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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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Antonin Kammel

aka: Antonín
bornactivedied
1730, Apr 211750s-1770s1784/5, Oct 5
a composer and violinist. Kammel was born at Belec, now in the Czech Republic. He was part of the social circle of the leading 18th century London concert impresarios, Johann Christian Bach and Carl Friedrich Abel. He also performed at provincial musical festivals, leading the orchestra at Salisbury in 1771. He died in London in 1784/5.
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Daniil Kashin

aka: Daniil Nikititsch Kaschin
borndied
17691841, Dec
a Russian composer, pianist, conductor, and folk-song collector. Kaschin was born the son of a serf of General Bibikov. He was a student of Giuseppe Sarti in Bessarabia in 1788. In 1790, he performed two of his own works in Moscow with a serf orchestra; Kashin went on to direct this ensemble in the 1790s. He was liberated from serfdom in 1798, and thereafter...
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Johann Andreas Kauchlitz Colizzi

aka: Johannes Colizzi
borndied
1742 ca1808, Aug 15
a Dutch musician, composer and etcher. His first published composition, in fact a collection of songs with harpsichord accompaniment, appeared in 1766 in the German city of Braunschweig. His orchestral works were written in the Leiden years.
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Johann Christoph Kellner

bornactivedied
1736, Aug 151762-18031803
a German organist and composer, the son of Johann Peter Kellner. He wrote a treatise on music theory entitled Grundriss des Generalbasses (Principles of basso continuo), which was very successful. Most of his compositions are keyboard works in a similar galant style to his father's, with homophonic textures and clear song-like melodies.
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Johann Peter Kellner

bornactivedied
1705, Sep 281725-17721772, Apr 19
a German organist and composer. He was the father of Johann Christoph Kellner. He was appointed cantor of Frankenhain in October 1725, returning to Gräfenroda in December 1727 as assistant cantor. His keyboard music is in typical galant style, though also shows influences of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.
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Joannes Florentius a Kempis

borndied
16351711+
a Baroque composer from the Southern Netherlands. His collection of Cantiones Natalitiae for five voices was published in 1657. Similar Christmas carols by the Brussels composers Guillielmus Borremans and Gaspar de Verlit had already been published in 1660. Furthermore, a Kempis published a mass, a sequence Victimae paschalis and twelve sonatas for violin, v...
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Nicolaes a Kempis

borndied
1600 ca1676
a composer active in Brussels in the middle of the 17th century. Between 1644 and 1649, he published in Antwerp several volumes of Symphoniae amounting to 98 short instrumental pieces and eight motets. He wrote sonatas ranging from pieces for solo instrument and continuo to pieces in six parts.He was the first musician to import the Italian viol style and te...
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Abraham van den Kerckhoven

borndied
1618 ca1701 ca
a Flemish organist and composer. He was active in Brussels, working as organist of Church of Saint Catherine and as court organist, and was held in high regard by his contemporaries. A single collection of his works survives to this day, containing numerous short versets and several lengthy works for organ, showcasing Kerckhoven's high contrapuntal skill, an...
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Le Senechal de Kerkado

aka: Sénéchal
borndied
1786 ca1805 ca
a French composer. She had her first opera performed at the age of nineteen; La méprise volontaire ou La double leçon (1805), with libretto by Alexandre Duval, was produced at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on June 5, 1805.
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Ivan Khandoshkin

borndied
17471804, Mar 29/30
a Russian Empire violinist and composer of Ukrainian Cossack origin. He has been described as "the finest Russian violinist of the eighteenth century". Khandoshkin extant works comprise six violin sonatas and several variation cycles based on folk songs.
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Johann Philipp Kirnberger

bornactivedied
1721, Apr 241741-17831783, Jul 27
a musician, composer (primarily of fugues), and music theorist. Kirnberger played a significant role in the intellectual and cultural exchange between Germany and Poland in the mid-18th century. He is known today primarily for his theoretical work Die Kunst des reinen Satzes in der Musik (The Art of Strict Composition in Music, 1774, 1779).
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Johann Christian Kittel

borndied
1732, Feb 181809, Apr 17
a German organist, composer, and teacher. He was one of the last students of Johann Sebastian Bach. His teaching and composition fulfilled this aim by a restriction to simple forms which were best suited to liturgical use. He wrote some large-scale organ...
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Bernhard Klein

borndied
1793, Mar 61832, Sep 9
a German composer. Klein composed oratorios, a Mass, a Magnificat, a cantata, psalms, hymns, and motets, along with three operas, songs, and piano pieces. His conservative style of composition was influenced by Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut.
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Justin Heinrich Knecht

borndied
1752, Sep 301817, Dec 1
a German composer, organist, and music theorist. He led an energetic, busy musical life; he composed for the theatre and church, organised subscription concerts, and taught music theory, acoustics, aesthetics, composition, and instruments at the Gymnasium, which was affiliated to the Musikschule in 1806.
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William Knyvett

borndied
17791856
a British singer and composer of the 19th century. The songs he wrote proved popular. More than 35 of his compositions were printed. His unpublished works included the grand anthem, "The King shall rejoice", produced officially for the coronation of George IV, and "This is the day the Lord has made" written for the coronation of Queen more
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Karl Kohaut

borndied
1726, Aug 261784, Aug 6
an Austrian lutenist and composer of Czech descent. He is considered to be one of the last important composers of music for Baroque Lute. Kohaut wrote seven lute concertos, which are fine examples of this rare genre. Kohaut's eight masses were frequently performed at the monasteries of Melk and Göttweig.
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Servaes de Koninck

borndied
1654 ca1701 ca
a baroque composer from the Netherlands of motets, Dutch songs, chamber and incidental music, French airs and Italian cantatas. He active in a genre of the lyrical theatre pretty near to opera, the Zangspel, in which machinery, instrumental music, and theatre songs had an important share.
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Karel Blazej Kopriva

aka: Blažej
borndied
1756, Feb 91785, May 15
a Czech organist and composer from a family of musicians. Kopriva studied first with his father, the composer Václav Jan Kopriva (1708–1789), and later with Josef Seger in Prague. Then he became organist at the St. Jacob's Church in Cítoliby. He is especially renowned for his numerous concertos and fairs.
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Vaclav Jan Kopriva

aka: Václav, Urtica
borndied
1708, Feb 81789, Jun 7
a Bohemian composer and organist. He received his first musical education from his godfather Martin Antonín Kalina. He completed his studies in Prague, becoming an organist at the Crusaders' Church.His spiritual compositions have typical baroque characteristics and they employ pastoral poems and folksongs.
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Frantisek Kotzwara

aka: František
borndied
17301791, Sep 2
a Czech violist, virtuoso double bassist and composer. He is perhaps more famous for the notorious nature of his death. The only piece of his to have achieved renown is The Battle of Prague, a composition based on the 1757 Battle of Prague, in which the Kingdom of Prussia fought the Habsburg Monarchy.
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Leopold Kozeluch

borndied
1747, Jun 261818, May 7
a Czech composer and teacher of classical music. Kozeluch left around 400 compositions. Among these there are about thirty symphonies, twenty-two piano concertos, including a concerto for piano four-hands, two clarinet concertos, twenty-four violin sonatas, sixty-three piano trios, six string quartets, two oratorios, nine cantatas and various liturgical work...
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Antonin Kraft

aka: Antonín
borndied
1752, Dec 301820, Aug 28
a Czech cellist and composer. He was a close friend of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. As a composer, he wrote cello sonatas (six for cello with bass) and a cello concerto. He also wrote various duos: for violin and cello, for cello and double bass and for two cellos.
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Joseph Martin Kraus

borndied
1756, Jun 201792, Dec 15
a composer in the classical era who was born in Miltenberg am Main, Germany. He moved to Sweden at age 21, and died at the age of 36 in Stockholm. He has been referred to as "the Swedish Mozart", and had a life span which was very similar to that of Mozart.
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Johann Ludwig Krebs

borndied
1713, Oct1780, Jan 1
a Baroque musician and composer primarily for the pipe organ. His work is considered to be of excellent quality, though at the time it was old-fashioned, and excessively complex for the galant era, that espoused clarity and simplicity. Krebs’s Fantasia in F minor for oboe and organ is one of his most expressive and most famous work.
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Johann Tobias Krebs [1]

borndied
1690, Jul 71762, Feb 11
a German organist and composer. Krebs was born in Heichelheim and died in Buttstädt. He is known as a student of Johann Gottfried Walther and Johann Sebastian Bach. He is believed to be the composer of the Eight Short Preludes and Fugues previously attri...
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Peter Anton Kreusser

borndied
17651831
a German composer. He wrote many romantic airs, divertimenti, sonatas and dances for the piano forte. His Six Waltzes for the Piano Forte in which there is introduced an old German Air, 2nd set, Op. 12, was published in London in 1810. Sixteen published compositions or arrangements by him are listed in the British Library Catalog.
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Conradin Kreutzer

borndied
1780, Nov 221849, Dec 14
a German composer and conductor. His works include the opera Das Nachtlager in Granada, and Der Verschwender (Incidental music), both produced in 1834 in Vienna.
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Rodolphe Kreutzer

borndied
1766, Nov 151831, Jan 6
a French violinist, teacher, conductor, and composer of forty French operas. He was well known for his style of bowing, his splendid tone, and the clearness of his execution. His compositions include nineteen violin concertos and forty operas. His best-known works, however, are the 42 études ou caprices (42 Études or Capriccios, 1796) which are fundamental...
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Pavel Krizkovsky

aka: Karel Pavel K?ížkovský
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1820, Jan 91845-18771885, May 8
a Czech choral composer and conductor. Most of Krizkovsky's compositional output consists of choral settings of folk songs and sacred vocal music. His best known work is the cantata Sts. Cyril and Methodius.
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Franz Krommer

aka: František Vincenc Kramár
borndied
1759, Nov 271831, Jan 8
a Czech composer of classical music. His output was prolific, with at least three hundred published compositions in at least 110 opus numbers including at least 9 symphonies, seventy string quartets and many others for winds and strings, about fifteen string quintets and much sonorous, idiomatic and at times powerful music for wind ensemble, for which he is ...
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Anne-Marie Krumpholtz

borndied
17661813
a French harpist and composer. was a leading soloist and founded a tradition of professional stage performance on harp for women. Three compositions by her are known to exist.
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Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz

borndied
1742, May 81790, Feb 19
a Czech composer and harpist. Krumpholz composed 52 sonatas, 6 concertos and many preludes and variations for the harp. He wrote also harp duets, quartets and 4 sonatas for harp, 2 violins, 2 French horns and cello.
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Jan Krtitel Kuchar

borndied
1751, Mar 51829, Feb 18
a Czech organist, mandolinist, harpsichordist, music composer, operatic conductor, and teacher. Despite his contemporary success, he is not a notable composer of Classical period. However a few organ works include hints of early Romanticism. Among his compositions are organ concertos, piano sonatas, and various sonatas and other pieces for the mandolin. His ...
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Joseph Kuffner

aka: Küffner
borndied
1776, Mar 311856, Sep 9
a German musician and composer who, among other achievements, contributed significantly to the guitar repertory, including chamber music. He composed seven symphonies and a large number of works for various chamber music combinations. His output also contains a substantial quantity of music for classical guitar.
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Wilhelm Kuhe

bornactivedied
1823, Dec 101844-19041912, Oct 8
a German pianist and piano teacher, composer and administrator born in the city of Prague (modern-day Czech Republic), in the first half of the nineteenth-century. In 1847, at the age of 24, he settled in England, dividing his time between London and Brighton, where he attained popularity as a pianoforte teacher, performer and promoter of concerts.
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Friedrich Kuhlau

borndied
1786, Sep 111832, Mar 12
a German-born Danish composer during the Classical and Romantic periods. He was a central figure of the Danish Golden Age and is immortalized in Danish cultural history through his music for Elves' Hill, the first true work of Danish National Romanticism and a concealed tribute to the absolute monarchy. To this day it is his version of this melody which is ...
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Adolph Carl Kunzen

borndied
17201781
a German organist and composer. Kunzen was the son of the organist Johann Paul Kunzen and his wife Dorothea He was born in Wittenberg. Kunzen received a musical education by his father. He immediately was considered a musical prodigy and toured to Holland and England. He played in Aurich in August 1728 for the Danish royal couple. He held a tenure as concert...
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Friedrich Ludwig Aemilius Kunzen

borndied
1761, Sep 241817, Jan 28
a German composer and conductor who lived and worked for much of his life in Denmark. Aside from an occasional composition for the court and city, he composed the oratorio Opstandelsen (The Resurrection, 1796), the grand opera Erik Ejegod (1798), and various hymns and Singspiele.
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Karol Kurpinski

bornactivedied
1785, Mar 61797-18401857, Sep 18
a Polish composer, conductor and pedagogue. Kurpinski was one of the most revered composers before Frederic Chopin, and helped to lay the foundations of a national style and prepared the ground for Polish music of the Romantic period. He contributed to the dev...
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