. 1787 16 Nov. 1835 German composer
Anger, (Joseph) Humfrey 3 Jun. 1862
11 Jun. 1913 Canadian teacher, composer, organist, and conductor
Anger, Ludwig 5 Sep. 1813 18 Jan. 1870 German composer
Angerer, Paul
16 May 1927
Vienna, Austria
  Austrian violist, conductor and composer
Anghel, Irinel
14 May 1969
  Romanian composer mostly of orchestral and chamber works
Angiolini, (Domenico Maria) Gaspero [pseudonym: Angelo Gasparini] 9 Feb. 1731 5 Feb. 1803 Italian choreographer, dancer, and composer
Ang Kim Huai Tee, Minni
1 Jan. 1966
Kelantan, Malaysia
  Malaysian composer Minni Ang Kim Huai Tee completed her basic musical studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, specializing in performance before continuing her studies in London, where she learned percussion teaching, and to Kuala Lumpur, to study piano, besides having a career in physics at the University of Malaya
Anglebert, d', Jean Henri 1635 (although some sources suggest 1628)
Paris, France
Paris, France
court harpsichordist; composer particularly for organ and harpsichord. D'Anglebert's 22 Variations sur les Folies d'Espagne, published in Pièces de clavecin (1689) are possibly the first published keyboard melodic variations on the folia, preceding those of Pasquini (in manuscript from the 1690s), Alessandro Scarlatti (1715) and C.P.E. Bach (1778). D'Anglebert's Variations had great popularity and longevity, for they are also found in a late eighteenth-century German manuscript
Anglebert, d', Jean Baptiste Henri 1661
Paris, France
Paris, France
succeeded his father (see above) as court harpsichordist, to be in turn succeeded by Couperin.
Anglés, Rafael 1730 9 Feb. 1816 Spanish organist and composer
Anglesi, Domenico between c. 1610-1615 after 28 August 1669 Italian composer and instrumentalist
Angst, Adolf 8 Mar. 1920   German wind composer
Angulo, Eduardo
Puebla, Mexico
  at the age of five he began piano lessons with his mother. At the age of seven he was accepted to the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, graduating with honours in 1973. Continuing his post-graduate studies in violin and composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, he received that institution's Award of Excellence upon graduation in 1975. Angulo subsequently began a concert career as a violin and piano soloist, performing throughout Europe, the United States and Mexico
Angulo, Hector 13 Sep. 1932   Cuban composer of Cantos Yoruba de Cuba for guitar
Angulo, Manuel 11 Oct. 1930   Spanish composer and pedagogue
Angus, John fl. 1543-95   Scottish composer best known for his settings of the canticles. These are treated in the same way as metrical psalm-settings, each with its own 'proper' tune, and range from simple chordal arrangements to more florid contrapuntal settings
Anhalt, Istvan
12 Apr. 1919
Budapest, Hungary
  his academic training was carried out at the Royal Hungarian Academy of Music and the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris. His composition teachers were Zoltán Kodály and Nadia Boulanger; he received instruction in conducting from Louis Fourestier and in piano from Soulima Stravinsky before moving to and working in Canada
Anichini, Francesco 4 Oct. 1830 22 Jun. 1901 Italian theory teacher and composer
Animuccia, Giovanni
c. 1520
Florence, Italy
20 Mar. 1571
Rome, Italy
an Italian musical composer of the Renaissance. He was one of the best-known contemporaries (possibly even teacher) of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina in the Roman School of composers, and was influential in the development of the polyphonic laude at Rome. He was a friend of Filippo Neri and first maestro di cappella of the Oratory at S. Girolamo
Animuccia, Paolo c. 1500
Florence, Italy
possible Rome, Italy
brother of Giovanni, was also celebrated as a composer; he is said by Fetis to have been maestro di capella at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome from the middle of January 1550 until 1552
Aniolkiewicz, Czeslaw 22 Jan. 1905   Polish composer and pianist
Anjos, Dionisio de c. 1638 19 Jan. 1709 Portuguese composer and harpist
Anjos de Gouvea, Simao dos fl. 1611   Portuguese composer
Anka, Paul Albert
30 Jul. 1941
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
 Lebanese-Canadian singer and songwriter
Anker, Engelbert 30 Sep. 1904 3 Oct. 1976 Austrian wind director and composer
Anklin, Guido 22 Aug. 1922   Swiss teacher, wind director, and composer
Anna Amalia, Princess of Prussia (see Amalia, Anna von Preußen)      
Anna Amalia, Herzogin von Saxe Weimar (see Amalia, Anna, Herzogin von Saxe Weimar)      
Anna Maria, Duchess of Prussia 1532 1568 composer
Anna Sophie, Landgravine of Hesse-Darmstadt 1638 1683 composer
Anner, Emil 23 Feb. 1870 6 Feb. 1925 Swiss composer and wind conductor
Annovazzi, Napoleone 14 Aug. 1907 7 May 1984 Italian conductor and composer
Annunciaçao, Gabriel da c. 1526 14 Jun. 1603 Portuguese organist, copyist, and composer
Anogion (or Anoneon), Loudovikos ton     Cretan singer of folk music
Anokhin, Andrey Viktorovich 1874 31 Aug. 1931 ), Russian ethnographer and composer
Anosov, Nikolai (Pavlovich) 18 (Old Style 18) Feb. 1900 2 Dec. 1962 Russian conductor, pedagogue, and composer
Anrooy, Peter (Gilbert) van [Anrooij] 13 Oct. 1879 31 Dec. 1954 Dutch conductor and composer
Ansanus S fl. 1515   Italian composer
Ansell, John 26 Mar. 1874
Marlow, England
remembered today for his Nautical Overture Plymouth Hoe (1914) in which he cleverly linked many seafaring themes. At one time Ansell was assistant conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and he was also in demand in London’s theatreland
Anselmi, Giuseppe 16 Nov. 1876 27 May 1929 Italian tenor, violinist, and composer
Ansermet, Ernest
11 Nov. 1883
Vevay, Switzerland
20 Feb. 1969 Swiss conductor and composer, a noted champion of early twentieth-century works apart from those of Arnold Schoenberg and his colleagues, known as the second Viennese School
Ansiaux, Jean-Hubert-Joseph 16 Dec. 1781
Huy, Belgium
4 Dec. 1826
Huy, Belgium
organist and composer
Ansink, Caroline
8 Aug. 1959
Amsterdam, Holland
  she studied flute with Abbie de Quant at the Utrecht Conservatorium, where she obtained her diploms Docerend Musicus (1985) and Uitvoerend Musicus (1986). From 1983 to 1988, she studied composition with Joep Straesser and won the composition prize in 1989, after which she has studied with the Korean composer Isang Yun
Anson, Bill 15 Nov. 1907   American songwriter
Anson, George 3 Jul. 1904   American composer and educator
Anson, Hugo 18 Oct. 1894
Wellington, New Zealand
4 Aug. 1958
composer of chamber music and of the national song New Zealand
Ansorge, Conrad 15 October 1862 13 Feb. 1930 German pianist and composer
Anspach, Elizabeth, Margravine of [Elizabeth Craven] 17 Dec. 1750 13 Jan. 1828 English composer and playwright
Antalffy-Zsiross, Desider von 24 Jul. 1885 29 Apr. 1945 Hungarian composer
Antcliffe, Herbert 30 Jul. 1875   English musicologist and composer
Antegnati, Costanzo bap. 9 Dec. 1549 14 Nov. 1624 Italian organist, composer and organ builder; member of a famous family of organ builders. He was organist of Brescia cathedral from 1584-1619, and published volumes of Masses and psalms for double choir, motets and madrigals; also a volume of organ ricercars (1608) containing an introduction entitled L'arte organica, which discusses registration and lists the organs his family had built
Antes, John
24 Mar. 1740
Frederick Township, Pennsylvania
17 Dec. 1811
Bristol, England
composer, watchmaker, inventor, instrument maker, missionary and officer of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum or United Brethren)
Antheil, George (Johan Carl)
8 Jul. 1900
Trenton, USA
12 Feb. 1959
New York, USA
trained as an endocrinologist; composer of operas, ballets, film music, including a Ballet Mécanique which includes aeroplane propellors, bells and motor horns. He wrote one hit song, Careless Lover (1954)
Antheunis, Gentiel Theodoor 9 Sep. 1840
Audenarde, Belgium
5 Aug. 1907
Ixelles, Belgium
Belgian composer, poet and teacher
Anthiome, Eugène Jean Baptist 19 Aug. 1836 1911 French teacher and composer
Anthonello da Caserta fl. late 14th-early 15th centuries   Italian composer
Anthony, Cristofferus fl. c. 1440-70   composer
Anthony, Malcolm [Zyal Ahmonuel] 24 May 1950   American songwriter
Antico, Andrea [de Antiquis (Venetus), de Montona, Andreas Antiquus, Antiquo, Antigo] c. 1480 after 1539 Italian engraver, publisher, and composer
Antignani, Luca
8 Apr. 1976
Alatri, Italy
  Italian composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, piano and electroacoustic works
Antill, John (Henry) 8 Apr. 1904
Sydney, N.S.W.
29 Dec. 1986
Sydney, Australia
composer of Ballet Suite Corroboree based on Australian aboriginal dances
Antipov, Konstantin Afanas'yevich 1858 or 1859   Russian composer
Antiquis, A(dam) de fl. early 16th century   Italian composer
Antiquis, Andrea de (see Antico, Andrea)      
Antiquis, Giovanni Jacopo de fl. 1574-1606   Italian composer
Antle, Gary Wayne 10 Feb. 1954   American composer, author, and singer
Antoine (or Anthoin), Ferdinand d' fl. 1780-92   German soldier, composer, and aesthetician
Antoine, Georges (Armand Marie)
28 Apr. 1892
Liège, Belgium
15 Nov. 1918
Bruges, Belgium
Belgian composer who after showing great promise died of a fever contracted during the First World War
Anton (Clemens Theodor) von Sachsen 27 Dec. 1755
Dresden, Germany
6 Jun. 1836
Dresden, Germany
German prince and composer
Anton, Barbara [B.J.] 3 Apr. 1936   American songwriter and singer
Anton, F. Max 2 Aug. 1877 18 Aug. 1939 German composer and conductor
Antone, Anthony 1906   guitarist, composer, author noted for his Antone's Ultramodern Book of all Practical Chords for Guitar published in 1931
Antonelli, Abundio   in or before 1629 Italian composer and teacher
Antonelli, Angelo fl. 1614-?1629   Italian composer
Antonelli, Armando 4 Sep. 1886   Italian double bass player and composer
Antonelli, Francesco fl. 1629   Italian composer
Antonelli, Giulio Cesar fl. 1606-49   Italian composer
Antoni, Antonio d' 25 Jun. 1801
Palermo, Italy
18 Aug. 1859
Trieste, Italy
Italian composer and conductor
Antonietti, Davide 4 Dec. 1836 21 Apr. 1898 Italian choir director and composer
Antonii, Giovanni Battista degli c.1636
Bologna, Italy
c.1696 Bologna, Italy
Antonii, Pietro degli 16 May 1639
Bologna, Italy
Bologna, Italy
cornetto player, violinist and composer
Antonini, Alfredo
31 May 1901
3 Nov. 1983
American conductor, composer and musical director for CBS-TV
Antonioni, Francesco
    he started composing at the age of eleven, graduated in Piano and Composition, and pursued the Diploma di Perfezionamento in Composition at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under the guidance of Azio Corghi. Later, as a Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother scholar, he went to study Composition with George Benjamin and Julian Anderson at the Royal College of Music in London, where he got his Diploma with Distinction and was awarded many prizes, including the Marjorie & Dorothy Whyte Memorial Award, as the most brilliant student of the year
Antoniotti, Giorgio [Antoniotti] 1692 1776 wrote 7 sonatas for cello solo and bass that made use of double stopping and broken chord figurations
Antoniou, Theodore
10 Feb. 1935
Athens, Greece
  composer, conductor, and professor of composition at Boston University. He studied violin, voice, and composition at the National Conservatory in Athens, with further studies in conducting and composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, and the International Music Center in Darmstadt. After holding teaching positions at Stanford University, the University of Utah, and the Philadelphia Musical Academy, he became professor of composition at Boston University in 1978
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Antunes, Jorge
23 Apr. 1942
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  he studied violin, composition and conducting, and majored in Physics. His post-graduate studies were pursued in Buenos Aires, Paris and Utrecht. In 1962 Antunes founded the Chromo-Music Research Studio and has since been recognized as one of the pioneers of electronic music in Brazil. In 1965 he began to explore the correspondences between sound and color, writing works which he called Cromoplastofonias
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Anzaghi, Davide
29 Nov. 1936
Milan, Italy
  Italian composer and teacher of composition
Anzalone, Andrea   1656 Italian composer and musician
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Anzalone, Giacinto 13 Mar. 1606 1656 Italian composer and musician
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