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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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William Jackson [2]

aka: Jackson of Exeter
borndied
1730, May 291803, Jul 5
an English organist and composer. Jackson composed operas, as well as several odes and a large number of songs, canzonets, madrigals, pastorals, hymns, anthems, sonatas for harpsichord, and church services.
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Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

aka: Élisabeth
borndied
1665, Mar 171729, Jun 27
a French musician, harpsichordist and composer. She was one of the few well-known female composers of her time, and unlike many of her contemporaries, she composed in a wide variety of forms. Her early trio sonatas and violin/viola da gamba sonatas survive only in manuscript sources in Paris. The rest of her output is thought to have been published in her li...
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Hyacinthe Jadin

borndied
1776, Apr 271800, sep 27
a French composer who came from a distinguished musical family. His uncle Georges Jadin was a composer in Versailles and Paris, along with his father Jean Jadin, who had also played bassoon for the French Royal Orchestra. He was one of five musically gifted brothers, the most famous of which was Louis-Emmanuel Jadin.
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Louis-Emmanuel Jadin

borndied
1768, Sep 211853, Apr 11
a French composer, pianist and harpsichordist. Jadin was born in Versailles. He learned piano from his brother Hyacinthe Jadin and later worked at the Théâtre de Monsieur. His first opera was staged in Versailles in 1788. The following year he took the position of second keyboardist at the Théâtre de Monsieur. In 1792 he became a musician in the National...
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Johann Gottlieb Janitsch

borndied
1708, Jun 191763
a German Baroque composer. Worked as amusician at the court of Frederick II of Prussia, and wrote 28 quadro sonatas. Unfortunately, much of his music was lost during World War II.
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Ivan Mane Jarnovic

aka: Ivan Mane Jarnovic, Giovanni Mane Giornovichi
borndied
1747, Oct 261804, Nov 23
a virtuoso violinist-composer of the 18th century whose family was of possibly Ragusan (today in Croatia) origin. He had a European career, performing in almost all major centres including Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, St Petersburg, Vienna, Stockholm, Basle, London, Dublin, amongst others. It appears he was a pupil of Antonio Lolli and he was an acquaintance of more
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John Jenkins

borndied
15921678
an English composer, was born in Maidstone, Kent, and died at Kimberley, Norfolk. He was a long-active and prolific composer whose many years of life, spanning the time from William Byrd to Henry Purcell, witnessed great changes in English music. He is noted for developing the consort fantasia for viols, being influenced in the 1630s by an earlier generation...
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Ignacio de Jerusalem y Stella

borndied
1707, Jun 31769, Dec 15
an 18th-century violinist and composer who led the development of California mission music. Jerusalem counted a number of triumphs during this time: he modernized musical notation by cathedral copyists; he improved the quality of texts used in compositions of sacred music; he more than doubled the size of the cathedral orchestra; and he composed prolifically...
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Frantisek Jiranek

aka: František Jiránek
borndied
1698, Jul 241778
a Czech (Bohemian) Baroque composer, musician and very likely a student of Antonio Vivaldi. Only Jiránek's instrumental works have been preserved (e.g. violin concertos, symphonies or concertos). His work was strongly influenced by Vivaldi's musical style, although it has also many original distinctive elements.
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Pavel Spongopaeus Jistebnicky

aka: Jistebnický
borndied
1555 ca1616
a Czech composer of the Renaissance and early Baroque era. He worked as a teacher all his life. He took several different posts and in 1598, at the latest, he permanently settled in Kutná Hora, where he worked as an administrator of the school and also as an elder of the Latin literary choir at St. James Church. He is counted among the most prolific Czech c...
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Hinrich Philip Johnsen

aka: Henrik
borndied
1716/171779, Feb 12
an organist, harpsichordist and composer, came to Sweden with Adolf Fredrik’s royal court orchestra in 1743. Organist of Klara Church 1745, court organist 1763. Chief conductor of the French theatre company 1763?71, member of the Order of Freemasons 1757. Founding member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music 1771, archivist 1771-72. Concurrently, he taught...
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Robert Johnson [1]

borndied
1470 ca1554+
a Scottish composer and priest. Accused of heresy, he fled to England before the Reformation and may have been a chaplain to Anne Boleyn, possibly setting her lament Defyled is my name. He has left sacred compositions, some with English text, some with Latin. Of those with Latin, the Responsory, Dum transisset, in aBcB form, is written in old-fashioned cantu...
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Robert Johnson [2]

borndied
1583 ca1633
an English composer and lutenist of the late Tudor and early Jacobean eras. He is sometimes called "Robert Johnson II" to distinguish him from an earlier Scottish composer. Johnson worked with William Shakespeare providing music for some of his later plays...
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Niccolo Jommelli

aka: Niccolò
borndied
1714, Sep 101774, Aug 25
a Neapolitan composer of religious music and operas, an innovator in his use of the orchestra. He was born in Aversa and died in Naples. Along with other composers mainly in the Holy Roman Empire and France, he made important changes to opera and reduced the importance of star singers.
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Richard Jones

bornactivedied
unknown1720-17441744, Jan 20
an English composer and violinist. His pantomime stage works and ballad operas are all lost except for a keyboard reduction of the overture to The Miser and 18 pieces which are probably from the same work. His keyboard and violin suites have been noted for their wide, angular leaps and unconventional structure.
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Louis Antoine Jullien

bornactivedied
1812, Apr 231826-18521860, Mar 14
an eccentric French conductor and composer of light music. His fondness for the lighter forms of music cost him his position in the school. He brought out an opera, Pietro il grande, at Covent Garden (1852) on a scale of magnificence that ruined him, for the piece was a complete failure.
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