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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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Michael East

aka: Easte, Est, Este
borndied
1580 ca1648
an English organist and composer. He was a nephew of London music publisher Thomas East (ca. 1540–1608), although it was once thought that he was his son. East was one of the most published composers of his era; he published seven groups of compositions.
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Johann Georg Ebeling

borndied
1637, Jul 81676, Dec 4
a German composer who was born in Lüneburg and died in Stettin. Ebeling is known as editor and composer of hymns by Paul Gerhardt. He published in 1667 120 songs by Gerhardt, adding new melodies to many, writing the first melody for 26 of them. One of his tunes is "Du meine Seele singe". Several of his cantatas are extant.
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Anton Eberl

borndied
17651807
an Austrian composer, teacher and pianist of the Classical period. Besides being an outstanding composer, he was a pianist of the first rank and toured throughout Europe. He wrote well over 200 works in nearly every genre.
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Johann Ernst Eberlin

borndied
1702, Mar 271762, Jun 19
a German composer and organist whose works bridge the baroque and classical eras. He was a prolific composer, chiefly of church organ and choral music. Marpurg claims he wrote as much and as rapidly as Alessandro Scarlatti and Georg Philipp Telemann, a claim also repeated by Leopold Mozart - though ultimately Eberlin did not live to the great age of those tw...
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Traugott Maximilian Eberwein

aka: Max Eberwein
borndied
1775, Oct 271831, Dec 2
a German composer and conductor. He was a very productive composer. The number of his works goes into the hundreds. They document the stylistic transition from classicism to romanticism. His compositions include mainly operas , musical comedies, overtures, symphonies, ballets and cantatas, concert and chamber music, songs and oratorios. In his songs, he set ...
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Johannes Eccard

borndied
15531611
a German composer and kapellmeister. He was an early principal conductor at the Berlin court chapel. Eccard's works consist exclusively of vocal compositions, such as songs, sacred cantatas and chorales for four or five, and sometimes for seven, eight, or even nine voices. Their polyphonic structure is a marvel of art and still garners the admiration of musi...
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Henry Eccles

borndied
16701742
an English composer. He played in the court of King Louis XIV. However, conceiving himself neglected in England, he went to Paris, where he was admitted a member of the French King's band. In 1720 he published there, in two books, Twelve Solos for the Violin. In 1723, Eccles produced twelve sonatas for Violin and Figured Bass, most notably the Sonata in G mi...
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John Eccles

borndied
16681735
an English composer. Eccles was very active as a composer for the theatre, and from the 1690s wrote a large amount of incidental music. Eccles also wrote music for the coronation of Queen Anne and a number of songs.
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Johann Gottfried Eckard

borndied
17351809
a German pianist and composer. Eckard has two claims to historical significance: he was the first composer in Paris to conceive keyboard sonatas for the piano, and he foresaw the great vogue the piano would enjoy several years before this instrument was accepted in the salons and concert halls of Paris. Unfortunately only three works by him were published.
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Jean-Frederic Edelmann

aka: Jean-Frédéric
borndied
17491794
a French classical composer. He was born in Strasbourg but, after studying law and music, he moved to Paris in 1774 where he played and taught the piano. It is possible that Edelmann worked for some time in London. During the French Revolution he was appointed administrator of the Bas-Rhin. In July 1794 he was arrested and executed by guillotine. Edelmann co...
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Joachim Nicolas Eggert

borndied
17791813
a Swedish composer and musical director. The main part of his compositional creations are instrumental works like operas, cantatas, musical dramas and symphonies. He also composed numerous works commissioned by the Swedish Court Orchestra.
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Adelheid Maria Eichner

borndied
17621787
a German composer, singer and pianist who was noted during her brief lifetime for her fine three-octave singing voice and vocal technique. She was the only child of bassoonist and composer Ernst Eichner and his wife, Maria Magdalena Ritter. Her compositions are more effective instrumentally than vocally. As a composer, Adelheid Eichner had difficulty combini...
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Ernst Eichner

borndied
1740, Feb 151777
a German bassoonist and composer. He was highly respected by his contemporaries and achieved international recognition as an accomplished composer, bassoonist, and concertmaster during his lifetime. Eichner, however, died young and was quickly forgotten. To musicologists, he is known as a representative of the Mannheim School. His 31 symphonies and 20 concer...
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Duchess Elisabeth Sophie of Mecklenburg

borndied
1613, Aug 201676, Jul 12
a German poet and composer. Elisabeth Sophie was charged with organizing the court orchestra, and at times worked closely with Heinrich Schutz, who was appointed absentes Kapellmeister in 1655. She may have collaborated with him on arias in his Theatralische n...
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Frederick Ellard

borndied
18241874
a member of an important family of musicians who lived and worked in the Australian colonies. He produced a large oeuvre of compositions. He probably arrived in Australia in 1832 with his father Francis Ellard, who established a prominent publishing, music, instrument, and ticket selling business in Sydney. Frederick Ellard arrived in Melbourne in 1840, and ...
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John Lodge Ellerton

borndied
18011873
an English composer of classical music. Ellerton was born in Cheshire with the name of John Lodge. Between 1829 and 1831 he studied under Pietro Terziani (de) in Rome, where he wrote 7 operas in Italian. In 1837 he adopted the name of Ellerton.
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Jozef Elsner

aka: Józef
borndied
17691854
a composer, music teacher, and music theoretician, active mainly in Warsaw. He was one of the first composers in Poland to weave elements of folk music into his works. Elsner composed many symphonic, chamber, solo, and vocal-instrumental works, and works for the stage, including over 100 religious works (masses, offertorios, oratorios, cantatas), eight symp...
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Juan del Encina

aka: Juan del Enzina, Juan de Fermoselle
borndied
1468, Jul 121529/30
a composer, poet and playwright, often called the founder, along with Gil Vicente, of Spanish drama. His name at birth was Juan de Fermoselle. His Cancionero is preceded by a prose treatise (Arte de trobar) on the condition of the poetic art in Spain. His fourteen dramatic pieces mark the transition from the purely ecclesiastical to the secular stage.
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Johann Samuel Endler

borndied
1694, Jul 261762, Apr 23
a German composer and Kapellmeister in Darmstadt. The first evidence of Endler's appearance as a musician exists from the year 1720. On Ascension Day and Sunday Exaudi he led the church music at the Leipzig New Church. 1721 he took over from Johann Friedrich Fasch founded II. ordinaire Collegium Musicum before 1723 probably at the suggestion of Christoph Gra...
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Philipp Heinrich Erlebach

borndied
16571714
a German Baroque composer. His compositions include orchestral and chamber music, operas, cantatas, Masses and oratorios. Erlebach was a prolific composer, but most of his works (over 1000 compositions), which had been acquired by the court from Erlebach's widow after his death, were destroyed in 1735 during a fire in Rudolstadt.
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Pasquale Errichelli

borndied
17301785
an Italian composer and organist based in the city of Naples. Trained at the Conservatorio della Pietà dei Turchini, his compositional output consists of 7 operas, 2 cantatas, 1 symphony, 3 sonatas, several concert arias, and the oratorio Gerosolina protetta. He was for many years the organist at the Cattedrale di Napoli.
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Thomas Erskine

aka: 6th Earl of Kellie
borndied
17321781
a British musician and composer whose considerable talent brought him international fame and his rakish habits notoriety, but nowadays is little known. Recent recordings of his surviving compositions have led to him being re-evaluated as one of the most important British composers of the 18th century, as well as a prime example of Scotland's music.
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Juan Pedro Esnaola

borndied
18081878
the most important Argentine composer from the first half of the nineteenth century. He is remembered as the arranger of the Argentine National Anthem. Esnaola cultivated most of the living genres in the Buenos Aires of his days, in a personal style based upon Mozart, Haydn, and more
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Margaret Essex

borndied
17751807
an English composer of chamber and vocal music. Timothy Essex was her brother. An example of her compositions is "The Butterfly", published in The first solos: songs by women composers. Volume I.
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Joao Rodrigues Esteves

aka: João Frederico Ludovice
borndied
17001751
a composer of religious music. João Rodrigues Esteves’ surviving works number close to 100. His manuscripts are all housed in Portuguese libraries, mostly in the Lisbon Cathedral archive. He is first mentioned in 1719 when he was brought to Rome under King João V in order to study with composer Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni. By 1726 he was back in Portugal. In...
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Kaspar Ett

borndied
17881847
a German composer and organist. In 1816 became the court organist at St. Michael's Church. Ett is also credited in the revival of choral music from the 16th to the 18th century. He composed for the Catholic Church, but also works for Greek Orthodox and Jewish worship. He was the music teacher of King more
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Joseph Leopold Eybler

borndied
17651846
an Austrian composer and contemporary of Mozart. Eybler's main compositions were sacred music, including oratorios, masses, cantatas, offertories, graduals, and his requiem. His other works include an opera, instrumental music (especially his string quintets), and songs.
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