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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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Frederick V M B

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an Austrailian composer, or a composer who lived and worked in Australia. There is very little information about his life and his full biography is unknown. He wrote the Forget-me-not waltz, composed for and affectionately dedicated to "Mrs. Bedford."


Pierre Vachon

borndied
1738, Jun 31803, Oct 7
a French composer, he wrote around thirty string quartets, various chamber works, operas, and orchestral pieces. He studied the violin with Carlo Chiabrano in Paris and first performed on 24 December 1756, at the Concert Spirituel, playing one of his own compositions. He also performed as first violinist in the orchestra of the Prince of Conti.
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Jacobus Vaet

borndied
1529 ca1567, Jan 8
a Flemish composer of the Renaissance. He was a representative of the generation between Josquin and Palestrina, writing smooth polyphony with pervasive imitation, and he was a friend both of Clemens non Papa and Lassus.
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Ann Valentine

borndied
1762, Jan 111842/45, Oct 13
an English organist and composer, part of a talented family of Leicester musicians. In 1790 she published a set of ten sonatas for harpsichord or piano with violin or flute accompaniment. She continued to publish music, although only some of it has survived; the ten sonatas and an arrangement of the strathspey Monny Musk are available in a modern edition.
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Giuseppe Valentini

aka: Straccioncino
borndied
1681, Dec 141753, Nov
an Italian violinist, painter, poet, and composer, though he is known chiefly as a composer of inventive instrumental music. He studied under Giovanni Bononcini in Rome between 1692 and 1697. From 1710 to 1727 he served as ‘Suonator di Violino, e Componitore di Musica’ to Prince Michelangelo Caetani. He also succeeded Corelli as director of the concertin...
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Gaetano Valeri

borndied
1760, 17611822, Apr 13
an Italian organist and composer. He had as a teacher Ferdinando Turrini Bertoni. He worked first at the Basilica del Carmine, and then as organist at the Cathedral of Padua, while among the plays that worked there was Castrini father and son, with music by Ferdinand Robuschi. He had as pupils Nardetti Francesco and Alessandro Mini. On August 9, 1805, he bec...
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Francesco Antonio Vallotti

borndied
1697, Jun 111780, Jan 10
an Italian composer, music theorist, and organist. He was ordained as a priest in 1720. Vallotti spent a great deal of thought on the theory of harmony and counterpoint. His theoretical endeavours would culminate in 1779 with the publishing of his 167-page, four volume work, Della scienza teorica e pratica della moderna musica (On the scientific theory and p...
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Johannes Bernardus van Bree

borndied
1801, Jan 291857, Feb 14
a Dutch composer, violinist and conductor. From 1829 to the year of his death he directed the Felix Meritis Society. He was also the director of the Music School of the Society of the Promotion of Music, Amsterdam. He wrote operas, choral and vocal works, and orchestral and chamber works.
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Gertrude van den Bergh

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1793, Jan 211840, Sep 10
a Netherlands pianist and composer. Van den Bergh showed talent for music at an early age, took piano lessons at six and published a harpsichord sonata at the age of nine. 1830 she was invited to join the Society for the Promotion of Music, which had not been previously open to women. She directed the first mixed voice choir from The Hague and from 1837 or ...
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Joachim van den Hove

borndied
1567 ca1620
a Flemish/Dutch composer and a lutenist. He composed works for lute solo and for lute and voice. Moreover, he wrote many arrangements for lute of Italian, French, and English vocal and instrumental music, and of Flemish/Dutch folk music. Van den Hove disputes with Adriaensen and Vallet the distinction of being the most important representative of 17th centur...
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Jacob van Eyck

borndied
1590 ca1657, Mar 26
a Dutch nobleman and musician. He was one of the best-known musicians in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century as a carillon player, expert in bell casting and tuning, organist, recorder virtuoso, and composer. He taught the Hemony brothers how to tune a carillon.
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Pierre van Maldere

aka: Pieter
borndied
1729, Oct 161768, Nov 1
a violinist and composer from the Southern Low Countries (present-day Belgium). Van Maldere's music was published in London, Paris and Brussels (as is clear from the thematic catalogue), and performed at many European courts.
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Anthoni van Noordt

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1619 ca1675, Mar 23
a Dutch composer and organist. His known compositions are all for organ, and are in the tradition of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and the North German school. There are ten psalm settings, of which nine include variations, and six fugal fantasias. The works are of a high quality, showing contrapuntal mastery and a sure technique.
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Artemy Vedel

borndied
1767 ca1808
one of the most prominent Ukrainian composers of the 18th century. Together with Maksym Berezovsky and Dmytro Bortniansky, Vedel is recognized as one of the big three composers of the period. The V.I. Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine holds the only existing music composition manuscript handwritten by Vedel, the "Score of Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chr...
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Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky

aka: Vejvanovský
borndied
1633/391693, Jul 24
a Czech composer and trumpeter. As a composer his output is uneven, but in his later works he was able to master most typical idioms of the day. He seems to have struggled with imitative counterpoint and his most compelling pieces are characterised by charming folk idioms and virtuosic brass writing. He composed in a wide variety of genres ranging from larg...
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Jan Nepomuk Vent

aka: Johann Wendt, Wenth, Went, Wend
borndied
1745, Jun 271801, Jul 3
a Czech composer and oboist The work of Jan Nepomuk Vent and his colleagues from the harmony of his son Josef Triebensee, who married his daughter Maximiliana can be as indicative as to the repertoire of music for wind development. He worked around 50 operas (without the operas of Mozart), major ballets, composed its own symphony, chamber music and string qu...
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Francesco Maria Veracini

borndied
1690, Feb 11768, Oct 31
an Italian composer and violinist, perhaps best known for his sets of violin sonatas. In addition to violin sonatas, edited by Ferdinand David, operas and oratorios, Veracini also wrote violin concertos, sonatas for recorder and basso continuo, and orchestral suites, called Overtures. The six Overtures were performed for Prince Friedrich August in Venice in ...
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Giuseppe Verdi

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1813, Oct 9/101901, Jan 27
a leading Italian composer of opera in the 19th c., noted for operas such as Rigoletto 1851 La traviata 1853 Aida 1871) and Otello 1887) among others. had a long composing career, during which his compositional style kept evolving. Among his most famous works are Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La traviata, Don Carlos, Aida, and Otello. Mocked by critics during h...
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Cornelis Verdonck

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15631625, Jul 5
a Flemish composer of the late Renaissance. He was one of the last members of the Franco-Flemish school of polyphony, and was a notable composer of madrigals in a style that blended both Italian and native Netherlandish idioms.
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Johannes Verhulst

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1816, Mar 191891, Jan 17
a Dutch composer and conductor. As a composer mainly of songs and as administrator of Dutch musical life, his influence during his lifetime was considerable.
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Gaspar Verlit

aka: de Verlit
borndied
16221682
a Baroque composer, was first chorister and later also a singer at the court chapel in Brussels, choirmaster at St. Vincent’s Church in Soignies (Zinnik) and singing master at St. Nicolas Church in Brussels. Later he became chaplain at the court chapel, and published two anthologies with four more sacred works surviving.
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Tomas Luis de Victoria

aka: Tomás Luis
borndied
1548 ca1611, Aug 27
the most famous composer in 16th-century Spain, and was one of the most important composers of the Counter-Reformation, along with Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Orlando di Lasso. Victoria was not only a composer, but also an accomplished organist and singer as well as a Catholic priest. However, he preferred the life of a composer to that of a perform...
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Henri Vieuxtemps

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1820, Feb 171881, Jun 6
a Belgian composer and violinist. He occupies an important place in the history of the violin as a prominent exponent of the Franco-Belgian violin school during the mid-19th century. He is also known for playing upon what is now known as the Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu, a violin of superior workmanship.
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Giovanni Battista Viotti

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1755, May 121824, Mar 3
an Italian violinist whose virtuosity was famed and whose work as a composer featured a prominent violin and an appealing lyrical tunefulness. He was also a director of French and Italian opera companies in Paris and London. Viotti's most notable compositions are his twenty-nine violin concertos, which were an influence on more
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Robert de Visee

aka: Visée
borndied
1655 ca1732/1733
a lutenist, guitarist, theorbist and viol player at the court of the French kings Louis XIV and Louis XV, as well as a singer and composer for lute, theorbo and guitar. Visée published two books of guitar music which contain twelve suites between them, as well a...
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Jan August Vitasek

aka: Vitásek, Wittasek, Wittaschek
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1770, Feb 201839, Dec 7
a Bohemian composer. Vitásek's compositional output includes one opera (David, 1810), twelve masses, seven requiems, many other choral works both sacred and secular, some symphonies, concertos, chamber music, and preludes and fugues for organ. In 1823–24, he was one of the 50 composers who composed a variation on a waltz by Anton Diabelli for Vaterländis...
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Antonio Vivaldi

borndied
1678, Mar 41741, Jul 28
an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He is known mainly for composing many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and ...
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Sebastian de Vivanco

aka: Sebastián
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15511570-16101622, Oct 26
a Spanish priest and composer of the Renaissance. The bulk of Vivanco's surviving work was published in three books in Salamanca between 1607 and 1610 by the printer Artus Taberniel of Amberes, who by then was the official printer of the University of Salamanca. The books contain a selection probably chosen by the composer himself of his best pieces, spannin...
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Jan Campanus Vodnansky

aka: Vodnanský ,Johannes Vodnianus Campanus, Jan Vodnanský Campanus, Jan z Vodnan, Jan Kampánus Vodnanský, Ionnes Campanus Vodnianus
borndied
15721622
a Czech humanist, composer, pedagogue, poet, and dramatist, born in Vodnany (hence his surname), in southern Bohemia. He studied at the University of Prague, then was made Master of Liberal Arts there. He became a teacher in Prague and Kutná Hora. From 1603 he taught Greek and Latin at the University of Prague. He also taught history and Latin poetry. He wa...
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Georg Joseph Vogler

aka: Abbé Vogler
borndied
1749, Jun 151814, May 6
a German composer, organist, teacher and theorist. In a long career and colorful career extending over many more nations and decades than was usual at the time, Vogler established himself as a foremost experimenter in baroque and early classic music.
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Johann Caspar Vogler

borndied
1696, May 231763, Jun 3
a German organist and composer taught by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed a St Mark Passion which is now lost, and only three of his works, all organ chorales, are now known.
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Jan Ignac Frantisek Vojta

aka: Jan Ignác František
borndied
1660 ca1720s
a Czech composer of Baroque music and a doctor of medicine. Apart from notes in the university records, written in his own hand, we have no other primary source information about him. He lived in the Týn quarter in Old Town of Prague. In his day, he was a recognized composer with his own pupils. There is a knowledge only of 27 of his compositions, of which ...
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Adam Valentin Volckmar

borndied
17701851
a German organ virtuoso, music teacher seminar and composer. He is one of the largely forgotten figures, although his work has lost none of his strength and expressive power to this day. His first compositions, a collection of light organ pieces, appeared in Leipzig in 1796. A few years later an Offenbach publishing house issued three sonatas for piano with ...
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Wilhelm Volckmar

borndied
1812, Dec 261887, Aug 27
a German organist virtuoso, seminar music teacher and composer. He received his musical education from his father Adam Valentin Volckmar (1770-1851). He was a student of Johann Gottfried Vierling, who had received his training with Johann Philipp Kirnber...
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Friedrich Robert Volkmann

borndied
1815, Apr 61883, Oct 30
a German composer. He composed in virtual obscurity until 1852, when his Piano Trio in B-flat minor caught the ears of Franz Liszt and Hans von Bülow, who proceeded to play it several times all over Europe. Thanks to the publisher Gustav Heckenast, who in 1857 b...
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Bettina von Arnim

aka: Bettine, Bettina Brentano, Beans Beor
borndied
1785, Apr 41859, Jan 20
a German writer, novelist, publisher, composer, singer, visual artist, an illustrator, patron of young talent, and a social activist. She published her first song under the pseudonym Beans Beor, which she occasionally used later as well. She published two politically dissident works but evaded chastisement because of her friendship with the King of Prussia.
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Franz Ignaz von Beecke

borndied
1733, Oct 281803, Jan 2
a classical music composer born in Wimpfen am Neckar, Germany. He was known at the time chiefly for his great skill in playing the harpsichord, although he composed a wide range of music as well.
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Theodor von Schacht

borndied
17481823, Jun 20
a German composer. After his studies in Stuttgart and Wetzlar, von Schacht arrived in Regensburg as a knight (Hofkavalier). There he was appointed in 1773 director of the court music, and assigned also to direct Italian opera. In 1796 he was granted a lifetime pension for services rendered. He composed at least 33 symphonies, one of them published in full in...
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Jan Vaclav Vorisek

aka: Jan Václav
borndied
1791, May 111825, Nov 19
a Bohemian composer, pianist and organist. He soon won esteem as a composer of orchestral, vocal and piano music for orchestra. In 1818 he became conductor of the Friends of Music Society (Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde) of Vienna. Vorisek wrote only one symphony, his Symphony in D major, in 1821.
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Antonin Vranicky

aka: Anton Wranitzky, Wranizky
borndied
1761, Jun 131820, Aug 6
a famous Czech violinist and composer of the 18th century. He was the half brother of Pavel Vranický. Not much is known of his life. He was a pupil of Mozart, Haydn and Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, as mentioned in a letter from Pavel Vranický t...
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Pavel Vranicky

aka: Vranický, Paul Wranitzky
borndied
1756, Dec 301808, Sep 29
a Moravian classical composer. His half brother, Antonín, was also a composer. His output comprises ten operas, 44 symphonies, at least 56 string quartets (some sources give a number as high as 73) and a large amount of other orchestral and chamber music.
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