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Juan Bautista Cabanilles

borndied
16441712
a Spanish organist and composer at Valencia Cathedral. He is considered by many to have been the greatest Spanish Baroque composer, and has been called the Spanish Bach. Many of Cabanilles's compositions are virtuosic and advanced for their time, but generally, he is in the Spanish tradition of keyboard music following 16th century patterns.
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Antonio de Cabezon

aka: Cabezón
borndied
15101566
a Spanish Renaissance composer and organist. Blind from childhood, he quickly rose to prominence as performer and was eventually employed by the royal family. He was among the most important composers of his time and the first major Iberian keyboard composer.
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Francesca Caccini

aka: La Cecchina
borndied
15871641
an Italian composer, singer, lutenist, poet, and music teacher of the early Baroque era. She was also known by the nickname "La Cecchina" She was the first woman to compose opera and probably the most prolific woman composer of her time.
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Giulio Caccini

borndied
1551, Oct 81618, Dec
an Italian composer, teacher, singer, instrumentalist and writer of the very late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. He was one of the founders of the genre of opera, and one of the single most influential creators of the new Baroque style. He was also the father of the composer Francesca Caccini.
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Pasquale Cafaro

aka: Cafariello
borndied
1715/161787
an Italian composer who was particularly known for his operas and the significant amount of sacred music he produced, including oratorios, motets, and masses. He was also called Cafariello. Among his operatic works are Disfatta di Dario and L'Olimpiade.
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Louis de Caix d'Hervelois

borndied
1670 ca1760 ca
a French composer of chamber music. Caix's tuneful, graceful music is firmly in the French tradition of character pieces in dance suites. It is among the most idiomatic music written for the viol, its apparent simplicity deepening when interpreted in the light of the traditions of French viol performance practice.
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Antonio Caldara

borndied
1670/711736
an Italian Baroque composer. He composed many operas, cantatas, and oratorios, other sacred and secular vocal music, and chamber works. His canons were especially popular.
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Antonio Calegari

borndied
17571828
an Italian baroque composer. His oratorio La risurrezione di Lazzaro 1779, was recorded under Filippo Maria Bressan in 2000. He is to be distinguished from three other composers called Calegari from Padua; Father Francesco Antonio Calegari (d.1742), and Giuseppe Calegari, composer of a Betulia liberata (1771). and his own nephew Luigi Antonio Calegari.
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Luigi Antonio Calegari

borndied
17801849
an Italian opera composer, born in Padua. He was nephew of Antonio Calegari (1757–1828) and possibly related to other composers in the Padua Calegari family; Father Francesco Antonio Calegari (1656–1742), and Giuseppe Calegari, composer of a Betulia liberata (1771). He died in Venice.
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John Baptiste Calkin

borndied
18271905
an English composer, organist and music teacher. As a composer, Calkin essayed many forms, but his sacred music is best known, especially his morning and evening services. He wrote much for the organ, including numerous transcriptions, and he scored many string arrangements, as well as original sonatas and duos.
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Sethus Calvisius

borndied
1556, Feb 211615, Nov 24
a German music theorist, composer, chronologer, astronomer, and teacher of the late Renaissance. He published a book on music, Melodiae condendae ratio (Erfurt, 1592). He composed choral pieces including Unser Leben währet siebzig Jahr. Calvisius was also a significant astronomer: in his Opus Chronologicum (Leipzig, 1605, 7th ed. 1685) he expounded a system...
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Giuseppe Cambini

borndied
17461825 ca
an Italian composer and violinist. During the French Revolution, Cambini wrote hymns for the revolutionaries, but after 1810, Cambini wrote less music and more essays about music, and the popularity of his music quickly declined. The large number of string quartets written by Cambini have led some commentators to assert that he had a major role in the develo...
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Placidus von Camerloher

borndied
1718, Aug 91782, Jul 21
a German composer.


Matthew Camidge

borndied
17641844
a well-known local musician in Northern England, famous for his organ playing and conducting oratorios. His compositions are solid in craftsmanship though quite conservative. He was the son of John Camdige,who was also an organist and composer and Elizabeth Camidge. Matthew Camidge was known for his brilliant organ improvisations. He organized huge music fes...
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Bartolomeo Campagnoli

borndied
17511827
an Italian violinist and composer who toured Europe propagating the 18th Century Italian violin style. He also has a number of compositions to his name.
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Thomas Campion

aka: Campian
borndied
1567, Feb 121620, Mar 1
an English composer, poet, and physician. He wrote over a hundred lute songs, masques for dancing, and an authoritative technical treatise on music. The body of his works is considerable, the earliest known being a group of five anonymous poems. While Campion had attained a considerable reputation in his own day, in the years that followed his death his work...
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Carlo Antonio Campioni

aka: Carlo Antonio Campione, Charles Antoine Campion
borndied
17201788
an Italian composer, as well as a collector of early music. He wrote music in a variety of forms, but was particularly prolific in instrumental music, publishing several sets of trio sonatas. A setting of the Salve regina is his only published work of sacred music, though he did write more sacred works.
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Andrea Campra

aka: Andrés
borndied
16601744
a French composer and conductor. Campra was one of the leading French opera composers in the period between Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau. He wrote several tragédies en musique, but his chief claim to fame is as the creator of a new genre, opéra-ballet. He also wrote three books of cantatas as well as religious music, including a requiem.
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Jean-Baptiste Canavas

aka: Giovanni Battista Canavasso
borndied
1713, Mar 251784, Jun 7
an Italian cellist and composer.


Joseph Canavas

aka: Giuseppe Canavasso
borndied
17141776
Violinist and composer.


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Amelie-Julie Candeille

aka: Amélie-Julie
borndied
17671834
a French composer, librettist, writer, singer, actress, comedienne, and instrumentalist. Contemporary discussions of her music highlight the supremacy of melody and use of simple harmonies used throughout her works. Candeille was often criticized for her vanity, and her stage works received many unfavorable reviews in the Parisian papers. Candeille composed ...
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Christian Cannabich

borndied
17311798
a German violinist, composer, and Kapellmeister of the Classical era. A composer of some 200 works, he helped develop the orchestral texture that paved the way for the orchestral treatment of the First Viennese School.
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Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi

borndied
17551818
an Italian violinist and composer. Although popular in his day, most of his music is now forgotten. The most commonly performed piece today is his concerto for double bass. Several of Capuzzi's string quintets are also performed by chamber groups.
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Michele Carafa

borndied
17871872
an Italian opera composer. He was born in Naples and studied in Paris with Luigi Cherubini. Stanford University's list of Carafa's operas shows that he wrote 29, which were performed between 1816 and 1847.
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Giacomo Carissimi

bornactivedied
1605, Apr1623-16741674, Jan 12
an Italian composer. He is one of the most celebrated masters of the early Baroque or, more accurately, the Roman School of music. Carissimi is also noted as one of the first composers of oratorios. In addition, Carissimi was important as a teacher, and his influence spread far into Germany and France. In 1637 he was ordained a priest.
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Turlough Carolan

aka: O'Carolan
borndied
16701738, Mar 25
a blind early Irish harper, composer and singer whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. Although not a composer in the classical sense, Carolan is considered by many to be Ireland's national composer. Harpers in the old Irish tradition were still living as late as 1792, and ten, including Arthur O'Neill, Patrick Quin and Donnchadh Ó Há...
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Benjamin Carr

borndied
17681831
an American composer, singer, teacher, and music publisher. Born in London, he studied organ and in 1793 he traveled to America with a stage company. Carr's best known orchestral work was the Federal Overture (1794), composed for theatrical audiences. He published many of his own art songs, and was perhaps the first American composer to set a Shakespeare tex...
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Antonio Casimir Cartellieri

borndied
17721807
a Polish-Austrian composer, violinist, conductor, and voice teacher. In 1791 Cartellieri became court composer and music director for Count Oborsky in Poland. In 1793, he returned to Berlin with his employer where his first opera premiered successfully. He then went with the Count to Vienna where he continued with further musical studies in music theory and ...
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Ferdinando Carulli

borndied
17701841
an Italian composer for classical guitar and the author of the influential Méthode complète pour guitare ou lyre, op. 27 (1810), which contains music still used by student guitarists today. He wrote a variety of works for classical guitar, including numerous solo and chamber works and several concertos. He was an extremely prolific writer, composing over 4...
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Joao de Sousa Carvalho

aka: João
borndied
17451799 ca
the foremost Portuguese composer of his generation. His numerous church works are written in a style similar to that of Niccolò Jommelli and, sometimes, Haydn. Several of his opere serie and serenatas were performed at the royal palaces of Ajuda and Queluz. Some of his keyboard music survives and is occasionally played today.
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Narciso Casanovas

borndied
17471799
a Spanish composer who became a Benedictine monk in 1763 at Montserrat, where he remained for the rest of his life. As well as sacred music, he wrote single-movement sonatas for the keyboard.
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Luigi Castellacci

borndied
17971845
an Italian virtuoso on the mandolin and guitar, an instrumental composer and the author of popular French romances with guitar and piano accompaniments. The music of Castellacci is generally of a light character, and consists for the greater part of dances, variations, and fantasies for guitar solo. He is also the author of two instruction books for the guit...
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Rafael Antonio Castellanos

borndied
17251791
a Guatemalan classical composer. His style is that of the late Spanish baroque, pre-classical, and classical periods, with frequent reference to Guatemalan folk music idioms. One hundred seventy-six of his works are extant and have been catalogued.
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Jean de Castro

borndied
1540 ca1611
a Belgian Composer. Although he has virtually been forgotten in the revival of renaissance music he was during his life second only to Lassus in his popularity according to the Antwerp printer-publisher Christophe Plantin. Despite the Spanish-sounding name Castro was a local from Liège, referred to as "nostre Castro" by the poet Etienne de Walcourt. He work...
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Charles Simon Catel

borndied
17731830
a French composer and educator born at L'Aigle, Orne. His works include a "Treatise on Harmony" (1802), several concert band works, several dramatic compositions at the National Opera of Paris: Sémiramis, Les bayadères ; at the Opéra-Comique: Artistes par occasion, l'Auberge de Bagnères (1807) ; Wallace (1817); symphonies, quartets etc.
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Emilio de' Cavalieri

borndied
15501602
an Italian composer, producer, organist, diplomat, choreographer and dancer at the end of the Renaissance era. His work, along with that of other composers active in Rome, Florence and Venice, was critical in defining the beginning of the musical Baroque era. A member of the Roman School of composers, he was an influential early composer of monody, and wrote...
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Francesco Cavalli

borndied
16021676
the most important Italian composer of opera in the mid-17th c. Amongst the most important of Monteverdi's successors, Cavalli was a major force in spreading opera throughout Italy and also helped introduce it to France. His Giasone was " the most popular opera of the 17th century".
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Carlo Cecere

borndied
17061761
an Italian composer of operas, concertos and instrumental duets including, for example, some mandolin duets and a concerto for mandolin. Cecere worked in the transitional period between the Baroque and Classical eras.
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Charlotta Cederstrom

aka: Cederström
borndied
1760, Mar 201832, Feb 22
a Swedish dilettante artist, salon hostess, and baroness. She was an honorary member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, as well as an honorary member of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. During her first marriage, she spent her days on her husband's estate in the countryside. Bored, she developed her artistic talents in various genres. She wrote poems ...
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Bohuslav Matej Cernohorsky

borndied
16841742
a Czech composer, organist and teacher of the baroque era. He wrote among other works motets, other choral works (a fugue Laudeatur Jesus Christus is cited by the Baroque Music Library as an excellent example of its kind) and organ solo works.
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Giovanni Battista Cervellini

borndied
17351801
an Italian composer and organist. Not much is known about him: he was organist of the cathedral of Ceneda since 1752 and as such it inaugurated the instrument built by Gaetano Callido for the cathedral (1780). A great connoisseur of art organaia, has left many songs stored at some libraries.


Giacobbe Cervetto

borndied
16821783
an Anglo-Italian musician who was an important classical cellist and composer of Baroque music for cello in 18th century England. His extant works include solos, duos and trios for multiple cellos with basso continuo.
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Antonio Cesti

borndied
16231669
an Italian composer of the Baroque era, was also a singer (tenor), and organist. He was "the most celebrated Italian musician of his generation". Cesti is known principally as a composer of operas. Cesti was also a composer of chamber cantatas, and his operas are notable for the pure and delicate style of their airs, more suited to the chamber than to the st...
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Michel Paul Guy de Chabanon

borndied
17301792
a violinist, composer and writer on music theory and French literature. He was elected to the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres (1760) and the Académie française (1779). He wrote poetry, elogies (notably that of Rameau), plays (including the tragedy of Éponine) and translations (adjudged by the 19th century Dictionnaire Bouillet as having "lit...
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Jacques Champion de Chambonnieres

aka: de Chambonnières
borndied
1601 ca1672
a French harpsichordist, dancer and composer. Born into a musical family, Chambonnières made an illustrious career as court harpsichordist in Paris and was considered by many of his contemporaries to be one of the greatest musicians in Europe. However, late in life Chambonnières gradually fell out of favor at the court and lost his position. He died in pov...
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Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet Charpentier

borndied
17341794
a celebrated French organist and composer. He was born in Abbeville. From 1763, he was a member of the Académie des Beaux Arts de Lyon (now École des Beaux-Arts). Then, from 1783 to 1793, he was organist at the Notre Dame de Paris. Beauvarlet-Charpentier composed sonatas for keyboard and violin and numerous pieces for organ. He died in Paris.
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Marc-Antoine Charpentier

borndied
16431704
a French composer of the Baroque era. Exceptionally prolific and versatile, Charpentier produced compositions of the highest quality in several genres. His mastery in writing sacred vocal music, above all, was recognized and hailed by his contemporaries.
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Lambert Chaumont

borndied
1635 ca1712
a Flemish Baroque composer and organist. Chaumont's extant oeuvre comprises a collection of organ music, Pièces d'orgue (Huy, 1695), and a work of piety published in 1709. At least one more collection of music is lost.
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Nicolas Chedeville

borndied
17051782
a French composer, musette player and musette maker. His compositions were intended for the amusement and pleasure of wealthy amateur musicians; the French aristocracy of the time found pleasure in playing rustic instruments while living a romantic fantasy of peasant life (before the French revolution presented a rather different perspective).
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Fortunato Chelleri

borndied
16901757
a Baroque Kapellmeister and composer. During his activity in Italy he composed mostly operas, such as L'Innocenza giustificata, premiered in Venice in 1711, La caccia in Etolia, premiered in Ferrara in 1715, on a libretto of Belisario Valeriano which was used by George Frideric Handel for Atalanta, and Amalasunta. During his time in Germany and Sweden Chelle...
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Luigi Cherubini

borndied
17601842
an Italian composer who spent most of his working life in France. His most significant compositions are operas and sacred music. Beethoven regarded Cherubini as the greatest of his contemporaries.
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Thomas Chilcot

borndied
1707 ca1766
an English organist and composer. Chilcot's unpublished music, including at least four anthems, a Jubilate, an oratorio called Elfrida and what a posthumous auction catalogue describes as "his finest pieces of Music ... never Printed or Sold", has not survived.
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William Child

borndied
16061697, Mar 23
an English composer and organist. His output of church music is understandably considerable, including a set of psalms (1639), many anthems and 17 service settings. He was often influenced by the Italian 'tastes' of his time, but also wrote anthems in more conventional English forms. Little secular music of Child survives, namely, a number of catches and ins...
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Edmund Chipp

borndied
1823, Dec 251886, Dec 17
an English organist and composer. His compositions were principally church organ music and oratorios. In 1859 he obtained a music degree at Cambridge University and became Doctor of Music in 1861, the first to obtain this degree under the professorship of William Sterndale Bennett.
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Frederic Chopin

aka: Frédéric
borndied
1810, Mar 11849, Oct 17
a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, who wrote primarily for the solo piano. He gained and has maintained renown worldwide as one of the leading musicians of his era.
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Catherina Cibbini-Kozeluch

borndied
1785, Feb 201858, Aug 12
an Austrian pianist and composer of Bohemian ancestry. She was born in Vienna and studied music with her father and also with Muzio Clementi. Cibbini-Kozeluch died in Zakupy, near Ceská Lípa.
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Giovanni Cifolelli

bornactivedied
1750s ca1764-1775unknown
an Italian mandolin virtuoso and dramatic composer whose date and place of birth are unknown. In 1764 he made his appearance in Paris as a mandolin virtuoso and was highly esteemed, both as a performer and teacher. He published his Method for the mandolin while residing in Paris, which met with great success throughout France, being the most popular of its p...
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Domenico Cimarosa

borndied
1749, Dec 171801, Jan 11
an Italian opera composer of the Neapolitan school. He wrote more than eighty operas during his lifetime, including his masterpiece, Il matrimonio segreto (1792). Cimarosa also wrote numerous instrumental works, both secular and religious in nature.
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Domenico Cimarosa

borndied
17491801
an Italian opera composer of the Neapolitan school. He wrote more than eighty operas during his lifetime, including his masterpiece, Il matrimonio segreto (1792).
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Giovanni Battista Cirri

borndied
1724, Oct 11808, Jun 11
an Italian cellist and composer in the 18th century. In 1739 he was admitted to Holy Orders but decided to pursue a musical career. From 1759 he was a member of the "Accademia Filarmonica". He was in Paris during the first half of the 1760s and his first works were published including a "Symphony" which was performed at the Concert Spirituel on 5 April 1763.
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Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari

borndied
16771754
an Italian musical composer and maestro di cappella (chapel-master) at Pistoia. He was born at Pisa. He gained his initial grounding in musical education from his father, a violinist originally from Rome who was employed in the service of the church of the Cavalieri di S. Stefano in Pisa.
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James P. Clarke

borndied
1807/081877
a Canadian composer. He was the first person to receive a bachelor's degree in music in North America. He is best known for his work Lays of the Maple Leaf (1853).
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Jeremiah Clarke

borndied
1674 ca1707
an English baroque composer and organist. Clarke is best remembered for a popular keyboard piece: the Prince of Denmark's March, which is commonly called the Trumpet Voluntary, written about 1700.
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Jacob Clemens non Papa

borndied
1510/15 ca1555 ca
a Netherlandish composer of the Renaissance based for most of his life in Flanders. He was a prolific composer in many of the current styles, and was especially famous for his polyphonic settings of the psalms in Dutch known as the Souterliedekens.
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Muzio Clementi

borndied
17521832
an Italian composer, pianist, pedagogue, conductor, music publisher, editor, and piano manufacturer. Born in Rome, he spent most of his life in England.
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Louis-Nicolas Clerambault

aka: Clérambault
borndied
1676, Dec 191749, Oct 26
a French musician, best known as an organist and composer. He was born, and died, in Paris. His Motet du Saint Sacrement in G major is one of the first French works known to have been performed in Philadelphia.
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Marie-Elizabeth Clery

aka: Cléry
borndied
17611795+
a French harpist and composer. She was probably born in Paris and became a harpist in the court of Marie-Antoinette. After her marriage to Jean-Baptiste Cant-Hanet dit Cléry, she published three sonatas for harp accompanied by violin, Trois Sonates pour La Harpe ou Piano-forte avec Accompagnement de Violon (1785).
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Gioacchino Cocchi

borndied
17201804
an Italian composer. He was particularly famous for his theatre music (he wrote approximately fifty operas). His first works were performed at Naples and Rome. From 1750 to 1757 he stayed in Venice, where he became chapel master of the Ospedale degli Incurabili (from 1752). He also taught composition to Andrea Luchesi (1756/57). In 1757 he traveled to London...
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Carlo Coccia

borndied
1782, Apr 141873, Apr 13
an Italian opera composer. He was known for the genre of opera semiseria. He wrote his first opera, Il matrimonio per lettera di cambio, in 1807, but it was a failure; however, the following year, with the help of Paisiello, his second opera, Il poeta fortunato, was well received.
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Maria Rosa Coccia

borndied
1759, Jan 41833, Nov
an Italian harpsichordist and composer. At the age of 13, Coccia composed six sonatas for harpsichord and the oratorio Daniello, which was performed the same year in the Oratory S. Filippo Neri, in defiance of a tradition that women were not allowed to attend the event.
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Stephen Codman

borndied
1796 ca1852
a Canadian composer of English descent. His known compositions all date from before 1835 and his output mainly consists of works for solo voice or vocal ensembles. Two of his songs, The Fairy Song and They Are Not All Sweet Nightingales, were published by Goulding, D'Almaine, and Co in 1827, placing them among the oldest published Canadian compositions in hi...
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Isabella Colbran

borndied
1785, Feb 21845, Oct 7
a Spanish opera singer known in her native country as Isabel Colbrandt. Many sources note her as a dramatic coloratura soprano but some believe that she was a mezzo-soprano with a high extension, a soprano sfogato. She collaborated with opera composer Gioachino Rossini in the creation of a number of roles that remain in the repertory to this day. She was als...
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Francois Colin de Blamont

aka: François
borndied
1690, Nov 221760, Feb 14
a French composer of the Baroque era. Born at Versailles as François Colin, he served as a royal musician and was eventually ennobled in 1750, his surname becoming Colin de Blamont. He was the protégé of Michel Richard Delalande and succeeded the latter as Master of the Chapelle Royale on his death in 1726. Blamont wrote motets and cantatas as well as sta...
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Loyset Compere

aka: Compère
borndied
1445 ca1518, Aug 16
a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance. Of the same generation as Josquin des Prez, he was one of the most significant composers of motets and chansons of that era, and one of the first musicians to bring the light Italianate Renaissance style to France.
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Nicola Conforto

borndied
1718, Sep 251793, Mar 17
an Italian composer. After receiving training, he debuted during the carnival of 1746 in Naples as an opera composer with The fake widow. In the following years he staged his other works both in Naples and in Rome.
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August Conradi

borndied
1821, Jun 271873, May 26
a German organist and composer. Conradi wrote eight operas, a ballet, five symphonies, overtures, and string quartets as well as dance music, songs, vaudeville sketches, farces and potpourris (which were performed in garden concerts for many years).
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Charles Crozat Converse

aka: C. O. Nevers, Karl Reden, E. C. Revons
borndied
1832, Oct 71918, Oct 18
a United States attorney who also worked as a composer of church songs. He is notable for setting to music the words of Joseph Scriven to become the hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". Many of his musical compositions appeared under the anagrammatic pen-names "C. O. Nevers,” “Karl Reden,” and “E. C. Revons.”
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Benjamin Cooke

borndied
17341793, Sep 14
an English composer, organist and teacher. He was the organist at Westminster Abbey, master of the Abbey's choristers, and the organist at the church of St Martins in the Fields. His Christmas Ode is one of his few large-scale pieces to have been revived in recent years. He wrote glees such as In the Merry Month of May, Deh! Dove?, How Slee...
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Henry Cooke

borndied
1616, Jul 131672
an English composer, actor and singer. At the outbreak of the English Civil War he was a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and joined the Royalist cause, in the service of which he rose to the rank of Captain. With the Restoration of Charles II he returned to the Chapel Royal as Master of the Children and was responsible for the rebuilding of the Chapel and the ...
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John Coprario

aka: John Cooper, Giovanni Coperario
borndied
15701626
an English composer, viol player and lutenist. Among Cooper's works are fantasias, suites and other works for viols and violins, and two collections of songs. He also penned the treatise on composition, Rules how to Compose.
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William Corbett

borndied
16801748, Mar 7
an English composer, violinist, and concert performer. The Director of New Theater (Lincoln's Inn Fields, London) from 1700, Corbett was appointed orchestra director of King's Theatre, The Haymarket in 1705 and became a member of the Royal Orchestra in 1709.
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Arcangelo Corelli

borndied
1653, Feb 171713
an Italian violinist and composer of the Baroque era. Corelli composed 48 trio sonatas, 12 violin and continuo sonatas, and 12 concerti grossi. Six opuses also are authentically ascribed to Corelli, together with a few other works.
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Joseph Corfe

borndied
1740/411820
Born and died in Salisbury, Corfe spent much of his life at the cathedral as a chorister, and as organist (1792 - 1804). In 1783 he was appointed a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and sang in the Handel commemmoration in the following year. He published a volume of church music comprising a service and eleven anthems, three sets of glees, and a Treatise on Tho...
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Peter Cornelius

borndied
1824, Dec 241874, Oct 26
a German composer, writer about music, poet and translator. Cornelius played violin and composed lieder from an early age. Cornelius's first mature works (including the opera Der Barbier von Bagdad) were composed during his brief stay in Weimar (1852–1858).
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Peeter Cornet

borndied
1570/80 ca1633
a Flemish composer and organist of the early Baroque period. Although few of his compositions survive, he is widely considered one of the best keyboard composers of the early 17th century. Cornet's surviving output is small and consists only of keyboard music: eight fantasias, two courantes (with variations), a toccata, a setting of Salve Regina, and one of ...
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William Cornysh the Younger

aka: Cornish, Cornish
borndied
14651523, Oct
an English composer, dramatist, actor, and poet. In his only surviving poem, which was written in Fleet Prison, he claims that he has been convicted by false information and thus wrongly accused, though it is not known what the accusation was. The Eton Choirbook (compiled c. 1490–1502) contains several works by Cornysh. There is also an extended and somew...
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Francisco Correa de Arauxo

borndied
15841654
a notable Spanish organist, composer, and theorist of the late Renaissance. The music of Correa is not devoid of innovation. Correa makes use of many devices unique to Spanish organ music of this period: unusual sonorities such as the augmented triad, unusual rhythmic groupings, and a notable dissonance which he vigorously defends, referred to as punto inten...
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Michel Corrette

borndied
1707, Apr 101795, Jan21
a French organist, composer and author of musical method books. Corrette was prolific. He composed ballets and divertissements for the stage. He composed many concertos, notably 25 concertos comiques. Aside from these works and organ concertos, he also composed sonatas, songs, instrumental chamber works, harpsichord pieces, cantatas, and other sacred vocal w...
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Armand-Louis Couperin

borndied
17271789
a French composer, organist, and harpsichordist of the late Baroque and early Classical periods. He was a member of the Couperin family of musicians, of which the most notable were his great uncle Louis and his cousin François.
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Francois Couperin

aka: François
borndied
1668, Nov 101733, Sep 11
a French Baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist. He was known as Couperin le Grand ("Couperin the Great") to distinguish him from other members of the musically talented Couperin family.
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Louis Couperin

borndied
1626 ca1661, Aug 29
a French Baroque composer and performer. He was born in Chaumes-en-Brie and moved to Paris in 1650–1651 with the help of Jacques Champion de Chambonnières. Couperin worked as organist of the Church of St. Gervais in Paris and as musician at the court. He quickly became one of the most prominent Parisian musicians, establishing himself as a harpsichordist,...
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Johann Baptist Cramer

borndied
1771, Feb 241858, Apr 16
an English musician of German origin. He was the son of Wilhelm Cramer, a famous London violinist and musical conductor, one of a numerous family who were identified with the progress of music during the 18th and 19th centuries.
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Elizabeth Craven

aka: Elizabeth Anspach
borndied
17501828
an author, playwright, traveller, composer, and socialite, perhaps best known for her travelogues. She was the third child of the 4th Earl of Berkeley, born near Trafalgar Square in the English City of Westminster. Very few of her musical compositions survive.
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Thomas Crecquillon

borndied
1505 ca1557
a Netherlandish composer of the Renaissance. He is considered to be a member of the Franco-Flemish school. While his place of birth is unknown, it was probably within the region loosely known at the time as the Low Countries, and he probably died at Béthune.
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Henri-Jacques de Croes

borndied
17051786
a composer and violinist from the Austrian Netherlands, nowadays Belgium. His work catalogue includes several concerto grossi, masses, chamber music and a comical opera.
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William Croft

borndied
1678, Dec1727, Aug 14
an English composer and organist. In 1724, Croft published Musica Sacra, a collection of church music, the first such collection to be printed in the form of a score. It contains a Burial Service, which may have been written for Queen Anne or for the Duke of Marlborough. Shortly afterwards his health deteriorated, and he died while visiting Bath.
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William Crotch

borndied
1775, Jul 51847, Dec 29
an English composer and organist. Born in Norwich, Norfolk, to a master carpenter he showed early musical talent as a child prodigy. His composition The Captivity of Judah was played at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, on 4 June 1789; his most successful composition in adulthood was the oratorio Palestine (1812). He may have composed the Westminster Chimes in 1793.
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Bernhard Crusell

borndied
1775, Oct 151838, Jul 28
a Swedish-Finnish clarinetist, composer and translator, "the most significant and internationally best-known Finnish-born classical composer and indeed, — the outstanding Finnish composer before Sibelius".
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Francis Cutting

borndied
1550 ca1595/96
an English lutenist and composer. during the Renaissance period. He is best known for "Packington's Pound" and a variation of Greensleeves called "Divisions on Greensleeves", both pieces originally intended for the lute.
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Carl Czerny

borndied
1791, Feb 211857, Jul 15
an Austrian composer, teacher, and pianist of Czech origin whose vast musical production amounted to over a thousand works. His books of studies for the piano are still widely used in piano teaching.
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