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W. de Wycombe
fl. late 13th century
Leominster, England
 English composer and copyist of the Medieval era. He was precentor of the priory of Leominster in Herefordshire. He may have been the composer of the most famous tune from medieval England, Sumer is icumen in, though the identification is considered by most scholars to be tenuous
Waclaw z Szamotual
Szamotuly, Poland
Pinczów, Poland
while serving as secretary at the court of Hieronim Chodkiewicz, he published a number of occasional panegyrics written in verse. But he must have already been known as a distinguished composer, for in 1547 he was appointed to the court of King Sigismund Augustus as composer to the Chapel Royal
Waddle, P. Kellach
21 Jan. 1967
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
 Pulitzer-Prize nominated composer, bassist, conductor and writer
Wade, Joseph Augustine1796
Dublin, Ireland
15 Jul. 1845
London, England
Irish-born composer
Waelput, Hendrik (Henri, Henry)26 Oct. 1845
8 Jul. 1885
Belgian composer
Waelrant (or Waelrand), Hubert (or Hubertus)
20 Nov. 1516 or 19 Nov. 1517
Tongerloo, Brabant
19 Nov. 1595
Antwerp, Belgium
a Flemish composer, teacher, and music editor of the Renaissance. As a composer he was a member of the generation contemporary with Palestrina, though unlike the most famous composers of the time he mostly worked in northern Europe, and in addition he was progressive in the use of chromaticism and dissonance. In 1547 he founded school of music in Antwerp where he taught a new system of solmization
Wagenaar, Bernard18 Jul. 1894
Arnhem, The Netherlands
19 May 1971
York, Maine, USA
son of Johan Wagenaar; violinist; teacher of composition, latterly at the Julliard Graduate School; composer of symphonies, concerti, chamber and piano music
Wagenaar, Johan
1 Nov. 1862
Utrecht, The Netherlands
17 Jun. 1941
Den Haag, The Netherlands
composer, conductor, organist and teacher
Wagenseil, Georg Christoph29 Jan. 1715
Vienna, Austria
1 Mar. 1777
Vienna, Austria
studied with J. J. Fux among others. He is documented as early as 1735 as a court scholar, then became the organist of the widowed Empress; after 1745 he served as the piano teacher to the archdukes and archduchesses. His style attempted to combine the movements of his time: rationalism and sentimentality. Wagenseil was an influential figure in Viennese music and numbered among his pupils Franz Xaver Dussek, Leopold Hofmann and Joseph Anton Steffan, all of whom enjoyed highly successful professional careers
Wager, Gregg
16 Sep. 1958
Adrian, MI (USA)
 studied with Morten Lauridsen and James Hopkins at USC, Mel Powell and Morton Subotnick at CalArts; music critic with the Los Angeles Times 1985-91; Ph.D. in musicology from the Free University Berlin, 1996
Waghalter, Ignaz15 Mar. 1882
7 Apr. 1949
New York
Polish-born composer
Wagner, Genrikh Matusovich (Heinrich Matusowitsch) (see Vagner, Genrikh Matusovich (Heinrich Matusowitsch))   
Wagner, Georg Gottfried5 Apr. 1698
Muhlburg, Germany
23 Mar. 1756pupil of J. Kuhnau, violinist (who performed in an orchestra directed by J. S. Bach) and composer of a motet entitled Lob und Ehre (Blessing and Honour) formerly ascribed to J. S. Bach
Wagner, (Helferich) Siegfried
6 Jun. 1869
Triebschen, nr. Lucerne
4 Aug. 1930
Bayreuth, Germany
the first son of Richard Wagner and grandson of Liszt, Siegfried Wagner, a pupil of Humperdinck after his father's death, turned from a proposed career as an architect to music after a voyage to the Far East in 1892. For the greater part of his life he was involved in the Bayreuth Festival. His compositions, including a number of operas, are not Wagnerian in subject or treatment, although he acknowledged his technical debt to his father in some respects. A number of his operas explore German fairy-story and legend, the world of the Brothers Grimm rather than that of the Nibelungen. His wife, Winifred Williams, who was English, continued the Bayreuth Festivals, with Adolf Hitler's support, after Siegfried's death, until the outbreak of the Second World War
Wagner, J(osef) F(ranz)20 Mar. 1856
Vienna, Austria
5 Jun. 1908
Austrian composer
Wagner, Joseph Frederick9 Jan. 1900
Springfield, Mass., USA
12 Oct. 1974
Los Angeles, USA
American composer
Wagner, Karl Jacob22 Feb. 1772
24 Nov. 1822
German composer
Wagner, (Wilhelm) Richard
22 May 1813
Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony
13 Feb. 1883
Venice, Italy
see A Survey of 19th Century Music
Wagner-Régeny, Rudolf28 Aug. 1903
Szász-Régen, Transylvania
18 Sep. 1969
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Wahlberg, Rune15 Mar. 1910
 Swedish composer
Waignein, André28 Jan. 1942
Mouscron, Belgium
 Belgian composer, trumpeter, conductor and teacher
Wainwright, Harrietfl. early nineteenth century composed and published songs, duets, trio, choruses and dramatic poems in London between 1803-1836
Wainwright, Johnc.1723
Stockport, Lancashire
1768organist; composer of well-known tune Yorkshire to Bryrom's hymn Christians, Awake
Wainwright, Robert17481782son of John; organist of Manchester Cathedral; composer of an oratorio, hymn tunes and other church music
Wainwright, Richard17581825also son of John; organist of Manchester Cathedral; composer of glees and church music
Waldburg-Wurzach, Julie Fürstin von1841
1914published over 60 compositions
Waldteufel, Émile (Charles Levy)
9 Dec. 1837
Strasbourg, France
16 Feb. 1915
Paris, France
Alsatian composer of popular waltz tunes, pianist and chamber musician to Empress Eugénie performing at Court functions not only in Paris but also in Biarritz and Compiègne. From 1867 the Waldteufel orchestra played at Napoleon III’s magnificent Court balls at the Tuileries
Walker, Aaron Thibeaux (T-Bone Walker, Oak Cliff T-Bone)
28 May 1910
Linden, Texas, USA
16 Mar. 1975an American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and one of the most influential musicians of the early 20th century. He is believed to have been the first bluesman to use an amplified acoustic guitar
Walker, Gwyneth V.
New York, USA
 American composer
Wallace, Stewart1960
Philadelphia, USA
 American composer
Wallace, William
3 Jul. 1860
Greenock, Scotland
16 Dec. 1940
Malmesbury, England
studied medicine in Glasgow, Vienna and Paris before deciding to study music at the Royal Academy in Londo (aged 29). Wallace was greatly influenced by Liszt, and introduced the syphonic poem to Britain. His compositions include the symphonic poem, Sir William Wallace (1905), cantata The Massacre of the Macphersons, and an overture In Praise of Scottish Poesie (1894). He also wrote several books on music, including The Musical Faculty (1914), The Threshold of Music (1908) and biographies on Wagner and Liszt.
Wallace, William
Salt Lake City
 American-born, Canadian composer
Wallace, William (Vincent)
1 Jun. 1814
Waterford, Ireland
12 Oct. 1865
Haute Garonne, France
Irish composer particularly of operas
Wallbank, Raymond
8 Aug. 1932
Lytham St Annes, Lancs. UK
16 Feb. 2010
Lytham St Annes, Lancs, UK
dubbed 'The Prince of The North Pier', organist, composer and arranger
Wallek-Walewski, Boleslaw23 Jan. 1885
9 Apr. 1944
Polish composer
Wallenstein, Martin22 Jun. 1843
Frankfurt am Main
29 Nov. 1896
Franfurt am Main
German composer
Waller, Thomas Wright (Fats)
21 May 1904
New York, USA
15 Dec. 1943
nr. Kansas City, Missouri, USA
an African-American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic entertainer
Wallin, Rolf
Oslo, Norway
 Norwegian composer
Walpurgis, Maria Antonia, Princess of Bavaria
18 Jul. 1724
Nymphenbourg, nr. Munich, Germany
23 Apr. 1780
Dresden, Germany
German composer
Wallnöfer, Adolf26 Apr. 1854
Vienna, Austria
9 Jun. 1946
Munich, Germany
Austrian-born composer
Walpot, Léon17 Apr. 1858
Anvers, Belgium
24 Jul. 1928
Ixelles, Belgium
Belgian composer and military band conductor
Walsworth, Ivor1909
London, England
2 Nov. 1978
London, England
the name of Ivor Walsworth may usually be associated with the BBC, which he joined in 1936, later becoming Music Transcription Organiser. But he composed a wide variety of music including five symphonies, concertos for piano, violin, viola da gamba and cello, three string quartets and other chamber works, sonatas for flute, piano, violin, and flute & harpsichord, songs and film music, and some electronic works (Contrasts Essconic in collaboration with Daphne Oram. Walsworth was born in London and studied at the RAM with MacFarren, and in Munich, Budapest and Vienna. He married the concert pianist, Joan Davies
Walter, David Edgar2 Feb. 1953
 American composer
Walter, Fried19 Dec. 1907
Ottendorf-Okrilla, nr. Dresden
8 Apr. 1996
German composer
Walter, Johann
Kahla, Thuringa, Germany
25 Mar. 1570
Torgau, Germany
a Lutheran singer and composer who worked during the Reformation period. Walter was consulted by Martin Luther for the German-language Deutsche Messe produced in 1525
Walter (or Walther, Walderth), (Johann) Ignaz (Joseph)31 Aug. 1755
22 Feb. 1822
Czech-born composer
Waltershausen, H(ermann) W(olfgang Sartorius) Freiherr von 12 Oct. 1882
13 Aug. 1954
German composer
Walther von der Vogelweide
c.1170c.1230the most celebrated of the Middle High German lyric poets
Walthew, Richard Henry4 Nov. 1872
London, England
14 Nov. 1951
East Preston, Sussex
English composer
Walton, Cedar
17 Jan. 1934
Dallas, Texas, USA
19 Aug. 2013
Brooklyn, New York, USA
noted jazz pianist and composer, a leading exponent of the style known as “hard bop”
Walton, William (Turner)
29 Mar. 1902
Oldham, England
8 Mar. 1983
Ischia, Italy
English composer particularly of orchestral music, chamber works and a number of fine film scores including the music for Laurence Olivier's Henry V
Walzel, Leopold Matthias29 Nov. 1902
Vienna, Austria
9 Jun. 1970
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer
Wambach, Émile26 Nov. 1854
Arlon, Luxembourg
6 May 1924
Antwerp, Belgium
composer and teacher born in Luxembourg
Wanczura, Arnost (Ernest) (see Vancura (Wanczura, Wanzura, Wanskura), Arnost (Ernest))   
Wangermée, Franz2 Nov. 1894
Jumet, Belgium
17 Feb. 1967
Blegian military band conductor, teacher and composer
Wanhal, Johann Baprist (see Vanhal, Jan Krtitel)   
Wanhecke (see Hecke, Van)   
Wanski, Jan1762
after 1821Polish composer
Wantier, Firmin13 Oct. 1919
Wasmuel, Belgium
10 Feb. 1987
Belgian composer
Ward, Amy (see Woodforde-Finden, Amy)   
Ward, Katherine Lucy1833
 a composer and student of the Royal Academy who was praised and encouraged by Mendelssohn
Ward, Robert (Eugene)13 Sep. 1917
Cleveland, USA
 American organist and composer best remembered for his hymn Materna (1882) which was used for the anthem America the Beautiful, with words by Katharine Lee Bates
Ward, Samuel Augustus
28 Dec. 1847
Newark, NJ, USA
28 Sep. 1903
Newark, NJ, USA
American composer
Ware, Harriet26 Aug. 1877
Waupun, Wis., USA
9 Feb. 1962
New York, USA
American composer
Warlock, Peter (né Philip Arnold Hesletine)
30 Oct. 1894
London, England
17 Dec. 1930
London, England
essentially a miniaturist. the largest part of his output consists of solo songs with piano accompaniment. There are in addition choral works (some unaccompanied, some with keyboard accompaniment and a few with orchestra), the remaining handful of works being for orchestra or for piano. He was also a distinguished editor and transcriber of early music (570 published items) as well as an author (9 books, 73 articles), editor and critic (51 reviews). At a time when musical scholarship was still very much in its infancy, he made an enormous contribution to the rediscovery of early English music
Warnots, Henri11 Jul. 1832
Brussels, Belgium
27 Feb. 1893
Saint Josse-ten-Noode
Belgian composer, singer and teacher
Warot, Constant Noel Adolphe
28 Nov. 28 1812
Anvers (Antwerp), Belgium
10 Apr. 1875
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian cellist. In 1852 he was appointed teacher at the Brussels Conservatoire. Besides a Violoncello Method, he wrote Duets for two Violoncellos, and an Air Varig with piano accompaniment
Warren, Elinor Remick
23 Feb. 1900
Los Angeles, USA
27 Apr. 1991
Los Angles, USA
American composer
Warren, Raymond (Henry Charles)7 Nov. 1928
 English composer
Warren, Richard Henry17 Sep. 1859
Albany, N.Y., USA
3 Dec. 1933
South Chatham, Mass., USA
American composer
Warszawski (or Wars, Vars), Henryk (Henry)
Warsaw, Poland
Beverley Hills, Califo. USA
Poland's foremost film composer, he shortened his last name to 'Wars'. After emigrating to the U.S. in 1947 the composer renamed himself again as 'Henry Vars' (the latter change preserves the Polish sound by changing the spelling). These transformations of the name may be explained by the demands of Vars's career as a successful composer of music for films, TV, and popular songs
Wartel, Alda Therese Annette Adrienne1814
Paris, France
1865first woman admitted as soloist of the Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire, Paris
Waschon, Pierre (see Vachon, Pierre)   
Wassenaer, Unico Wilhelm van
2 Nov. 1692
Delden, The Netherlands
9 Nov. 1766
Den Haag, The Netherlands
Dutch diplomat and composer
Wassenhoven, Paul van16 Jun. 1877
Lierre, Belgium
29 Jan. 1953
Lierre, Belgium
Belgian composer, organist, conductor, choral director and teacher
Watelet, Jos8 May 1881
Anvers, Belgium
3 May 1951
Wommelgem, Belgium
Belgian composer, piantist, organist and musicologist
Waters, Joseph
16 Sep. 1952
Jackson, Michigan, USA
 Joseph Waters studied composition at Yale University, the Universities of Oregon and Minnesota, and Stockholms Musikpedagogiska Institut. His primary teachers were Jacob Druckman, Bernard Rands, Roger Reynolds, Dominick Argento, Martin Bresnick, Robert Kyr and Jeffrey Stolet.

He is a member of the first generation of American classical composers who grew up playing in rock bands. Throughout his career he has been intrigued by the connections, confluences, and tensions which entangle and bind the great musics of Europe and Africa. Much of his work involves interactions between electronic and acoustic instruments. He has been involved in Inter-disciplinary and collaborative works on and off since the early 1980's.

His e-mail is:

Watriquet de Couvin (see Couvin, Watriquet de)   
Watson, Stephen
Chester, England
 began his musical training at 13 years old with violin lessons. The trumpet was also an abiding passion at this time. His musical abilities were recognised at the City Grammar School, and afterwards at Manchester University, where he read mathematics. At university he first began composing, gaining considerable experience as an orchestral violinist as well as singing with and conducting choral societies in the north of England
Watters, Clarence (Everett)19021986
organist, teacher and composer, Watters was a pupil of Marcel Dupré and a frequent performer of his work
Waucampt, Edmond22 Apr. 1850
Tournai, Belgium
Belgian composer and conductor
Waxman, Franz
24 Dec. 1906
Königshütte, Upper Silesia, Germany (now Chorzów, Poland)
24 Feb. 1967
Los Angeles, Calif, USA
composer of film music. Academy Awards for Sunset Boulevard (1950) and A Place in the Sun (1951); nominated for The Young in Heart (1938), Rebecca (1940), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Suspicion (both 1941); The Silver Chalice (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), and Taras Bulba (1962). Studied at Dresden Music Academy and Berlin Music Conservatory. Began composing film music for Germany's UFA studio in 1930. The Nazis drove him out of the country and he went to the US. He remained there for the rest of his life, quickly becoming and remaining one of Hollywood's best composers
[information supplied by John T. Evans]
Wayditch (or Wajditsch Verbovac von Dönhoff), (Baron) Gabriel28 Dec. 1888
Budapest, Hungary
28 Jul. 1969
New York, USA
Hungarian-born composer
Weaver, Powell10 JUn. 1890
Clearfield, Penn., USA
22 Dec. 1951
Oakland, Calif., USA
American composer
Webb, Orianna
Akron, OH, USA
 studied at the University of Chicago, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), and the Yale School of Music. Her teachers have included Martin Bresnick, Margaret Brouwer, John Eaton, Joseph Schwantner, and Roger Zahab, and she has also studied at La Schola Cantorum in Paris with Samuel Adler and Philip Lasser. She studied piano with Nicolas Constantinidis, Ethel Burke, and Anna Grinberg, and bassoon with Dr. Georgia Peeples
Webbe senior, Samuel
17401816English composer
Webbe, Samuelc.1770
London, England
25 Nov. 1843
London, England
English composer
Weber, Alain8 Dec. 1930
 French composer
Weber, Bedrich Divis (Friedrich Dionys)9 Oct. 1766
Velichov, nr. Karlovy Vary
25 Dec. 1842
Czech composer
Weber, Ben23 Jul. 1916
St. Louis, USA
9 May 1979
New York, NY, USA
American serial composer
Weber, Bernhard Anselm18 Apr. 1764
23 Mar. 1821
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Weber, Carl Maria von
18 Nov. 1786
Eutin, Holstein
5 Jun. 1826
London, England
Austrian composer who wrote successful operas Der Freischütz (1821, Berlin), Euryanthe (1823, Vienna) and Oberon (1826, London)
Weber, (Franz) Edmund (Kaspar Johann Nepomuk Joseph Maria)19 Jun. 1766
German composer
Weber, Joseph Miroslav9 Nov. 1854
1 Jan. 1906
Prague-born composer
Webern, Anton
3 Dec. 1883
Vienna, Austria
15 Sep. 1945
Mittersill, nr. Salzburg, Austria
Webern, with Alban Berg, was a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg in Vienna, moving in style to atonalism and then serial technique, writing music of brief concision and often of extreme delicacy. His influence on later composers has been very considerable
Webster-Garman, William
 studied composition at the University of Illinois under noted fine arts composer Ben Johnston
Wecker, George Caspar
bap. 2 Apr. 1632
Nuremberg, Germany
20 Apr. 1695
Nuremberg, Germant
German organist, composer and teacher
Weckerlin, Jean-Baptiste (Théodore)9 Nov. 1821
20 May 1910
Trottberg, nr. Guebwiller
composer from Alsace
Weckmann, Mathias1619
Niederola, Germany
Hamburg, Germany
a pupil of Heinrich Schultz, who was himself a pupil of Giovanni Gabrieli, Weckmann work shows the influence of the Italian canzona style as well as the English style which was very prominent in Northern Germany and Denmark at the time. In all, Weckmann wrote 10 kammersonaten (chamber sonatas) for his 'Collegium Musicum', at the Jakobikirche in Hamburg, Germany
Weelkes, Thomas
bap. 25 Oct. 1576
Elsted, England
30 Nov. 1623
London, England
English organist and composer noted particularly for his madrigals
Weemaels, Louis26 Apr. 1909
Uccle, Blegium
 Belgian composer, conductor, choral director and teacher
Weerbeke, Gaspar van
nr. Tournai, The Netherlands
Nov. 1517a Netherlandish composer of the Renaissance. He was of the same generation as Josquin Desprez, but unique in his blending of the contemporary Italian style with the older Burgundian style of Dufay
Weerst, Emmanuel (Déodat) van31 Jan. 1932
Ledeberg, Belgium
 Belgian composer
Wegelius, Martin
10 Nov. 1846
Helsinki, Finland
22 Mar. 1906
Helsinki, Finland
a new era in Finnish music began in 1882 with the founding of the Helsinki Music Institute (now the Sibelius Academy) by Wegelius. Wegelius studied in Vienna and Munich and all but abandoned composition after founding the Music Institute. He had originally intended to become a composer and he left quite a substantial output consisting of a handful of orchestral works, chamber music and vocal music
Wehrli, Werner8 Jan. 1892
27 Jun. 1944
Swiss composer
Weichsell, Elizabeth Billington
1818one of the greatest singers England has ever produced. She was known for her natural voice, perfect technical control, wide range, head register, accurate intonation, and brilliant and original ornaments. She was eight-years-old when she published her Op. 1 and eleven when Op. 2 appeared in print
Weigel, Eugene (Herbert)11 Oct. 1910
Cleveland, USA
29 Jan. 1998
Victoria, B.C.
American-born composer
Weigl, Bruno16 Jun. 1881
25 Sep. 1938
Czech composer
Weigl, Joseph
28 Mar. 1766
3 Feb. 1846
Vienna, Austria
a composer and conductor. He studied music under Johann Georg Albrechtsberger and Antonio Salieri. He became Kapellmeister at the court theatre in Vienna in 1792, and from 1827 to 1838 was vice-Kapellmeister of the court. He composed a number of operas, both Italian and German, most of them comic, although most of his late works are pieces of sacred music
Weigl, Joseph Franz
17401820the principal cellist in the orchestra of the Esterházy family, he played under the directorship of Joseph Haydn, who also was godfather to the cellist's son (Joseph Weigl), and it is thought that Haydn wrote his cello concerto in C major (Hob. VIIb/1) for him
Weigl, Karl
6 Feb. 1882
Vienna, Austria
11 Aug. 1949
New York, USA
the Austrian composer Karl Weigl immigrated to the United States in 1938
Weigl, Thaddäus8 Apr. 177629 Feb. 1844
Austrian composer
Weiland, Douglas
16 Apr. 1954
Malvern, Worcestershire, England
 Weiland has worked as a full-time composer in the UK since 1990. His output includes commissioned works for Neville Marriner & The Academy of St Martin-in-the-fields, Altenberg Trio Wien, Australian Quartet (1985-89), Marie-Noelle Kendall, Academy SMF Ensemble & Andrew Marriner and Steven Isserlis. He is currently working on a Triple Concerto for Marriner/ASMF/Altenberg Trio and, as part of the post of Composer-in-Residence at the Norfolk & Norwich Music Club UK, his Third Quartet for the Janacek Quartet. Prior to 1990 his career had been also that of a violinist, based mainly in London and which culminated in five years as a founder member of William Hennessy's Australian Quartet, from 1985-90
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Weill, Kurt (Julian)
2 Mar. 1900
Dessau, Germany
3 Apr. 1950
New York, USA
in his obituary Virgil Thomson identified Weill as "the most original single workman in the whole musical theatre, internationally considered, during the last quarter century... Every work was a new model, a new shape, a new solution to dramatic problems."
Weimar, Georg Peter16 Dec. 1734
Stotternheim, nr. Erfurt
19 Dec. 1800
German composer
Weinberg, Jacob 7 Jul. 1879
Odessa, Ukraine
2 Nov. 1956
New York
Ukraine-born composer
Weinberg, Moisei (see Vainberg, Moisei)   
Weinberger, Jaromir8 Jan. 1896
8 Aug. 1967
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Czech-born composer
Weiner, Lazar27 Oct. 1897
Cherkassy, nr. Kiev
10 Jan. 1982
New York, USA
Russian-born composer
Weiner, Leó16 Apr. 1885
13 Sep. 1960
Hungarian composer
Weinert (or Wainert, Wajnert, Wejnert, Veinert), Antoni2 Jun. 1751
18 Jun. 1850
Warsaw, Poland
Bohemian composer
Weingartner, (Paul) Felix, Edler von Münzberg2 Jun. 1863
Zara, Dalmatia
7 May 1942
Dalmatian composer
Weinzierl, Max, Ritter von (16.9.1841 Bergstadtl, Cechy - 10.7.1898 Mödling, c. Wien) 
Weinzweig, John (Jacob)
11 Mar. 1913
Toronto, Canada
24 Aug. 2006
Toronto, Canada
Canadian composer, teacher and adminstrator who was for decades a tireless crusader on behalf of his fellow composers and of modern music in Canada. The "dean of Canadian classical composing", he was, in 1951, the first President of the Canadian League of Composers
Weir, Judith11 May 1954
Aberdeen, Scotland
 Scottish composer, Master of the Queen's Music since June 2014
Weis (or Weiss), Karel13 Feb. 1862
4 Apr. 1944
Czech composer
Weisgall, Hugo (David)13 Oct. 1912
Ivancice, nr. Brno
11 Mar. 1997
Manhasset, N.Y., USA
Czech-born composer
Weismann, Julius26 Dec. 1879
Freiburg im Breisgau
22 Dec. 1950
Singen am Hohentweil, Bodensee
German composer
Weiss, Charles A. 1935organist in Chicago who published a Christmas Suite for organ, a Sonata for organ in g minor (1925) and some Chorale Preludes
Weiss, Raphael10 Mar. 1713
Wangen, Allgau
28 Oct. 1779
German composer
Weiss, Sylvius Leopold
16861750lutenist and composer, Weiss's first professional appointment was to the Prince of Poland in Rome (1708-1714). After 1717, Weiss served as a chamber musician in the royal court at Dresden with Pisendel, Hasse, Porpora, Lotti and Gluck. Generally acclaimed to have been the greatest lutenist of all time, Weiss and fellow lutanist, Johann Kropffgans, visited Bach in 1739. Weiss was known as a great improvisor (that is until his thumb was nearly bitten off by an enraged French violinist), and it is reported that on one occasion Weiss engaged Bach in a friendly improvisation contest
Weissheimer, Wendelin26 Feb. 1838
Osthofen, Alsace
16 Jun. 1910
German composer from Alsace
Weitzmann, Carl Friedrich10 Aug. 1808
7 Nov. 1880
German composer
Welcher, Dan 2 Mar. 1948
Rochester, N.Y., USA
 American composer
Weldon, John19 Jan. 1676
Chichester, England
7 May 1736
London, England
English organist and composer
Welffens, Peter7 May 1924
Anvers, Belgium
 Belgian composer, conductor and teacher
Welin, Karl-Erik (Vilhelm)31 May 1934
 Swedish composer
Wellesz, Egon (Joseph)21 Oct. 1885
Vienna, Austria
9 Nov. 1974
Oxford, England
Austrian-born composer
Welmers, Jan
Jan 1937
Zuidlaren, The Netherlands
 Dutch organist and composer
Welsh, Thomasc.1780
Wells, England
24 Jan. 1848
Brighton, England
English composer
Wemyss, Lady Margaret1630
lutenist. Several tunes such as My Lady Binnis Lilt that appear in her book, Wemyss ms. (1643-4) material collected by or for her, are also to be found in the Balcarres manuscript indicating that these remained favourites with Scottish lute players throughout the century. The lute tablature section contains two ports, one is Port Robart, and Ruairi Dall O'Cathain's Da Mihi Manum
Wengler, Marcel
 conductor and composer, for many years assistant to Hans Werner Henze
Wendland, Waldemar10 May 1873
15 Aug. 1947
German composer
Wenick, Georges-Henric.1718
Visé, Belgium
Cassino, Italy
Belgian composer
Wennäkoski, Lotta
8 Feb. 1970
Helsinki, Finland
 Wennäkoski's lyrical approach shows in the titles of her works such as Läike (1994), Vaie (1995) and Veno (2000), which can be loosely translated as Ripple, Silence and Boat, respectively; they are all relatively minor works for chamber ensemble
Wensley, Frances Fosterfl. 1828 composed A set of Six Songs and Variations of God Save the Queen, (pub. 1823, England)
Wenzel, Leopold23 Jan. 1847
Naples, Italy
21 Aug. 1923
Asnières, nr. Paris, France
Italian-born composer
Werba, Erik23 Jun. 1918
Baden, nr. Vienna
 Austrian composer
Werder, Felix22 Feb. 1922
Berlin, Germany
 German composer
Werle, Lars Johan23 Jun. 1926
 Swedish composer
Werrecore, Matthias Hermannfl. early 16th centuryafter 1574Flemish composer possibly born in Warcoing
Wert, Giaches (Jacques, Jachet, Jacob) de
Weert, The Netherlands
6 May 1596
Mantua, Italy
Franco-Flemish composer active in Italy. He was one of the leaders in developing the style of the late Renaissance madrigal
Wéry Nicolas-Lambert9 May 1789
Huy, Belgium
6 Oct. 1867
Bande, Luxemburg
Belgian composer, violinist and teacher
Werzlau, Joachim5 Aug. 1913
Leipzig, Germany
 German composer
Wesley, Charles
28 Dec. 1707
Epworth, Lincolnshire, England
29 Mar. 1788
London, England
brother of John Wesley, English Methodist preacher and hymnist whose works include Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Wesley, Garret Colley (1st Earl of Mornington)
19 Jul. 1735
Dangan Castle, Co. Meath, Ireland
22 May 1781
the son of the first Baron Mornington, he became the second Baron Mornington on his father’s death, becoming in due course the Earl of Mornington. As a child he was extremely precocious - and not just as a musician. Mrs. Delany (Mary Granville) writing in a letter dated 15th August 1748: "He was thirteen last month, he is a very good scholar and whatever study he undertakes he masters it most surprisingly. He began with the fiddle last year, he now plays every thing at sight; he understands fortification, building of ships and has more knowledge than I ever met with in one so young." He also played the organ and harpsichord. He was self-taught as a composer and when he approached Francesco Geminiani and Thomas Roseingrave for lessons they told him that he already knew all that they could teach him. He became the first professor of music at Trinity College, Dublin in 1764. Among his pupils there was Richard Woodward. A point of non-musical interest is that one of Mornington’s sons was the first Duke of Wellington who used an alternative spelling of the family name, Wellesley [additional material prompted by Ton Meijer]
Wesley, Samuel
24 Feb. 1766
Bristol, England
11 Oct. 1837
London, England
son of hymnist Charles Wesley, Samuel is known mainly as a composer and organist. His wrote his first oratorio, Ruth, at age 8. A highly regarded musician in his time, he nevertheless enjoyed little financial success. He was a great admirer of Bach, and was one of the leaders in the Bach revival movement in England
Wesley, Samuel Sebastian
14 Aug. 1810
London, England
19 Apr. 1876
Gloucester, England
son of Samuel Wesley, English organist and church music composer particularly of anthems
Wesley-Smith, Martin10 Jun. 1945
Adelaide, Australia
 Australian composer
Wessely, Carl Bernhard1 Sep. 1768
Berlin, Germany
11 Jul. 1826
German composer
Wessely (or Veselý), Johann (Paul) (Jan Pavel)24 Jun. 1762
1 Jun. 1810
Czech composer
Wessman, Harri
29 Mar. 1949
 his musical career began in the famous Tapiola Choir and orchestra directed by Erkki Pohjola. Later Wessman studied musicology and languages in Helsinki University and composition under Joonas Kokkonen at the Sibelius Academy. His output shows a composer who leans heavily on Romantic sentiment and intimate lyricism, avoiding sharp contrasts. He has half jokingly described his style as "Neo-Pathos"; he emphasizes that "a composition is above all a psychological message to another person"
Westenholz, Eleanor Sophia Maria (née Fritscher)10 Jul. 1759
Neubrandenburg, Germany
4 Oct. 1838
she had a successful career in Germany as both a singer and a piano virtuoso. She married and gave birth to eight children. After her retirement in 1821, she performed her own music for the Schwerin court
Westergaard, Peter (Talbot)28 May 1931
Champaign, Ill., USA
 American composer
Westerhout, Nicola (Niccolò) van 17 Dec. 1857
Mola di Bari
21 Aug. 1898
Naples, Italy
Italian composer
Westerlinck, Wilfried
3 Oct. 1945
Leuven, Belgium
 studied oboe and harmony at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with Louis van Deyck and Victor Legley respectively, complementing this with lessons in orchestral conducting (Daniël Sternefeld), music analysis and studies in form (August Verbesselt) at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. From 1970 to 1983, he remained at this institution as a teacher of analysis. Westerlinck also took a course in orchestral conducting with Igor Markevich in Monte Carlo. From 1968, he was mainly active with the VRT (Flemish Radio and Television), where he was responsible for the production and broadcast of chamber and orchestral music until the beginning of 2001. In the 1990s, he was a leading figure behind such radio events as The Night of Radio 3 and Radio 3 in the City. A number of his compositions have received prizes, including Metamorfose (Tenuto Prize, 1972) and Landschappen I (prize from the Province of Antwerp, 1977). In 1985 Westerlinck received the Eugène Baie Prize for his complete oeuvre
Wetherell, Eric David
30 Dec. 1925
Tynemouth, UK
 educated at Carlisle Grammar School, Queen's College Oxford and (1948-9) the Royal College of Music. After ten years as an orchestral horn player, he occupied the successive positions as répétiteur at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1960-63), Assistant Music Director to Welsh National Opera (1963-96) and Chief Conductor, BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra (1976-81). He lives near Bristol and at least two of his works reflect this
Wetz, Richard26 Feb. 1875
16 Jan. 1935
German composer
Wetzler, Hermann (Hans)8 Sep. 1870
Frankfurt am Main
29 May 1943
New York, USA
German composer
Weutz, Giulio (see Viozzi, Giulio)   
Weweler, August20 Oct. 1868
8 Dec. 1952
German composer
Weymarn (or Veimarn), Pavel Platonovitch1857
St. Petersburg, Russia
 Russian writer and composer who was active in the late 1880s
Weyrauch, Johannes
20 Feb. 1897
Leipzig, Germany
1 May 1977
Leipzig, Germany
German composer who wrote a great deal of church music
Weyse, Christoph Ernst Friedrich
5 Mar. 1774
Altona, Hamburg, Germany (then Danish)
8 Oct. 1842
Copenhagen, Denmark
Weyse moved to Copenhagen at age 16, and studied music and organ. He was the organist at Vor Frue Church in Copenhagen until his death, and was named court composer in 1819
Whelan, Bill
22 May 1950
Limerick, Ireland
 Irish composer who was asked to compose a piece for the interval of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest - the end result, Riverdance, was a seven-minute display of traditional Irish dancing that became a full-length stage production and spawned a worldwide craze for Irish dancing and celtic music
Whelen, Christopher17 Apr. 1927
London, England
 English composer
Whettam, Graham
7 Sep. 1927
Swindon, Wilts., England
17 Aug. 2007
Woolaston, Gloucs., England
English composer who was a sometime Chairman of the Composers' Guild of Great Britain and served as a director on the boards of the Mechanical Copyright Protection and Performing Right Societies. He was also vice-chairman of the British Copyright Council for some 20 years
White, Clarence Cameron 10 Aug. 1880
Clarksville, Tenn.
30 Jun. 1960
New York, USA
American composer
White, Edward19101994White enjoyed considerable acclaim with his Runaway Rocking Horse when it emerged as one of the most popular pieces of light music in the immediate post-war years. But he was to achieve even greater success a few years later with Puffin’ Billy, thanks to its use in Britain as the signature tune of Children’s Favourites, and as the theme for Captain Kangaroo in the USA. Many other White originals found their way into the recorded music libraries of several London publishers
White, John5 Apr. 1936
Berlin, USA
White, Joseph (José Silvestre de los Dolores)31 Dec. 1835 or 1837
Matanzas, Cuba
15 Mar. 1918
Paris, France
Cuban-born, naturalised French violinist who composed a violin concerto, string quartets and church music
White, Michael6 Mar. 1931
Chicago, USA
 American composer
White, Ruth1 Sep. 1925
Pittsburgh, USA
 American composer
Whitehead, Gillian23 Apr. 1941
Hamilton, N.Z.
 New Zealand composer
Whiting, George E(lbridge)14 Sep. 1840
Holliston, Mass., USA
14 Oct. 1923
Cambridge, Mass., USA
American composer
Whitlock, Percy (pseudonym Kenneth Lark)
1 Jun. 1903
Chatham, Kent, England
1 May 1946
Bournemouth, England
English organist and composer
Whitmer, T(homas) Carl24 Jun. 1873
Altoona, Pa., USA
30 May 1959
Poughkeepsie, USA
American composer
Whittle, Chris23 May 1927
Anvers, Belgium
 Belgian composer, organist, harpsichordist, pianist and teacher
Whitwell Butler, Thomas (see Butler, T. 'O'Brien' (Whitwell))   
Whyte, Ian13 Aug. 1901
Dunfermline, Scotland
27 Mar. 1960
Glasgow, Scotland
Scottish composer
Wicchel, Philippe Vanfl. middle 17th century Belgian composer and violinist
Wickham, Florence1880
Beaver, Pa., USA
20 Oct. 1962
New York, USA
American composer
Widerkehr (or Wiederkehr, Viderkehr), Jacques(-Christian-Michel) l'ainé 18 Apr. 1759
Apr. 1823
Paris, France
French composer
Widor, Charles-Marie Jean Albert
24 Feb. 1844
Lyon, France
12 Mar. 1937
Paris, France
French organist, composer and teacher, best remembered today for the Toccata from his Symphony for Organ No. 5, which is often played at the end of wedding ceremonies
Widqvist, Viktor
27 Dec. 1881
Stockholm, Sweden
22 Dec. 1952
Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish composer, military bandmaster and tubist. Important composer of marches, including Under blågul fana (Under the Blue and Yellow Flag), the official march of the Swedish armed forces. Other marches of his ouevre are Norrlandsfärger (Colours of Norrland),Fladdrande fanor (Fluttering Flags, march of the Swedish Submarine forces) and Kungliga Bodens Ingenjörkårs marsch (March of the Royal Boden Engineer Corps). His marches are known to have a rich phrasing and ornamentation, and an instrumentation that is both delicate and varied, all instruments are put to work. They have a bright Nordic tone to them, his interest for folk music showing. Himself a tubist, he usually gave his marches lovely bass solos. Besides marches he wrote other kinds of music such as a concert ouverture, a festive ouverture, an andante religioso and a large number of dance music, mostly waltzes such as Dans på logen (Dancing in the Barn). He also wrote a large number of arrangements and rhapsodies on folk music. An unknown amount of unpublished works were lost in a fire shortly after his death
[information provided by Johan Gustafsson]
Wielakker, Gerhard
Lichtenvoorde, Belgium
 Belgian composer and editor
Wiele, Aimée Van de8 Mar. 1907
 Belgian pianist and composer
Wielecki, Tadeusz
5 Jul. 1954
Warsaw, Poland
 Polish double-bass player and composer
Wielen, Jan Pieterszoon Van der164522 Aug. 1679
Gant, Belgium
Flemish composer
Wielhorski (or Viyel'gorsky, Wielhorski, Vielhorski, Vielgorski, Vyelgorski), Count Michal (Mikhail Yuryevich)11 Nov. 1788
St Peterburg, Russia
9 Sep. 1856
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer and musical patron
Wiéner, Jean
19 Mar. 1896
Paris, France
8 Jun. 1982
Paris, France
French jazz pianist, music critic and successful composer who influenced Les Six and Stravinsky
Wieniawski, Adam Tadeusz27 Nov. 1879
Warsaw, Poland
21 Apr 1950
Polish composer
Wieniawski, Henryk (Henri)
10 Jul. 1835
Lublin, Poland
31 Mar. 1880
Moscow, Russia
Polish violinist and composer. He was a violin child prodigy. At the age of five he began violin lessons and three years later was admitted to the Paris Conservatory, overcoming the obstacles of being underaged and of foreign nationality. After completing with gold medal the accelerated course of study at the Conservatory he remained in Paris perfecting his technique under the care of professor Joseph L. Massart. It was then that he met in his mother's Paris salon the two most famous Polish emigrees: Adam Mickiewicz (the poet) and Fryderyk Chopin
Wieruszowski, Lili
Cologne, Germany
1970organist and composer
Wieslander, (Axel Otto) Ingvar19 May 1917
Jönköping, Sweden
29 Apr. 1963
Malmö, Sweden
Swedish composer
Wiggins, William Bramwell (or Bram)
London, UK
 educated at Trinity College, London and the Royal Academy of Music, Wiggins was a trumpet player in the LSO (1946-57) and the Philharmonia (1960-5). He was also music master at Stowe School for some years. His works include tutors for the trumpet, various brass band arrangements and lightish suites for band
Wiggins, Thomas Greene
25 May 1849
Harris County, Georgia, USA
12 Jun. 1908
Hoboken, New Jersey
blind from birth and autistic, Thomas Greene Wiggins was a musical genius with a phenomenal memory. Even after Emancipation, his former owners kept him, in the words of the late author Geneva Handy Southall, "Continually Enslaved". His many concerts and the sale of his sheet music earned fabulous sums of money, nearly all of which went to his owners and their heirs
Wigglesworth, Frank3 Mar. 1918
Boston, USA
 American composer
Wigy, Frans23 May 1911
5 Mar. 1989
Malines, Belgium
Belgian composer, violinist, conductor and teacher
Wihtol, Jazeps (see Vitols, Jazeps Joseph)   
Wijnants (or Winant, Wynant et Wynants), Frédéricc.1572c.1597Flemish composer and singer
Wikmanson (or Wikman), Johan (Johannes)28 Dec. 1753
10 Jan. 1800
Swedish composer
Wilberg, Mack
Utah, USA
 pianist, arranger, conductor and composer
Wilder, Alec (Alexander) (Lafayette Chew)16 Feb. 1907
Rochester, NY, USA
22 Dec. 1980
Gainesville, Fla., USA
American composer
Wilder, Philip vanc.1500
24 Feb. 1553
London, England
a composer and lutenist, resident in England after 1525. He became the favourite musician of King Henry VIII of England, the lute teacher to the future Queen Mary in 1529 and the King's lutenist in 1538. He was Keeper of the Instruments at Westminster when Henry died in 1547. He achieved considerable wealth and influence as courtier to the English kings, but was largely forgotten soon after his death. Two of his sacred pieces are in the Gyffard partbooks; he is also represented in several Continental anthologies. Church music, lute pieces and In nomines survive in MS. An anonymous keyboard setting of his Je file is in Lord Middleton's Lute Book now housed in the Nottingham University Library
Wilderer, Johann Hugo von1670-1671
bur. 7 Jun. 1724
German composer
Wildgans, Friedrich5 Jun. 1913
Vienna, Austria
7 Nov. 1965
Mödling, nr. Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer
Wilding-White, Raymond9 Oct. 1922
Caterham, Surrey
 English composer
Wilens, Greta
Germany long domiciled in England and a founder member of the Composers' Guild of Great Britain, she is best known for her ballad-like song Isola Bella conceived for Tauber, and the march The Albatross
Wilford, Arthur1851
Temse, (Flandre Orientale)
22 Nov. 1926
Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium
Belgian composer, piantist and teacher
Wilgen, Van der (see Gerardus à Salice Flandrus)   
Wilhelmina, (Friederike Wilhelmine Sophie) Markgräfin von Bayreuth
3 Jul. 1709
Berlin, Germany
14 Oct. 1758
Bayreuth, Germany
Margrave Frederick (1735-63), was married to the sister of Frederick the Great, Friederike Wilhelmine Sophie, and kept court in Bayreuth. The young Margravine was active in the arts, and like her famous brother was an enthusiastic composer (for example, the operas Amaltea and L'Elliogabalo), and the Margrave had an opera-house built in Bayreuth, completed in 1747, and in its time, one of the largest theatres in the world with exceptional acoustics. She also wrote an entertaining and popular autobiography The Memoirs of the Margravine of Bayreuth
Wilkes, Josué Téofilo8 Jan. 1883
Buenos Aires
10 Jan. 1968
Buenos Aires
Argentinean composer
Wilkinson, Robert
c.14501515 or laterat Eton from 1496 to 1515, first as parish clerk and then from 1500 as master of the choristers (Informator), his nine-part Salve regina and his Apostles' Creed are the last entries in the Eton Choirbook and possibly were copied by him
Willaert, Adriaan (Adriaen, Adrian)
probably Bruges, Belgium
7 Dec. 1562
Venice, Italy
a Flemish composer of the Renaissance and founder of the Venetian School. He was one of the most representative members of the generation of northern composers who moved to Italy and transplanted the polyphonic Franco-Flemish style there. He held the position of maestro di cappella at St. Mark's Venice for thirty-five years
Willan, (James) Healey
12 Oct. 1880
Balham, London
16 Feb. 1968
Toronto, Canada
English born organist, church musician, choir conductor, teacher and composer who moved to Canada in 1913
Willaume, Albert Gabriel17 Jul. 1873
Romilly-sur-Seine, France
after 1911French biolinist and composer of works for violin
Willcocks, George Henry
18991962Willcocks had over thirty years in military bands, latterly as Director of Music to the Irish Guards, before his retirement in 1949; he then turned to the brass band movement as a band trainer and conductor, making recordings with the Black Dyke Mills Band. His compositions were principally marches, primarily for military rather than brass band
Willems, Jacob2 Nov. 1601
26 Sep. 1645
composer and priest, he was ordained deacon in Malines (1623) before being ordained as deacon in Brussels at the Archbishop's palace. He became chaplain of the Chapel of St. Basil in 1630. He was director of music at St. Donatian's Cathedral between 1632 and 1643
Willent-Bordogni, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph8 Dec. 1809
11 May 1852
Paris, France
French composer
William II of Villehardouin
 1 May 1278the last Villehardouin prince of Achaea and ruled the principality at the height of its power and influence. He was also a poet and troubadour, and the Manuscrit du Roi, containing two of his own compositions, was written in Achaea during his reign. He was fluent in both French and Greek
William IX of Aquitaine (see Guillaume IX, comte d'Aquitaine)   
Williams, Adrian
 pianist, composer and orchestrator
Williams, Alberto23 Nov. 1862
Buenos Aires, Argentina
17 Jun. 1952
Buenos Aires, Argentina
studied at the Paris Conservatoire before returning to Argentina to establish his own conservatory (1893-1941) and to work as a conductor and composer of nine symphonies
Williams, Charles (né Isaac Cozerbreit)
8 May 1893
London, UK
7 Sep. 1978
Findon, Sussex, UK
began his career accompanying silent films, then played violin under the batons of Beecham and Elgar. He provided scores for numerous British films, and his Dream Of Olwen is still remembered long after the film in which it appeared – While I Live. In 1960 he topped the American charts with his theme for the film The Apartment, although in reality the producers had resurrected one of his earlier works Jealous Lover. By far the majority of his composing skills were employed in mood music, providing hundreds of works for Chappells alone, many of them also conducted by him. Devil’s Galop will forever remind schoolboys of the 1940s of Dick Barton, while early television viewers became familiar with Girls in Grey, the theme for BBC newsreels. The Young Ballerina accompanied the famous ‘Potter’s Wheel’ TV interlude
Williams, Edgar Warren (Jr.)
12 Jun. 1949
Orlando, Florida, USA
 noted American composer, theorist, and conductor
Williams, Gene (see Wright, Lawrence)   
Williams, Grace (Mary)19 Feb. 1906
Barry, Glamorgan, Wales
10 Feb. 1977
Barry, Wales
Welsh composer
Williams, (John) Gerrard
10 Dec. 1888
7 Mar. 1947
Oxted, Surrey
he arranged vast quantities of music by seemingly everyone for almost every medium. The BBC Orchestral Catalogue alone lists hundreds of arrangements of folk-songs, folk dance tunes, popular melodies, Bach and so on. His arrangements for the BBC Military Band were similarly legion, but although he did not begin until 1911 he was a composer himself and the length and subject matter of many of his works justify us in reckoning him a "light music" composer
Williams, John (Towner)
8 Feb. 1932
New York, USA
 conductor and film music composer, winner of many Oscars
Williams, Ralph Vaughan (see Vaughan Williams, Ralph)   
Williams, Williambaptized 1 Aug. 1675
London, England
buried 20 Jan. 1701
London, England
English instrumentalist amd composer of trio sonatas for violin, and for recorder. The most enduring of his works is the Sonata in Imitation of Birds for 2 treble recorders and continuo. He also composed songs for theatre
[information provided by Alice Derbyshire]
Williamson, Malcolm (Benjamin Graham Christopher)
21 Nov. 1931
Sydney, Australia
4 May 2003
Cambridge, England
Williamson studied composition with Sir Eugene Goossens at the Sydney Conservatorium. He moved to London in 1950, where he continued his studies with Irwin Stein and Elizabeth Lutyens. He was appointed Master of the Queen's Music in 1975 - the first non-Briton ever to hold the post. The following year, he received the CBE. Honours from his native Australia came later - an honorary doctorate from Melbourne University (1982) and the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) for services to music and the disabled (1987)
Willis, Michelle
16 Nov. 1974
Idaho Falls, USA
 voice, violin and piano teacher and composer
Willson, Robert Meredith
18 May 1902
Mason City, Iowa, USA
15 Jun. 1984
California, USA
an American composer and playwright, best known as the writer of The Music Man
Wilmots, Juliaan5 Mar. 1936
Saint-Trond, Belgium
 Belgian composer, choral director and teacher
Wilson, Alexander Galbraith (Sandy)19 May 1924
Sale, UK
27 Aug 2014
composer and lyricist, best known for The Boy Friend (1953), a musical tribute to the Roaring Twenties
Wilson, Charles M.8 May 1931
Toronto, Canada
 Canadian composer
Wilson, Mrs. Cornwall Baron 1846
poet and composer who won a prize of the Melodist’s Club in 1837 and medals at Bardic festivals in Wales
Wilson, Dana (Richard)
1946 American composer, jazz pianist, and teacher
Wilson, Gerald Stanley
4 Sep. 1918
Shelby, Mississippi, USA
8 Sep. 2014
Los Angeles, California, USA
American jazz composer and conductor
Wilson, Ian
Belfast, Northern Ireland
 Irish composer who has written over seventy pieces including a chamber opera, concertos for organ, cello, alto saxophone, violin (two), marimba and piano, orchestral pieces, seven string quartets, four piano trios and many other chamber and vocal works
Wilson, James27 Sep. 1922
London, England
6 Aug. 2005
Loughlinstown, Co Dublin
eclectic composer who held the chair in composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music from 1969 until he retired in 1980. He was also active as an administrator, serving as consulting director of the Irish Performing Right Society and Irish Music Rights Organisation and as founding director of the Dublin Festival of 20th-Century Music, and he was prominent in the Music Association of Music and the Association of Irish Composers. In 1982 he was elected a member of Aosdána, the official academy of creative artists
Wilson, Richard
 American teacher and composer of some eighty works in many genres, including opera
Wilson, Thomas (Brendan)
10 Oct. 1927
Trinidad, Co., USA
12 Jun. 2001
Wilson's family returned to Scotland when he was seventeen months old and he lived there for the rest of his life apart from a three-year period in the RAF spent in France. He was educated at St Mary's College, Aberdeen. He then read Music at Glasgow University where, in 1957, he accepted a teaching post. In 1971 he was appointed Reader and in 1977 was given a Personal Chair. He consistently played an active part in the musical life of Britain holding advisory postitions in such organisations as The Arts Council, The New Music Group of Scotland, The Society for the Promotion of New Music, The Composers Guild of Great Britain (Chairman 1986-89) and the Scottish Society of Composers of which he was a founder member. Wilson's works have been played all over the world and embrace all forms - orchestral, choral-orchestral, chamber-orchestral, opera, ballet brass band, vocal music of different kinds, and works for a wide of variety of chamber ensembles and solo instruments. He was given many important commissions - Henry Wood Proms, Scottish Opera, Glasgow 1990, Scottish Ballet, Edinburgh Festival, Cheltenham Festival, City of London Festival, Musica Nova, BBC, to name but a few. In 1990 Thomas Wilson was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List and elected a FRSE. The following year he was created a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and Glasgow University conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Music upon him
Wilson-Dickson, Oliver
mid 1970s, UK since graduating in music from the University of York in 1999, Oliver has been carving a name for himself in the music world. He plays at the cutting edge of folk and world music with the bands Szapora, Mabon, the Téa Hodzic Trio and NewFolks, with whom he has toured for many years through Yehudi Menhuin’s Live Music Now scheme. He has played with these bands at venues including The Barbican, Buckingham Palace, The Purcell Room and The Albert Hall and has toured to Finland, Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Belgium, Bulgaria, the USA, Japan and Ireland. He works with other artists including the storyteller Daniel Morden, with whom he performs in the UK and abroad and will soon be appearing at the National Theatre. A fluent improviser, he has contributed many recordings from Cartoons for the BBC to CDs for Warner International
Wiltgen, Roland
Differdange, Luxembourg
 Luxembourg-born composer who lives in Paris
Wimberger, Gerhard30 Aug. 1923
 Austrian composer
Winde, Paul defl. early 16th century1598
Liège, Belgium
Belgian composer and organist
Windt, Herbert15 Sep. 1894
22 Nov. 1965
German composer
Wineberger (or Winneberger), Paul Anton7 Oct. 1758
8 Feb. 1821
German composer
Winkel, Therese Emilie Henrietta aus dem1784
1867a virtuoso harpist who published her compositions and several pamphlets on the construction of the harp. She was also a talented oil-painter
Winkler (or Vinkler), Alexander (Gustav) Adolfovich3 Mar. 1865
Kharkov, Ukraine
6 Aug. 1935
Besancon, France
Ukrainian pianist and composer
Winter, Peter (von)bap. 28 Aug. 1754
17 Oct. 1825
Munich, Germany
prolific opera composer
Winterbottom, Frank 1930a prolific arranger for band of the classical repertoire, Frank produced original compositions too, the ballets Jorinda and Phantasm and the suite Seven Ages, after Shakespeare
Wintzer, Richard9 Mar. 1866
Nauendorf, nr. Halle
14 Aug. 1952
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Wirén, Dag (Ivar)
15 Oct. 1905
Stridberg, Sweden
19 Apr. 1986
Stockholm, Sweden
his Serenade for Strings is among the most often performed Swedish orchestral works although he also wrote symphonies and concertos although these are far less often performed
Wiseneder, Caroline1807
1868instrumental in beginning the Wiseneder School for the Blind in 1860. She also invented a movable chart for the blind. Her melodramas and operas were published. Her method for the teaching of instrumental music to young children was adopted by the National Kindergarten movement established in Germany in about 1873
Wishart, Peter (Charles Arthur)25 Jun. 1921
Crowborough, England
14 Aug. 1984
Frome, England
English composer
Wislocki, Stanislaw Michal
7 Jul. 1921
Rzeszów, Poland
31 May 1998
Warsaw, Poland
Polish conductor and composer
Wisme, Nicholas defl. 16th century Belgian composer
Wissing, Norbert
The Netherlands
 Dutch composer
Wissmer, Pierre Alexandre
30 Oct. 1915
Geneva, Switzerland
Valcros, France
Swiss-born composer
Wistuba-Alvarez, Vladimir1956
 Chilian composer based in Finland
Wiszniewski, Zbigniew 30 Jul. 1922
Lvov, Poland
 Polish composer
Witherspoon, Jordan Charles
7 Feb. 1986
California, USA
 American composer
Witkowski, Georges(-Martin)6 Jan. 1867
Mostaganem, Algeria
12 Aug. 1943
Lyon, France
Algerian-born composer
Witt (or Witte), Christian Friedrich
Altenburg, Germany
3 0r 13 Apr. 1716
Altenburg or Gotha, Germany
German composer, music editor and teacher
Witt, Friedrich8 Nov. 1770
Niederstetten, Württemberg
3 Jan. 1836
German composer
Wittock, Juliaan8 Nov. 1825
Saint-Nicolas (Flandre Orientale)
26 Jun. 1880
Saint-Nicolas (Flandre Orientale)
Belgian composer and conductor
Wittassek, Johann Nepomuk August23 Mar. 1770
7 Dec. 1839
Czech composer
Wittmann, Jean-François-Marie10 Sep. 1824
Malines, Belgium
26 May 1901
Schaerbeek, Belgium
Belgian composer, librettist and choral director
Woczitka, Franz Xaver
Vienna, Austria
Munich, Germanyin 1756 he entered the service of the Court of Mecklenburg- Schwerin. He was, subsequently member of the Electoral band at Munich. He left behind him in manuscript Concertos and Sonatas for Violoncello, which were highly prized in their time
Woelf, Joseph (see Wölfl, Joseph)   
Woestijne, David van de
18 Feb. 1915
Llanidloes, Wales
18 May 1979
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer
Wohl, Yehuda5 Mar. 1904
Berlin, Germany
22 Dec. 1988
Tel Aviv, Israel
German-born composer
Wohlgemuth, Gerhard16 Mar. 1920
Frankfurt, Germany
 German composer
Woikowski-Biedau, Viktor Hugo von2 Sep. 1866
Nieder-Arnsdorf, nr. Schweidnitz
1 Jan. 1935
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Wolf, Ernst Wilhelm
25 Feb. 1735
Grossenbeeren, Germany
bur. 1 Dec. 1792
Weimar, Germany
German Kapellmeister who composed not only instrumental music and operas, but was respected also outside Weimar for his sacred works, mainly cantatas and oratorios for protestant church music. Gerber numbered him among the "most classical and best composers in every discipline“, Schubart and Reichardt held him also in high esteem
Wolf, Hanns
7 Jun. 1894
Bamburg, Germany
2 Jul. 1968
Fuessen, Germany
German pianist and organist the majority of whose compositions were lost towards the end of the Second World War
Wolf, Hugo (Filipp Jakob)
13 Mar. 1860
Windischgraz, Slovenia
22 Feb. 1903
Vienna, Austria
pianist, violinist and composer, most noted for his lieder, whose life was blighted by depression and, later, syphilitic insanity
Wolf, Maria Carolina Benda1742
1820daughter of Bohemian composer Franz Benda, a sister of composer Juliane Benda (later Reichardt) and wife of composer Ernest Wilhelm Wolf, Maria was a a harpsichordist, singer and composer
Wolfe, Julia
Philadelphia, PA, USA
 Wolfe, whose background includes theater, dance, and vocal training, approaches music composition with a sensibility that combines the best of these art forms. Regarded as one of the key voices of her generation, Wolfe's music is muscular and kinetic and experienced through the body. She creates journeys like unfolding dramatic landscapes, a music meant to be entered into by the listener, a music of "rare, strange beauty" says composer Evan Ziporyn
Wolff, Albert (Louis)19 Jan. 1884
Paris, France
20 Feb. 1970
Paris, France
French composer
Wolff, Christian
8 Mar. 1934
Nice, France
 French composer who now lives in the United States
Wolff, Hellmuth Christian23 May 1906
1 JUl. 1988
Swiss-born composer
Wolff, MaxFeb 1840
possibly Moravia
23 Mar. 1886
Vienna, Austria
Moravian composer
Wolf-Ferrari (or Wolf), Ermanno
12 Jan. 1876
Venice, Italy
21 Jan. 1948
Venice, Italy
Italian composer, particularly of operas such as The Secret of Suzanne (1909) and The Jewels of the Madonna (1911)
Wölfl (or Wölffl, Woelfl), Joseph
24 Dec. 1773
Salzburg, Austria
21 May 1812
London, England
Austrian pianist and composer who studied music under Leopold Mozart and Michael Haydn. Wölfl was very tall (over 6 feet), and with an enormous fingerspan (his hand could strike a thirteenth, according to his contemporary Frantisek Tomasek); to his wide grasp of the keyboard he owed a facility of execution which he turned to good account, especially in his extempore performances
Wolfram, Joseph Maria21 Jul. 1789
30 Sep. 1839
Polish composer
Wolfurt (or Wolff), Kurt von7 Sep. 1880
25 Feb. 1957
Munich, Germany
German composer
Wolkenstein, Oswald von
Val Pusteria, South Tyrol
2 Aug. 1445
poet, a composer and a diplomat. In the latter capacity he travelled through all of Europe, even to Georgia
Wollanck (or Wollank), (Johann Ernst) Friedrich3 Nov. 1781
6 Sep. 1831
German composer
Wollmann, Thorsten
Biberach Laupheim
 jazz trumpeter, musical director and composer
Wolpe, Stefan
25 Aug. 1902
Berlin, Germany
4 Apr. 1972
New York City, NY, USA
German-American composer whose style embrased elements from folk music and modern jazz to twelve tone technique
Wolpert, Franz Alphons (Alfons)11 Oct. 1917
7 Aug. 1978
German composer
Wood, Charles15 Jun. 1866
12 Jul. 1926
Northern-Irish composer
Wood, Christopher19111990English composer, conductor and harpsichordist who developed a special interest in composing contemporary music for early instruments. Wood studied at the Royal College of Music with Herbert Howells and Gordon Jacob and later with Sir Arnold Bax. He went on to study conducting with Bruno Walter and Herbert von Karajan and piano with Adeline de Lara, a pupil of Clara Schumann and Brahms. During the 1950s he concentrated on the harpsichord and performed and recorded extensively, being particularly associated with the Dolmetsch family
Wood, Haydn
25 Mar. 1882
Slaithwaite, Yorkshire, England
11 Mar. 1959
London, England
English composer of 15 suites, 9 rhapsodies, 8 overtures, 3 big concertante pieces and nearly 50 other assorted items; six choral compositions, some chamber music - notably a string quartet and over a dozen instrumental solos - 7 song cycles and something in excess of 200 individual songs. However he is probably remember more for just three of those vocal items (Roses of Picardy, A Brown Bird Singing and Love's Garden of Roses) and a single movement of his London Landmarks Suite - Horse Guards, Whitehall
Wood, Henry18691944English conductor, arranger and composer who founded the 'Promenade Concerts' held in London
Wood, Joseph 12 May 1915
Pittsburgh, USA
 American composer
Wood, Ralph (Walter)31 May 1902
London, England
 English composer
Woodbury (or Woodberry), Isaac Baker23 Oct. 1819
Beverly, Mass., USA
26 Oct. 1858
Columbia, S.C., USA
American composer
Woodcock, Robert16901728English marine painter and composer of recorder and oboe music
Woodfield, Ray
1931 for many years, from 1974, a teacher in the Doncaster Peripatetic Service, and before that also a Director of Music with the Royal Marines is an even more prolific arranger and composer than Sumner and his arrangements are often astonishingly inventive. His main instrument was the clarinet and his long list of compositions includes a number of miniatures for it, but he himself regards his best original works as the two euphonium solos Varied Mood (an anagram of the name of its dedicatee, David Moore) and Caprice, also for Moore, the marches Walkabout (originally written for Woodfield's student band in Doncaster) and Amsterdam a military march often played in Holland, Trumpet Eclair, a virtuoso solo item, and a Concerto in E flat, also for trumpet
Woodforde-Finden, Amy
Valparaíso, Chile
13 March 1919
born Amy Ward, Amy Woodforde-Finden was a composer of sentimental songs, best known for writing the music to Kashmiri Song from Four Indian Love Lyrics by Laurence Hope
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Woodward, Richard1743
Dublin, Ireland
1777Richard was the son of one of the Lay Vicars Choral of Christ Church and St. Patrick's Cathedrals whose name was also Richard. Richard (senior) outlived his son by 18 years. Richard (Junior) was presumably brought up in the Choir School and Choir of Christ Church Cathedral under George Walsh his predecessor as organist there. On Walsh's death in 1765, Woodward (at the age of 22) was appointed organist of Christ Church. He was made a Lay Vicar Choral there at the same time He was also made Master of the choristers at both Cathedrals or as his memorial at Christ Church Cathedral has it: "Preceptor to the Children of the two Choirs, Dublin." . In 1770 he was appointed as a Lay Vicar Choral at St. Patrick’s. In 1771 at the age of 28, Woodward received the degree of Mus.D. from Dublin University; this was during the Earl of Mornington's tenure as Professor of Music there. Woodward's Op. 3, "Cathedral Music", is his most important publication and contains much fine music; including anthems and a Service in B flat
Wooldridge, David (Humphry Michael)24 Aug. 1927
Deal, Kent, England
 English composer
Wooldridge, John de Lacey19191958English composer, a pupil of Sibelius and contemporary and friend of William Walton. On Nov. 30, 1944, and again on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, veteran Royal Air Force fighter pilot Wooldridge (91 combat missions) bathed in prolonged applause at Carnegie Hall after conductor Artur Rodzinski led the New York Philharmonic-Symphony in Wooldridge's Solemn Hymn to Victory. Earlier that year, visiting the city, the 33-year-old British officer had met the Philharmonic's music director and presented him with the score. Given the spirit of the times, Rodzinski promised the flier a performance — if he got five German kills. In August, Wooldridge cabled that the deed was done. Rodzinski cheerfully kept his end of the bargain. The war hero's work was grafted onto an all-British program featuring his more senior and accomplished countrymen Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Walton. After the War he wrote a number of film scores, His promising career ended in a fatal car accident at the age of 39
Woolf, (Sophia) Julia1831
1893won some fame through her piano pieces, an opera Carina (1888), and songs. She was the grandmother of the composer Vivian Ellis
Woollen, (Charles) Russell7 Jan. 1923
Hartford, Conn., USA
 American composer
Worgam, Maryfl. mid-eightenth century composer of songs that were published between 1745-1750
Worgan, George1802
London, England
1888English composer, grandson of Dr. John Worgan
Worgan, James1713
London, England
London, England
London organist and song composer, brother of Dr. John Worgan
Worgan, Dr. John1724
London, England
24 Aug. 1790
London, England
organist and composer at Vauxhall Gardens (1751-1761) after which he continued only as a composer (1770-1774). He composed oratorios, cantatas, songs, anthems and several keyboard works. John Worgan is probably best remembered for his playing of the Easter Hymn commonly known as the Worgan Tune (Jesus Christ is Risen Today) as well as having taught Charles Wesley how to play the piano
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Worgan, Thomas Danvers1774
London, England
1832English composer and theorist, son of Dr. John Worgan
Woronoff, Wladimir5 Jan. 1903
St. Petersburg, Russia
21 Apr. 1980
Brussels, Belgium
Russian born- later naturalised Belgian composer
Worp, Johannes
24 Dec. 1821
Broek in Waterland, The Nethlands
21 Apr. 1891
Groningen, The Netherlands
Dutch organist, teacher and composer
Worzischek, Jan Vaclav (Hugo) (see Vorisek, Jan Vaclav Hugo)   
Wöss, Josef Venantius von13 JUn. 1863
22 Oct. 1943
Austrian composer
Wotquenne, Alfred25 Jan. 1867
Lobbes, Belgium
25 Sep. 1939
Antibes, France
Belgian composer, musicologist, organist and teacher
Wouters, Adolphe François28 May 1849
Brussels, Belgium
16 Apr. 1924
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer, pianist, organist and teacher
Woyrsch, Felix von8 Oct. 1860
20 Mar. 1944
Altona, Hamburg
German composer
Wranitzky, Paul (see Vranicky, Pavel)   
Wreede Johannes (de) (see Urreda, Johannes)   
Wright, Ernest John
24 Aug. 1911
Co. Kildare, Ireland
5 Feb. 1993
Isleworth, Middlesex
commercial artist and composer
Wright, Kenneth Anthony
1975Wright devoted the years of his prime to the BBC. He was educated at Sheffield University before joining the BBC in 1922 when he became the first Director of BBC Manchester 2ZY. From there he progressed to be Personal Assistant to Percy Pitt (1923-30) and to Sir Adrian Boult (1930-37) and successive conductors of BBC orchestras, Overseas Music Director (1940-3), Deputy Director Of Music (1944-7) and Acting Director in 1947 for a time after Victor Hely-Hutchinson's death, Artists' Manager (1948-51) and Head of TV Music from 1951. After he was forced to retire from the Corporation on reaching the age of sixty (something even Boult, absurdly, had to do) Wright went into films
Wright, Lawrence
15 Feb. 1888
Leicester, UK
19 May 1964
Blackpool, UK
Leicester-born songwriter, one of the most prolific of the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to using his own name, he wrote many songs under the pseudonym 'Horatio Nicholls' and occasionally as 'Everett Lynton' and 'Gene Williams'. He also founded the UK music business newspaper 'The Melody Maker' in 1926
Wright, Mary C. (Santa Maria de los Conejos)
6 Jun. 1960
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
 the greater part of Mary Wright's compositional output is instrumental chamber music. By not aligning herself with any particular aesthetic "camp", she has maintained a unique and original voice. Nevertheless, her frequent subtle references to vernacular music and the use of theatrical elements have enabled her to appeal to a diverse audience
Wrighten (née Matthews), Mrs. Mary Annc. 17511796soprano and composer of songs
Wüerst, Richard (Ferdinand)22 Feb. 1824
Berlin, Germany
9 Oct. 1881
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Wuiet, Caroline1766
1835novelist and composer, acclaimed as a prodigy at the age of five
Wunsch, Hermann 9 Aug. 1884
21 Dec. 1954
Berlin, Germany
German composer
Wuorinen, Charles
9 Jun. 1938
New York City, NY, USA
11 Mar. 2020
New York, NY, U.S.A.
American conductor, pianist and composer, for many years the youngest winner of the Pulitzer prize for music
Würfel (or Werfel), Václav Vilém (Wenzel Wilhelm)6 May 1790
Plánany, nr. Kolin
23 Mar. 1832
Vienna, Austria
Austrian composer
Wurm, Marie18 May 1860
Southampton, England
21 Jan. 1938
Munich, Germany
English-born composer
Würzburg, Konrad von
 31 Aug. 1287
the chief German poet of the second half of the 13th century
Wuytack, Jos23 Mar. 1935
Ghent, Belgium
 Belgian composer, teacher and musicologist
Wybo, Alfons Marie Frans28 Jun. 1849
Bruges, Belgium
5 Mar. 1931
Bruges, Belgium
Belgian composer and choral director
Wykes, Robert (Arthur)19 May 1926
Aliquippa, Pa., USA
 American composer
Wylde, Henry27 May 182213 Mar. 1890composer, conductor, sometime Professor of Music at Gresham College, founder of the London College of Music and co-founder of the New Philharmonic Society. It has been suggested by David Cairns that "Berlioz might well have settled in London, probably would have, but for the skulduggery of a certain Dr Henry Wylde, a conductor chiefly remarkable for what one observer described as his "spasmodic gyrations" and "tremulous stick", but who was a more skilful operator behind the scenes than Berlioz. As it was, Berlioz left behind him a host of admirers and well-wishers – musicians, writers, publishers, administrators - convinced of his genius."
Wylkynson, Robert (see Wilkinson, Robert)   
Wyngaerde, Antonius Van den
fl. 15th-centuryc. 21 Dec. 1499
Anvers, Belgium
Belgian musician and possibly a composer
Wynne (Thomas), David (Wynne)2 Jun. 1900
Penderyn, Glam., Wales
 Welsh composer
Wyshnegradsky, Ivan Alexandrovich (see Vishnegradsky, Ivan Alexandrovich)