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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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Jacob Obrecht

borndied
1457/58 ca1505
a Low Countries (greater Netherlands) composer of Low Countries Renaissance music. He was the most famous composer of masses in Europe in the late 15th century, being eclipsed by only Josquin des Prez after his death.
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Jacques Offenbach

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18191880
a German-born French composer, cellist and impresario of the romantic period. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann. He was a powerful influence on later composers of the operetta genre, particularly Johann Strauss, Jr. and Arthur Sullivan. His best-known works were continually revi...
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Michal Kleofas Oginski

borndied
17651833
a Polish composer, diplomat, politician, Grand Treasurer of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and a senator of Tsar Alexander I.
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Elisabeth Olin

borndied
17401828
a Swedish opera singer and a music composer. She is referred to as the first Swedish Opera prima donna. She was a court-singer (Hovsångare). She was the first female member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music (1782). Together with Fredrique Löwen, she is referred to as the most successful Swedish woman stage artist in the 18th century.
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Andre George Louis Onslow

aka: André
borndied
1784, Jul 271853, Oct 3
a French composer of English descent. His wealth, position and personal tastes allowed him to pursue a path unfamiliar to most of his French contemporaries, more similar to that of his contemporary German romantic composers; his music also had a strong following in Germany and in England. His principal output was chamber music but he also wrote four symphoni...
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Karl von Ordonez

aka: Ordóñez
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17341786
one of a number of composers working in Vienna during the second half of the Eighteenth century. Ordonez was not a full-time professional musician. Most of his working life was spent in the employment of the Lower Austrian Regional Court and his musical activities were pursued in his spare time. Ordonez's choice of career was probably dictated by his social ...
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Giuseppe Maria Orlandini

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16761760
an Italian baroque composer particularly known for his more than 40 operas and intermezzos. Highly regarded by music historians of his day like Francesco Saverio Quadrio, Jean-Benjamin de La Borde and Charles Burney, Orlandini, along with Vivaldi, is considered one of the major creators of the new style of opera that dominated the second decade of the 18th c...
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Diego Ortiz

borndied
15101570
a Spanish composer and theorist in service to the Spanish viceroy of Naples and later to Philip II of Spain. Ortiz published the first manual on ornamentation for bowed string instruments, and a large collection of sacred vocal compositions.
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King Oscar I of Sweden

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1799, Jul 41844-18591859, Jul 8
King of Sweden and Norway from 1844 to his death. When, in August 1810, his father Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte was elected Crown Prince of Sweden, Oscar and his mother moved from Paris to Stockholm (June 1811). Oscar's father was the first ruler of the current House of Bernadotte. n 1832-34 he completed the opera Ryno, the errant knight left unfinished on the ...
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James Oswald

borndied
17111769
a Scottish composer, arranger, cellist, and music publisher, who was appointed as Chamber Composer for King George III but also wrote and published many Scottish folk tunes.
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Caspar Othmayr

borndied
15151553
a German Lutheran pastor and Renaissance composer. Othmayr is considered one of the masters of melodic phrasing (Liedsatz) of the middle of the 16th century. The most important works were written from 1545 to 1550. He composed numerous hymns inspired by Martin Luther, and in 1546 wrote Epitaphium a Lutheri in memory of him.
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Etienne Ozi

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17541813
a French bassoonist and composer. He is known for his concertos, symphonies concertantes, and pedagogical pieces. His works were influential in the development of the bassoon and remain a staple of the classical bassoon repertoire.
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