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B. (de), Mllefl. late 17th century composer of songs and airs who published in Paris in 1696
Baal, Johann1657
German violinist and composer
Baán, Jozef
Bratislava, Slovakia
 Czech composer
Baaren, Kees van
22 Oct. 1906
Enschede, The Netherlands
2 Sep. 1970
Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
composer whose works include Variations for orchestra, a piano concerto and a wind quartet
Babadjanian (or Babadzhanyan), Arno
22 Jan. 1921
Yerevan, Armenia
15 Nov. 1983
Yerevan, Armenia
his father was an accomplished folk musician, capable of a variety of folk instruments. During childhood, Babadjanian witnessed the Westernisation of music in Armenia: with the creation of the Armenian Philharmonic and the Union of Armenian Composers was formed in 1932; the opening of the Opera Theatre in Yerevan in 1933; and the première of Arno Babadjanian’s Symphony No. 1 in 1934. Babadjanian’s first formal lessons were at the Yerevan Conservatory with Vardkes Talian (1896-1947). Talian instilled a sense of Armenian musical history in Babadjanian by insisting that his young student study the folk traditions of his country, in addition to the music of the great Armenian composer and ethnomusicologist, Vartabed Komitas (1869-1935). He studied piano with Konstantin Igumnov (1873-1948) at the Moscow Conservatory
Babán, Graciánc. 1620
2 Feb. 1675
Spanish composer
Babayev, Andrei27 Dec. 1923
21 Oct. 1964
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Babbi, (Pietro Giovanni) Cristoforo (Bartolomeo Gasparre)6 May 1745
19 Nov. 1814
Italian violinist and composer
Babbi, Gregorioc. 1770-75c. 1815Italian bass singer, violinist, composer, and organist
Babbitt, Milton
10 May 1916
Philadelphia, USA
29 Jan. 2011
Princeton, USA
trained as a mathematician; his music is highly abstract, including the use of electrophonics
Babekov, Stoyan
16 Oct. 1936
Sofia, Bulgaria
 Bulgarian composer and conductor
Babell, Charlesfl. 1707-1714 known primarily as an editor of musical collections
Babell, Williamc. 1690
Canonbury, England
23 Sep. 1723
Canonbury, London
English composer and organist, his father and Dr. Pepusch being among his teachers. From some time after 1710, a musician in London concert halls 1718-23: Organist of All Hallows, Bread Street (London). Extant works include The Third Book of the Ladys Entertainment (1709); The Fourth Book of the Ladys Entertainment (1716); The Harpsichord Master Improved (1718)
Babin, Victor13 Dec. 1908
Moscow, Russia
1 Mar. 1972
Cleveland, OH, USA
pianist, in particular as a duo with his wife Vitya Vronsky (b. 22 Aug. 1909, Russia; d. 28 Jun. 1992, Cleveland, OH, USA); compositions include a concerto for two pianos
Baboni Schilingi, Jacopo
4 Apr. 1971
Milan, Italy
 Italian composer, now resident in both France and Italy, of mostly chamber, vocal, piano and electroacoustic pieces
Babou, Thomas12 Feb. 1656c. 1740French organist and composer
Baca-Lobera, Ignacio
28 Jun. 1957
Mexico City, Mexico
 Mexican composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and electroacoustic works
Bacalov (Bacalof), Luis
30 Mar. 1933
San Martin, Argentina
 composer of over 112 Argentinean and American film scores including those for Il Postino and The Love Letter
Bacarisse, Salvador12 Sep. 1898
Madrid, Spain
5 Aug. 1963
Paris, France
Spanish conductor and composer, a member of the Group of Madrid, who left Spain during the Spanish Civil War to live and work in France
Baccelli, Matteo Pantaleone [Papia Leone]1690
Lucca, Italy
c. 1760
Lucca, Italy
Italian composer
Bacchini, Girolamo M. [Fra Teodoro del Carmine]fl. 1588-1605 Italian singer, composer, and theorist
Bacchius (Bacchus, Bachus, Bachi, Bachy), Johannes de before 29 Jan. 1557composer, possibly French
Bacchus, Zlate nineteenth century composer of Dr. Hekok Jig a violin solo taken from Dan Emmett's manuscript tune book of American Minstrel Show tunes
c.507 BC
Ceos, Greece
after 452 BCancient Greek lyric poet, composer, choreographer and impressario
Baccusi, Ippolitoc. 15501609Italian composer
Bacevicius, Vytautas
9 Sep. 1905
Lodz, Poland
15 Jan. 1970
New York, USA
one of the leading Lithuanian composers of the interwar period advocating modern composition techniques. After the outbreak of the WWII, Bacevicius settled in the USA in 1940. He taught at the New York and Brooklyn conservatoires, as well as Long Island Music Institute, wrote articles and gave lectures. In 1942 he established a private piano studio
Bacewicz, Grazyna
5 Feb. 1909
Lodz, Poland
17 Jan. 1969
Warsaw, Poland
violinist and composer sister of Vytautas Bacevicius. Her compositions include 4 symphonies, a cello concerto, 4 violin concertos, 4 string quartets
Bach family (see listing)   
Bach, August Wilhelm
4 Oct. 1796
Berlin, Germany
15 Apr. 1869
Berlin, Germany
German organist, teacher and composer who succeeded Zelter as director of the Institute for Church Music (1832). He was Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's organ teacher. He is, however, unrelated to the famous Bach family
Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel (see Bach, Karl Philippe Emanuel)   
Bach, Christoph
19 Apr. 1613
Arnstadt, Germany
12 Sep. 1661
Eisenach, Germany
German organist and composer, grandfather of JS Bach who left several distinguished pieces for organ
Bach, Georg Christoph
before 8 Sep. 1642
Eisenach, Germany
24 Apr. 1697German composer, eldest son of Christoph Bach, he held the post of Kantor at Schweinfurt. His motet, Siehe, wie fein und lieblich, for two tenors and bass, accompanied by violin, three 'celli, and continuo, is in the Bach Archives
Bach, Georg Friedrich17 Mar. 17932 Oct. 1860German flautist, music teacher, music director, theorist, and composer
Bach, Heinrich
16 Sep. 161510 Jul. 1692
Arnstadt, Germany
German organist and composer. Third son of Hans Bach, brother of Johann Bach and Christoph Bach. From 1641, organist of Arnstadt church a post he held for 51 years, until his death. He left organ pieces, and hymn-tunes in manuscript
Bach, Jan (Morris)
11 Dec. 1937
Forrest, Illinois, USA
 American composer who studied with Roberto Gerhard, Aaron Copland, Kenneth Gaburo, Robert Kelly, and Thea Musgrave
Bach, Johann162112 Sep. 1686German Kantor, composer, and minister
Bach, Johann(es) (Hans)
26 Nov. 1604
Weimar, Germany
buried 13 May 1673
Erfurt, Germany
German organist and composer, son of Hans Bach II (born: Weimar 1626)
Bach, Johann Bernhard
25 Nov. 1676
Erfurt, Germany
11 Jun 1749
Eisenach, Germany
Johann Bernhard studied briefly with his second cousin Johann Sebastian in Weimar, later becoming organist and court musician in Eisenach, the city of that cousin's birth. His excellent instrumental oeuvre is very much in the style of Telemann. Johann Sebastian performed four of his instrumental suites with his Collegium Musicum in Leipzig. Johann Bernhard was the father of Johann Ernst who became his colleague during the last year of his life
Bach, Johann Bernard24 Nov. 170012 Jun. 1743German organist and composer
Bach, Johann (John) Christian
5 Sep. 1735
Leipzig, Germany
1 Jan. 1782
London, England
J.S. Bach's eleventh son, for a time organist at Milan Cathedral; as music master to the family of George III, J.C. Bach became known as 'The English Bach', he wrote operas, symphonies and works for keyboard, also successfully promoting concerts in London with Abel, the viola da gamba virtuoso. He also influenced the young 8 year-old Mozart on his visit to London
Bach, Johann Christoph I
6 Dec. 1642
Arnstadt, Germany
31 Mar. 1703
Eisenach, Germany
cousin of J.S. Bach's father; he wrote music appreciated by both J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, including motets on religious themes and works for keyboard. One of his finest works is a lament, Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte, with an accompaniment written for a consort of viols
Bach, Johann Christoph II16 Jun. 1671
Eisenach, Germany
22 Feb. 1721
Ohrdruff, Germany
composer and organist. Brother of J.S. Bach who studied in Erfurt with Johann Pachelbel and went on to become assistant to Hans Bach in Arnstadt. He was appointed organist at Ohrdruff, a position he held for the rest of his life. J.S. Bach took clavichord lessons with him.
Bach, Johann Christoph Friedrich
21 Jun. 1732
Leipzig, Germany
26 Jan. 1795
Bückeburg, Germany
J.S. Bach's ninth son; he wrote chamber music, concertos, symphonies and keyboard works
Bach, Johann Ernst (of Arnstadt)
5 Aug. 1683
Arnstadt, Germany
21 Mar. 1739composer and organist
Bach, Johann Ernst
30 Jan. 1722
Eisensach, Germany
1 Sep. 1777
studied law at Leipzig for six years, returning to Eisenach and practicing as advocate. In 1748 was appointed assistant to his father, Johann Bernard, organist of St. George's church; in 1756, appointed honorary Kapellmeister at Weimar, with pension. Published compositions include sonatas for clavecin with violin., etc; many others exist in manuscript
Bach, Johann Friedrichc. 1682buried 8 February 1730a German organist and composer
Bach, Johann Jacob1682
possibly Eisenach, Germany
1732a German musician, composer and an older brother of Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach, Johann Lorenz10 Sep. 1695
Schweinfurt, Germany
14 Dec. 1773
Lahm, Germany
organist and composer; one of J. S. Bach's cousins who studied with J. S. who was at that time court organist and court harpsichordist at Weimar
Bach, Johann Ludwig
4 Feb. 1677
Thal, Germany
bur. 1 Mar. 1731Johann Sebastian's second cousin was Kapelldirektor and court cantor in Meiningen. For this reason he is called "Meiningen Bach." in 1726, Johann Sebastian performed eighteen of his cousin's church cantatas, which like all his music is a fusion of Italian and German styles
Bach, Johann Michael I
baptised 9 Aug. 1648
Arnstadt, Germany
17 May 1694
Gehren, Germany
German composer, son of Heinrich Bach (1615-1692), and distant relative of J.S. Bach, he was taught by his father and in 1665 became organist at Arnstadt castle, to be succeeded by J.S. Bach himself. His finest works are his motets although he wrote over 70 organ chorales, choral concerts and many instrumental works
Bach, Johann Michael II9 Nov. 1745
Struth, Germany
Elberfeld, Germany
organist and composer, who appears to be unrelated to the Bachs listed above
Bach, Johann Nicolaus (Nikolaus)
10 Oct. 1669
Eisenach, Germany
4 Nov. 1753
Jena, Germany
organist and composer, son of Johann Christoph I
Bach, Johann Sebastian
21 Mar. 1685
Eisenach, Germany
28 Jul. 1750
Leipzig, Germany
virtuoso instrumentalist, particularly on organ and harpsichord - he was probably one of the greatest exponents of these two instruments of his day; a prolific composer of instrumental, vocal, church and keyboard music of an extraordinarily high quality, but which proved to be the apogee of a contrapuntal style that was soon to be swept away by the musical style developed by his sons and adopted by their contemporaries
Bach, Johannes1612Dec. 1632 
Bach, Karl (Carl) Philipp Emanuel8 Mar. 1714
Weimar, Germany
14 Dec. 1788
Hamburg, Germany
J.S. Bach's third son; for 28 years at the court of Frederick the Great (C.P.E. accompanied his father on the occasion of the first performance of Bach's extemporisation on a 'musical subject' offered by Frederick, and which Bach later presented to Frederick entitled the Musical Offering; modern scholars believe the theme rather than being an invention of the King, was actually composed either by C.P.E. Bach or J.S. himself. C.P.E. Bach has left us detailed written evidence of performance practices of his day, as well as being the chief founder of the new sonata-symphony style which became, in the hands of Haydn and Mozart, what we call today the Classical style
Bach, Leonhard Emil11 Mar. 1849
Poznan, Poland
15 Feb. 1902
London, England
Polish composer
Bach [Bachtischa], Michael
 German cellist and composer who writes using the pseudonym 'Michael Bach Bachtischa'
Bach, P.D.Q. (see Schickele, Peter)
Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann22 Nov. 1710
Weimar, Germany
1 Jul. 1784
Berlin, Germany
J.S. Bach's second son, principally known as a harpsichordist; he wrote numerous keyboard works, 9 symphonies and church cantatas but died in poverty
Bach, Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst
27 May 175925 Dec. 1845son of Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach who was one of J.S. Bach's sons, the last musically notable member
Bacharach, Burt
12 May 1928
Kansas City, Mo. USA
 pianist and highly successful song writer. Along with a great many hit songs, this composer has won three Academy Awards; one for the song Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head; one for the film score to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and one for the title tune to Arthur. His song Don't Make Me Over made singer Dionne Warwick a superstar, while his score for the Broadway play Promises, Promises gave a Tony Award to Jerry Ohrbach as best actor in a musical play
Bache, Francis Edward14 Sep. 1833
Birmingham, England
24 Aug. 1858
Birmingham, England
pianist and composer whose early death disappointed those expecting notable developments
Bacheler (or Batchelar), Danielc. 1574
Aston Clinton, England
Lee, Kent, England
English lutenist and composer whose composition date from 1588. Thestyle of some of his lute solos suggests that he was still composing in the last years of his life. More than 50 lute solos survive, in manuscript form. Some of his pieces require considerable technical skill, and he was one of the first lutenists to explore the lower sonorities of the instrument, occasionally taking a melody down to the fourth and fifth courses. He was probably the first English lutenist to play unmeasured preludes. His best known composition is probably Monsieur’s Almain
Bachelet, Alfred26 Feb. 1864
Paris, France
10 Feb. 1944
Nancy, France
French composer
Bachmann, Arthur Marc
27 Mar. 1961
Calgary, Canada
 Canadian violist and composer
Bachmann, Elise1838
 composed and published a melodrama, songs and piano pieces in the popular style
Bachmann, Judithfl. late 18th century an exceptionally fine pianist whose compositions were published in Austria in 1796
Bachmann, Sixt [Joseph Siegmund Eugen]18 Jul. 1754
Ketterhausen, Germany
18 Oct. 1825
Reutlingendorf, Germany
German composer. A child prodigy, he took part in an organ contest with the young W.A. Mozart in 1766; both emerged with credit. He later became a priest in Ober Marchthal, where he taught music and composed keyboard, sacred and other works
Bachofen, Johann Caspar [Hans Kaspar]26 December 169523 June 1755Swiss composer and music pedagogue
Bachrich, Sigmund [Sigismund]23 Jan. 1841
16 Jul. 1913
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer
Bachschmidt (or Bachschmid), (Johann) Anton (Adam)11 Feb. 1728
Melk, Nieder-Österreich, Austria
29 Dec. 1797
a composer known chiefly for his sacred music although he also wrote a number of fine early-classical concertos
Bacilieri, Giovanni (fl. 1607-19) Italian composer
Bacilly, Bénigne dec. 162527 Sep. 1690French singing teacher, composer and theorist
Back, Konrad23 Jun. 174910 Apr. 1810South German monastic musician and composer
Bäck, Sven-Erik16 Sep. 1919
Stockholm, Sweden
 pupil of Petrassi; works include a symphony for strings, a sonata for solo flute and an opera entitled Crane Feathers
Backer-Gröndahl, Agathe Ursula
1 Dec. 1847
Holmestrand, Norway
4 Apr. 1907
Ormoen, Norway
Norwegian pianist, pupil of von Bülow; composer of songs and piano music
Backer-Gröndahl, Fridtjof1885
Oslo, Norway
Oslo, Norway
son of the above, Norwegian pianist and composer
Bäckström, Ola1959
Ore, Sweden
 fiddler and composer, a member of the folk group SWÅP
Bacon, Ernst
26 May 1898
Chicago, USA
16 Mar. 1990
Orinda, California, USA
conductor and musical journalist; composer of symphonies, theatre music and song
Bacri, Nicolas
23 Nov. 1961
Paris, France
 French composer, former winner of the Prix de Rome
Baculewski, Krzysztof
Warsaw, Poland
 Polish composer and musicologist. He studied composition under the direction of Witold Rudzinski at the Warsaw Academy of Music and he graduated in 1974. Then he continued his studies in Vienna and in Paris, where he focused on composition and music analysis under Olivier Messiaen's direction, and studied electronic music at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales
Badajoz, Manolo de1892
Badajoz, Spain
Madrid, Spain
his full name - Manuel Alvarez Sorubet, a gipsy flamenco guitarist
Badajóz el músico [Joao de Badajos]fl. c. 1520 Spanish or Portuguese composer and poet
Badalamenti, Angelo
22 Mar. 1937
New York, USA
 composer of film music, particularly working with David Lynch
Badalbeyli, Afrasiyab19071976contributed to the development of music theatre in Azerbaijan. He wrote the first ballet Qiz Qalasi or Maiden's Tower (1940)
Badalla, Rosa Giacinta
c. 1660
Bergamo, Italy
c. 1715
Milan, Italy
Italian composer of motets for the Monaca di S. Radegonda in Milan where she was based. Her music was published in Venice in 1684
Badarzewska-Baranowska, Tekla1834
Warsaw, Poland
29 Sep. 1861
Warsaw, Poland
composer of songs and 34 piano pieces, including the very popular composition for piano, The Maiden's Prayer
Badelt, Klaus
Frankfurt, Germany
 film composer Klaus Badelt gained recognition in his native Germany for scoring dozens of films and commercials. In 1998, he accepted Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer's invitation to relocate to Santa Monica, USA in order to work at Media Ventures. He has since collaborated with Zimmer on scores for Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, The Prince of Egypt, Mission: Impossible 2, Hannibal and Pearl Harbor. In addition, he has also completed a variety of independent projects, including K-19: The Widowmaker, The Recruit and Basic
Baden, (Peter) Conrad (Krohn)
31 Aug. 1908
Drammen, Norway
11 Jun. 1989
the son of Olaf Jørgensen, organist in Strømsø Church, Conrad Jørgensen later assumed the older family name of Baden. He trained in Oslo as an organist and later as a composer at the Leipzig Academy studying with Günter Raphael and Kurt Thomas. Later he studied also with Per Steenberg, Bjarne Brustad and in 1950 he travelled to Paris, to study under Jean Rivier and attended classes in composition under Honegger. Baden was also active as a writer. He was music critic for the newspapers Drammens Tidende, Vårt Land and Morgenbladet, as well as contributing editor to Nordisk Musikkkultur, Norsk Kirkemusikk and Norsk Musikktidskrift
Badia, Carlo Agostino1672
possibly Venice, Italy
23 Sep. 1738
Vienna, Austria
Italian composer noted for his operas
Badian, Maya
Bucharest, Romania
 Romanian composer now living in Canada. Her diversified output includes more than eighty major compositions for orchestra, for soloist(s) with orchestra, for choir, music for instrumental and vocal ensembles of various combinations, and works for multimedia
Badings, Henk
17 Jan. 1907
Bandoeng, Indonesia
26 Jun. 1987
Maarheeze, The Netherlands
trained as an engineer; prolific composer of music for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano and organ
Badinski, Nikolai19 Dec. 1937 Bulgarian composer
Baena, Lope defl. c. 1475-c.1508&nbs;Spanish composer
Baer, Abel10 Mar. 1893
Baltimore, Maryland
5 Oct. 1976
New York, NY
composer and lyricist, was most active during the 1920s into the 1940s and whose most famous song is There Are Such Things (1942)
Baert, Bernard
10 Apr. 1963
Waregem, Belgium
 Belgian pianist and composer
Baervoets, Raymond6 Nov. 1930 Belgian composer
Baes, Jonas
Los Banos, The Philippines
 Philippine ethnomusicologist, writer and composer
Baeyens, August Louis
5 Jun. 1895
Antwerp, Belgium
17 Jul. 1966
Antwerp, Belgium
Belgian composer
Baez, Joan
9 Jan. 1941
Staten Island, NY, USA
 American composer and performer of popular music
Báez, Joan Chandos
9 Jan. 1941
New York ,USA
 an American folk singer and songwriter known for her highly individual vocal style. She is a soprano with a three-octave vocal range and a distinctive throat vibrato. In addition, she is noted for her activism in the areas of nonviolence, civil and human rights and, in more recent years, the environment
Bagadurov (or Bagodurov, Bagaduroff), Vassili22 Feb. 1878
Nishi Novgorod, Russia
10 Oct. 1954
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer and teacher of singing
Bagatti, Francesco [Bagati]fl. 1658-c. 1680 Italian composer and organist
Bagge, Charles Ernest, Baron de [Bach]14 Feb. 172224 Mar. 1791French dilettante, amateur violinist, composer, patron of the arts, and instrument collector
Baggiani, Guido4 Mar. 1932&nbs;Italian composer
Bagley, Edwin Eugene1857
Craftsbury, VT, USA
Keene, NH, USA
composer, particularly of military marches such as National Emblem March
Baglioncella, Francesca16th century
 composer of madrigals
Baglioni, Girolamoc. 15751608Italian composer
Bagni, Benedetto [Bagnius, Benedictus]fl. 1608 Italian composer and organist
Baguer, CarlosMar. 1768
Barcelona, Spain
29 Feb. 1808
Barcelona, Spain
a pupil of his uncle, Francesco Mariner who was organist of Barcelona Cathedral, Carlos succeeded him in 1786. By 1789 he had become principal organist of the Cathedral, a post he held until his death in 1808. Baguer was one of the most important musical figures in Catalonia at this time, his reputation enhanced particularly by his interpretations and improvisations on the organ. As the composer of nineteen symphonies, he is the principal symphonist of Spain during the classical era. These works show strongly the influence of Josef Haydn. In addition, his compositions include many works for keyboard, for church use, an opera (La principesa filósofa o sea El desdén con el desdén, 1797) and chamber music
Bahr, Johann [Bähr]c. 1610
3 Jun. 1670Swedish organist and composer
Baif, Jean Antoine de1532
Venice, Italy
Paris, France
born in Venice where his father was the French ambassador, Baif was a guitarist, composer and poet. He wrote a method for the four string guitar entitled Instrucction pur apprendre la tablature de guiterne
Bailey, Derek
29 Jan. 1932
Sheffield, England
 jazz guitarist and composer
Bailey, Parker
1 Mar. 1902
Kansas City, Missouri
Bailey came to Yale College in 1919 to study with Horatio Parker, who died that year. He studied instead with David Stanley Smith from 1920 to 1925, with Quincy Porter from 1925 to 1930, and with Roger Sessions. Following his musical studies he received an LL.B degree from the Cornell Law School in 1934 and practiced law the remainder of his life. He published a number of musical works
Bailie, Joanna
London, UK
 the composer writes: "my music has been changing a great deal over the last few years, mainly because of a shifting from my initial interest in New Complexity to something less stylistically definable. Exposure to Feldman, the later works of Karel Goeyvaerts and above all the music of the Italian composer Aldo Clementi resulted in a fascination with the ideas of obsessive repetition and monotony. In fact, someone once told me that they thought that Clementi's music was "an interesting shade of grey", an aesthetic that I've attempted to adopt for myself, as a kind of reaction against the ubiquitous "contrast" that dominates mainstream modernism, the idea that somehow we have to fit the entire universe of sounds into one piece."
Bailleux, Antoinec. 1720c. 1798French publisher, composer, and teacher
Baillon, Pierre-Jean
fl. late 18th century French composer, author of Nouvelle méthode de guitarre selon le sisteme des meilleurs auteurs, contenant les moyens les plus clairs et les plus aises pour apprendre a accompagner une voix et parvenir a jouer tout ce qui est propre a cet instrument (first edition 1781). An important aspect of Baillon's method is that in it we find the first reference to the use of single strings on the guitar, although he states that he prefers the sound of double courses
Baillot, Pierre (Maire François de Sales)
1 Oct. 1771
Passy, Paris, France
15 Sep. 1842
Paris, France
virtuoso violinist pupil of Viotti who composed 9 violin concertos. Building on the pedagogical work he and his colleagues had accomplished at the Paris Conservatoire in the 1790s, he would later write one of the greatest treatises on violin playing, l'Art du violon (1834)
Baillou, Luigi de [Baylou, Baillon, Ballion, Ballioni, Baglioni; Louis]c. 1735
Milan, Italy
c. 1809
Milan, Italy
Italian violinist and composer
Bailly, Henri ledate unknown
Paris, France
one of the senior musicians (singer-composers), in the service of the French Kings Henri IV (r. 1589-1610) and Louis XIII (r. 1610-1643), who composed in the style that dominated secular vocal music in France in the early 17th century, 'courtly song'
Bainbridge, Simon
London, England
 studied composition at the Royal College of Music with John Lambert from 1969-72. In 1973 and 1974 he studied with Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood, and from 1976-78 he was the Forman Fellow in Composition at Edinburgh University. In 1978, Bainbridge returned to the USA on a US/UK Bicentennial Fellowship. Back in England, he worked for a time at the National Theatre, before taking up a post as composer-in-residence for Southern Arts (1983-85). In 1987 he was awarded the Gemini Fellowship by the Worshipful Company of Musicians
[taken from Chester/Novello website biography]
Baines, William
26 Mar. 1899
Horbury, England
6 Nov. 1922
York, England
composer of interesting piano works who died as a result of tuberculosis. He composed chamber music, some songs and a few orchestral pieces, Baines was primarily a miniaturist, writing mainly for the piano. He had a particular gift for melody, and owed something to both Chopin and Scriabin in his musical language. Handsome tributes were paid to the young composer at his death: Frederick Dawson going so far as to declare that "he was the greatest composer of pianoforte music the English have ever had"
Baini, Giuseppe (Giacobbe Baldassarre)21 Oct. 177521 May 1844Italian musicologist and composer
Bainton, Edgar Leslie14 Feb. 1880
London, England
8 Dec. 1956
Sydney, Australia
pianist and prolific composer
Bainville, François1 Apr. 172526 Sep. 1788French organist and composer
Baird, David Olen
Oklahoma, USA
 American composer who in 1996 received international notice when he was named one of the top composers by the International Clarinet Association for his jazz inspired chamber work, Crosstalk. He has also composed two symphonies, a string quartet, and several chamber music works. His efforts included works for piano, works for chorus, and works for organ as well as compositions for both rock and jazz ensembles
Baird, Michael
Lusaka, Zambia
 composer and percussionist, Michael Baird moved to England in 1964 and to Holland in 1967. Michael started playing drums in 1968 and is self-taught, except for a few private lessons with jazz-drummer Art Taylor and workshops led by Afro-Caribbean percussionist Raul Burnet
Baird, Tadeusz
26 Jul. 1928
Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland
2 Sep. 1981
Warsaw, Poland
a Polish composer. In 1956, with Kazimierz Serocki he founded the Warsaw Autumn international contemporary music festival
Bairstow, Edward Cuthbert22 Aug. 1874
Huddersfield, England
1 May 1946
York, England
church organist, voice trainer, choral conductor and composer of church music
Baj, Tommaso [Bai, Baij]c. 165022 Dec. 1714Italian composer and singer
Bajamonti, Julije [Giulio]4 Aug. 1744
Split, Croatia
12 Nov. 1800
Split, Croatia
a Croatian by birth and a medical doctor by profession, Bajamonti wrote an article entitled Il medico e la musica ('The physician and music', 1796), the earliest essay on music therapy in which he showed that music has therapeutic strength. He composed more than two hundred works (many are only fragmentary) including sacred music to texts in Latin, Italian, and Croatian: for example, La passione de Gesu Cristo (a cantata to words written by Pietro Metastasio), Requiem (composed on the occasion of death of Rugjer Boskovic and commissioned by the Dubrovnik Senat in 1787) and spiritual songs to Croatian verses. In 1767 he composed an oratorio which constitutes the first Croatian opera. He also wrote the first Croatian oratorio, La translation di San Diomo
Bajic, Isidor18781915a student of the Pest conservatory, he proved himself a skilled organiser in the musical life of Novi Sad, where he started the 'Serbian Music Journal', produced an edition of music from the Serbian Musical Library and founded the Music School. He directed, wrote articles and textbooks. His compositions include the opera 'Prince Ivo of Semberija'
Bajon Louis, Marie Emmanuelle (see Bayon Louis, Marie Emmanuelle   
Bajoras, Feliksas Romualdas Konstantinas
7 Oct. 1934
Alytus, Lithuania
 Lithuanian composer who between 1984 and 1988 lived in the United States
Bakaleinikoff, Constantin
26 Apr. 1898
Moscow, Russia
3 Sep. 1966
Los Angeles, CA, USA
sometimes credited as: Constantine Bakaleinikoff, and very early in his career as just plain Bakaleinikoff, his nickname was Costia, or Mr. B. Constantin. He was a conductor, musical director (mostly at RKO (1939-1956)) and composer. He was nominated 4 times for the Oscar. He should not be confused with Mischa Bakaleinikof who was also very active in the Hollywood studios, but only as a musical director
Baker, Chet
23 Dec. 1929
Yale, Oklahoma, USA
13 May 1988
Amsterdam, Holland
born Chesney H. Baker, jazz trumpeter and composer
Baker, Claude1948 Baker earned his doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music. As a composer, he has received a number of accolades, which have included an Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards, and numerous commissions and fellowships. He won the first ever Barto Prize for his composition Flights of Passage: From Silent Sun to Starry Night. Baker has also served on the faculties of the University of Georgia and the University of Louisville, and was a Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music. Currently, Baker is Professor of Composition in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington
Baker, David Nathaniel jr.
Indianapolis, USA
 David Baker received his B.M.E. (1973) and M.M.E. (1954) from Indiana University (Bloomington) and has had private study with George Russell, Bernard Heiden Gunther Schuller, John Lewis, William Russo, and others. He has served as chairman of the Jazz Studies Department at Indiana University. Baker's extensive compositional output covers a wide range of genres and styles, including works for jazz, orchestra, solo voice, chorus, piano, and chamber ensemble. Several instumental combinations, i.e., "Black America," "Levels," and "Psalm 22." He has received commissions from Janos Starker, Harvey Phillips, Natalie Hinderas, and other artists. Baker is nationally recognized as a composer, lecturer - clinician, and writer of more than one hundred books and articles on jazz and other subjects in Afro - American music
Baker, Georgefl 1720 English psalmodist, 'A collection of the best and most musical psalms' (1720)
Baker, Sir Henry Williams27 May 1821
London, England
12 Feb. 1877
Leominster, England
an eminent English clergyman, son of Sir Henry L. Baker; educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1844. He took holy orders in 1844, and became vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire, in 1851, which benefice he held until his death. He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1851. He is best known as editor in chief of Hymns Ancient and Modern, to which he contributed several of his hymns
Baker, Kenny1 Mar. 1921
Withernsea, Yorkshire, England
7 Dec. 1999
Felpham, West Sussex, England
English trumpeter and composer. who, though uncredited, composed the dance music for the very successful film The Red Shoes (1948). Baker also composed the night club music in the British film 'The Small Back Room' (1949)
Baker, Michael Conway
13 Mar. 1937
West Palm Beach, FL, USA
 American composer, now based in Canada, noted for his film, television and video music scores as well as for his symphonic work
Baker, Richard
 English composer and professor of composition
Baker, Thomas
Toronto, Canada
 Canadian composer, conductor, pianist and organist
Baker, Tom
 Tom Baker has been active as a composer, performer and music producer in the Seattle new-music scene since 1994. Tom has appeared as guest conductor for the Seattle Creative Orchestra and has served as composer-in-residence for the a cappella vocal ensemble The Esoterics. As the artistic director and curator of the new-music concert series, the Seattle Composers' Salon, he is dedicated to producing and promoting the new and adventurous music that is being created in the Pacific Northwest. Tom is also the co-director of the Seattle EXperimental Opera (SEXO) and a co-founder of the new-music recording label Present Sounds. For the past several years, Tom has been performing on and composing for the fretless guitar; his first solo CD Sounding the Curve was released in October 2003
Bakfark (or Bachfarrt, Backvart, Bekwark), Bálint Valentin
Brasov, Hungary
15 or 22 Aug. 1576
Padua, Italy
he was educated in Buda at the royal court of Janos Zapolya and spent some time of his life in the late 1540s in Paris. He was appointed as a court musician (lutenist) at the court of Krakow in 1549; he was famous for his virtuosity on the instrument as well as also for his compositions of which there exist several printed collections that are attributed to his name. He fled Poland in 1565 after his house in Vilnius had been plundered by soldiers
Bakhmetyev, Nikolai Ivanovich1807
Bakhmetevka, Saratov, Russia
31 Aug. 1891
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian violinist and adminstrator of church publications
Bakikhanov, Tofig1930 Azerbaijani a composer and professor at the Baku Academy of Music. He is remembered for his short ballet, called Caspian Ballad
Bakke, Ruth
2 Aug. 1947
Bergen, Norway
 Norwegian composer and organist who received most of her training in the United States. Since 1973, she has worked as an organist and choir conductor in Bergen. She also teaches music theory at Bergen Teacher's Training College and Bergen Music Conservatory
Baklanova (or Baklanowa), Natalya (or Natalja)
19021985composer particularly of pedagogical works for the violin
Baksa, Robert
New York City, NY, USA
 one of America's most prolific composers, Baksa grew up in Tucson, Arizona and eventually earned a BA in Composition at the University of Arizona. He returned to live in New York City in the early 60s. He has written more than 500 pieces of music since his first efforts as a teenager. Since his earliest New York reviews critics have noted his melodic gifts, the structural clarity and harmonious nature of his music. His first pieces, short piano pieces written in the early 1950s which he later arranged for wind trio, are in fact still being performed around the world. His numerous choral pieces have been performed in many countries and his art songs have been featured in two recent studies on the subject of American Art Song
Bakshi, Alexander
Sakhumi, Georgia
 Georgian-born Russian composer mainly of orchestral and stage works
Bal y Gay, Jesús23 Jun. 1905 Spanish musicologist and composer
Balada, Leonardo
22 Sep. 1933
Barcelona, Spain
 Catalan composer who came to New York in 1956 to study composition, has been a powerful creative force for more than three decades. His highly personal “avant-garde” techniques in the sixties – dramatically as well as rhythmically imposing – sets his works like Guernica and María Sabina apart from composers of the time. Later, in the seventies, he was credited as a pioneer in blending the “avant-garde” with folkloric ideas mixing the new with the old – now a very fashionable trend – in works like Sinfonía en Negro-Homage to Martin Luther King (1968) and Homage to Casals and Sarasate (1975). He is University Professor of Composition at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Balakauskas, Osvaldas
19 Dec. 1937
Miliunai, Lithuania
 Lithuanian composer, who studied in Vilnius from 1975 to 1961 and later at the Conservatory in Kiev (composition with Boris Ljatoschinsky and Miroslav Skorik). Until 1972 he was active as an editor for the music publisher Ukraina in Kiev but some years later he returned to Vilnius, where he was engaged as an art counsellor for the composers association. Since 1988 he is the leader of the composition class at the conservatory of Vilnius
Balakiref (or Balakirev, Balakirew, Balakireff), Mily Alexeyevich
2 Jan. 1837
Nijni-Novgorod, Russia
29 May 1910
St. Petersburg, Russia
member of the group called 'The Five', later in life had a breakdown and became a railway official; composer of brilliant piano music, 2 symphonies, the symphonic poem Tamara, songs and folksong arrangements
Balakrishnan, David
1954 violinist and member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, David Balakrishnan, co-founder of the quartet, has also collaborated with such ensembles as the Modern Jazz Quartet and Manhattan Transfer. In addition, he has made a name for himself as a successful composer and arranger
Balanchivadze (or Balancsivadze), Andrey (Melitonovich)1 Jun. 1906
St Peterburg, Russia
28 Apr. 1992
Russian composer and conductor
Balanchivadze, Meliton (Antonovich)24 Dec. 1862
21 Nov. 1937
Georgian composer and singer
Balanescu, Alexander
Bucharest, Romania
 Romanian violinist and composer, leader of the Balanescu Quartet. Recordings of Balanescu’s original work appear on his albums for MUTE (‘possessed’, ‘Luminitza’, 'Angels and Insects’) as well as his tribute to YMO ‘East meets East’ (Con-Sipio), his score for the Italian war film ‘Il Partigiano Johnny’ (Virgin, Italy) and collaborations with electronica artist ‘Lume, Lume’ (Staubgold) as well as guesting on albums by To Rococo Rot , Spiritualized, Rabih Abou-Khalil and The Pet Shop Boys
Balart, Gabriel8 Jun. 1824
Barcelona, Spain
5 Jul. 1893
Barcelona, Spain
Spanish composer
Balasanian, Sergey Artem'yevich26 Aug. 1902
3 Jun. 1982
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Balasanyan, David
to listen to his music...
10 Oct. 1983
Yerevan, Armenia
 studied composition and piano with Ashot Ghazaryan at a music school at "Mkhitar Sebastatsi" educational centres in Yerevan from 1991-98 and composition with Ashot Ghazaryan and piano with Avetik Pivazyan at the Romanos Melikyan Music College in Yerevan (1998-2000). He studied composition with Prof. Ashot Zohrabyan at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory (2000-05), and continued there for post-graduate studies (2005-2008). He is currently completing his musicology-thesis. He participated with Ashot Zohrabyan as an Armenian delegate to the European Composers Congress in Vienna (2006) and he has been a member of the Armenian Composers Union since 2006.
He has been awarded:
  • 2nd Prize at 'The 90th Anniversary of Benjamin Britten Competition' for chamber works (2003, Yerevan, Armenia) for his 'Composition' for woodwind quintet;
  • 'Naregatsi Young Composers Award' (2006, Yerevan, Armenia) for 'Postlude in memoriam...' for violin and piano;
  • 3nd Prize at 'The 6th Sichuan Conservatory of Music Students Composition Competition (2010, Chengdu, China) for 'Flower Garden In The Dark' for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano.

Since 2009 David Balasanyan has been working as an assistant at the chair of composition of Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas.
His composition "The Pillow Tagh", composed in 2013, was a commission from the Ensemble "Oktoplus" (NDR Radiophilharmonie).
He also writes poems, many of which appear in his book 'Arahetner' ('Paths') (Pub. 'Mitk'; Yerevan; 2001).
His works have been performed in Armenia, Georgia, Brazil, Italy, Lebanon, USA, Germany, Greece and some of them are published in Swiss Musical Publishing House 'Sordino' .
[e-mail: davbal@yandex.ru]
Balassa, Sándor20 Jan. 1935
Budapest, Hungary
 composer of Iris for orchestra, a trio for violin, viola and harp and Requiem for Lajos Kassák
Balatka, Hans
26 Feb. 1826
Hoffnungsthal, Moravia
17 Apr. 1899
Chicago, USA
Moravian conductor and composer, active in the United States
[birth date corrected by W. Pin]
Balazs, Arpad
 Hungarian composer
Balbastre, Claude-Bénigne
22 Jan. 1727
9 May 1799
French organist and composer. Balbastre taught the harpsichord to Marie-Antoinette and the Duke of Chartres. He was organist at the Chapelle Royale where he performed his own works at Christmas, as did his colleagues, Louis Claude Daquin and Jean-François Dandrieu. It is reported that the improvisations by Balbastre at Christmas attracted so many people, it was feared disorder would be caused in the church, to the point where he was twice refused access to the organ loft at Notre-Dame Cathedral during midnight mass, by order of the Archbishop of Paris
Balbi, Igaziofl. 1720-75 Italian composer
Balbi, Lodovicoc. 1545before 15 Dec. 1604Italian composer and friar
Balbi, Luigi [Alviso, Alciso, Aluigi, Aloysius]fl. 1585-1621 Italian composer, organist and friar
Balbi, Melchiore4 Jun. 1796
Venice, Italy
21 Jun. 1879
Padua, Italy
Italian composer
Balbulus, Blessed Notker (Stammerer)
c. 840
Jonswil, Switzerland
St. Gall
it is practically accepted that he is the "monk of St. Gall" (monachus Sangallensis), author of the legends and anecdotes Gesta Caroli Magni. The number of works ascribed to him is constantly increasing. He introduced the sequence, a new species of religious lyric, into Germany. It had been the custom to prolong the Alleluia in the Mass before the Gospel, modulating through a skillfully harmonized series of tones. Notker learned how to fit the separate syllables of a Latin text to the tones of this jubilation; this poem was called the sequence, formerly called the 'jubilation'. (The reason for this name is uncertain.) Between 881-887 Notker dedicated a collection of such verses to Bishop Liutward of Vercelli, but it is not known which or how many are his. Ekkehard IV, the historiographer of St. Gall, speaks of fifty sequences attributable to Notker. The hymn, Media Vita, was erroneously attributed to him late in the Middle Ages. Ekkehard IV lauds him as "delicate of body but not of mind, stuttering of tongue but not of intellect, pushing boldly forward in things Divine, a vessel of the Holy Spirit without equal in his time".
[taken from Catholic Encycolpedia]
Balciunas, Linas
 Lithuanian composer
Baldan, Angelo175323 Apr. 1803Italian composer, teacher and priest
Baldassare, Pietro [Baldassari]c. 1690
Rome, Italy
c. 1768he worked as a choirmaster in Brescia between 1721 and 1725 and is believed to have composed oratorios although none appear to have survived
Baldi, Joao José177018 May 1816Portuguese composer
Baldrati, Bartolomeo [Baldradi]c. 1645 Italian (?) composer
Baldwin, Anthony
late 20th century
London, UK
 his early years were spent as a choirboy at Southwark Cathedral, London. At the age of 17, he was awarded the Associateship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists, winning the prize for harmony and counterpoint, and earned the Fellowship a year later. He studied at the Universities of Oxford and Durham, and afterwards embarked upon a career in teaching, organ-playing and choir-training. Baldwin has made regular visits to the United States as a recitalist and formed his own chamber choir in California. He is currently Organist at the American Church in London. As a composer, Baldwin has written anthems, carols, carol arrangements and organ music. He won the Royal School of Church Music’s Harold Smart Competition in 1996 and 1998
Baldwin, John [Baldwine, Baldwyn, Baudewyn, Bawdwine]before 156028 Aug. 1615English anthologist, singer and composer
Baley, Virko
Ukraine, Russia
 composer, conductor and pianist, who trained in (West) Germany and at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, was the first American to be awarded the coveted Shevchenko Prize for Music (1996)
Balfe, Michael William
15 May 1808
Dublin, Ireland
20 Oct. 1870
Rowney Abbey, Herts.
baritone singer, violinist and composer of popular operas including The Bohemian Girl (1843)
Baliani, Carlo [Bagliani, Balliani, Basiliani]c. 1680
possibly Milan, Italy
16 Feb. 1747
Milan, Italy
Italian composer
Balissat, Jean15 May 1936 Swiss composer and conductor
Balius y Vila, Jaime3 Nov. 1822 Spanish composer
Ball, Christopher
England English-born recorder player, teacher and composer particularly of works including the recorder
Ball, Eric
31 Oct. 1903
Kingswood, Bristol, UK
1 Oct. 1989in 1919, Eric Ball took a job in The Salvation Army Musical Instrument Department at Judd Street in central London. He soon progressed to The Musical Editorial Department where he would spend twenty eight years, and where he worked alongside such well known Salvation Army composers as Philip Catelinet, Bramwell Coles, Albert Jakeway and George Marshall, as well as Henry Hall, later to become famous as a band leader. He was a bandmaster of the International Staff Band of The Salvation Army and a prominent figure in the brass band world. A prolific composer and arranger, many of his works remain in the repertoire
Ball, Ernest R.
21 Jul. 1878
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
3 May 1927
Santa Ana, CA, USA
American composer who co-wrote i>When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1912)
Ball, Michael
Manchester, England
 while attending the Royal College of Music, he studied with Herbert Howells, Humphrey Searle and John Lambert. In 1970 he was one of four students selected to take part in master classes with Nadia Boulanger on her visit to the RCM and in the same year was awarded all the major composition prizes of the College, including the Octavia Travelling Scholarship, which he used to study with Franco Donatoni in Italy during the summers of 1972 and 1973. Whilst he was there, he participated in master classes with Luciano Berio and György Ligeti. He has written works for orchestra, windband and brassband as well as an opera The Belly Bag for younger musicians
Ballabene, Gregorio [Bellabene]c. 1720c. 1803Italian composer
Ballantine, Edward6 Aug. 18862 Jul. 1971American composer
Ballard, Robert
c. 1575
in or after 1650
French composer and lutenist, probable pupil of Adrian le Roy and son of Robert Ballard (c.1525-1588), was a lutenist at the royal court from 1612 until his death, taking part in performances of ballets de cour. He published two volumes of airs and dances for the lute. Robert snr. in partnership with Adrian le Roy who was his brother-in-law, was granted a privilege (license) for printing music from the French king Henri II on July 14, 1551. In 1553, Le Roy and Ballard received the title of music printer to the king, which was re-affirmed in 1568 under Charles IX. A combination of important court connections, shrewd choice of repertoire, technical expertise, and high artistic quality (some it due to their using movable type, cut in 1540 by Robert's father-in-law, Guillaume Le Bé (or du Gué)), gave Le Roy and Ballard a near-monopoly on music printing in France through the end of the 16th century. Under Henry IV in 1594, a few years after Robert's death, the same title was granted to the partnership of Le Roy and Lucrèce Ballard, Robert's widow. Members of the Ballard family were to bear the title of music printers to the king well into the 18th century. They held a virtual monopoly on music printing in France for two centuries, and continued in business into the second decade of the 19th century, when the final owner was the great-great-great-great grandson of Robert. Throughout this period the Ballard family exploited the role of family relationships in the French social system by establishing family ties to leading printers and publishers such as Boivin, Montéclair and Dumesnil
Ballarotti, Francescoc. 1660Apr. 1712
Bergamo, Italy
Italian composer
Ballesteros, Antonio  published his Obra Para Guitarra de Seis Ordenes, a method book for the 6 string guitar, in 1780
Ballestra, Reimundo [Balestra, Armbruster?; Raimundo]2nd half 16th century11 Oct. 1634composer, probably German
Balletti, Bernardinofl. 1554 Italian lutenist and composer
Ballière de Laisement, (Charles-Louis-)Denis9 May 17298 Nov. 1800French composer and theorist
Ballif, Claude (André François)
22 May 1924
Paris, France
24 Jul. 2004
Poissons, Haute-Marne, France
Claude Ballif first studied music in Bordeaux, before entering the Paris Conservatory in 1948 to study composition with Tony Aubin, counterpoint and fugue with Noël Gallon and analysis in the class of Olivier Messiaen. From 1954 he followed the classes of Boris Blacher (composition) and Joseph Rufer (analysis) at the Berlin Conservatory. The following year he won First Prize for music composition in the Geneva International Competition for his orchestral work Lovecraft and his First String Quartet. From 1956 to 1959 he taught at the summer school in Darmstadt, alongside Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Works include Journey of my ear for orchestra and various chamber works
Ballis, Olivierofl. 1577-1609 Italian composer, singer and priest
Ballou, Esther (Williamson)17 Jul. 191512 Mar. 1973American composer, pianist and educator
Balmer, Luc13 Jul. 1898
Munich, Germany
 Swiss conductor and composer
Balogh, Erno
4 Apr. 1897
Budapest, Hungary
2 Jun. 1989
Michellville, MD, USA
Erno Balogh, pianist, composer, editor and teacher. From an early age, he performed and composed music at the piano. Punishment for him was being denied access to the piano. His first compositions, two short piano pieces dedicated to his father, were written at the age of eight. For twelve years, 1905 to 1917, he attended the Budapest Conservatory, completing the Professor's Certificate and receiving the Franz Liszt Prize in piano and composition. During this period, he studied piano with Bela Bartok and composition with Zoltan Kodaly. Balogh became a close friend of both men and he was instrumental in bringing Bartok to the U.S. for his first concert tour in 1927
Balsach, Llorenç
Sabadell (Barcelona), Spain
 studied music with J. Poch, C. Guinovart, A. Argudo and J. Soler. and mathematics at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has received commissions from Radio Baden-Baden Orchestra, Valles Symphonic Orchestra, Catalonian Composers'Association, Spanish Ministry of Culture, National Radio of Spain and the Councils of Barcelona and Sabadell, among others
Balsamino, Simonefl. c. 1590-96 Italian composer and poet
Baltakas, Vykintas
10 Jul. 1972
Vilnius, Lithuania
 Lithuanian composer and conductor
Baltan, Kid (see Raaijmakers, Dick)   
Balthaus, Dirk
Oberhausen, Germany
 Jazz pianist, co-founder of Crossover Piano, a piano-duo, with the classical pianist Wolfgang Mechsner
Baltzar, Thomas
Lübeck, Germany
bur. 27 July 1663
London, UK
German violinist and composer, he came from a family of Lübeck musicians: his father, David (d 1647), his grandfather, Hinrik Thomas, his great-grandfather, Hinrik, and his brothers Joachim and David were all musicians there. According to the English scientist Samuel Hartlib, Baltzar studied with Johann Schop, and he is recorded at the Swedish court in 1653. He probably returned home in summer 1654, after Queen Christina's abdication, and was briefly appointed a Lübeck Ratslutenist at the beginning of 1655. He travelled to England later in the year, where he remained until his death. Baltzar caused a sensation in England. John Evelyn heard him at Roger L'Estrange's London house on 4 March 1656, and wrote that he ‘plaid on that single Instrument a full Consort, so as the rest, flung-downe their Instruments, as acknowledging a victory’. Baltzar was in London in September 1656 to play in Davenant's The Siege of Rhodes, though Anthony Wood wrote that he spent about two years with Sir Anthony Cope at Hanwell House near Banbury. Presumably he was living there when he made his famous visits to William Ellis's Oxford music meetings in summer 1658. Wood compared him several times with the English violinist Davis Mell, who ‘play'd farr sweeter than Baltsar, yet Baltsar's hand was more quick and could run it insensibly to the end of the finger-board’. Mell was also in Oxford in 1658, and their divisions on John, come kiss me now, printed in Playford's The Division Violin (1684/R), probably record some sort of playing contest. They show that Mell was no match for Baltzar, as a composer as well as a player
Balys, Eduardas20 Dec. 1919 Lithuanian composer
Balzano, Domenicofl. 1680 Maltese composer, brother of Giuseppe, known for his motet "Venite Omnes" (1680) scored for 2 canti and continuo
Balzano, Giuseppefl. 1652 Maltese composer, brother of Dominico, known for his motet "Beatus Vir" (1652) scored for two tenors, a baritone and continuo
Bamfi, Alfonso [Banfi, Banfo]fl. 1641-55 Italian composer and organist
Ban, Joan Albert [Bannius]
The Netherlands
27 Jul. 1644
The Netherlands
Dutch musical theorist and composer noted for his arguments with Mersenne and other French theorists
Banasik, Christian
Siemianowice, Poland
 has lived in Germany since 1974. He studied composition with Guenther Becker and Dimitri Terzakis at the Robert Schumann Academy of Music in Duesseldorf. Computer music seminars with Clarence Barlow at the Music Academy in Cologne. Postgraduate studies with Hans Zender (composition) and Hans-Dieter Resch (conducting) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt. His instrumental and electronic pieces have been featured in concerts and radio programs throughout Europe (BBC London, SFB Berlin, HR Frankfurt, WDR Cologne, NDR Hamburg, VPRO Radio Holland, VRT Radio Belgium, Polskie Radio and Swedish National Radio), the Americas, Asia and Australia. He has developed an algorithmic composition software (AFSTS 1) for the Atari ST computers from 1991-1993. From 1994-1997 he was chairman of the music department in the guild of artist "Kuenstlergilde NRW". Banasik was the artistic director of the ensemble "go ahead" and organizer of multimedia events with new music, literature and fine arts as well as concerts of electroacoustic music. He has received national and international music awards and scholarships. Beside live electronics and computer music Banasik has produced works for tape, radio plays and film soundtracks
Banaster, Gilbert [Banastir, Banastro]c. 1445between 19 Aug. and 10 Sep. 1487English composer
Banchieri, Adriano (Tomaso)
3 Sep. 1568
Bologna, Italy
Bologna, Italy
a man of considerable versatility, a composer, dramatist, organist and theorist, he spent almost his whole life at the monastery of San Michele in Bosco, near Bologna, becoming abbot in 1620. He founded the Accademia dei Floridi in Bologna
Banci, Giovannifl. 1619
 Italian composer
Bancquart, Alain
 one of the leading composers of microtonal music in Europe
Bandiera, Lodovicofl. 1663 Italian composer
Bandolim, Jacob do
13 Aug. 1918
14 Feb. 1969
the most influential Brazilian artist on the instrument that became part of his name, Jacob elevated the mandolin (bandolim, in Portuguese) to a place of honour
[to hear extracts of his music click here]
Banester, Gilbert
probably London, England
probably Windsor, England
English composer Gilbert Banester was possibly born in London in 1445. He was Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal from 1478. He contributed a carol in florid style to the Fayrfax Manuscript, and wrote and produced pageants at Henry VII's court; his latin motets include one probably for Henry's wedding. He is represented in the Eton Choirbook.
Banevich, Sergei2 Dec. 1941
Okhansk, nr. Perm
Banfield, William
 he earned a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1983, a Master of Theological Studies from Boston University in 1987, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan in 1992. His diverse blend of musical influences were shaped by his teachers and mentors including T.J. Anderson, George Russell, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcolm, and William Albright. In 2000, he was a W.E.B. Dubois fellow at Harvard University where he worked on two operas, including Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump Early On. He has composed eight symphonies, six symphonic concertos, four operas, music for ballet, musicals, chorus, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, and song cycles for voice and keyboard
Bangalter, Thomas
3 Jan. 1975
Paris, France
 French electronic musician best known as a member of the French house music duo Daft Punk. He has also produced music for the band Stardust, as a member of the band Together, and for the film Irréversible. His music is sometimes known as French house
Banister, Charles W.fl 1792 English psalmodist, 'Twelve psalm and hymn tunes' (1792)
Banister, Henry Charles13 Jun. 183120 Nov. 1897English composer and teacher
Banister, Johnc. 1625
London, England
3 Oct. 1679
London, England
flageolet player, violinist, leader of Charles II band (based on the string band of the French court); composer and pioneering organiser of concerts to which the public paid an entry fee
Banister, John c. 1725English composer, violinist and recorder player
Bank, Jacques
18 Apr. 1943
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer. He studied composition with Ton de Leeuw and Jos Kunst at the Amsterdam Conservato­ry, where he was awarded the Composition Prize in 1974
Banks, Don (Donald Oscar)25 Oct. 1923
 pupil of Seiber and Dallapiccola; works include Four pieces for orchestra, a horn concerto, a violin sonaa and a Divertimento for flute and string trio
Bannink, Harry
10 Jul. 1929
Enschede, The Netherlands
19 Oct. 1999Dutch composer, arranger and pianist who wrote about 3000 songs
Banshchikov, Gennadi Ivanovich1943
Kazan, Russia
 composer of 5 cello concertos and operas
Bantock, Sir Granville
7 Aug. 1868
London, England
11 Oct. 1946
London, England
born the son of eminent London gynaecologist, who forbade him to take up music professionally. Joined civil service and when failed to be tempted by the money on offer was reluctantly allowed to study at the RAM. While a student there his bottled-up musical ambition was released into 14 symphonic poems on Indian themes. Founded the New Quarterly Musical Review and took up conducting, transforming the New Brighton Orchestra from a shambolic mob to a competent orchestra. Introduced all-British programmes of music, an innovation at the time (1898). Championed British music al his life, along with other 'modern' composers such as Sibelius (who dedicated his 3rd Symphony to him), Strauss, Debussy etc. Succeeded Elgar as professor of music at Birmingham University. A great fan of the east, many of his works have an oriental theme - a famous photograph of him shows him dressed as a mullah, reading the Rubayat - which he eventually set to music. Later on he became interested in British folk culture too, especially Celtic
Bantzer, Claus
10 Oct. 1942
Marburg, Germany
 organist, conductor and composer of film scores
Banwart, Jakob19 May 1609ca. 1657German composer
Baptista, Gracia  nun and composer who published in Spain in 1557
Baptiste, Ludwig Albert Friedrich8 Aug. 1700c. 1764German composer, probably of French descent
Baqueiro Fóster, Gerónimo7 Jan. 189829 May 1967Mexican musicologist and composer
Barabba, Jason A.
 graduate of Occidental College with a Bachelor's Degree in Latin American Studies, Mr. Barabba subsequently attended the University of Chicago where he pursued his interest in music. He received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Composition and Music Technology from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California at Irvine in 2004. He is currently attending the University of California at Los Angeles, where is pursuing a Ph.D. in Composition. In his formative years, Mr. Barabba received extensive instrumental training in piano and trombone
Baranovic, Krešimir
25 Aug. 1894
17 Sep. 1975
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
much of the career of Croatian composer/conductor Krešimir Baranovic was spent with Zagreb Opera. He conducted there for almost 30 years between 1915 and 1943, and also directed the opera between 1929 and 1940. His opus contains two comic operas, 'Shorn-mown' and 'The Bride from Centigrad'. The first was premiered in Zagreb in 1932 and the second first saw the stage in Belgrade in 1951
Bararipton14th century composer in Avignon repertory
Bararini Lupus, Manfredfl. 1557-61 Swiss composer of Italian birth
Barat, Joseph Edouard
18821963best known through his compositions for solo winds and orchestra, Joseph Edouard Barat studied music in Paris with Paul Vidal and Emile Pessard. His affinity for wind music was partially influenced through his work as a bandmaster with the French Army. His Andante et Allegro for trombone and piano (orchestra) was composed for the annual trombone competition at the National Conservatory in Paris in 1935, and dedicated to Professor Henri Couillaud
Barati, George
3 Apr. 1913
Györ, Hungary
22 Jun. 1996
San Jose, California, USA
Hungarian composer and cellist who worked from 1939 in the U.S.A.
Barba, Daniel [Daniele] (Pius) dal5 May 1715
Verona, Italy
26 Jul. 1801
Verona, Italy
Italian composer
Barbara, Joan La
8 Jun. 1947
Philadelphia, USA
 her career as a composer, performer and sound artist has been devoted to exploring the human voice as a multi-faceted instrument, going far beyond its traditional boundaries, creating works for voices, instruments and interactive technology. "One of the great vocal virtuosas of our time" (San Francisco Examiner) and an important pioneer in the field of contemporary classical music and soundart, she developed a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques, including multiphonics (the simultaneous sounding of two or more pitches), circular singing, ululation and glottal clicks that have become her "signature" sounds
Barbarino, Bartolomeo (Il Pesarino)c. 15681617Italian composer. Maestro di cappella at the cathedrals of Pesaro and (from 1605) Parma, he published some church music but is mainly important as one of the earliest and most prolific monodists, a follower of Caccini in his style of vocal composition, which is often dramatic, with extravagant word painting; in general, however, his best music is in a more melancholy and expressive vein
Barbato, Angelofl. 1583-87 Italian amateur music editor and composer
Barbe, Antoine 2 Dec. 1564Flemish composer
Barbe, Antoine srbefore 154713 Feb. 1604Flemish composer and organist
Barbe, Helmut28 Dec. 1927 German composer
Barbella, Emanuele
14 Apr. 1718
Naples, Italy
1 Jan. 1777
Naples, Italy
Emanuele Barbella, originally trained by his father Francesco. After the premature death of his father in 1733, Barbella continued to study the violin with Angelo Zago and Pasqualino Bini (a student of Tartini), also studying composition with Michele Caballone, Leonardo Leo, and, probably, with Father Martini in Bologna. In 1753 he became first violin of Teatro Nuovo in Naples, and three years later he entered into the service of the Neapolitan Royal Chapel; starting in 1761, he played in the orchestra of Teatro S. Carlo, also teaching at the Conservatoire of S. Onofrio. Charles Burney, who got to know Barbella during his stay in Naples in October 1770, spoke of him as the “kindest human being that I’ve ever known”, blessed with a character which was as “sweet as the sound of his violin”
Barbella, Francesco1692
composer and “Master of String Instruments” at the Conservatoire of S. Maria di Loreto, father of Emanuele Barbella
Barber, Charlie
  a composer based in South Wales who is also the artistic director of Sound Affairs
Barber, Johnfl 1723 psalmodist of Castleton, Derbys. who published 'A book of psalmody' (1723) with Robert Barker
Barber, Robertfl 1723-53 psalmodist based in Castleton, Derbys, who published 'The psalm singer's choice companion' (1723), 'A book of psalmody 2nd edn' (1733) and 'David's harp well tuned' (3rd edn of A book of psalmody) (1753)
Barber, Robert (ii)c. 1750 English composer and organist
Barber II, Samuel Osborne
9 Mar. 1910
West Chester, PA, USA
23 Jan. 1981
New York City, USA
major American composer whose predominantly lyrical and expressive works include a violin concerto and the famous Adagio for Strings
Barberá, José21 Jan. 18761947Spanish composer and teacher
Barberiis, Melchiore defl. c. 1545-50 Italian priest, composer, lutenist and 4 course guitarist who in the late 1540s published works for the lute
Barbetta, Giulio Cesarec. 1540after 1603Italian lutenist and composer
Barbier, René (Auguste-Ernest)12 Jul. 1890
Namur, Belgium
24 Dec. 1981
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer
Barbieri, Carlo Emanuele [de Barbieri]22 Oct. 1822
Genoa, Italy
28 Sep. 1867
Pest, Hungary
Italian conductor and composer
Barbieri, Francisco Asenjo
3 Aug. 1823
Madrid, Spain
17 Feb. 1894
Madrid, Spain
he was central to the group of composers, including Oudrid, Gaztambide and Arrieta working from 1851 at the Teatro del Circo, directing the chorus as well as providing many original stage works. 1856 saw the founding of the Teatro de la Zarzuela, and from the 1860s Barbieri broadened his activities even further, founding the Society for Orchestral Music (1866) and introducing much of the German symphonic repertoire to Madrid, as well as publishing a wide variety of books on music, politics and much besides
Barbieri, Gato
28 Nov 1932
Rosario, Argentina
 Gato Barbieri is the second Argentinean musician to make a significant impact upon jazz - the first being Lalo Schifrin, in whose band Barbieri played as a teenager. His story has been that of an elongated zigzag odyssey between his homeland and North America. He started out playing to traditional Latin rhythms in his early years, turning his back on his heritage to explore the jazz avant-garde in the 1960s, reverting to South American influences in the early 1970s, playing pop and fusion in the late 1970s, only to go back and forth again in the 1980s
Barbieri, Girolamo1808
Piacenza, Italy
Piacenza, Italy
he began his career as maestro di cappella at Caravaggio, subsequently took up the same position in Cremona and finally returned to his home town in 1847. Most of his energies were devoted to the composition of sacred music and piano pieces. He also held a post as organist and took an interest in organ building: he reviewed the inaugurations of new Lingiardi and Serassi organs for the Gazzetta musicale di Milano. His organ works, published by F. Lucca and Ricordi, amount to some 800 pieces
Barbieri, Lucio [Luzio]24 Jul. 1586mid-November 1659Italian composer, organist and teacher
Barbignantfl. c. 1470 composer
Barbio, Eustachius before 9 Jul. 1556Flemish composer and choirmaster
Barbireau, Jacques [Barberianus, Barbirianus, Barbarian; Jacobus]>br>more...1455
probably Antwerp, Belgium
7 Aug. 1491a Renaissance composer from the southern Netherlands. He was considered to be a superlative composer both by his contemporaries and by modern scholars, however his surviving output is small, and he died young
Barbitonsorisfl. late 14th century composer, probably from northern Italy
Barbosa de Araújo, Damião27 Sep. 1778
Itaparica, nr. Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
20 Apr. 1856
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Brazilian composer
Barbour, J(ames) Murray31 Mar. 18974 Jan. 1970American acoustician, musicologist and composer
Barce, Ramon6 Mar. 1928
 Spanish composer and writer on the Italian composer Boccherini
Barcelata, Lorenzo [Lorenzo Barcelata y Castro]
Tlalixcoyan, Veracruz, Mexico
13 Jul. 1943
composer and lyricist for the beautiful waltz Maria Elena (1940), a song that won him international fame
Barchan, Stephen Mark
Middlesborough, UK
 English composer who studied at the University of Huddersfield with Richard Steinitz, where he was awarded the J Wood and Sons Prize for composition. His music has been played throughout Europe, Australia and the USA. He is currently working as a freelance composer and music copyist, alongside studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Edwin Roxburgh, and he has just been awarded a fellowship to attend Ostrava Days 2005
Barchet, Siegfried1918
Stuttgart, Germany
1982German cellist, for more than thirty years solo cellist in the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and composer whose works include: Sinfonie for strings (1968) - Serenata in modo classica (1964) - Introduction and Burleske (1968) - Images de Menton (1963) - Five Miniatures (1966) - Flute Quartet (1970) - Concertino (1973) - Quodlibet (1977) - Nonchalance (1945-60) - Nocturne (1945-60) - String Trio (1966) - Divertimento Op. 10a (1944) - Quartet (1973)
Bardanashvili, Josef
Batumi, Georgia
 Georgian painter and composer now living in Israel
Bardi, Agustin
13 Dec 1884
1941one of a group of Argentinean composers of popular tangos
Bardi, Giovanni de', Count of Vernio5 Feb. 1534Sep. 1612Italian literary critic, poet, playwright and composer
Bárdos, Lajos
1 Oct. 1899
Budapest, Hungary
18 Nov. 1986
Budapest, Hungary
choir director, teacher and musicologist, he was professor at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, composer and founder of a school of music theory in Hungary. In 1934, he organized with György Kertész the movement 'Singing Youth'. They also founded a periodical and a publishing house both named Magyar Kórus (Hungarian Chorus). Bárdos did his utmost to put into practice Zoltan Kodály's idea of 'singing Hungary'
Bardwell, William26 Aug. 1915 English composer
Barera, Rodiano [Barrera; Ahrodiano]late 16th century Italian composer
Bargeld, Blixa
12 Jan 1959
Berlin, Germany
 German actor, composer and songwriter
Barges, Antonino [Bargues; Antonio]fl. 1547-65 Netherlands composer resident in Italy
Bargiel, Woldemar3 Oct. 1828
Berlin, Germany
23 Feb. 1897
Berlin, Germany
Woldemar Bargiel was the son of Marianne Tromlitz, first wife of Friedrich Wieck and mother of Clara Schumann and was taught by Moscheles and Niels W. Gade in Leipzig, before returning to his native Berlin, where he was later appointed professor of composition at the invitation of Joachim. His music is influenced by Schumann, who regarded him as one of the leading composers of the younger generation
Bargielski, Zbigniew
21 Jan. 1937
Lomza, Poland
 studied law at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin (1954-57). In 1958 he began studying composition at the State College of Music in Warsaw under Tadeusz Szeligowski. After his teacher's death he continued his studies under Boleslaw Szabelski at the State College of Music in Katowice, where he gearned a degree in composition in 1964. He continueded his studies under Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1966-67) on a French government scholarship, and also at the Hochschule fur Musik in Granz (1972). Since 1976 he has been living in Austria, where he is engaged in teaching
Bargnani, Ottavioc. 1570after 1627Italian composer and organist
Bargy, Roy (Fredrick)
31 Jul. 1894
Newaygo, Michigan, USA
16 Jan. 1974
Vista, California, USA
an American composer and pianist
Bari, Marco di1958
 his music exhibits his interest in scientific data, especially the dimension of fractals, from which to derive formal ideas
Barié, Augustin18831915Augustin Barié was blind from his birth. He studied organ with Guilmant and Widor. Later he was appointed organist of the Eglise Saint-Germaine-des-Prés in Paris. He composed a few works and died at the early age of 32 years during the First World War
Barilari, Elbio Rodríguez
Montevideo, Uruguay
 Uruguayan composer and jazz musician who now works the the United States
Barilli, Bruno14 Dec. 1880
Fano, Italy
15 Apr. 1952
Rome, Italy
Italian critic and composer
Baring-Gould, Sabine
28 Jan. 1834
Exeter, UK
2 Jan. 1924
Lewtrenchard, Devon, UK
clergyman and composer of popular hymns including Onward, Christian Soldiers and Now the Day Is Over. He regarded as his principal achievement the collection of folk songs that he made with the help of the ordinary people of Devon and Cornwall. His first book of songs, Songs and Ballads of the West (1889–91), was the first collection published for the mass market. The musical editor for this collection was Henry Fleetwood Sheppard, though some of the songs included were noted by Baring-Gould's other collaborator Frederick Bussell. Baring-Gould and Sheppard produced a second collection called A Garland of Country Songs in 1895. A new edition of Songs of the West was proposed for publication in 1905. Sheppard had died in 1901 and so the collector Cecil Sharp was invited to undetake the musical editorship for the new edition. Sharp and Baring-Gould also collaborated on English Folk Songs for Schools in 1907. This collection of 53 songs was widely used in British schools for the next 60 years
Bariolla, Ottavio [Bariola, Barioli, Bariolus]fl. 1573-1619 Italian organist and composer
Bariona, Madelka S.fl. 16th century
 a composer whose work was published in 1586 and is now in the Royal Library, Munich
Bark, Jan (Helge Guttorm)19 Ap. 1934 Swedish composer
Barkauskas, Vytautas
25 Mar. 1931
Kaunas, Lithuania
 one of the most prolific Lithuanian contemporary composers and has written over 100 pieces of music. He is a graduate in mathematics (1953) and music composition (1959). He is professor in the Department of Composition of the Lithuanian Academy of Music
Barkel, Charles (Alvinus)6 Feb. 18987 Mar. 1973Swedish violinist and composer
Barker, George Arthur
18121876composer of Bright be the place of thy soul! a hymn to words (1808) by Lord Byron
Barker, Johnbetween 1705 and 1710bur. 3 Apr. 1781English copyist, composer of psalm tunes and organist at Coventry, 1731-52
Barker, Paul
Cambridge, UK
 English composer who now lives in Mexico. He has composed music for orchestra, soloists, chamber music, choral music, for contemporary dance, and principally for opera and theatre. He has received several awards and scholarships including Royal Philharmonic Society Prize, Countess of Munster Trust Scholarship, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust Scholarship, Arts and Humanities Research Award and a Djerassi Artistic Residency in California, USA
Barker, Warren
16 Apr. 1923
Oakland, CA
 composer, pianist and trumpeter, Warren studied with the composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. After the end of the Second World War, he began working for radio, TV and films
Barkin, Elaine R(adoff)15 Dec. 1932
New York, USA
 American composer
Barkhudaryan, Sergey Vasilyevich [Sarkis]8 Sep. 188725 Oct. 1972Georgian composer and teacher
Barkworth, John (Edmond)20 May 1858
Beverley, England
18 Nov. 1929
Geneva, Switzerland
English organist and composer
Barlan, Otto22 Mar. 186019 Dec, 1943Swiss organist and composer
Barlow, Clarence Albertson
27 Dec. 1945
Calcutta, India
 alternatively Clarens Baarlo, Klarens Baarlo, Klarenz Barlow, born in India into a family of European descent and culture. Composer mostly of orchestral, chamber, piano, and electroacoustic works. He has lived in Cologne since 1968 and in Amsterdam since 1990
Barlow, David (Frederick)
20 May 1927
Rothwell, Nortants
9 Jun. 1975
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
English composer whose songs including I have desired to go to words by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)
Barlow, Fred2 Oct. 1881
3 Jan. 1951
Boulogne, France
French composer of English and Alsatian origin
Barlow, Samuel Latham Mitchell1 Jun. 1892
New York, USA
 American composer and pianist who wasa student of Ottorino Respighi
Barlow, Wayne6 Sep. 1912 American composer and teacher
Bärmann, Heinrich Joseph1784
Potsdam, Germany
Munich, Germany
one of the great clarinet virtuosi of the nineteenth century for whom Weber wrote clarinet works. He wrote music for ensembles including clarinet
Bärmann, Karl1839
Munich, Germany
Boston, Mass., USA
pianist, grandson of the above who wrote and published many pieces for piano
Barmotin, Semen1877
St. Petersburg, Russia
 Russian composer
Barnard, Charlotte Allington (née Pye; Claribel)23 Dec. 1830
30 Jan. 1869published a collection of over 100 ballads in 1858 and two volumes of verse
Barnard, John I1591
c. 1641
music editor, publisher and composer of music for viol(s) and for voice(s)
Barnby, Sir Joseph12 Aug. 1838
York, UK
28 Jan. 1896
London, UK
organist and choral conductor who wrote many anthems, hymns, oratorios and popular part-songs
Barnekow, Christian28 Jul. 183720 Mar. 1913Danish composer
Bar-Nes, Lea1904
Jaffa, Israel
 Israeli composer
Barnes, Milton
16 Dec, 1931
Toronto, Canada
27 Feb. 2001
Toronto, Canada
conductor, composer, jazz drummer
Barnet, Charlie (Charles Daly)
26 Oct. 1913
New York City, NY, USA
4 Sep. 1991bandleader who used the pseudonym Dale Bennet on his songs to avoid the financial demands of his numerous ex-wives. The Barnet big band of 1939 to 1941 was his best known outfit, recording hits such as Cherokee and a spin off of the song called Redskin Rhumba, the latter used as the band's identifying song
Barnett, Carol1949 composer and flutist, she received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Dominick Argento, Paul Fetter and Bernhard Weiser. She served as composer-in-residence with the Dale Warland Singers from 1992 to 2001, and her works have been performed by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Women’s Philharmonic of San Francisco, Westminster Abbey Choir, and the Ankor Children's Choir of Jerusalem. She is currently a studio artist and adjunct lecturer at Augsburg College in Minnesota. Barnett has composed many choral works, as well as works for orchestra and chamber ensemble
Barnett, James G. 1885
a composer, conductor, and organist in Connecticut during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Most of his compositions are sacred vocal works
Barnett, John
15 Jul. 1802
Bedford, England
16 Apr. 1890
Cheltenham, England
father was born Bernhard Beer in Prussia. He moved to England to work as a jeweller and changed his surname to Barnett. The son was a boy vocalist who later became a singing teacher and composer of stage music, especially the work The Mountain Sylph (first performed at the Lyceum on 25 Aug. 1834) regarded as being the first modern English opera
Barnett, John Francis
16 Oct. 1837
London, UK
24 Nov. 1916nephew of above, who was an eminent pianist who wrote various works including a cantata entitled The Ancient Mariner which was first performed at the 1867 Birmingham Festival
Baron, Ernst Gottlieb
17 Feb. 1696
Breslau, Germany
12 Apr. 1760
Berlin, Germany
German lutenist, composer and writer on music
Baroni-Cavalcabo (von), Julie1813
1887a pianist who studied with the son of Mozart, she composed many fine songs. Schumann dedicated Humoreske to her
Barra, Jehan de (Barrat, Hotinet; Jean)fl. early 16th century French composer
Barraine, Elsa13 Feb. 1910
Paris, France
20 Mar. 1999
Strasbourg, France
French pianist and composer, she studied composition at the Paris Conservatoire with Paul Dukas. She received premiers prix in harmony in 1925 and in fugue and accompaniment in 1927. In 1929 she received the Prix de Rome for her cantata La vierge guerrière. She worked in French Radio as a pianist, sound recordist and vocal director (1936-40) then as a sound mixer after the war. From 1944 to 1947 she was musical director of the recording firm Chant du Monde. Later Barraine became professor of sight-reading and analysis at the Conservatoire, 1953-1974. Much of her output is for voice, in addition to works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, and dramatic works. Her Wind Quintet from 1931 is published in the famous wind quintet anthology compiled by Albert Andraud. Her solo organ works include: Sole organ works comprise: 1re Prélude et fugue (1928, publ. Durand); 2me Prélude et fugue (1930); Reflets magyars (unpublished, 1961); Musique rituelle for organ, tam-tam, xylophone (1968)
[supplementary information provided by Terry L. Mueller]
Barraqué, Jean17 Jan. 1928
Puteaux, France
17 Aug. 1973born into a middle class family, Jean Barraqué had no intention - despite early piano and violin lessons - of becoming a composer until he was confronted with the "emotional shock" of hearing a gramophone recording of Schubert's Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished" at the age of 12. Schubert and Beethoven became inspirational guiding lights through his years as fledgling composer. Then, in 1948, Barraqué joined Messiaen's celebrated Paris Conservatoire class for analysis and rhythm, where he discovered simultaneously the work of Debussy (about whom he would write at length) and - newly imported into France - the music of Webern. From 1951 to 1954, Barraqué was a member of the ORTF Groupe de Musique Concrète and briefly made use in his music of electronic resources
Barraud, Henry23 Apr. 1900
Bordeaux, France
28 Dec. 1997worked under Dukas and Aubert and has written orchestral and chamber works
Barré, Antonio
fl. 1551-64 French singer, printer, and composer resident in Italy
Barre, Michel de la16751743an important French composer and flautist. A highly renowned performer, La Barre played in the Académie Royale de Musique, the Musettes et Hautbois de Poitou and court chamber music. Barre’s suites for two unaccompanied flutes (the first of their kind in France) and flute solos and trio sonatas established a French flute style and contributed to the instrument's popularity. La Barre also wrote songs and two opéra-ballets. Rameau's La Vénitienne, in which rondeau form is used for the first time, was certainly inspired by Michel de la Barre’s opera-ballet of the same name written in 1705
Barré, Leonardo [Barrae, Barret]fl. 1537-after 1555 Netherlands composer and singer resident in Italy
Barrense Dias, Jose1932
Campo Alegre, Bahia, Brazil
Brazilian guitarist, composer and arranger
Barrera Gómez, Enrique26 Apr. 1844
3 Jul. 1922
Spanish composer
Barrett, John1674between 1719 and 1735English composer and organist, a pupil of John Blow, who contributed songs to Mercurius Musicus. In 1700 he collaborated with Blow, Jeremiah Clarke, Francis Piggott, and Croft in a Choice Collection of Ayres for the Harpsichord or Spinnet. He was for some time music master of Christ's Hospital, and later organist of Christ Church, Newgate Street (London) and St. Mary-at-Hill, Billingsgate (London)
Barrett, Natasha
Norwich, UK
 her compositional output consists of works for instruments and live electronics, sound installations, dance, theatre, and animation projects, but all activity is rooted in her work with acousmatic tape composition, which features most strongly amongst her creations
Barrett, Richard
7 Nov. 1959
Swansea, Wales
 British composer, now resident in Germany, of mostly chamber, vocal and electro-acoustic works
Barri, Odoardo (real name: Edward Slater)
Dublin, Ireland
London, UK
popular composer of Edwardian drawing-room songs. Barri himself claimed to have been born in Como. Supposedly he was trained by the Jesuits, became an oratorio singer in Italy and Spain, and was for a time a tenor soloist at the Vatican. He is said to have fought at the battle of Solferino in 1859 before settling in London, where he headed the Odoardo Barri School of Voice Culture for over fifty years. Of his religious, theatre and drawing-room music, little is now heard beyond the stirring setting of The Old Brigade
Barrière, Etienne-Benard-Joseph7 Oct. 1748
1816 or 1818
possibly Paris, France
French composer and violinist
Barrière, Françoise
Paris, France
 composer, co-founder and director of the International Institute of Electroacoustic Music of Bourges, director of the International Festival Synthèse and the Bourges Competitions
Barriere, Jean18 Jul. 1670
6 Jul. 1747
Barriere left a legacy of important cello works. His 4 books of sonatas escaped the prevalent Italian shadow and made him France's most important composer for the cello
Barrière, Jean-Baptiste
Paris, France
 French multimedia artist and musician
Barrios, Angel1882
Granada, Spain
the son of a flamenco guitarist, Barrios studied in Paris. In 1900 Barrios founded the Trio Iberia for which he made many arrangements. The Trio enjoyed a very favorable reputation all over Europe. Barrios was quite a productive composer. Barrios's works include operas, zarzuelas, a number of orchestral scores and solo works for piano and guitar. They are all written in a style influenced by the Romantic era, and relied heavily on a populist Spanish folk influence
Barrios Fernandez, Angel4 Jan. 1882
17 Nov. 1964
Spanish composer, guitarist and violinist
Barrios (Mangoré), (Pio) Agustin
5 May 1885
San Bautista de las Misiones, Paraguay
7 Aug. 1944
San Salvador, El Salvador
a virtuosic guitarist and an innovative composer
Barris, Harry
24 Nov. 1905
New York, NY, USA
13 Dec. 1962
Burbank, CA. USA
bandleader, pianist and composer, Barris joined with Bing Crosby and Al Rinker to form a group called the Rhythm Boys
Barron, Bebe
192720 Apr. 2008
composer of electronic music much of it in association with her husband Louis (1920-1989) including that for the film 'Forbidden Planet'
Barron, Kenny
Philadelphia, USA
 while a teenager, Barron started playing professionally with Mel Melvin's orchestra. This local band also featured Barron's brother Bill, the late tenor saxophonist. At age 19, Kenny moved to New York City and was hired by James Moody after the tenor saxophonist heard him play at the Five Spot. He then joined Dizzy Gillespie's band in 1962, where he developed an appreciation for Latin and Caribbean rhythms. After five years with Dizzy, Barron played with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, and Buddy Rich. In 1971 he joined Yusef Lateef's band. It is Lateef who Kenny credits as a key influence in his art for improvisation. Kenny was professor of music at Rutgers University (1973-200)
Barron, Louis
23 Apr. 19201 Nov. 1989composer of electronic music much of it in association with his wife Bebe (b. 1927) including that for the film 'Forbidden Planet'
Barroso, Ary
7 Nov. 1903
Ubá, Minas Gerais, Brazil
9 Feb. 1964
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
composer who was most productive during the 1940s and 50s. He is, perhaps, best known for his composition Aquarela do Brasil (1939)
Barroso, Jose1901
Tehuacan, Puebla, Mexico
 guitarist, composer, cellist, composer of Bullerias y Cancion Tehuacan
Barroso, Sergio
4 Mar. 1946
Havana, Cuba
 composer and synthesist who, after studies 1950-66 in Havana and 1966-8 in Prague, began a career in teaching, composing, and performing, with a particular emphasis on electroacoustic music. He now lives in Canada
Barroso Neto, Joaquim António30 Jan. 18811 Sep. 1941Brazilian composer and pianist
Barrozo, Teresa
The Philippines
 Philippine composer, member of the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM), Asian Composers League (ACL) and ACL Philippines
Barrow, Johnfl 1730-40 psalmodist from Leominster, Herefordshire who published 'A new book of psalmody' (1730), 'The psalm-singer's choice companion 2nd edn.' (c 1747) and 'The psalm-singer's choice companion 3rd edn.' (1755)
Barry, Gerald
County Clare, Ireland
 studied composition with Stockhausen and Kagel. He first came to public attention in 1979 with his radical ensemble works '__________' and 'Ø'. Lecturer UCC 1982–6. Has written orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral works, which include 2 operas, The Intelligence Park (1982–9), commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit (1991–2), commissioned by Channel 4 TV, London; Chevaux de frise for orchestra (1986), Hard D for chamber ensemble (1992) and The Conquest of Ireland for bass and orchestra (1995), all commissioned by the BBC; piano works, Swinging Tripes and Trillibubkins (1986) and Triorchic Blues (1990), the latter commissioned by the GPA Dublin International Piano Competition; Flamboys (1991) for orchestra, commissioned by TCD; and Piano Quartet (1992)
Barry, James
Newport, RI, USA
 American composer who is also a member of the NYC based new music group Forecast Music
Barry, John
3 Nov. 1933
York, UK
30 Jan. 2011
Oyster Bay, New York, USA
composer noted most for his film scores, amongst which are the 'James Bond' movies (including the theme song for 'Goldfinger'), the expansive scores for Born Free (1966) and Dances with Wolves (1990) depicting majestic savannahs or prairies respectively, the more claustrophobic themes for Midnight Cowboy (1969) and The Ipcress File, the big love themes for Out of Africa (1985) and Somewhere in Time, the jazz influenced Body Heat (1981) and of course The Cotton Club named after that hotbed of early jazz development, and the historical dramas The Lion in Winter (1968), Robin and Marian (1976) and Mary Queen of Scots. With such an illustrious career it is a little jarring to note that he also did Howard the Duck!
Barrymore, Lionel [born Lionel Herbert Blythe]
28 Apr. 1878
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
15 Nov. 15, 1954
Van Nuys, California
Barrymore won the Academy Award for his role in the early talkie A Free Soul (1931); but he is probably best remembered for playing Dr. Gillespie in the Doctor Kildare series of films, for his role playing the mean Mr. Potter in It's A Wonderful Life (1946), and for his sympathetic role in Key Largo (1948), with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Becall. Lionel was also a composer of classical music
Barsanti, Francescoc. 1690
Lucca, Italy
late 1772
London, UK
performer on the oboe and the flute, Francesco Barsanti, who lived in Edinburgh from 1735 to 1743 is best-known to recorder/flute players for his sonatas. However, he adapted many Scottish slow airs in various arrangements for vocal and instrumental performance
Barsotti, Roger1901
 of Italian extraction, Barsotti was brought up musically in military bands and eventually became Director of Music of the Metropolitan Police Band between 1946 and 1968. He was a prolific composer for brass band and to a lessor extent for orchestra. His compositions included many marches, waltzes, polkas, dances in Latin American rhythm, instrumental solos, popular pot-pourris and the attractive suites Three Women, Carnaval du Bal and the Neapolitan Suite
Bart, Lionel1 Aug. 1930
London, England
3 Apr. 1999
London, England
English composer and lyricist, composed music for Oliver (1963) and wrote theme song for the James Bond movie, From Russia With Love
Bárta (or Barrta, Bartha, Bartta), Josefc. 1746
Prague, Czech Republic
13 Jun. 1787
Vienna, Austria
Czech composer
Bárta, Lubor8 Aug. 19285 Nov. 1972Czech composer
Bartalus, István23 Nov. 18219 Feb. 1899Hungarian musicologist, teacher and composer
Bartay, András7 Apr. 1799
Széplak, Hungary
4 Oct. 1854
Mainz, Germany
Hungarian composer, theater director and collector of folksongs
Bartay, Ede6 Oct. 182531 Aug. 1901Hungarian musical administrator, composer and teacher
Bartei, Girolamoc. 1516in or after 1618Italian composer and organist
Bartels, Wolfgang von21 July 1883
Hamburg, Germany
19 Apr. 1938
Munich, Germany
German composer
Barth, Christian Frederik24 Feb. 178717 Jul. 1861Danish oboist and composer
Barth, Christian Samuel11 Jan. 17358 Jul. 1809Danish oboist and composer
Barth, Elise 1800
a pianist who published several piano works
Barth, Hans
Leipzig, Germany
Jacksonville, Fla., USA
pianist; composed microtonal music and invented a quarter-tone piano
Barth, (Frederick) Philip (Carl August)21 Oct. 177422 Dec. 1804Danish oboist and composer
Barth, Richard5 Jun. 185025 Dec. 1923German violinist, conductor and composer
Barthe, Grat-Norbert7 Jun. Bayonne13 Aug. 1898
Asnières, Seine
French composer
Barthélemon, Cecilia Maria17701840born into a musical family Cecilia made her debut in London in 1779, performing a vocal duet with her mother Mary. Joseph Haydn was a family friend and listed Cecilia as one of the London musical personalities in his 1792 London Notebook. She in turn dedicated her keyboard Sonata op. 3 to him and was a subscriber to his Creation
Barthélemon, François-Hippolyte27 Jul. 1741
Bordeaux, France
20 Jul. 1808
London, England
violinist; wrote operas, stage music and violin pieces as well as the tune to Ken's Morning Hymn
Barthélemon, Mary Polly (nee Young)17491799
composer who began her public life as a singer-actor in opera and other music theatre
Bartholomee, Pierre
5 Aug. 1937
Brussels, Belgium
 chief conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège et de la Communauté française (OPL) and composer
Bartholomew, Greg
 American composer who has participated in composition workshops, seminars and symposia with Krzysztof Penderecki, George Crumb, Bob Chilcott, Steven Sametz, Robert Kyr, R. Murray Schafer, Tan Dun, Gregg Smith, Hummie Mann and Brent Michael Davids. Bartholomew received ASCAP Awards in 2003 and 2004 for the recent performances of his music
Bartholomew, Marshall1885
composer and interpreter of American folk music, he was director of the Yale Glee Club and of undergraduate musical activities at Yale from 1921 to 1953. He founded the International Student Musical Council in 1931 to promote international good will through singing, and he served in various relief capacities during both World Wars. All of his life he was especially active as a composer and arranger of songs for singing groups. His final major project was research into the history of music at Yale in preparation for a book on the subject, which was not completed
Bartholus (de Florentia)fl. c. 1330-60 Italian composer
Bartlet, John (also Bartlett)fl. 1606-1610 lutenist and composer of ayres
Bartlett, Homer Newton28 Dec. 1845
Olive, N.Y., USA
3 Apr. 1920
Hoboken, N.J., USA
American composer
Bartochowicz, Walenty [Bartochowski, Bartoszewski]fl. first half of 17th century Polish writer, ?composer and editor
Bartók, Béla
25 Mar. 1881
Nagyszentmiklós (Sînnicolau Mare), Hungary
26 Sep. 1945
New York, NY, USA
collector of Hungarian, Slovak and Rumanian folk songs and later of Arabic music; his early works betray the strong influence of late Romantic composers such as Brahms, Lizst and Wagner, although his later style as expressed, for example, in his 6 string quartets, marks him out as one of the most original voices of the early 20th century
Bartoli, Erasmo [De Bartolo; "Padre Raimo"]160615 Jul. 1656Italian composer and singer
Bartoli, Giovan Battistafl. 1617 Italian composer
Bartolini, Orindioc. 15801640Italian composer
Bartolino da Padova [Magister Frater Bartolinus de Padua, Frater carmelitus, Frater Bartholomeus; erroneously, Dactalus de Padua] fl. c. 1365-1405 Italian composer
Bartolomeo da Bologna [Bartholomeus de Bononia]fl. ca. 1410-25 Italian composer
Bartolomeo degli Organi [Baccio Fiorentino]24 Dec. 147412 Dec. 1539Italian composer, organist and singer
Bartolotti, Angelo Michelec. 1615
Bologna, Italy
after 1669composer and one of the most significant Baroque guitar virtuosos of his time. He published two books of tablature for the guitar. The first, published in Florence in 1640, begins with twenty-two passacaglie in as many keys, which are followed by six suites each made up of allemanda, two correnti and sarabanda. The volume closes with a follia set. The second book, which appeared in Rome in the 1650s, contains approximately twenty-five suites, the dance titles in French with but few exceptions. Bartolotti moved to France in 1656, and from that point he seems to have been known as a theorbist; in 1669 he published a book on basso continuo for the theorbo, at which point he disappears from history
Bartolotti, Signorafl. 18th century
 composer of the ballet music to the opera Dario in 1764
Bartolozzi, Bruno8 Jun. 1911
Florence, Italy
12 Dec. 1980
Fiesole, Italy
violinist and composer particularly of music for wind-instruments using new techniques. He wrote an influential book on new woodwind techniques. It was translated and edited by Reginald Smith Brindle and published in English as New Sounds for Woodwinds
Bartos, Frantisek13 Jun. 1905
21 May 1973
Prague, Czech Republic
Czech composer and writer
Bartos, Jan Zdenek4 Jun. 1908
Dvur Kralove nad Labem, Czechoslovakia
21 May 1973
Prague, Czech Republic
violinist; also original composer of concertos, including one for accordion and From Petrarch's Sonnets for Laura for tenor, bass, violin, cello and harpsichord
Bartulis, Vidmantas
 Lithuanian composer
Barvynsky, Vasyl' Oleksandrovich20 Feb. 18889 Jun. 1963Russian composer, pianist, musicologist and teacher, who studied in L’viv and then in Prague. He was the director of the Lysenko Music Institute from 1915, and exerted a strong influence on Ukrainian art music. Deeply admired for his teaching, Barvinsky later showed great heroism during his years in a Soviet concentration camp
Barwick, Johnfl 1763 Kent psalmodist who published 'Harmonia cantica divina' (c 1783)
Baryphonus, Henricus [Pipegrop, Pipgrop, Pipgroppe; Heinrich]17 Sep. 158113 Jan. 1655German theorist and composer
Bas, Giulio21 Apr. 187427 Jul. 1929Italian organist, teacher and composer
Baseggio, Lorenzo [Basseggio]c. 1660in or after 1715Italian composer
Basegmezler, Nejat
17 May 1950
Eskisehir, Turkey
 Turkish violinist and composer of orchestral music, chamber music and teaching material
Baselli, Constantino [Boselli, Bosello]fl. 1600-40 Italian composer and singer
Baselt, Fritz (Friedrich Gustav Otto)26 May 1863
Öls, Germany
11 Nov. 1931
Frankfurt, Germany
German composer
Baseo, Francesco Antoniofl. 1573-82 Italian composer
Basevi, Abramo29 Nov. 1818
Livorno, Italy
25 Nov. 1885
Florence, Italy
Italian composer
Baseya, Joanfl. 1679 Spanish composer and organist
Basha, Mohamed Saad
22 Sep. 1972
Cairo, Egypt
 Egyptian percussionist and composer of chamber and vocal music
Bashmakov, Leonid
1 Apr. 1927
 "It just was not my thing," said Bashmakov tersely, describing his encounter with row technique. His dodecaphonic period was brief; its main work being the First Symphony (1963). Bashmakov's stylistic roots are in the Neo-Classicism of the 1950s, which his dodecaphonic transition period distilled and concentrated into his later highly expressive free-tonal style. Bashmakov writes absolute music — symphonies, concertos and chamber music — although he has also written a number of extensive vocal works, most significantly the Requiem (1988) for soloists, choir and orchestra, which despite its title, it is a setting not of the traditional liturgical text but of the eponymous poem by Lassi Nummi
Basie, Count (William James)
21 Aug. 1904
Red Bank, New Jersey, USA
26 Apr. 1984American Jazz band leader and pianist, composer of One O'Clock Jump and Jumpin' at the Woodside. The story goes that an emcee or radio announcer dubbed him 'Count', figuring there was already a 'King' (of swing, Benny Goodman), a 'Duke' (Ellington) and an 'Earl' (Hines)
Basile, Andreanac. 15801640composer
Basile, Lelioc. 1575-85after 1623Italian composer and poet
Basili (or Basilj, Basily), Andrea16 Dec. 170528 Aug. 1777Italian composer and theorist
Basili (or Basilii, Basilj, Basily), Francesco31 Jan. 1767
Loreto, Italy
25 Mar. 1850
Rome, Italy
Italian composer and conductor
Basilio, Padre (Miguel Garcia)  guitarist, organist, composer, teacher
Basin, Adrien
fl. 1457-76after 1498Franco-Flemish composer, singer, and diplomat of the Burgundian school of the early Renaissance. He was listed along with Antoine Busnois and Hayne van Ghizeghem as one of the personal singers to Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy
Basiron, Philippe (Philippon de Bourges)
Bourges, France
before 31 May 1491
Bourges, France
a French composer, singer, and organist of the Renaissance. He was an innovative and prominent composer of the late 15th century, and was praised by many of his contemporaries
Basner, Veniamin Efimovich1 Jan. 1925
 Russian composer
Bassano, Orazio (Bassani)c. 1540-50before 1609Italian instrumentalist and composer
Bassano, Giovanni (Bassani, Bassiani)late 16th centuryearly 17th centuryVenetian instrumentalist and composer
Bassano, Giovanni Battista (Bassani, Bassiani)c. 1647
Padua, Italy
1 Oct. 1716
Bergamo or Ferrara, Italy
violinist, organist and composer who wrote operas, masses and many works for violin
Bassano, Giovanni (Bassani)
c. 1588c. summer 1617an Italian Venetian School composer and cornettist of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. He was a key figure in the development of the instrumental ensemble at St. Mark's basilica, and left a detailed book on instrumental ornamentation, which is a rich resource for research in contemporary performance practice. It is not known if he was related to Anthony Bassano a member of a well-known Venetian family of musicians
Bassengius, Aegidius [Bassengo; Passenger]fl. 1588-94 Flemish composer
Bassere, Jo.fl. c. 1450 composer, maybe French
Bassett, Leslie
22 Jan. 1923
Hanford, CA, USA
 after spending 38 months in army bands during World War II as trombonist, arranger and composer. he enrolled at California State University, Fresno. Graduate study at the University of Michigan under Ross Lee Finney was interrupted by a Fulbright Fellowship to Paris and work with Arthur Honegger and Nadia Boulanger. He joined the Michigan faculty in 1952, then held the Prix de Rome at the American Academy in Rome, 1961-63. He has also worked with the Spanish-British composer Roberto Gerhard and with Mario Davidovsky in electronic music. At Michigan he became chairman of composition, the Albert A. Stanley Distinguished University Professor of Music, and the 1984 Henry Russel Lecturer. He has composed electronic music and written for plays, film, and all performing ensembles with the exception of opera. He frequently serves as guest composer with performing ensembles and universities
Bassi, Dionisiofl. 1604) Italian composer
Bassiak, Cyrus (pseudonym for Rezvani, Serge)
Tehran, Iran
 Iranian-born composer now based in France
Bassman, George
7 Feb. 1914
New York, USA
26 Jun. 1997
Los Angeles, California, USA
American composer and arranger
Bastard, Jean [Bastart]fl. 1536-52 French composer
Bastiaans, Johannes Gijsbertus31 Oct. 181216 Feb. 1875Dutch organist, composer and theorist
Bastianelli, Giannotto20 Jun. 1883
San Domenico di Fiesole, Florence, Italy
22 Sep. 1927
Italian critic, composer and pianist
Bastini, Vincentio [Bastaini; Vincenzo di Pasquino]c. 15291591Italian cornettist and composer
Baston, Johnfl. 1708-1733 English composer, recorder player and violoncellist
Baston, Josquinfl. 1542-63 composer probably from the Netherlands
Baszny, Józef after 1862
Polish composer, teacher and flautist, probably of Czech descent
Bat Chaim, Ora
20th century
 Israeli poet, musician and composer. Bat Chaim, whose family has been living in Israel for six generations now, became widely known for more than 400 compositions. Two CDs of her music won the prestigious Echo Classical Award: Silence and Beyond (1997) and Love (2003), and her contributions to the sound tracks of Jenseits der Stille (Beyond Silence) and Comedian Harmonists further added to her popularity. Her music can be described as contemporary classical with strong roots in Jewish mysticism and the philosophy of Yoga
Bataille, Gabrielc. 157517 Dec. 1630French composer, lutenist and poet
Bataille, Mlle Gabriel  composer who published in Paris between 1699-1704
Batatzes, Joannes15th century composer of Byzantine chant working in Crete
Batard, Audefroi le
fl. end of 12th century French trouvère who was born at Arras. Of his life nothing is known but he was the author of at least five lyric romances: Argentine, Belle Idoine, Belle Isabeau, Belle Emmelos, and Biatrix
Batchelar, Daniel (see Bacheler, Daniel)   
Bate, Stanley Richard
12 Dec. 1913
Plymouth, UK
19 Oct. 1959
London, UK
pianist and composition pupil of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Nadia Boulanger; composed 4 symphonies, concertos, chamber and incidental music
Bateman, Robertfl. 160911 Feb. 1618English composer
Bates, Charles L.
nr. Villisca, IA, USA
New York, NY, USA
pianist, vaudeville accompanist and composer of many popular hits including Hard Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of Savannah G-A) written together with Tin Pan Alley men Milton Ager, Jack Yellen and Robert Wilcox Bigelow
Bates, Django
2 Oct. 1960
Beckenham, London, UK
 a composer, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and band leader. He plays the piano, keyboards and the tenor horn
Bates, Guillermo  a contemporary of Antonio Guerrero, who composed an opera Pharnaces in 1736 and wrote 18 Duettinos for two guitars, two french horns and two clarinets
Bates, Thomasfl. c. 1650-80 English viol player, teacher, and composer
Bates, William (Jack Catch)fl. c. 1750-80 English composer and singing teacher
Bateson, Thomasc. 1570
Mar. 1630
Dublin, Ireland
organist of Chester Cathedral and then Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin; composer of madrigals
Bath, Hubert
6 Nov. 1883
Barnstaple, UK
24 Apr. 1945
Uxbridge, UK
composer of stage, film and light music, including a symphony for brass band entitled Freedom and the piano concerto, Cornish Rhapsody, played on screen by Stewart Granger in the film Love Story (1944) but performed on the soundtrack by Harriet Cohen
Báthory-Kitsz, Dennis
 American composer and photographer. He has worked under a number of pseudonyms including Dennis Kitsz, Kalvos Gesamte, D. B. Cowell, Brady Kynans, Kalvos Zondrios, Báthory Denes and Orra Maussade
Bati, Lucac. 1550
Florence, Italy
17 Oct. 1608
Florence, Italy
Italian composer
Batiste, Antoine (Édouard)1820
Paris, France
Paris, France
organist; composed many works for the organ mainly of a lighter nature including a work entitled Andante
Bâton, Charles (le jeune)early 18th centuryafter 1754French composer and vielle player
Baton, René
1940French conductor and composer. His first important post was that of director of the chorus at the Opera-Comique, Paris, France
Battanchon, Felix
9 Apr 1814
Paris, France
1893French cellist and composer. His compositions consist of Etudes, which are fully adapted to the object in view and of which several books have been published; Caprices, Duets, Trios (for three Violoncellos), and light pieces of various kinds. His Op. 4, which contains twenty-four Studies, has been introduced into the Paris Conservatoire
Batta, Alexander
9 Jul 1816
Maestricht, Belgium
1902his father, a singing master, gave him first instruction in music and he studied the violin. When his father was appointed professeur de solfege at the Brussels Conservatoire, the family Batta moved to Brussels. There the talented boy heard the cello master, Platel, play, and he succeeded in inducing his father to let him share Platel's instruction at the Conservatoire. In 1885 he moved to Paris. At this time the tenor, Rubini, was flourishing in Paris. All vied in doing him homage, and Batta became such an unbounded admirer of him, that he copied his manner of rendering. It is known that instrumentalists can learn a great deal from good singers. Rubini, however, with all the advantages of his manner of singing, had the failing of making excessive contrasts of forte and piano without the use of intermediate gradations, in order to produce startling effects upon the public. Batta, appropriated this merely for the sake of attaining an easy effect, and therefore became for a time the recognized darling of the Parisian public, and especially of the ladies, whom he knew how to captivate by his sweetly coquettish style of playing. He naturally possessed also valuable artistic qualities, but an apparently virtuoso tendency ever after clung to him. Batta, published a respectable list of Drawing-room pieces and transcriptions, as well as a Concerto and a couple of Concert Etudes> for his instrument. These productions were for a time made use of by violoncellists: now they have ceased to excite any interest
Batten, Adrian [Battin, Battyn]bap. 1 Mar. 15911637
London, UK
organist and composer of church music
Battiato, Franco
23 Mar. 1945
Jonia di Riposto, Sicily, Italy
 Italian singer-songwriter, composer, filmmaker and (as Süphan Barzani) painter
Battiferri, Luigi1610-101682 or laterItalian composer and organist
Battishall, JonathanMay 1738
London, England
10 Dec. 1801
London, England
organist, theatre composer; composer of music for church and stage as well as for glee clubs including the anthem O Lord, look down from Heaven
Battistelli, Giorgio
Albano Laziale, Italy
 Italian composer who, in 1974, was among the founders of the Edgar Varèse Musical Research and Experimentation Group and of the Beat 72 Instrumental Group in Rome
Battistini, Gaudenzio [Girolamo Gaudenzio]30 Jun. 172225 Feb. 1800Italian organist and composer
Battistini, Giacomoc. 16655 Feb. 1719
Italian composer
Battistini, Giuseppec. 169513 Apr. 1747Italian organist and composer
Batton, Désiré-Alexandre2 Jan. 1798
Paris, France
15 Oct. 1855
French composer
Battu, Pantaléon4 Apr. 1799
Paris, France
17 Jan. 1870
Paris, France
violinist and composer of concertos, etc., for violin
Bauckholt, Carola
21 Ayg. 1959
Krefeld, Germany
 German composer, multi-media artist and publisher
Baudiot, Charles Nicolas29 Mar. 1773
Nancy, France
26 Sep. 1849
Paris, France
French violoncellist. He was also author of method books for cello (incl. one with Baillot and Levasseur) and a composer of concertos, etc.
Baudouin des Auteusfl. first half of 13th century trouvère
Baudrexel, Philipp Jakob2 May 162723 Mar. 1691German composer and priest
Baudrier, Yves (Marie)11 Feb. 1906
Paris, France
 law student; composer and founder of La Jeune Franc
Baudron, Antoine Laurent15 May 1742
French composer and violinist who was for a time first violinist at the Comédie française. The first French quartets we know of are a set of 6 by Baudron published in Paris in 1768
Bauer, Joseph Anton17 Jun. 172530 Aug. 1808Bohemian composer, trumpeter and keyboard player
Bauer, Marion (Eugenie)15 Aug. 18979 Aug. 1955American composer, teacher and writer on music
Bauer, Ross
 American composer who teaches composition and theory in the Department of Music at the University of California, Davis, USA
Bauernfeind, Hans
1 Sep. 1908
Klein-Stetteldorf, Austria
19 Mar. 1985
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer and organist
Bauernfeind, Johann
fl. 16th century Belgian composer born in Kortrijk
Bauer, Catharina (Katerina)1785
 a composer of published piano works
Bauer, Marion Eugenie15 Aug.1882
Walla Walla, Washington State, USA
9 Aug. 1955
South Hadley, Mass., USA
composer of orchestral, choral and chamber music
Bauld, Alison (Margaret)
7 May 1944
Sydney, Australia
 pupil of Lutyens and composer of theatrical works and works for solo and accompanied voice who now lives in London, England
Bauldeweyn, Noel [Baldwyn, Baudoin, Baulduin; Noe, Nouel]c. 14801530Flemish composer
Baumann, Herbert
31 Jul. 1925
Berlin, Germany
 German conductor and composer
Baumann, Hermann
Hamburg, Germany
 virtuoso horn player, teacher and composer
Baumann, Max Georg20 Nov. 1917
Kronach, Oberfranken
 German composer
Baumbach, Friedrich Augustbap. 12 Sep. 175330 Nov. 1813German composer and writer on music who also wrote for the guitar
Baumgarten, Karl Friedrich (Carl)c. 1740
Lübeck, Germany
London, England
German composer, violinist and organist, later resident in England
Baumgartner, H. Leroy18911968he taught composition and music theory in the Yale School of Music from 1919 to 1960. Most of his music was written for the church: works for solo voice, solo organ, and chorus
Baumgartner, Johann Baptist [Baumgärtner; Jean-Baptiste]172318 May 1782German violoncellist and composer
Baumgartner, Wiilhelm15 Nov. 182017 Mar. 1867Swiss pianist, teacher and composer
Baur, Barthélemy (le fils)17511823French harpist and composer
Baur, Charles-Alexis1789 French harpist, pianist and composer
Baur, Jean1719after 1773French composer and harpist
Baur, Jürg
11 Nov. 1918
Dusseldorf, Germany
 German composer
Baur, Marie-Marguerite1748 French composer
Baussnern (or Bausznern), Waldemar von29 Nov. 1866
Berlin, Germany
20 Aug. 1931
Potsdam, Germany
German composer and teacher
Baustetter, Jean Conradfl. late 17th/early 18th century composer of a set of variations on 'La Folie d'Espagne' (c.1720)
Bautista, Julián21 Apr. 1901
Madrid, Spain
8 Jul. 1961
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentinean composer of Spanish origin
Bavicchi, John
25 Apr. 1922
Dedham, Massachusetts, USA
 after studying Engineering and Administration at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, John moved on to Civil Engineering at Cornell University. He received his Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1952. Additional studies at Harvard University Graduate School included Composition with Walter Piston; the History of Choral Literature with Archibald P. Davidson; and Renaissance Choral Practice with musicologist Otto Gombosi
Bavilaqua, Matteo  Italian guitarist and composer
Bawr (Comtesse de), Alexandria Sofia17761860
a composer of songs who also published her recollections
Bax, Sir Arnold Edward Trevor
8 Nov. 1883
Steatham, London, UK
3 Oct. 1953
Cork, Ireland
born in Streatham, London and studied RAM (1900-5). For full biographical details see his book 'Farewell, my Youth' one of the best books ever written by a composer. A gifted pianist, his orchestration can seem dense (like Nielsen's) and only his tone poems (esp. Tintagel and The Garden of Fand) have found a place in the repertoire. He also wrote 7 romantic, somewhat lush symphonies and film scores for the docummentary Malta GC (1942) and David Lean's film Oliver Twist (1948). He was Master of the King's/Queen's Music from 1942-1952
Baxter, Les
14 Mar 1922
Mexia, Texas
15 Jan 1996
Newport Beach, California
early in his career Les Baxter played the tenor sax, but he was attracted towards arranging. The British composer Harry Revel had composed a suite inspired by the fragrance of different perfumes, and RCA agreed to record it for a set of three 78s, later transferred to LP. Revel had been captivated by the sound of the theremin as used by Miklos Rozsa in his score for the 1945 film "Spellbound", and he decided that this should form the basis for his work. But he needed strings and voices, and RCA engaged the unknown Leslie Baxter to arrange and conduct the album. The project was not successful commercially at the time, but Baxter fortunately went on to make his own name with hits such as Unchained Melody and Quiet Village
Baxter, Phil
Navarro County, Texas, USA
Dallas, Texas, USA
orchestra leader and composer of songs including Have A Little Dream On Me (1934)
Bayer, Andreas [Beyer, Peyer]17101749German organist and composer
Bayer, Annafl. 1795 living in Vienna around 1795, she composed songs and piano pieces
Bayer, Johann18221908composer of the German Viennese school
Bayer, Josef (Joseph)6 Mar. 1852
Vienna, Austria
12 Mar. 1913
Vienna, Austria
Austrian violinist, conductor and composer
Bayco, Frederic
London, UK
1970English theatre organist, composer and arranger who, after war service in the RAF, became organist and director of music at Holy Trinity Church, Paddington, as well as teaching organ and musical appreciation at St Gabriel’s College, London
Bayle, François27 Apr. 1932
 pupil of Messiaen; composer of film music as well as music employing electronics
Bayley, Robert Charlton
4 Apr. 1913
Buctouche, New Brunswick, Canada
 Canadian organist, choir conductor, composer
Bayley, William
  composer of psalms
Baynes, Sydney
1 or 3 Feb. 18799 Mar. 1938English composer and conductor
Bayolo, Armando
26 May 1973
Santurce, Puerto Rico
 American composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal and piano works
Bayon (or Bajon) Louis, Marie Emmanuelle1746
Paris, France
composer of vocal and instrumental music
Bazin, François(-Emmanuel-Joseph))4 Sep. 1816
Marseilles, France
2 Jul. 1878
Paris, France
French composer, teacher and conductor
Bázlik, Miroslav12 Apr. 1931
Partizánská Lupca
 Slovak composer
Bazylik, Cyprian
c. 1535
Sieradz, Poland
after 1600writer, poet, printer and composer. Most of what has survived of his output is in four-parts and is polyphonic
Bazzani, Francesco Mariac. 1650c. 1700Italian composer and teacher
Bazzini, Antonio11 Mar. 1818
Brescia, Italy
10 Feb. 1897
Milan, Italy
Italian violinist and composer who had played for Paganini when he was 18. He taught at the Milan Conservatory from 1873 and became it's director in 1882. His most famous work for the violin is the Ronde des lutins (The Goblin's Round)
Bazzini, Francesco [Bazzino, Bazino]159315 Apr. 1660Italian singer, theorbo player, organist and composer
Bazzini, Natale [Bazzino] 1639Italian composer, organist and singer
Beach, Amy Marcy (née Cheney) (also Mrs. H. H. A. Beach)
5 Sep. 1867
Henniker, New Hampshire, USA
27 Dec. 1944
New York, USA
pianist; composer of first symphony of importance produced in America, entitled Gaelic Symphony. She wrote one work for organ: Prelude on an old folk-tune in A Opus 91 (The Fair Hills of Eire, O,, transcription by Mrs. Beach of piece in D-flat originally for piano), 1922
[supplementary information provided by Terry L. Mueller]
Beach, John Parsons11 Oct. 1877
Gloversville, N.Y., USA
6 Nov. 1953
Pasadena, California, USA
American composer
Beal, Jeff
20 Jun. 1963
Hayward, California, USA
 American composer of music for film, television, recordings, and the concert hall
Beale William1 Jan 1784
Cornwall, UK
3 May 1854
London, UK
organist and writer of glees
Beamish, Sally
London, UK
 Stirlingshire violist and composer Sally Beamish’s work embraces chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral music, and is widely performed and broadcast
Beament, James William Longman17 Nov. 1921
Crewkerne, Somerset
10 Mar. 2005
entomologist and biophysicist, for many years Fellow and Tutor, Queens' College, Cambridge (1961-89), who composed music for the Queen College Amateur Dramatic Society (BATS). He taught acoustics and became a member of the Composers' Guild. He wrote a send-up of Carmen and Francesca and Giovanni, 24 variations on the old ballad; they were conducted by two bright young music scholars, Mark Elder and Richard Hickox, and an operetta, Shudder with Mother, based on the Ladybird Readers. Oddy in Troyland (1974) exploited dance rhythms
Bearn Brassac, René de
fl. 1650 French composer of the Baroque
Beaser, Robert
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
 American composer and conductor
Beath, Betty
Bundaberg, Australia
 composer, pianist and music educator, whose has written work for voice, piano, ensemble and orchestra much of it influenced by her visit to Papua New Guinea and her studies with Cokorde Agung Mas
Beatriz de Díafl. late 12th/early 13th century or Comtessa de Día, Beatriz was the daughter of Count Isoard II of Día (a town on the Drôme in the marquisate of Provence). According to her vida, she was married to Guillem or Guilhem de Poitiers, Count of Viennois. Her song A chantar m'er de so qu'eu no volria is the only canso by a trobairitz to survive with its music intact
Beatson, Johnfl 1780 Hull clergyman and psalmodist who published 'A complete collection of all the tunes sung' (c 1780)
Beau, Luise Adolpha le
25 Apr. 1850
Rastatt, Germany
17 Jul. 1927
Baden-Baden, Germany
German painist and composer
Beaulaigue, Barthélemy [Beaulègue]c. 1543fl. 1555-58French composer and poet
Beaulieu (Martin, Martin-Beaulieu), (Marie) Désiré2 or 11 Apr. 1791
Paris, France
21 Dec. 1863
Niort, Deux Sèvres
French composer and writer on music
Beaulieu, Eustorg de [Hector]c. 14958 Jan. 1552French poet and composer
Beaulieu, Lambert defl. c. 1576-90 French composer and singer
Beaumarchais [Caron], Pierre-Augustin [Caron de]24 Jan. 1732
Paris, France
18 May 1799
Paris, France
French composer
Beaumesnil, Henriette Adélaïde de Villard (see Villard de Beaumesnil, Henriette Adélaïde)   
Beaumont, John17621822psalmodist of Newark who published 'Four Anthems (1793)
Beauvarlet, Henricusbefore 1575between 26 February and 27 June 1623Franco-Flemish composer and priest
Beauvarlet-Charpentier, Jacques-Marie3 Jul. 1766
Lyon, France
7 Sep. 1834
Paris, France
French composer and organist
Beauvarlet-Charpentier, Jean-Jacques28 Jun. 17346 May 1794French composer and organist
Beaver, Jack
composer who worked extrensively for the British film industry
Bebey, Francis
Douala, Cameroon
Paris (?), France
Cameroonian artist, musician, and writer
Beber, Ambrosiusfl. 1610-20 German composer
Bécaud, Gilbert [Silly, François]24 Oct 1927
Toulon, France
 French composer and performer
Beccatelli, Giovanni Francesco8 Nov. 16791734Italian theorist and composer
Becce, Giuseppe
3 Feb. 1877
Lonigo, Italy
5 Oct. 1877
Berlin, Germany
Italian composer know for his film music for Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (1920)
Becchi, Antonio di [Marc']19 Dec. 1522after 1568Italian lutenist and composer
Becerra(-Schmidt), Gustavo26 Aug. 1925
Temuco, Chile
 Chilean composer
Becher, Alfred Julius27 Apr. 180323 Nov. 1848German critic, composer and teacher
Bechet, Sidney
14 May 1897
New Orleans, USA
14 May 1959
Paris, France
American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer
Bechgaard, Julius19 Dec. 1843
Copenhagen, Denmark
4 Mar. 1917
Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish composer
Bechler, Johann Christian17841857American Moravian composer
Beck, Christiaan Friedrich
fl. late 18th century known for his piano music for four-hands
Beck, Conrad16 Jun. 1901
Schaffhausen, Switzerland
 composer of symphonies, concertos and chamber music
Beck, Franz Ignaz [François]20 Feb. 1734
Mannheim, Germany
31 Dec. 1809
Bordeaux, France
German composer, conductor, violinist and organist, active in France
Beck, Johann H(einrich)12 Sep. 185626 May 1924American composer, conductor, violinist and teacher
Beck, Johann Hectorfl. 1650-70 German composer, editor, and musician
Beck, Randy (real name Frans Verbeek)12 Sep. 1926
Tisselt, Belgium
 Belgian composer
Beck, Thomas1899
1963Norwegian composer
Becker, Albert (Ernst Anton)
13 Jun. 1834
10 Jan. 1899
Berlin, Germany
German composer and church musician
Becker, Constantin Julius3 Feb. 181126 Feb. 1859German writer, teacher and composer
Becker, Dan
 American composer
Becker, Dietrich [Bekker, Bäkker]16231679German composer, organist and violinist
Becker, Günther1 Apr. 1924 German composer and teacher
Becker, John Joseph22 Jan. 1886
Henderson, Ky., USA
21 Jan. 1961
Wilmette, Ill., USA
composer of bold, individualistic orchestral and choral music including 7 symphonies and also music for dance
Becket, Philip [Beckett] c. 1680English instrumentalist and composer
Beckett, Walter Koehler
27 Jul. 1914
Dublin, Ireland
3 Apr. 1996
Irish composer
Beckford, William
1 Oct. 1760
Fonthill, Wilts. England
2 May 1844
Bath, Wilts., England
if I were to sum up William Beckford’s compositions in a phrase, I should say that he was a clever linnet. That is to say, he was a natural melodist with an instinctive sense of song form. Although Beckford self-consciously modeled his style on Mozart, his best melodies have the untinctured simplicity of the semi-folk tunes found in The Beggar’s Opera. Despite a life encompassing that of Beethoven, Beckford’s musical sensibilities remained firmly rooted in the ancien regime’s galante idiom. He may have prefigured the tortured Gothick world of Byron & Mary Shelley in literature, but in music he never really went beyond the pleasantries of the 18th-century drawing room
[opinon above taken from William Beckford]
Beckingham, Anne Jennifer (see Dudley, Anne)   
Beckman, Bror10 Feb. 186622 Jul. 1929Swedish composer and administrator
Beckmann, Johann Friedrich Gottliebbap. 6 Sep. 1737
Celle, Germany
25 Apr. 1792
Celle, Germany
German composer
Beckwith, John9 Mar. 1927
Victoria, BC, Canada
 Canadian composer, critic, teacher and pianist
Beckwith, John Christmas25 Dec. 1750
Norwich, UK
3 Jun. 1809
Norwich, UK
brilliant organist; composer of church music
Béclard d'Harcourt, Marguerite [née Béclard]24 Feb. 1884
Paris, France
2 Aug. 1964
Paris, France
French composer and ethnomusicologist
Becucci, Ernesto
Italian composer of sacred music and songs, as well as piano pieces of light character
Becvarovsky, Antonin Frantisek [Beczwarzowsky, Betschwarzowski, Betzwarofsky]9 Apr. 175415 May 1823Czech composer and teacher
Bedard, Jean-Baptiste17651818guitarist and teacher
Bedford, David (Vickerman)
4 Aug. 1937
London, England
1 Oct. 2011
London, England
grandson of Herbert Bedford, pupil of Berkeley and Nono; composer of music often with titles alluding to celestial objects
Bedford, Herbert23 Jan. 1867
London, England
13 Mar. 1945
London, England
composer of unaccompanied song and music for military band
Bedford, Steuart (John Rudolf)31 Jul. 1939 English conductor
Bedyngham, Johannes [Bedyngeham, Bedingham, Bodigham, Bellingan, Benigun] between 3 May 1459 and 22 May 1460English composer
Bee Tuan Koh, Joyce
 Singapore-born composer now based in France
Beecke, (Notger) Ignaz (Franz) von28 Oct. 1733
Wimpfen am Neckar, Germany
2 Jan. 1803
German composer and pianist
Beecroft, Norma Marian11 Apr. 1934
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
 pupil of Copland and Moderna; compositions include Contrasts for oboe, viola, harp, marimba, vibraphone and other percussion and a choral work The Living Flame of Love
Beekhuis, Hanna
18891980Dutch composer
Beeland, Ambrose [Bealand, Biland, Byland]fl. 1624-1672 English composer and violinist
Beer, Johann [Bähr, Baer, Behr, Ursus, Ursinus]28 Feb. 16556 Aug. 1700Austrian-German composer, singer, violinist, keyboard player, music theorist, and novelist
Beer, Joseph
7 May 1908
L'vov, Poland
23 Nov. 1987
Nice, France
Polish-born American composer
Beers, Jacques (Cornelius)2 Jun. 190215 Jun. 1947Dutch composer and pianist
Beer-Walbrunn, Anton29 Jun. 1864
Kohlberg, nr. Weiden, Bayern, Germany
22 Mar. 1929
Munich, Germany
German composer and teacher
Beesly, Michaelfl 1740s-50s psalmodist of Oxfordshire who may have been the main innovator in the development of fuging tunes
Beeson, Jack (Hamilton)15 Jul. 1921
Muncie, Indiana, USA
 American composer and teacher
Beethoven, Louis (Ludwig) van (called 'le vieux')1712
Malines, Belgium
musician and possibly composer
Beethoven, Ludwig van
bap. 17 Dec 1770
Bonn, Germany
26 Mar. 1827
Vienna, Austria
pupil of Mozart, Haydn and Albrechtsberger; central figure in the early Romantic movement which is reflected in him describing himself as a 'tone-poet'. His 9 symphonies, 17 string quartets, 32 piano sonatas and a Mass in D are amongst the finest works in their genre, the later compositions written in spite of the onset of steadily increasing deafness from the age of 30
[entry corrected by Michael John Hooley]
Beffroy de Reigny, Louis-Abel ["Cousin Jacques"]6 Nov. 1757
Laon, France
19 Dec. 1811
Paris, France
French playright, author and composer particularly of operas
Beggio, Bernardino
Padua, Italy
 Italian pianist, conductor and composer
Beheim, Michel [Behaim]29 Sep. 1416c. 1474German poet and Meistersinger
Behm, Eduard8 Apr. 1862
6 Feb. 1946
Bad Harzburg, Germany
Behr, Franz
18371898Prolific composer of salon pieces and pedagogical material;
Behrend, (Gustav) Fritz3 Mar. 1889
Berlin, Germany
29 Dec. 1972
Berlin, Germany
German composer and pianist
Behrend, Siegfried19331990German guitarist and composer
Behrman, David
16 Aug. 1937
Salzberg, Austria
 American electronic and computer-based composer
Beiderbecke, (Leon) Bix
10 Mar. 1903
Davenport, Iowa, USA
6 Aug. 1931
New York City, USA
American jazz cornet player, pianist and composer
Beil, Michael
 German composer
Beilner, L.
  Viennese guitarist. His Opus 1 was published by Anton Diabelli's company
Beilschmidt, Curt20 Mar. 1886
Magdeburg, Germany
7 Mar. 1962
Leipzig, Germany
German composer
Beimel, Thomas
30 May 1967
Essen, Germany
 German violist and composer
Beintus, Jean Pascal
16 Jun. 1966
Toulouse, France
 French composer
Beissel, J(ohann) Conrad1 Mar. 1690
6 Jul. 1768American composer
Bekku, Sadao24 May 1922
Tokyo, Japan
 Japanese composer
Belcher, Supply10 Apr. 17529 Jun. 1836American composer
Belem, Anónio dec. 16243 Mar. 1700Portuguese composer
Belenoi, Aimeric de
fl. 1215–1242 Gascon troubadour. At least fifteen of his songs survive and there are seven which were attributed to him in some medieval manuscripts
Belgum, Erik
Minneapolis, USA
 American writer of experiential fiction and an audio artist
Beliczay, Gyula10 Aug. 183530 Apr. 1893Hungarian composer and teacher
Belin, Guillaume [Bellin]c. 15003 Dec. 1568French singer and composer
Belin, Julienc. 1525-30after 1584French lutenist and composer
Belissen, Laurent [Bellissen]8 Aug. 169312 Feb. 1762French composer
Belitz, Joachimc. 155026 Dec. 1592German composer
Beliy (or Bjelyi, Belyi, Bely, Belyj, Belij), Viktor Arkad'yevich14 Jan. 1904
Berdichev, Ukraine
1983Russian composer
Belkin, Alan
  Canadian organist and composer who, since 1982, has been a full-time faculty member at the Université de Montréal where he is now a full professor teaching composition and writing skills
Bell, Larry Thomas
17 Jan. 1952
Wilson, NC, USA
 American teacher pianist and composer
Bell, W(illiam) H(enry)20 Aug. 1873
St. Albans, England
13 Apr. 1946
Gordon's Bay, Cape Province
English composer and teacher
Bella, Ján Levoslav [Johann Leopold]4 Sep. 1843
Liptovský Svätý Mikulás
25 May 1936
Slovak composer
Bellak, Richard1945
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
 American composer who studied piano with Jerome Lowenthal, conducting with Milan Horvat and composition with Andre Vauclain. He graduated from Florida State University, Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania
Bellamy, Peter19441991English singer, songwriter and concertina player. His settings of Rudyard Kipling's poems were very popluar in folk music circles as was his folk opera The Transports, about convicts transported to Australia
Bellamy, Richard11 Sep. 1813 English bass and composer
Bellanda, Lodovicofl. 1593-1613 Italian composer
Bellante, Dionisio c. 1642Italian composer
Bellasio, Paolo [Belasio]20 May 155410 Jul. 1594Italian composer and organist
Bellavero, Vincenzo [Belaver, Bell'aver, Bell'haver] c. Sep. 1587Italian composer and organist
Belle, Janbefore 1552 Flemish composer
Bellermann, (Johann Gottfried) Heinrich10 Mar. 183210 Apr. 1903German music scholar and composer
Bellermann, Konstantin16961 Apr. 1758German composer
Belleville, Jacques defl. early 17th century French organizer of court entertainments, dancer, violinist and composer
Belleville-Oury (de), Emelie Anna Caroline1818
1880her compositions number over 200
Bellezza, Vincenzo17 Feb. 18888 Feb. 1964Italian conductor and composer
Belli, Domenicoc.1590bur. 5 May 1627
Florence, Italy
Italian composer and musician
Belli, Girolamo
Argenta, Italy
probably Argenta, Italy
although clearly intimated connected with the Ferrarese court, Girolamo Belli seems never to have held a recognised position within the Ducal musical household; rather, his connections appear to have been forged through his apprenticeship with Luzzasco Luzzaschi. He also seems to have received particular favour from the Duchess, Margherita Gonzaga d'Este
Belli, Giulio
Longiano, Italy
in or after 1621
possibly Imola, Italy
an Italian composer of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. He was a prolific composer during the transitional time between the two musical eras, and worked in many cities in northern Italy
Bellinati, Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
 Brazilian guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and composer
Bellini, Vincenzo (Salvatore Carmelo Francesco)
3 Nov. 1801
Catania, Sicily
23 Sep. 1835
Puteaux, nr. Paris, France
composer of highly popular operas including Norma, Puritani di Scozia and Sonnambula
Bellinzani, Paolo Benedettoc. 169025 Feb. 1757Italian composer
Bellman, Carl Michael
4 Feb. 1740
Stockholm, Sweden
11 Feb. 1795
Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish composer and poet
Bello de Torices, Benitoc. 1660in or after 1718Spanish composer
Bello Montero, Atanasiolate 18th centuryafter 1847Venezuelan composer, educator and impresario
Belloni, Giuseppec. 1575after 1606Italian composer
Bellotta, Francesco18341907Italian harpist and composer
Belmarchais, Perrot de
fl. early 13th century troubadour
Belova, Irina
6 Jan. 1975
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
 Russian composer
Beltiukov, Sergey
Minsk, Belarus
 Belorussian composer of mostly orchestral, choral and piano works. He co-founded with Galina Gorelova, Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, Dmitry Lybin, Yevgeny Poplavsky, and others the Belorussian Society for Contemporary Music in 1990. He has served as editor-in-chief of music and entertainment programs for the Belorussian National State Broadcasting Company since 1995.
Beltrami, Marco
7 Oct 1966
Long Island, New York, USA
 American film composer
Beltrami, Wolmer
Breda Cisoni, Italy
28 Oct. 1999
Italian accordionist, composer and arranger
Belza, Igor' Fyodorovich8 Feb. 1904 Russian musicologist and composer
Bemberg Hermann-Emmanuel (Henri)1859
Paris, France
Berne, Switzerland
trained under Dubois and Massenet; composer of operas and light song
Bembo, Antoniac. 1640c. 1722
Padua or Venice
composer to Louis XIV and financed by him. Her works include a collection of 40 pieces now in the Paris Bibliotheque Nationale
Bemmel, Wouter van
22 Sep. 1953
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer
Ben Jor, Jorge (born: Jorge Duilio Lima Menezes)
22 Mar. 1942
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 Brazilian popular musician. His characteristic style fuses samba, funk, and rock into samba-rock, with lyrics that blend humour and satire often with more esoteric material
Ben Haim, Paul (see Ben-Haim, Paul)   
Benaut Mlle1778
 composed two collections of "Airs with Variation for harpsichord or piano," a set of variations on an air by Salieri, and four sets of variations on arias by Grétry. Her music exemplifies the fashionable salon music of her era. Beyond this, little is known of her life
Benatzky, Ralph [Rudolf Josef Frantisek]5 Jun. 1884
Moravské Budejovice
17 Oct. 1957
Zürich, Switzerland
Austrian-German composer
Bencini, Antoniofl. 1730-42 Italian composer
Bencini, Giuseppefl. 1723-27 Italian composer and musician
Bencini, Pietro Paoloc. 16706 Jul. 1755Italian composer
Bencze, Balázs1967
 composer, literature teacher, lute- and guitarplayer and leader of 'Tabulature', an early music ensemble
Benda, Franz [Frantisek]
bap. 22 Nov. 17097 Mar. 1786Bohemian violinist and composer
Benda, Friedrich (Wilhelm Heinrich)15 Jul. 1745
Potsdam, Germany
19 Jun. 1814
Potsdam, Germany
Bohemian composer, violinist and pianist
Benda, (Johann) Friedrich Ernstbap. 10 Oct. 174924 Feb. 1785Bohemian/German violinist, harpsichordist and composer
Benda, Friedrich Ludwigbap. 4 Sep. 1752
Gotha, Germany
20 or 27 Mar. 1792
Königsberg, Germany
Bohemian/German composer and violinist
Benda, Georg (or Jiri) Antonin
bap. 30 Jun. 1722
Alt-Benatak, Bohemia
6 Nov. 1795
oboist; composer of chamber music and concertos
Benda, Johann (Georg) [Jan Jírí]bap. 30 Aug. 1713early 1752Bohemian violinist and composer
Benda, Josephbap. 7 May 172422 Feb. 1804Bohemian violinist and composer
Benda, (Berhardine) Julianeb. 14 May 17529 May 1783Bohemian/German singer and composer
Benda, Maria Carolina [Wolf]bap. 27 Dec. 17422 Aug. 1820Bohemian singer, pianist and composer
Bendinelli, Agostino (i) [Bendinello]c. 155023 Nov. 1598Italian composer and singer
Bendinelli, Agostino (ii)26 Apr. 1635in or after 1703Italian composer and teacher
Bendix, Victor (Emanuel)17 May 18515 Jan. 1926Danish composer, pianist and conductor
Bendix, Ralf
 German singer who topped the 1965 Continental charts with the Buzz Clifford pop novelty Baby Sittin' Boogie
Bendl, Karel16 Apr. 1838
20 Sep. 1897
Czech composer and conductor
Benedetti, Francesco Maria16831746Italian composer
Benedetti, Gianfrancescoc. 1700after 1760Italian composer
Benedetti, Piero [Pietro]c. 1585after 14 July 1649Italian composer
Benedict, Sir Julius27 Nov. 1804
Stuttgart, Germany
5 Jun. 1885
London, England
pupil of Weber; composer of operas (including The Lily of Killarney), oratorios and cantatas
Benedictis [Benedetti], da Pascarola, Giovanni Tommasoc. 1550-60before 1601Italian composer
Benedictus a Sancto Josepho [family name Buns]c. 16426 Dec. 1716Dutch composer
Bendusi, Francescofl. c. 1553 Italian composer
Beneken, Friedrich Burchard [Benecken]13 Aug. 176022 Sep. 1818German composer, writer and Protestant minister
Benelli, Antonio Peregrino (Pellegrino)5 Sep. 1771
Forli, Italy
16 Aug. 1830
Börnichau, Sachsen
Italian tenor, composer and singing teacher
Benes, Juraj
2 Mar. 1940
Trnava, Czechoslovakia
10 Sep. 2004
Bratislava, Slovakia
Slovakian composer and teacher particularly noted for his operas Cisárove nové saty (The Emperor's New Clothes), Skameneny (Petrified), Hostina (The Feast) and The Players
Benet, John [Benett, Benoit, Benenoit, Benoyt, Bonet, Bonnet]fl. c. 1420-50 English composer
Beneventi (see Boniventi)   
Benevoli, Orazio19 Apr. 1605
17 Jun. 1672
composer of polychoral masses in the Venetian style
Bengraf, Joseph1745 or 17468 Jun. 1791German composer
Bengtson, Peter
Stockholm, Sweden
 Swedish organist, pianist and composer
Bengtsson, Gustaf (Adolf Tiburtius)29 Mar. 18865 Oct. 1965Swedish composer
Benguerel, Xavier9 Feb. 1931
 mainly self-taught; composer of a violin concerto, and organ concerto and Successions for wind quintet
Ben-Haim, Paul (real name: Frankenburger)5 Jul. 1897
Munich, Germany
 Israeli composer, writer of symphonies, a piano concerto, chamber music and songs
Benham, Asahel1757c. 1805American composer
Benincori, Angelo Maria28 Mar. 1779
Brescia, Italy
30 Dec. 1821
Belleville, France
Italian composer and violinist
Benison, Brian
  American film music composer
Benito (y Barbero), Cosme Damián José de27 Sep. 182915 Jan. 1888Spanish composer
Benjamin, Arthur L.
19 Sep. 1893
Sydney, Australia
10 Apr. 1960
London, England
who also wrote under the name Alan Brisbane, Australian pianist and composer who wrote music for films as well as a symphony and 4 operas. He is known also for his Jamaican Rumba. He spent his creative life in England and it was Benjamin who first taught Muir Mathieson at the Royal College of Music, and Matheson would later offer Benjamin a commission, thus providing Benjamin an entrée into the world of film music
Benjamin, Bennie (Claude A.)
Nov. 1907
Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
1989although primarily thought of primarily as a lyricist of popular songs from 1941 until his demise in 1989, Benjamin and composer George Weiss always regarded themselves as joint composer and lyricist for songs like When the Lights Are On Again (All Over the World)
Benjamin, George (William John)
31 Jan. 1960
London, UK
 British composer, conductor and pianist who was a pupil of Messiaen. Notable among the many performances of his music are the new music festival Carte blanche à George Benjamin at l'Opéra Bastille (1992) and portrait concerts at the Salzburg (1995), Tanglewood (1999) and Ultraschall (2002) festivals. Most recently, the London Symphony Orchestra featured many of his important orchestral works (2002-03), ten works were performed in Tokyo (2003) and nine works were performed in Berlin (2004-05)
Benn, Johannc. 1590c. 1660German composer and organist resident in Switzerland
Bennet (or Benet), John1575-801599-1614composer of fine madrigals who contributed to The Triumph of Oriana
Bennet, Robertfl 1714-18 psalmodist from Nottingham who published 'A collection of the choicest and best psalm tunes' (1714) and 'The psalm-singer's necessary companion' (1718)
Bennett, Alfred William180512 Sep. 1830organist of Chichester Cathedral, composer of liturgical works and author of Instructions For The Spanish Guitar, London 1828
Bennett, Brian
9 Feb 1940
London, UK
 drummer, pianist, composer, arranger and producer of popular music. He is best known as drummer of the UK Rock n roll group The Shadows. As well as his work with the Shadows he is also a prolific composer, particularly of soundtrack music for films and television programmes
Bennett, Charlesc.174012 May 1804English organist and composer
Bennett, Frederick James Wentworth1856
Cadbury, Somerset
 English flautist and composer
Bennett, George John
18631930English composer noted particularly for his songs
Bennett, Gerald
New Jersey, USA
 composer, co-founder of the Swiss Center for Computer Music and teacher at the Hochschule für Musik in Zurich
Bennett, Johnc. 1725-30Sep. 1784English organist and composer
Bennett, Richard Rodney
29 Mar. 1936
Broadstairs, England
24 Dec. 2012
New York, USA 
pianist and pupil of Boulez. A composer of an opera, a symphony and chamber music, electronic music and works allowing the performers free choice, although he is best known for his film scores
Bennett, Robert Russell
15 Jun. 1894
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
19 Aug. 1981
New York, USA
an American composer and arranger, best known for his orchestration of many well-known Broadway musicals by other composers such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers
Bennett, T.C. Sterndale
18821944the grandson of the Victorian composer and conductor William Sterndale Bennett, T.C. Sterndale Bennett earned a reputation for his mainly humorous ballads. Other songs by him were interpolated into stage shows as diverse as the revue Back to Blighty and Shakespeare's Measure for Measure
Bennett, William Sterndale
13 Apr. 1816
Sheffield, UK
1 Feb. 1875
London, UK
child prodigy who was encouraged by Mendelssohn and Schumann; his compositions never fully realised this early promise and, indeed, many feel that his early works are better than those he wrote in later life. He was appointed principal of the Royal College of Music (1868)
Benoist (or Benoît), François10 Sep. 1794
Nantes, France
6 May 1878
Paris, France
French organist, accompanist and chorus master who was a composer of operas, ballets, and a 12-vol. Bibliothèque de l'organiste
Benoist (or Benoît), Nicolausfl. 1538-40 French composer
Benoit [Benenoit, Benedette di Giov. dito Benoit, Benotto di Giovanni, Benottus de Ferraria]fl. 1438-48 Italian composer
Benoît, Camille7 Dec. 1851
Roanne, Loire
1 Jul. 1923
Paris, France
French composer and writer on music
Benoit, Emile1913 Newfoundland fiddler and composer
Benoit O.S.B., Paul Dom (born: Paul Marie Joseph Benoit)
Nancy, France
Clervaux, Luxembourg
organist, composer, and Roman Catholic priest, who lived as a member of the Benedictine community at the Abbey of St. Maurice et St. Maur, at Clervaux, in Luxembourg
Benoît, Peter (Léopold Léonard)17 Aug. 1834
Harlebeke, Flanders
8 Mar. 1901
Antwerp, Belgium
great promoter of Flemish interests; his Rubens Cantata is remarkable for its use of huge resources including the bells of Antwerp Cathedral
Benoît de Sainte-Maure
11541173a 12th century French poet and trouvère. His 40,000 line poem 'The Romance of Troy' (Le Roman de Troie) influenced the later works of many, including Chaucer and Shakespeare
Bensa, Olivier
 French composer
Benser, J.D.fl. ca. 1770-85 German pianist and composer, resident in England
Benshoof, Ken
3 Jan. 1933
Washington, USA
 American composer
Benson, Warren26 Jan. 1924 American composer and teacher
Benstead, Christopher (Chris)
  English composer and music editor who graduated from Surrey University in 2004
Bentoiu, Pascal22 Apr. 1927
Bucharest, Romania
 Romanian composer
Bentzon, Jørgen (Liebenberg)14 Feb. 1897
Copenhagen, Denmark
9 Jul. 1951
Hørsholm, Denmark
Danish composer
Bentzon, Niels Viggo24 Aug. 1919
Copenhagen, Denmark
 Danish composer, pianist, teacher, and writer on music
Benvenuti, Giacomo16 Mar. 1885
Toscolano, Italy
20 Jan. 1943
Barbarano di Salò
Italian musicologist and composer
Benvenuti, Nicola [Niccolino]10 May 1783
Pisa, Italy
14 Aug. 1867
Pisa, Italy
Italian composer and organist
Benvenuti, Tommasso4 Feb. 1838
Cavarzere, Venice, Italy
26 Feb. 1906
Rome, Italy
Italian composer particularly of operas
Ben-Yohanan, Asher22 May 1929
 Israeli composer
Bepler, Jonathan (Jon)
Media, Pennsylvania, USA American guitarist and composer
Berardi, Angeloc. 16369 Apr. 1694Italian theorist, composer, and organist
Berberian, Catherine Anahid
4 Jul. 1925
Attleboro, Mass. USA
6 Mar. 1983
Rome, Italy
American composer, mezzo-soprano singer, and vocalist, wife of the Italian composer Luciano Berio (1925–2003)
Berbiguier, Antoine (Benoit) Tranquille21 Dec. 178220 Jan. 1838French flautist and composer
Berchem, Jacquet de (or van)1505
Berchem, nr. Antwerp, Belgium
Monopoli, nr. Florence, Italy
he was active in Venice in 1530 but in 1546 he took up a position as maestro di cappella in Verona. He married for a second time in 1553 to the rich and widowed noblewoman Giustina de Simeonibus (or Simionibus). He is best known for his madrigals Primo, secondo et terzo libro del capriccio published in 1561
Bereketes, Petros c. 1720composer of Byzantine chant
Berenguier de Palazol [Parazol, Pararol, Pararois, Palaol, Palaiol, Palon, Palou]fl. early 12th century troubadour
Berens, (Johann) Hermann7 Apr. 1826
Hamburg, Germany
9 May 1880
Stockholm, Sweden
German composer
Berezowsky, Nicolai (Tikhonovich [Berezovsky; Nikolay]17 May 1900
27 Aug. 1953American composer, conductor and violinist
Berendsen-Nathan, Matilde
Scandinavian pianist and composer
Berenguer, José Manuel
Barcelona, Spain
 guitarist and composer. Chairman of the Spanish Electroacoustic Music Federation, is much involved in his country, in the development and promotion of electroacoustic music
Berens, (Johann) Hermann7 Apr. 1826
9 May 1880Swedish composer and pianist
Beresford, Steve
Wellington, Shropshire
 composer, musician and arranger, a central figure in the British improvising scene for over thirty years working with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker and Han Bennink
Beretta, Bonaventurafl. 1635 Italian composer and organist
Beretta, Francesco [Beretti, Berretta] 6 July 1694Italian composer and cleric
Beretta, Giovanni Battista
Verona, Italy
Milan, Italy
Italian composer, theorist and pedagogue
Beretta, Lodovicofl. 1604 Italian composer
Beretta, Mario
  Swiss composer and musician
Berettari, Aureliofl. 1654-1661 Italian composer
Berezan, David
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
 Canadian-born composer, director of the electroacoustic music studios (MANTIS) at the University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music
Berezovsky, Maxim [Maximus] (Sozontovich)27 Oct. 1745
Glukhov, Ukraine, Russia
2 Apr. 1777
St. Petersburg, Russia
he was sent to Italy for vocal training by Catherine the Great; he composed operas, church music and songs but when his desire to reform the music of the Russian Church was thwarted he killed himself
Berezovsky (or Berezowsky), Nicolai [Nikolay] (Tikhonovich)17 May 1900
St. Petersburg, Russia
27 Aug. 1953
New York, USA
violinist and orchestral conductor, composer of symphonies, concerti for stringed instruments and chamber music
Berg, Alban (Maria Johannes)9 Feb. 1885
Vienna, Austria
24 Dec. 1935
Vienna, Austria
disciple of Schönberg; although a composer of much fine chamber and orchestral music, he is best remembered for two operas, Wozzeck and the unfinished Lulu
Berg, Fred Jonny
1973 Norwegian composer, creating music for a broad gamut of instrumentations, from solo to orchestral works
Berg, Georgec. 1730c. 1770
possibly London
English composer and organist of German origin
Berg, Gottfrid
18891970Scandinavian composer
Berg, Gunnar (Johnsen)11 Jan. 1909 Danish composer
Berg, Josef8 Mar. 1927
26 Feb. 1971
Czech composer
Berg, (Carl) Natanael [Rexroth-Berg]5 Feb. 1879
Stockholm, Sweden
14 Oct. 1957
Stockholm, Sweden
veterinary surgeon and composer of operas, ballets and choral works
Berg, Paul
1863 musician and composer
Bergamo, padre Davide di (born: Felice Moretti)
21 Jan. 1791
Zanica, Bergamo, Italy
24 Jul. 1863
Piacenza, Italy
Italian organist and composer
Bergamo, Petar27 Feb. 1930 Yugoslav composer
Berge, Anne La
Minnesota, USA American flautist, composer and improviser, who moved to Amsterdam in 1989
Berge, Hakon
Stavanger, Norway
 Norwegian composer and musician
Berge, Hugues de
c. 1170
c. 1228French troubadour who left on one of the the crusade and lived afterwards in Constantinople
Bergeijk, Gilius van
7 Nov. 1946
Den Haag, The Natherlands
 Dutch composer
Berger, Andreas158410 Jan. 1656German composer, singer, teacher and public official
Berger, Arthur (Victor)New York
15 May 1912
Boston, Mass. US
7 Oct 2003
pupil of Piston, Nadia Boulanger and Milhaud; edited The Musical Mercury with Bernard Hermann; staff member of Brandeis University from 1953-1980, after which appointed Professor Emeritus; composed chamber music and songs, perfectly designed works of extraordinary craftsmanship; also noted writer on musical matters and one of America's most respected critics
Berger, Francesco1834
London, England
London, England
pianist and piano teacher; composer of piano pieces and songs
Berger, Jean
27 Sep. 1909
Hamm, Germany
28 May 2002
Aurora, California, USA
German-born pianist, composer, and music educator
Berger, Ludwig18 Apr. 177716 Feb. 1839German composer and pianist
Berger, Rodolphe1864
Paris, France
Barcelona, Spain
nicknamed le roi de la Valse, Berger was the composer of the famous Amoureuse - Valse Lente, although he actually wrote numerous piano pieces, mainly dances (waltzes, polkas, redowas, etc.) as well some other "characteristic” pieces
Berger, Roman
9 Aug. 1930
Cieszyn, Poland
 Polish composer, pianist and musical theorist
Berger, Theodor18 May 1905 Austrian composer
Berger, Wilhelm Reinhard
9 Aug. 1861
15 Jan. 1911
Jena, Germany
German composer, pianist, teacher and conductor
Berger, Wilhelm Georg4 Dec. 1929 Romanian composer and writer on music
Berggreen, Andreas Peter2 Mar. 1801
Copenhagen, Denmark
8 Nov. 1880
Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish folklorist, teacher and composer
Bergh, Arthur24 Mar 1882
St Paul, Minn., USA
11 Feb. 1962
at sea
American composer
Bergh, Gertrude van den1793
The Netherlands
1840one of the few women musicians to receive considerable recognition in the Netherlands, both during her lifetime and thereafter. Her compositional talent manifested itself at the age of nine and was one of the first musicians of her time to appreciate and perform J.S. Bach's music, foreshadowing the later Bach renaissance in the Netherlands
Bergholz, Lucas [Perkholtz, Perdelholtz]fl. 1520-51 German composer
Berghorn, Alfred (Maria)
17 Jul. 1911
Homberg am Niederrhein, Germany
19 May 1978
Gelsenkirchen, Germany
organist and composer of church music (music for choir and several Masses), chamber music (including music for piano and for organ), 2 symphonies, a Choral-Sinfonie, a Konzertante Sinfonie and music for orchestra (Concerto grosso, Concertino für Fagott, Konzert für Orchester und Pauken (Westfälisches Konzert), Kammersinfonie, Symphonische Phantasie und Fuge and Songs for Orchestra
Bergiron [Bergiron de Briou], Nicolas-Antoine, Seigneur du Fort Michon12 Dec. 1690
Lyon, France
before 27 Apr. 1768
Lyon, France
French composer and concert organizer
Bergman, Alan
11 Sep. 11, 1925
Brooklyn, NY, USA
 Alan and Marilyn Bergman were born in the same New York city hospital but met and married in Los Angeles. After their marriage, they began composing for TV and film as well as writing for singers. They are best known for writing lyrics to hits such as The Way We Were (1973), The Windmills of Your Mind (1968) and Nice N' Easy (1960)
Bergman, Erik (Valdemar)
24 Nov. 1911
Uusikaarlepyy, Finland
24 Apr. 2006
Helsinki, Fin land
a major figure in Finnish Modernism. His early works, written in the 1930s and early 1940s, were Romantic in style — and he has since withdrawn many of them — but in the late 1940s he began to seek a more chromatic style. In 1952, he wrote the piano work Espressivo, becoming the first Finnish composer to employ dodecaphony, although he himself has said that it was merely "an attempt at dodecaphony". Ever since then, he remained at the cutting edge of Finnish Modernism. Bergman made his breakthrough with dodecaphonic and Serialist works, i.e. as a Constructivist, but he is best known for the colourful style that he evolved in the 1970s
Bergman, Marilyn [Marilyn Keith]
10 Nov. 1929
Brooklyn, NY, USA
 wife of and collaborator with her husband Alan Bergman
Bergman, Valentina (see Serova, Valentina Semenovna)   
Bergna, Antoniofl. 1587 Italian composer
Bergquist, John Victor18771935organist in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA who studied with Guilmant in about 1900. He composed three sonatas for organ. Only one has been published: Sonata in C-minor (1902)
Bergsma, William (Laurence)1 Apr. 1921
Oakland, Calif., USA
 pupil of Hanson and B. Rogers; Composer of lyrical, contrapuntal works for orchestra, chamber groups as well as an opera The Wife of Martin Guerre
Bergson (or Bergsohn), Michael20 May 1820
Warsaw, Poland
9 Mar. 1898
London, England
Polish pianist and composer
Bergström, Harry19101989Finnish composer
Bergt, (Christian Gottlob) August17 Jun. 1771
Oederan, Sachsen
10 Feb. 1837
German composer
Berguedan, Guilhem (Guillem) de
c. 1138
Catalonia, Spain
c. 1192troubadour
Beria, Giovanni Battistac. 1610c. 1671Italian composer, teacher and organist
Beringer, Oscar14 Jul. 184421 Feb. 1922English pianist, composer and teacher of German birth
Berio, Adolfo
Oneglia, Italy
Oneglia, Italy
Italian composer and organist, grandfather of Luciano
Berio, Ernesto
18831966Italian composer and organist, father of Luciano, son of Adolfo. Ernesto Berio had attended Milan Conservatory and been a pupil of Pizzetti
[dates supplied by Oscar Piluso]
Berio, Luciano
24 Oct. 1925
Oneglia, Italy
27 May 2003
Rome, Italy
pupil of Ghedini and Dallapiccola, Berio is a modernist whose music has aroused strong passions amongst critics. He has explored also the use of electrophonics. His wife Catherine Berberian (1925-1983) was an American composer, mezzo-soprano singer, and vocalist
Bériot, Charles Auguste de
20 Feb. 1802
Louvin, Belgium
8 Apr. 1870
Brussels, Belgium
virtuoso on the violin; composed 7 violin concertos and much solo material for his instrument
Bériot, Charles Wilfrid de12 Feb. 1833
Paris, France
22 Oct. 1914
London, UK
son of above, pianist and teacher; his pupils included Granados and Ravel and he wrote piano concertos
Berkeley, Lennox (Randall Francis)
12 May 1903
nr. Oxford, England
26 Dec. 1989
London, England
after studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1927-1932), Lennox Berkeley composed a wide range of music including 3 symphonies, 2 piano concertos, Four Poems of St. Teresa for contralto and orchestra, film music and operas
Berkeley, Michael
1948 the eldest son of the composer Sir Lennox Berkeley, Michael studied composition, singing, and piano at the Royal Academy of Music but it was not until his late twenties, when he went to study with Richard Rodney Bennett, that Berkeley began to concentrate exclusively on composition. The first few works from this period, including a group of Latin motets, the 'String Trio' and the 'Oboe Concerto,' were written in a broadly tonal idiom and attracted considerable attention. In 1977 he was awarded the Guinness Prize for Composition; two years later he was appointed Associate Composer to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The climax of this first period came in 1982 with the oratorio 'Or Shall We Die?' to a text specially written by Ian McEwan, and made into a remarkable film for British television by Richard Eyre
Berken, Jo.fl. c. 1430 composer
Berlatus [?Berlantus]14th century composer, possibly French
Berlijn, Anton [Aron Wolf]2 May 1817
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
18 Jan. 1870
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch conductor and composer
Berlin, Irving [Israel Baline]
11 May 1888
Temum, Russia
22 Sep. 1989
New York, NY, USA
composer of high quality popular song, musical comedy and film music, including Alexander's Ragtime Band, Puttin' On The Ritz, God Bless America and I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas. The noted composer, Jerome Kern, was once asked by a reporter where Irving Berlin's place was in American music. Kern replied "Berlin has no place in American music, he IS American Music."
Berlin, Johan Daniel12 May 17144 Nov. 1787Norwegian organist, composer, inventor, and writer of German birth
Berlinski, Herman
18 Aug. 1910
Leipzig, Germany
27 Sep. 2001
Washington, DC, USA
in 1960 at the age of 50, he became the first person at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America to earn the degree of Doctor of Sacred Music. He has held the posts of organist at Temple Emanu-El, New York, and Minister of Music to the Washington Hebrew Congregation. He was the founder and director of the Shir Chadash Chorale, a choir distinguished by its pioneering programs of historical and contemporary Jewish music
Berlioz, Gabriel Pierre
25 Jun. 1916
Paris, France
 French composer
Berlioz, Louis(-Hector)
11 Dec. 1803
La Cote St. Andre, Grenoble, France
8 Mar. 1869
Paris, France
guitarist and France's greatest Romantic compose. His works often employ vast numbers and are inspired by gothic subjects but he also wrote fine music on a smaller scale, for example the lyrical Nuits d'Été. A guitar given to Berlioz by Paganini is now in the Paris Conservatory Museum
[place of birth corrected by David Teitelbaum]
Berlot, Louis-Joseph (see Sacré, Louis-Joseph)   
Bermange, Barry
7 Nov. 1933
London, England
 English composer
Bermel, Derek
New York, USA
 American composer, clarinetist and conductor whose music incorporates various facets of world music, funk and jazz into traditionally classical performing forces and ensembles
Bermudes, Pedro [Bermúdez]fl. 1592-1606 composer of Spanish birth, resident partly in colonial Peru and Mexico
Bermúdez Silva, Jesús24 Dec. 188425 Oct. 1969Colombian composer
Bermudo, Juan
c. 1510c. 1565Spanish theorist and composer. He wrote Libro de La Declaracion de Instrumentos Musicos in which he mentions prominent vihuelistas and describes various instrument in detail
Bernabei (or Barnabei), Ercole1622
5 Dec. 1687
Munich, Germany
Italian composer and organist
Bernabei (or Barnabei), Giuseppe Antonioc. 1649
Rome, Italy
12 Mar. 1732
Munich, Germany
Italian composer and organist
Bernabei, Vincenzo1660between 1732 and 1736Italian composer and keyboard player
Bernadotte, Eugenie
24 Apr. 1930
Stockholm, Sweden
23 Apr. 1889
Stockholm, Sweden
a member of the Swedish Royal House of Bernadotte and an amateur artist. She composed, wrote poems, sculptured and painted the every day life of the royal court
Bernadotte, Gustaf
18 Jun. 1827
Haga Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
24 Sep. 1852
Kristiania, Norway
Prince Gustaf made a career as a composer, some of his works are still famous today, The Student Song (Studentsången) is sung every year by graduating students
Bernadotte (née de Beauharnais), Josephine Maximilienne Eugenie Napoleone
Milan, Italy
Stockholm, Sweden
Queen of Sweden, wife of Oscar I, and composer
Bernadotte, Oscar I
Paris, France
Stockholm, Sweden
King of Sweden and composer
Bernadotte, Princess Therese Amalie Karoline Josephine Antoinette
Frisdorf, Germany
Stockholm, Sweden
daughter-in-law of Oscar I and Josephine, composer
Bernal Gonçález, ?Joséfl. c. 1550 Spanish composer
Bernal Jiménez, Miguel16 Feb. 1910
Morelia, Michoacán
26 Jul. 1956
León, Guanajuato
Mexican composer
Bernaola, Carmelo Alonso (see Alonso Bernaola, Carmelo)   
Bernard, Anthony25 Jan. 18916 Apr. 1963English conductor and composer
Bernard, Caroline Ritchings1827
1882a celebrated singer and composer of many vocal works
Bernard, (Jean) Emile (Auguste)28 Nov. 184311 Sep. 1902French organist and composer
Bernard, Etienne [Stevan; Bernardi, Stefanus; Bernardo, Estevan; Vernart, Esteban]1569 or 1570Sep. 1600French singer and composer
Bernard, Felix
28 Apr. 1897
New York, USA
20 Oct. 1944
Los Angeles, California, USA
pianist and composer of the Christmas classic Winter Wonderland
Bernard, James
20 Sep. 1925
India (now Pakistan)
12 Jul. 2001, London, Englanda student of Herbert Howells at the at the Royal College of Music, Bernard's first major break as a composer was at the age of 17 when he met Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, for whom Bernard later wrote a song cycle. During 1950-1951, he served as Benjamin Britten's amanuensis and assisted him with Billy Budd. Bernard had been at school with Christopher Lee, the latter going on to star in a great many horror films for Hammer Studios, for which his friend James Bernard would write the scores. He started at Hammer with the music for The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and eventually produced over 20 Hammer film scores
Bernard, Marie-Hélène
  a musicologist specialising in contemporary China, and composer
Bernard, Moritz (Matvey) Ivanovich1794
9 May 1871
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian music publisher, pianist, and composer
Bernard, Robert10 Oct. 1900
Geneva, Switzerland
2 May 1971
Paris, France
French composer, pianist, and music critic
Bernardi, Bartolomeoc.1660
Bologna, Italy
23 May 1732
Copenhagen, Denmark
Italian-born composer
Bernardi, Stefano [Steffano]c. 15851636Italian composer and theorist
Bernardini, Marcello [Marcello da Capua]c. 1740
probably Capua, Italy
after 1799Italian composer and librettist
Bernardt de Ventadorn [de Ventador, del Ventadorn, de Ventedorn]
c. 1130-40c. 1190-1200troubadour poet and composer
Bernasconi, Andreac. 1706
possibly Marseilles, France
about 27 Jan. 1784
MUnich, Germany
Italian composer
Bernat, Zdzislaw
193014 Jun. 1994Polish composer
Bernauer, Emery
Berlin, Germany
Los Angleses, California, USA
writer of the famed Nelson anti-Hitler Revues at the Tuschinsky Cabaret in Amsterdam during World War II, he wrote 60 shows and over 600 songs in less than three years — a feat never before accomplished in show business history
Berneker, Constanz31 Oct. 18449 Jun. 1906German conductor and composer
Berner, Friedrich Wilhelm16 May 17809 May 1827German organist, teacher, composer, and musical organizer
Berners, Sir Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson Lord18 Sep. 1883
Arley Park, Bridgnorth, UK
19 Apr. 1950
Farringdon House, Berkshire, England
diplomat, painter and an effective composer whose eccentricity in real life was never prevented from showing itself in his musical compositions which include ballets, a one-act opera, smaller scale works and a few British films
Berners, John1961
Milwaukee, USA
 composition studies began privately with C. Curtis-Smith in Kalamazoo, MI and continued at the University of Michigan under William Albright, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty and William Bolcom. His works have been played by the Detroit Symphony, the Boston Symphony brass section, the Tanglewood Festival Brass, Kalamazoo Symphony, Brave New Works, the Michigan Chamber Brass and many college ensembles. His music has been recorded by pianist Alan Huckleberry, the Millar Brass Ensemble, and Boston's Old South Brass
Berneville, Gillebert (or Gilbert) de
before 12501270trouvère from Berneville, Pas de Calais, France
[information provided by Jill Gregory]
Bernger von Horheim [Berengerius de Orehem, Berlengerius de Oreim]fl. 1180-90 German Minnesinger
Bernhard, Christoph1 Jan. 1628
14 Nov. 1692
Dresden, Germany
German music theorist, composer, and singer
Bernie, Ben
30 May 1891
Bayonne, NJ
20 Oct. 1943
Beverly Hills, CA
bandleader popular in the 1920s and 1930s, and co-composer of Sweet Georgia Brown (1925)
Bernier, Joseph-Arthur19 Mar. 1877
Lévis, Québec, Canada
28 Apr. 1944
Québec City, Canada
Canadian organist and composer
Bernier, Nicolas5 or 6 Jun. 16656 Jul. 1734French composer, organist, theorist, and teacher
Bernier, René10 Mar. 1903 Belgian composer
Berno of Reichenau [Berno Augiensis; Bernardus] 7 Jun. 1048writer on church music and liturgy, and possibly a composer
Bernofsky, Lauren
  composer and violinist living in Baltimore, MD, educated at Hartt College, Boston University and the New England Conservatory
Bernouilly, Agnes1825
 concentrated on orchestral compositions, her songs received praise from the critics
Bernstein, Elmer
4 Apr. 1922
New York City, USA
18 Aug. 2004
Ojai, California, USA
pianist and composer, particularly of film scores such as those for Men in War, Drango, God's Little Acre, The Ten Commandments, Walk on the Wild Side, The Sons of Katy Elder, The Return of the Seven, The Great Escape, The Caretaker, The Silencers, The Carpetbaggers, Summer and Smoke, Hawaii, Where's Jack?, True Grit, Desire Under the Elms, The Hallelujah Trail, Baby the Rain Must Fall, My Left Foot, The Grifters, Rambling Rose and The Age of Innocence. In 1967 he won an Oscar for the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie and was nominated for the award 14 times
Bernstein, Leonard
25 Aug. 1918
Lawrence, Mass. USA
14 Oct. 1990
New York, USA
conductor and pianist; his outstanding success with musical comedy, On the Town, West Side Story and Candide tends to overshadow his work as a writer of symphonies, smaller orchestral and choral works and as an inspirational promoter of classical and popular music
Bernstein, Nikolai D.7 Aug. 1876
Mitau, Kurland, Russia
Dec 1938
Leningrad, Russia
Russian music biographer and critic
fl. 12th century a Norman trouvère who wrote Tristan, a Norman language version of the legend of Tristan and Iseut of which a certain number of fragments (approximately 3000 verses) have been preserved; it is the earliest representation of the so-called "vulgar" version of the legend (the "courtly" version being represented by fragments from Thomas of Britain's poem)
Berry, Chuck [Charles Edward Anderson]
18 Oct. 1926
St. Louis, MO, USA
 American rhythm-and-blues and rock songwriter, singer and guitarist
Berry, Wallace (Taft)10 Jan. 1928
La Crosse, Wis, USA
 American composer and teacher
Bersa, Blagoje (0r Benito)
21 Dec. 1873
Dubrovnik, Croatia
1 Jan. 1934
Zagreb, Croatia
Croatian composer
Berson, Seweryn1858
Nowy Sacz
4 Mar. 1917
Polish composer and lawyer
Bertali (or Bertalli, Berthali, Bartali, Barthali, Bertaldi), AntonioMar. 1605
Verona, Italy
17 Apr. 1669
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer and violinist. He was employed at the Habsburg imperial court in Vienna, becoming Kapellmeister in 1649
Bertalotti, Angelo Michele8 Apr. 166630 Mar. 1747Italian composer and pedagogue
Bertani, Lelioc. 1550c. 1620Italian composer
Berté, Heinrich [Harry]8 May 1857
Hlohovec, Slovensko
23 Aug. 1924
Perchtoldsdorf, nr. Vienna, Austria
Austro-Hungarian composer
Bertha, Sándor1843
Pest, Hungary
Pest, Hungary
Hungarian composer, pianist, and writer on music
Bertheaume, Isidore [Berthéaume, Berthaume; Julien]c. 175219 or 20 Mar. 1802French violinist and composer
Berthier, Jacques
19231994the song Laudate Dominum sets words from Psalm 117 to the Folia theme; it was composed in about 1980 by Jacques Berthier for the Taizé community, an ecumenical, international community founded in 1940, in Taizé, in central France, and it has become one of the best-known of the songs of Taizé. The song is published by the Ateliers and Presses de Taizé in numerous songbooks, which include solo verses in different languages and instrumental accompaniments
Berthod, Françoisfl. 1656-1665 French composer and poet
Berthomieu, Marc
French composer, poet, and a dramatist.
Berti, Carloc. 1555before 2 Sep. 1602Italian composer and organist
Berti, Giovanni Pietro [Zani] 1638Italian composer, organist, and singer
Bertignac, Louis
23 Feb. 1954
Oran, Algeria
 French guitarist, vocalist and songwriter
Bertin, Louise-(Angélique)15 Feb. 1805
Les Roches, nr. Paris, France
26 Apr. 1877
Paris, France
composer, contralto, pianist and artist whose opera Le Loup Garou met with instant success in Paris in 1827, as were her later works
Bertin de la Doué, Thomasc. 1680
Paris, France
Paris, France
French composer
Bertini, (Benoîum;t)-Auguste5 Jun. 1780
Lyon, France
after 1830
London, England
French composer
Bertini, Domenico26 Jun. 1829
Lucca, Italy
7 Spe. 1890
Florence, Italy
Italian composer
Bertini, Gary1 May 1927
 Israeli conductor and composer
Bertini, Henri-J&eacaute;rôum;me)28 Oct. 1798
London, England
1 Oct. 1876
Grenoble, France
French pianist and composer particularly of studies
Bertini, Salvatore172116 Dec. 1794Italian composer
Bertinotti, Teresa1776
1854a dramatic soprano who composed songs and arias
Bertken, Suster1426/271514
also known as Bertha Jacobs, Dutch composer
Bertoldi, Bertoldo difl. 1544 Italian composer
Bertoldo, Sperindio [Bertholdo; Sperandio, Sper'in Dio]c. 153015 Aug. 1570Italian composer and organist
Bertoli, Giovanni Antoniofl. c. 1639-45 Italian dulcian player and composer
Bertolotti, Bernardinoc. 1555after 1609North Italian instrumentalist and composer
Bertolusi, Vincenzo [Betholussius, Bertholusius, Bertulusius; Vincentius] 1608Italian composer and organist
Berton, Henri [François]3 May 1784
Paris, France
19 Jul. 1832
Paris, France
French composer
Berton, Henri-Montan17 Sep. 1767
Paris, France
22 Apr. 1844
Paris, France
French composer, writer and teacher
Berton, Pierre-Montan [Le Breton]7 Jan. 1727
Maubert-Fontaine, Ardennes
14 May 1780
Paris, France
French conductor, composer and tenor
Bertoncini, Mario27 Sep. 1932 Italian composer and pianist
Bertone, Aldo1952 Italian composer
Bertoni, Ferdinando Gioseffo (Gasparo)
15 Aug. 1725
Salo, Italy
1 Dec. 1813
Desenzano del Garda, Italy
Italian composer and organist
Bertouch, Georg von [Bertuch]19 Jun. 1668
14 Sep. 1743Norwegian military officer and composer
Bertouille, Gérard26 May 1898 Belgian composer and critic
Bertram, Johann153517 Apr. 1575German Kantor, composer, and theologian
Bertran de Born
c.1140before 1215
Dalon Abbey, France
a French soldier and a medieval troubadour poet, Bertran de Born was viscount of Hautefort. He warred with his brother Constantin for the sole possession of the family heritage. According to a Provençal biography, Henry II of England believed Bertran had fomented the rebellion of his son Prince Henry. Dante Alighieri portrayed him in the Inferno as a sower of schism, carrying his head in his hands as punishment
Bertrand, Aline1798
Paris, France
a noted harpist who studied at the Paris Conservatoire, she published several works
Bertrand, Anthoine (Antoine) de
between 1530 and 1540
Fontanges, France
probably 1581
nr Toulouse, France
a French composer of the Renaissance. Early in his life he was a prolific composer of secular chansons, and late in his life he wrote hymns and canticles, under the influence of the Jesuits. He was murdered by Protestants during the French Wars of Religion
Bertrand, Christophe
1981 French pianist and composer
[information supplied by the composer]
Bertrand di Avignone (see Feragut, Beltrame)   
Bertran de Bornc. 1145before 1215French troubadour poet and composer
Berutti (or Beruti), Arturo27 Mar. 1862
San Juan
3 Jan. 1938
Buenos Aires
Argentinean composer
Berutti, Pablo24 Sep. 1866
San Juan
17 Jun. 1914
Buenos Aires
Argentinean composer and teacher
Berwald, (Christian) August28 Aug. 179813 Nov. 1869Swedish violinist and composer
Berwald, Franz (Adolf)23 Jul. 1796
Stockholm, Sweden
3 Apr. 1868
Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish violinist and composer of 6 symphonies, 2 operas, chamber music and songs
Berwald, Johan Fredrik (Johann Friedrich)4 Dec. 1787
Stockholm, Sweden
26 Aug. 1861
Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish violinist, composer, and conductor
Berwald, William [Wilhelm]26 Dec. 1864
8 May 1948
Loma Linda, Calif. USA
Besancourtfl. 1549-68 French composer
Besard, Jean-Baptiste [Besardus, Joannes Baptista]c. 1567after 1617Burgundian lutenist and composer
Besler, Samuel15 Dec. 157419 Jul. 1625German composer and schoolmaster
Besler, Simon27 Aug. 168312 Jul. 1633German composer, musician, and schoolmaster
Besoyan, Rick (Vaugh) [Richard]2 Jul. 1924 American songwriter, producer, and director of musicals
Besozzi, Alessandrofl. 1680-1700 Italian singer and opera composer
Besozzi, Alessandro22 Jul. 170226 Jul. 1793Italian oboist and composer
Besozzi, Carlo1738after 1798German oboist and composer of Italian parentage
Besozzi, Louis-Désiré3 Apr. 181411 Nov. 1879French pianist and composer
Besson, (Michel-)Gabrielc. 168923 Aug. 1765French violinist, musette player, flautist, and composer
Besson, Gabriel-Louis10 Apr. 173324 Aug. 1785French violinist, musette player, flautist, and composer
Best, William
27 May 1913
Sunflower, Mississippi, USA
27 Feb. 1962
Hollywood, CA, USA
widely known as 'Pat Best', he was a member of the singing group 'The Brown Dots, a popular bit-part actor (1930s-40s) in 118 Hollywood films where, if he was given any screen credit at all, he was listed in the on-screen credits only as "Sleep 'n' Eat". When only 14 years old, he composed both the words and music of the popular tune (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons (pub. 1945)
Best, W(illiam) T(homas)13 Aug. 182610 May 1897English organist
Bestournéfl. before 1250 French trouvère
Béthizy, Jean Laurent de25 Mar. 1709
Paris, France
17 Nov. 1781
Longwy, Meurthe-et-Moselle
French theorist and composer
Béthune, Conon de
in the former Artois region, today Pas-de-Calais
17 Dec. 1219/20
Edrine, Turkey
a crusader and trouvère poet. Only 14 works of poetry attributed to Conon de Béthune have survived, and several of these attributions may be doubtful. His poetry was written to be sung and ten of his poems give musical notation
Béthune (family)
fl. 17th century Bétune must have been an exceptional lutenist because he was the highest paid musician of any category at the court during the period 1620-1720. His appointment commenced 26 June 1649 and ended in September 1651. Unfortunately his Christian name is not given anywhere, but some notes in Swedish sources can perhaps throw further light on this issue. In a court ballet, which was performed in November 1649 "the son of a French lutenist, named Betun" played the part of Cupido. Béthune seems to have brought his family with him to Sweden as several members of it participated in the entertainments at the coronation of queen Christina. Béthune himself, his brother and his son are listed among the lutenists who played on this occasion. Even a "Mademoiselle Bethune" is mentioned in this connection. "Hercules Bethun" and the "two Bethun" appear in another court ballet, performed in January 1651. Hercules probably acted the part of a dryad, which could suggest that he was a rather young person and the "two Bethun" acted the parts of two of the Muses. Even though it is difficult to prove Kenneth Sparr (from whose work this information has been taken) is inclined to believe that Hercules was the son of Béthune, who in turn could be Michel de Béthune. The brother then could be Josias Béthune. Besides it is noted in the account books of Danish "Hofkapelle" that "the Frenchman Béthune" in the year 1702 received 50 rixdollar for giving the king lessons on the angélique, an instrument for which a 'Michel Béthune le Cadet' (or possibly Christian de Béthune) wrote Folies d'Espagne (c.1681) - the manuscript is now housed in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. This Béthune can hardly have been Michel or Josias. Who was then "Béthune le cadet"?
Bethune (Green), Thomas [Blind Tom]25 May 184913 Jun. 1908Black American pianist and composer
Betoulinsky, Anna (known as Anna Marly)30 Oct. 1917
Petrograd, Russia
15 Feb. 2006
Lazy Mountain, Alaska, USA
singer, songwriter and composer, called the "Troubadour of the Resistance", who wrote more than 300 songs, but is best known for her The Song of the Partisans, composed in London during the Second World War. Translated inaccurately into French, the song, now entitled Le Chant des Partisans became the signature tune of the 'Free French Radio' in London
Bettella, Paolo [Betella]fl. 1677 Italian composer
Betti, Stefano [Bettino] ["Il Fornarino"]fl. 1562-65 Italian composer
Bettinelli, Bruno
4 Jun. 1913
Milan, Italy
8 Nov. 2004
New York, USA
Italian composer and teacher
Bettini, Giovannifl. 1616-24 Italian composer and organist
Bettino, Geronimo before 1 Sep. 1643Italian composer
Betts, Lorne2 Aug. 1918
Winnipeg, Canada
5 Aug. 1985
Hamilton, Ont., Canada
Canadian composer
Beuerle, Herbert
28 Apr. 1911
Dusseldork, Germany
13 Feb. 1994
Gelnhausen, Germany
German composer of church music
Beurden, Bernard van
5 Dec. 1933
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 Dutch violinist, teacher and composer
Bevan, Frederick
18561939remembered today for his stirring bass solo The Admiral's Broom, arranged for male voice choir by Henry Geehl and with the accompaniment to the solo version scored for orchestra by Howard Carr, Bevan appears largely and perhaps wholly to have confined himself to composing ballads
Beveren, Achiel van5 Mar. 1904
Anvers, Belgium
10 Dec. 1985
Anvers, Belgium
composer, singer, choral director and teacher
Beversdorf, Thomas8 Aug. 1924
Yoakum, Texas, USA
15 Feb. 1981
Bloomington, Ind. USA
American composer
Bevignani, Enrico29 Sep. 1841
Naples, Italy
29 Aug. 1903
Naples, Italy
Italian conductor and composer
Bevilacqua, Matteo (Mathieu)17721849Italian guitarist and composer. Editions of his music were published in Vienna, Berlin and Paris
Bevin, Elwayc. 1554bur. 19 Oct. 1638organist and composer of church music
Bexfield, William Richard27 Apr. 182429 Oct. 1853English composer
Beyer, Frank Michael8 Mar. 1928 German composer and organist
Beyer, Johann Samuel16699 May 1744German composer
Beyer, Johanna Magdalena
11 Jul. 1888
Leipzig, Germany
9 Jan. 1944
New York, USA
German composer who moved to the United States in 1923. She studied at various schools in New York and individually with Dane Rudhyar, Charles Seeger, Henry Cowell and Ruth Crawford, after which she began a highly productive and interesting period of composition which lasted from 1932 to almost 1940. She was one of the first composers of the Western world to focus on percussion. Only one work IV (1935) was published in her lifetime, and her name appeared as 'J.M. Beyer', apparently to disguise her gender. IV is composed for nine unspecified "percussion" instruments, and is in a constant state of flux in which tempo and volume are always subtly changing
Beyermann-Walraven, Jeanne
18781969German composer
Beytelmann, Gustavo
 Argentinean-born composer who now works in Europe
Bezdruzic, Krystof
near Klatovy, Bohemia
21 Jun. 1621
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Czech nobleman, traveller, humanist, soldier, writer and composer
Bezekirsky (or Bezekiirsky), Vasiliy Vasil'yevich26 Jan. 1835
Moscow, Russia
8 Nov. 1919
Moscow, Russia
Russian violinist and composer