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In a world without recorded music, talent with an instrument was a valuable gift. But even more admired were the people who actually composed the music others would play; those so endowed could aspire to attain unending renown...and if not, at least a lucrative career.
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Francois d'Agincourt

aka: François
borndied
16841758
a French harpsichordist, organist, and composer. He spent most of his life in Rouen, his native city, where he worked as organist of the Rouen Cathedral and of three smaller churches. Highly regarded during his lifetime, d'Agincourt was one of the organists of the royal chapel. The single surviving book of harpsichord music by him contains masterful pieces i...
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Johann Peter Cornelius d'Alquen

borndied
1800, Sep 171863, Nov 27
a German composer and doctor. Johann Peter Cornelius d'Alquen decided early in addition to his musical interests to pursue academic careers. He was a doctor of medicine and surgery and practiced this profession with love and success from. But to make music and compose the desire and urge the creative side in him, gave him no peace. In addition to medical tra...
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Jean-Henri d'Anglebert

borndied
1629, Mar1691, Apr 23
a French composer, harpsichordist and organist. He was one of the foremost keyboard composers of his day. D'Anglebert's principal work is a collection of four harpsichord suites published in 1689 in Paris under the title Pièces de clavecin.
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Alphonse d'Eve

aka: d'Ève
borndied
1666, Aug 201727, Oct 10
a Flemish singer, composer and choirmaster in the Habsburg Netherlands, today's Belgium. Alphonse d'Ève was a son of Honoré-Eugène d'Ève, who was an active composer and member of the Royal Chapel in Brussels, he was educated as a chorister in the Chapel of St. Martin in Kortrijk , where he then for the musical training the boy was responsible. In 1700, h...
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Mathilda d'Orozco

aka: Mathilda Montgomery-Cederhjelm
borndied
17961863
a Swedish (originally Spanish-Italian) noble and salonist, composer, poet, writer, singer, amateur actress and harpsichordist. In Sweden, she is perhaps most known under the name Mathilda Montgomery-Cederhjelm.
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Vincenta Da Ponte

bornactivedied
unknown1770s-1780s caunknown
an Italian composer, singer and instrumentalist. As a composer, Da Ponte is known only from an unpublished set of four dances included in a collection of monferrine and composed around 1775; the manuscript is held in the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello in Venice.
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Vincenta Da Ponte

bornactivedied
unknown1770s-1780s caunknown
an Italian composer, singer and instrumentalist. She was a member of the coro, or music school, of Venice's Ospedale della Pietà during the tenure of Bonaventura Furlanetto as music director. As a composer, Da Ponte is known only from an unpublished set of four dances included in a collection of monferrine and composed around 1775; the manuscript is held i...
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Dieudonné Dagnelies

borndied
1825, Sep 91894, Jun 19
a conductor and composer who has left Belgian works for trumpet. The son of a clarinettist father, he played in the orchestra created Lobbes in 1837 by Benoit Constant Fauconnier. Later, he was hired by a glass factory in Mariemont and was able to create in 1847 the Harmony of Glass Mariemont. He became known for some works and his educational work was appre...
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Nicolas Dalayrac

borndied
17531809
a French composer, best known for his opéras-comiques. His earliest works were violin duets, string trios and quartets, but his main fame was as a prolific composer of operas for the Comédie-Italienne (later remamed the Opéra-Comique).
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Domenico Dall'Oglio

borndied
17001764
an Italian violinist and composer. Most of dall'Oglio's works are instrumental compositions, but at the imperial court of St Petersburg, in the absence of the maestro di cappella Francesco Araja, dall'Oglio was several times called on to produce music for the theatre.
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Ghiselin Danckerts

borndied
1510 ca1565 ca
a Dutch composer, singer, and music theorist of the Renaissance. He was principally active in Rome, in the service of the Papal Chapel, and was one of the judges at the famous debate between Nicola Vicentino and Vicente Lusitano in 1551.
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Charles Dancla

borndied
18171907
a French violinist, composer and teacher. Dancla went to the Paris Conservatory and studied with Baillot for violin and Fromental Halévy for composition. In the year 1857 he was made a Professor at the Paris Conservatory where he was a successful teacher for over 35 years. He died in Tunis.
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Jean-Francois Dandrieu

aka: Jean-François
bornactivedied
1682 ca1687-17391739, Feb 7
a French Baroque composer, harpsichordist and organist. Dandrieu's harpsichord writing is reminiscent of that of Francois Couperin, but with more effective use of counterpoint, which reminds the listener of German Baroque music.
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Daniel Danielis

borndied
16351696
a Belgian composer. He studied at Maastricht and was organist at Saint Lambert's Church. Between 1661 and 1681 he served as Kapellmeister at the court of Mecklenburg-Güstrow. In 1684 he became maître de musique at Vannes Cathedral.
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Franz Danzi

borndied
17631826
a German cellist, composer and conductor, the son of the noted Italian cellist Innocenz Danzi. Born in Schwetzingen, Franz Danzi worked in Mannheim, Munich, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, where he died.
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Margarethe Danzi

borndied
17681800
a German composer and soprano. She was the daughter of the singer, actress and dancer Magdalena Brochard Marchand and Theobald Hilary Marchand, director of the National Theatre of Mannheim. Danzi composed for violin and piano.
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Louis-Claude Daquin

borndied
16941772
a French composer of Jewish ancestry, writing in the Baroque and Galant styles. He was a virtuoso organist and harpsichordist. Louis-Claude Daquin never lacked for work as an organist. In 1727 he was appointed organist at the Church of Saint Paul in Paris, ahead of Jean-Philippe Rameau who was also a candidate. By reputation a dazzling performer at the keybo...
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Alexander Dargomyzhsky

borndied
18131869
a 19th-century Russian composer. He bridged the gap in Russian opera composition between Mikhail Glinka and the later generation of The Five and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
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Louis Francois Dauprat

aka: Louis François
borndied
17811868
a French horn player, composer and music professor at the Conservatoire de Paris. He played and taught only natural horn, but was also very interested in the first experiments with keyed horns. He successfully ensured the development of a distinctively French school of playing, marginally influenced by the invention of the valve horn.
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Antoine Dauvergne

borndied
17131797
a French composer and violinist, born in Moulins, Allier. He served as master of the Chambre du roi, director of the Concert Spirituel from 1762 to 1771, and director of the Opéra three times between 1769 and 1790. He contributed both as a performer and composer to the classical music at the court at Versailles. He is most famous as the composer of Les troq...
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Jean-Baptiste Davaux

bornactivedied
1742, Jul 191760s-18161822, Feb 2
a French violinist and composer. He started playing the violin and the mandolin. In 1767 Davaux went to Paris, where he quickly acquired a reputation as a renowned violinist and composer. He received a number of extra-musical public appointments and after the Revolution, he held an official position at the Ministry of War . He then received a pension and Leg...
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Felicien-Cesar David

aka: Félicien-César David
borndied
1810, Apr 131876, Aug 29
a French composer. David was caught up in the Saint-Simonian movement, for which he became a great enthusiast. The Saint-Simonians held music to be an important art, and David wrote much music for them, including a number of hymns. After the suppression of the movement in 1832, David joined with a number of adepts who visited the Middle East. This also prove...
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Ferdinand David

borndied
18101871
a German virtuoso violinist and composer. David's own compositions number about 40. They include two symphonies, five violin concertos, an opera (Hans Wacht, 1852), a string sextet for three violins, viola and two cellos, and a number of Lieder.
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Miss Davis

borndied
1726 ca1755+
an Irish singer, musician and composer, born in Dublin, Ireland. Her father was harpsichord player, and her mother was a singer who promoted her daughter as a child prodigy. Miss Davis had her debut in London on 10 May 1745. She later wrote and performed her own songs, none of which survive. In 1755 the Dublin Journal published a notice that Miss Davis had r...
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Richard Davy

borndied
1465 ca1538 ca
a Renaissance composer, organist and choirmaster. Davy is the second most represented composer in the Eton choirbook, with nine compositions including his most celebrated work, the Passio Domini in ramis palmarum or Passion according to St Matthew.
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Charles Auguste de Beriot

aka: de Bériot
borndied
18021870
a Belgian violinist and composer. De Bériot composed a great amount of violin music including ten concertos. Although these are now rarely heard, his pedagogical compositions are still of use for violin students. De Bériot's pioneering violin technique and Romantic style of composition make his concertos and etudes an important stepping stone for the serio...
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Willem de Fesch

borndied
16871761
a virtuoso Dutch violone player and composer. His works included the oratorios as well as chamber duets, solo and trio sonatas, concertos and part songs. Both oratorios were thought lost until 1980 when a copy of a manuscript of "Joseph" was found in London's Royal Academy of Music. De Fesch's music was influenced by the Italians, particularly Vivaldi, as we...
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Francois de Fossa

aka: François
borndied
17751849
a French classical guitarist and composer. He travelled to Mexico in the 1790s. He translated Dionisio Aguado's method into French and arranged for its publication in Paris. He died in Paris, aged 73.
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Jacques de Gouy

borndied
1610 ca1650 ca
a French Baroque composer of Dutch ancestry. In his writings, de Gouy mentions having composed motets and airs, yet all of his published work is lost, save his Airs à quatre parties sur la Paraphrase des pseaumes de Godeau (1650), a setting of Antoine Godeau's Paraphrases, including a long and informative preface. De Gouy only published the first 50 of the ...
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Jacobus de Kerle

borndied
1531/321591
a Flemish composer and organist of the late Renaissance. All of de Kerle's extant music is vocal polyphony, and it combines the stylistic elements of the Franco-Flemish school of the generation after Josquin (exemplified by composers such as Adrian Willaert and Nicolas Gombert) with that of late Renaissance Italian composers such as Palestrina.
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Jean De Latre

borndied
1505/10 ca1569
a Flemish Renaissance composer and choirmaster who worked in Liège and Utrecht. The best attested of works are his published chansons and set of Lamentations. In addition a number of works survive in manuscript, but some may be by other composers.
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Edmond Dede

aka: Dédé
borndied
18271903
a free-born Creole musician and composer. He moved to Europe to study in Paris in 1857 and settled in France. His compositions include Quasimodo Symphony, Le Palmier Overture, Le Serment de L'Arabe and Patriotisme. He served for 27 years as the conductor of the orchestra at the Théâtre l'Alcazar in Bordeaux.
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Constantin Christian Dedekind

borndied
16281715
a German poet, dramatist, librettist, composer and bass singer of the Baroque era. His 1657 songbook Aelbianische Musen-Lust was a large collection of musical settings of German strophic poetry, for solo voice. In 1680 the outbreak of plague caused Dedekind to flee Dresden for Meissen. In his last years he composed much less; his late work was almost entirel...
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Michel Richard Delalande

borndied
16571726
a French Baroque composer and organist who was in the service of King Louis XIV. He was one of the most important composers of grands motets. He also wrote orchestral suites known as Simphonies pour les Soupers du Roy and ballets. His works foreshadowed the cantatas of JS Bach and the Water Music and oratorios of Handel.
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Mme Delaval

aka: Madame De La Valle
bornactivedied
unknown1790s1802
an English harpist, pianist and composer. She was born into the Delaval family of Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, and studied the harp with Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz in Paris. She was employed by Johann Peter Salomon for concerts at Hanover Square in London in 1790 and played for the first Haydn concert in 1792. She was also employed by the Ashleys for concert...
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Agata della Pieta

aka: della Pietà
bornactivedied
unknown1800 caunknown
an Italian composer, singer, and teacher of music. Only two motet settings by della Pietà, a Novo aprili in F (inscribed to one "Louisa Della Sga Agnatta") and a setting, also in F, of Psalm 134 for compline, survive; only the instrumental bass part to the latter survives.
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Michielina della Pieta

aka: della Pietà, Michaelis, Michieletta
bornactivedied
unknown1700s-1740sunknown
an Italian composer, violinist, organist, and teacher of music. A foundling admitted in infancy to the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice, della Pietà received a thorough musical education from early childhood in the convent's coro, or music school; she became its principal organist and was active as a violinist in the orchestra. As a composer she was active d...
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Santa della Pieta

aka: Sanza, Samaritana, della Pietà
bornactivedied
unknown1725-17501774 ca
an Italian singer, composer, and violinist. She is known to have been a contralto soloist, violinist, and composer during the tenures of Giovanni Porta, Nicola Porpora, and Andrea Bernasconi as heads of the school. One piece by Santa, a setting of the Vespers Psalm 113 in D, survives.
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Domenico Della-Maria

borndied
17681800
a mandolin virtuoso and dramatic composer of operas. Several of his church compositions were published by Costallat, Paris, and he left many unpublished works, consisting of church and instrumental pieces, and mandolin sonatas, which, with his mandolin and violoncello, were preserved in the home of his parents in Marseilles.
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Giuseppe Demachi

borndied
17321791 ca
a composer born in Alessandria, Italy. He served as a leading violinist in the city of his birth and later in Geneva with the Concerto di Ginevra of the Societé de Musique. He also served in the employ of one Count Sannazzaro in the 1760s and 1770s at Casale Monferrato. Not much is known about his life or death. Other than the records of his birth in 1732, ...
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Christoph Demantius

borndied
15671643
a German composer, music theorist, writer and poet. He was an exact contemporary of Monteverdi, and represented a transitional phase in German Lutheran music from the polyphonic Renaissance style to the early Baroque.
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Johann Sebastian Demar

borndied
1763, Jun 291832, Jul 25
Born in the Bavarian city Gauaschach. He came from a musician family, his father was a music teacher, his brother Joseph was a violinist in the chapel of the grand duke of Würzburg. Demar studied with Franz Xaver Richter in Strasbourg and then became an organist and music teachers in Weißenburg (Unterelsaß). Later he travelled to Vienna and became a pupi...
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Helene-Louise Demars

aka: Hélène-Louise
borndied
1736 caunknown
a French composer. Her cantata L'oroscope was dedicated to Mademoiselle de Soubise of the Rohan family and performed in November 1748. The text of the cantata was printed in the Mercure de France the next year.
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Pietro Denis

aka: Pierre
borndied
17201790
a French mandolin virtuoso and teacher, and composer. He studied under Giuliano in Naples and established himself in Paris. He is best known for his compositions Sonata for Mandolin & Continuo No. 1 in D major and Sonata No. 3 for Mandolin. He also wrote a mandolin instruction method, Méthode pour apprendre à jouer de la mandoline sans Maître (method to l...
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Richard Dering

borndied
1580 ca1630
an English Renaissance and Baroque composer. Despite being English, he lived and worked most of his life in the Spanish-dominated South Netherlands owing to his Roman Catholic faith.
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Francois Devienne

aka: François
borndied
17591803
a French composer and professor for flute at the Paris Conservatory. His output comprises c. 300 instrumental works that are mostly written for wind instruments. There are a dozen flute concertos, sinfonias for woodwinds, quartets and trios for different ensembles, 12 operas, 5 bassoon concertos, 6 bassoon sonatas and 6 oboe sonatas (Opp. 70 and 71).
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Anton Diabelli

borndied
17811858
an Austrian music publisher, editor and composer. Best known in his time as a publisher, he is most familiar today as the composer of the waltz on which Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his set of thirty-three Diabelli Variations.
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Albert Christoph Dies

borndied
17551822, Dec 28
a German painter, composer, and biographer. Copying pictures, chiefly by Salvator Rosa, for a livelihood, his taste led him to draw and paint from nature in Tivoli, Albano and other picturesque places in the vicinity of Rome. Naples, the birthplace of his favorite master, he visited more than once for the same reasons. During the Rome visit, Dies also compos...
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Albert Dietrich

borndied
18291908
a German composer and conductor, remembered less for his own achievements than for his friendship with Johannes Brahms. Dietrich’s own works include an opera Robin Hood, a Symphony in D minor (1869, dedicated to Brahms), a Violin Concerto in the same key (composed for Joseph Joachim but premiered in 1874 by Johann Lauterbach), a Cello Concerto, Horn Concer...
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Nikolay Diletsky

borndied
1630 ca1680+
a theorist and composer of Ukrainian nationality, active in Russia. He was widely influential in late 17th-century Russia with his treatise on composition, A Musical Grammar, of which the earliest surviving version dates from 1677.
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Franz Anton Dimmler

borndied
17531827
a German composer and instrumentalist. He was a horn pupil of Joseph Ziwini and from 1775 was taught composition by Georg Joseph Vogler in Mannheim. From 1766 until 1770, he was a supernumerary in the Mannheim orchestra, gaining a full position of horn player in 1771; the account lists record his salary in 1776 as 100 florins, but by 1778


Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf

borndied
17391799
an Austrian composer, violinist and silvologist. His symphonic and chamber compositions greatly emphasize sensuous Italo-Austrian melody instead of motivic development, which is often entirely lacking even in his best works, quite unlike those of his greater peers Haydn and Mozart.
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Antonius Divitis

aka: Anthonius Rycke, Anthoine Le Riche
borndied
1470 ca1530 ca
a Flemish composer of the Renaissance, of the generation slightly younger than Josquin des Prez. He was important in the development of the parody mass. Surviving works by Divitis include masses, motets, Magnificat settings (a genre that was to become quite popular in the middle 16th century), and a chanson. The three masses by Divitis use parody technique, ...
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Johann Friedrich Doles

borndied
17151797
a German composer and pupil of J.S. Bach. He attended the University of Leipzig. He was Kantor at the Leipzig Thomasschule, conducting the Thomanerchor from 1756 to 1789. Doles wrote a manuscript treatise on singing which may preserve some elements of Bach's own methods.
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Charles Dolle

aka: Dollé
bornactivedied
unknown1735-17551755 ca
a French viol player and composer. Very little is known about his life. He was active in Paris and was a sought-after teacher of viol. His music, all of which involves the viol in some way, was influenced by Marin Marais (whose death the composer commemorated in a tombeau) and Italian style, which is most prominent in Dollé's late works (although they retai...
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Gaetano Donizetti

borndied
17971848
an Italian composer. Along with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, Donizetti was a leading composer of the bel canto opera style during the first half of the nineteenth century. Altogether, he composed about 75 operas, 16 symphonies, 19 string quartets, 193 songs, 45 duets, 3 oratorios, 28 cantatas, instrumental concertos, sonatas, and other chamber pie...
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Heinrich Dorn

borndied
18041892
a German conductor, composer, and journalist. He was born in Königsberg (now known as Kaliningrad), where he studied piano, singing, and composition. Later, he studied in Berlin with Ludwig Berger, Bernhard Klein, and Carl Friedrich Zelter. His first opera, Rolands Knappen, was produced in 1826, and was a success. Around this time, he became co-editor of th...
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Louis-Antoine Dornel

borndied
16851765
a French composer, harpsichordist, organist and violinist, who lived in Paris. Dornel's works for harpsichord and for organ were well regarded at the time. We know little more about the rest of his career, other than that his last surviving organ manuscript is dated 1756.
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Friedrich Dotzauer

aka: Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer
borndied
1783, Jan 201860, Mar 6
a German cellist and composer. He received his first cello lessons from the court trumpeter, and, having chosen cello as his instrument, he went on to study with various other teachers, and eventually found his way into the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and then the Dresden Court Orchestra, where he remained until he retired in 1850 at 67, ten years before h...
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Frantisek Doubravsky

aka: František Doubravský
borndied
17901867
a Czech composer, choirmaster and organist. Františrk Doubravský was a prolific composer of classicist era. The list of works content ten basic groups, from which the most number represent composition of sacred music, above all masses.
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John Dowland

borndied
15631626, Feb
an English Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer. He is best known today for his melancholy songs such as "Come, heavy sleep" (the basis for Benjamin Britten's Nocturnal), "Come again", "Flow my tears", "I saw my Lady weepe" and "In darkness let me dwell", but his instrumental music has undergone a major revival, and with the 20th century's Early music ...
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Paghtasar Dpir

borndied
1683, Jun 71768
A leading figure during the revitalization period of Armenian culture as a poet, musician, scientist, printer, and a luminary of national and educational movements. Dpir’s musical creativity is clearly influenced by traditional troubadour, religious, as well as contemporary eastern and minstrel music. For his secular and especially for his love songs, he b...
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Felix Draeseke

borndied
18351913
a composer of the "New German School" admiring Liszt and Richard Wagner. He wrote compositions in most forms including eight operas and stage works, four symphonies, and much vocal and chamber music.
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Domenico Dragonetti

borndied
17631846
an Italian double bass virtuoso and composer with a 3 string double bass. When he left for London in 1795, Dragonetti left many papers and manuscripts, including a Complete system of the double bass, or instruction book for that instrument, containing many elaborate exercises and studies, in the care of a friend. Unfortunately, they were sold and could not b...
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Cornelius Heinrich Dretzel

borndied
1697, Sep1775, May 7
a German organist and composer. He was born in Nuremberg, where he appears to have spent his whole life in various organists' posts. He may have studied with J.S. Bach in Weimar (1716–1717), and his compositions reveal points of contact with Bach. They include a concerto for harpsichord solo, perhaps modelled on the Italian Concerto; this solo concerto was...
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Alexander Dreyschock

borndied
18181869
a Czech pianist and composer. When he made his Paris debut in 1843 he included a piece for the left hand alone. Dreyschock's left-hand was renowned, and his most famous technical stunt was to play the left-hand arpeggios of Chopin's Revolutionary Étude in octaves.
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Annette von Droste-Hulshoff

aka: Droste-Hülshoff
borndied
1797, Jan 10/121848, May 24
a 19th-century German writer and composer. She was one of the most important German poets and author of the novella Die Judenbuche. She composed poetry, but not prolifically. The collection appeared in 1838 in a print-run of 500 copies, of which only 74 were sold. Droste found the failure of her book "humiliating." Droste received early instruction in piano ...
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Georg Druschetzky

aka: Jigí Družecký
borndied
17451819
a Czech composer, oboist, and timpanist. It is believed he started writing music in the 1770s, most of it for his band. He also wrote chamber music and music for orchestra, including 27 Symphonies and Concertos for various instruments. A couple of his operas survive, but one suite of incidental music and a ballet are lost.
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Edouard Du Puy

aka: Édouard
borndied
17701822
a Swiss-born singer, composer, director, and violinist. He lived and worked in Copenhagen and Stockholm from 1793 until his death in 1822. His compositions were popular, especially the singspiel Youth and Folly, and a number of songs written for various plays.
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Pauline Duchambge

borndied
17781858
a French pianist and composer. Antoinette-Pauline de Montet was born into a wealthy family in Martinique, West Indies. She lived for a while in a convent but left in 1792 and married the Baron Duchambge in 1796. Both her parents died in 1798. She and her husband later divorced and she supported herself as a musician and composer.
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Francois Dufault

aka: François
borndied
1604 ca1672 ca
a French lutenist and composer. From his works has survived a collection of twelve lute compositions in tablature besides a few individual works in manuscript or other compilations. His works are written with a lot of harmonic freedom and nearly in an improvisatory style.
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Philipp Dulichius

borndied
15621631
a German composer. He was a teacher at the Marienkirche in Stettin and at the court of the Pomeranian Duke. In 1630 he retired after 43 years of service, and he died in Stettin. Philip Dulichius composed 232 motets, which were highly appreciated at his time and earned him the nickname of the Pomeranian Lassus.
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Pierre Dumage

borndied
16741751
a French Baroque organist and composer. His first music teacher was most likely his father, organist of the Beauvais Cathedral. In 1710 Dumage was appointed titular organist of the Laon Cathedral. Due to strained relations with his superiors in the cathedral chapter, Dumage left in 1719, at the age of 45, and became a civil servant. Dumage's only surviving w...
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Henri Dumont

aka: Du Mont, Henry de Thier
borndied
16101684
a Southern-Netherlandisch composer. With the exception of a few songs and the instrumental pieces in the 1657 Meslanges, Dumont was a composer of religious music. His output includes nearly a hundred Petits Motets, the principal French genre of his time; his illustrious successors were Jean-Baptiste Lully and François Couperin. Du Mont was the first to publ...
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Egidio Duni

borndied
17081775
an Italian composer who studied in Naples and worked in Italy, France and London, writing both Italian and French operas. His first success was with the opera Nerone presented at the Rome Carnival in 1735. Thereafter he was in London (Demofoonte, 1737), returning to Italy where he eventually became maestro di cappella in Parma in 1749.
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Jacques Duphly

borndied
17151789
a French harpsichordist and composer. He published four volumes of harpsichord music in 1744, 1748, 1756 and 1768. The last book contained La Pothouin. He was considered by Pascal Taskin, the harpsichord maker, to be one of the best teachers in Paris.
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Jean-Louis Duport

borndied
17491819
a cellist, pedagogue, and composer), sometimes known as Duport the Younger to distinguish him from his older brother (and teacher) Jean-Pierre. He is perhaps best known today for his 21 études for solo cello that constitute the final part of the "Essai sur le doigté du violoncelle et sur la conduite de l'archet" ("Essay on the fingering of the violoncello ...
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Jean-Pierre Duport

borndied
17411818
a cellist and composer of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Along with his brother, Jean-Louis Duport (also a cellist), he was active in the musical life of France and Germany. Jean-Pierre was the son of a dancing master, and a student of the founder of the French school of cello playing Martin Berteau
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Thomas Sanders Dupuis

borndied
17331796
a composer and organist of French extraction, born in London. He succeeded William Boyce at the Chapel Royal, and was regarded as one of the best organists of his day. His published work includes Nine Voluntaries for the Organ, performed before their Majesties at the Chapel Royal, St. Paul's Cathedral, etc.
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Francesco Durante

borndied
16841755
a Neapolitan composer. A complete collection of Durante's works, consisting almost exclusively of sacred music, was presented by Selvaggi, a Neapolitan art collector, to the Paris library. he fact that Durante never composed for the stage brought him an exaggerated reputation as a composer of sacred music. Considered one of the best church composers of his s...
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Sebastian Duron

aka: Sebastián Durón
borndied
16601716
a Spanish composer, considered the greatest Spanish composer of stage music of his time. Although Durón composed many sacred pieces, and these and his villancicos were taken to the New World, his main influence was in the zarzuela. Father Benito Jerónimo Feijoo (1676–1764) criticised Durón, compared to Literes, for the worldliness of his compositions.
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Frantisek Xaver Dusek

aka: František Xaver Dušek Dušek
borndied
1731, Dec1799, Feb 12
a Czech composer and one of the most important harpsichordists and pianists of his time. Dušek composed sonatas, variations and concertos for harpsichord and piano and several symphonies and string quartets. Dušek was born at Chot?borky, near Jarom??. He was taught the harpsichord in Vienna by Georg Christoph Wagenseil and established himself around 1770 ...
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Katerina Veronika Anna Dusikova

aka: Dusíkova
borndied
1769, Mar 81833, Mar 24
a Bohemian singer, harpist, pianist and composer. She was also known as Veronika Rosalia Dusik (Dussek), Veronika Elisabeta Dusíková and Veronica Cianchettini. She was born in Cáslav, Bohemia, and began her studies in music with her organist father Jan Josef Dusik. She later moved to London to stay with her brother, composer Jan Ladislav Dusik, and marrie...
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Jan Ladislav Dussek

aka: Duschek, Düssek
borndied
1760, Feb 121812, Mar 20
a Czech composer and pianist. He was an important representative of Czech music abroad in the second half of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. Some of his more forward-looking piano works have traits often associated with Romanticism. Dussek was one of the first piano virtuosos to travel widely throughout Europe. He performed at courts ...
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Sophia Corri Dussek

borndied
17751847
a Scottish singer, pianist, harpist, and composer of Italian descent. She studied voice with her father, composer, music publisher, and impresario Domenico Corri. Her uncle was composer Natale Corri and her cousin was soprano Fanny Corri-Paltoni. She was well known as a soprano and composer of songs.
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Mlle Duval

borndied
17181775+
a French composer who composed her first opera at age eighteen. Her first name is unknown. A letter to the Journal des nouvelles de Paris in 1736 reported she was known by the name La Légende because she was an illegitimate child, possibly indicating that Duval was a stage name, and that she was a singer and actress. A review in the Mercure de France report...
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