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Luca Marenzio

borndied
1553/54, Oct 181599, Aug 22
an Italian composer and singer of the late Renaissance. He was one of the most renowned composers of madrigals, and wrote some of the most famous examples of the form in its late stage of development, prior to its early Baroque transformation by Monteverdi. In all, Marenzio wrote around 500 madrigals, ranging from the lightest to the most serious styles, pac...
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Marianna von Martines

borndied
1744, May 41812, Dec 13
an Austrian singer, pianist and composer of the classical period. Soon after Marianna began her music lessons she demonstrated a talent for composition. A number of the works that Marianna composed are set for solo voice, and her biographers (Godt, Wessely) conjecture that the first singer of these works was their composer. Martines’s name and music were...
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Jem Mason

aka: James
borndied
18161866
a champion English jockey. On February 26, 1839 he won the Grand National in Liverpool on a brown-bay racehorse called Lottery. Born in Stilton, Cambridgeshire to a horse-dealing family he started riding professionally in 1834, winning at St Albans that year. He was known for his exquisite style of dress and for socialising with the peerage and continued rid...
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Stephen C. Massett

aka: Jeemes Pipes of Pipesville
bornactivedied
unknown1840s-1860sunknown
San Francisco's first entertainer, Stephen C. Massett, was the true Bohemian type. He was an artist, with an equal capacity for work and diversion, whose ruling principle was, "If your pocket is light make your heart light to match it; if your coat is torn, laugh while you you patch it." Massett was a "red-faced little Englishman" with a wealth of copper-col...
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Johann Mattheson

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1681, Sep 281764, Apr 17
a German composer, singer, writer, lexicographer, diplomat and music theorist. Mattheson is mainly famous as a music theorist. He was the most abundant writer on performance practice, theatrical style, and harmony of the German Baroque. He is particularly important for his work on the relationship of the disciplines of rhetoric and music. The bulk of his com...
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Country McCleester

aka: George, John, McCloskey, McCheester
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unknown1841-1850unknown
an American bare-knuckle boxer and sportsman involved in the early history of pugilism and prize fighting in Old New York. A well known fighter in his youth, his 1841 bout with Tom Hyer at Caldwell's Landing reportedly lasted nearly 3 hours and went to 101 rounds before the "Pride of Chatham Square" seconds threw up the sponge. Considered one of the greates...
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Tom Molineaux

aka: Thomas, Molyneaux, The Moor
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17841818, Aug 4
an African-American bare-knuckle boxer and former slave. He spent much of his career in Great Britain and Ireland, where he had some notable successes. Born into slavery in Virginia, Molineaux was trained by his father, also a fighter, as was Molineaux's twin brother. He boxed with other slaves to entertain plantation owners. Molineaux earned his owner a lar...
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Claudio Monteverdi

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1567, May1643, Nov 29
an Italian composer, gambist, singer and Roman Catholic priest. Monteverdi's work, often regarded as revolutionary, marked the change from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque period. He developed two styles of composition – the heritage of Renaissance polyphony and the new basso continuo technique of the Baroque. Monteverdi wrote one of t...
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Thomas Moore

aka: Anacreon Moore
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1779, May 281795-18461852, Feb 25
an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of "The Minstrel Boy" and "The Last Rose of Summer". He was responsible, with John Murray, for burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death. In his lifetime he was often referred to as Anacreon Moore. It was as a poet, translator, balladeer and singer that he found fame. H...
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Thomas Morley

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1557/581602, Oct
an English composer, theorist, singer and organist of the Renaissance. He was one of the foremost members of the English Madrigal School. He was also involved in music publishing, and from 1598 up to his death he held a printing patent (a type of monopoly). While Morley attempted to imitate the spirit of Byrd in some of his early sacred works, it was in the ...
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