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Miriam Miller

(d London, 1620). English bookseller and publisher. He was established in London from 1591 and financed several significant musical publications, including John Dowland’s The Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires, printed by Peter Short in 1603, and Robert Dowland’s A Musicall Banquet...

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Anthony Newcomb

(b Treviso, c1535; d Ferrara, June 15, 1615). Italian instrumentalist and composer. He came from a family of North Italian musicians that had lived in Treviso since the mid-15th century. His father was the town trumpeter; his uncle and brother were musicians in the courts of Ferrara and Munich respectively. He was one of the three young men brought to the newly founded Accademia degli Elevati in Padua in ...

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Susan Bain

(b Leuven, c1531; d Leuven, Feb 17, 1616). Flemish bookseller and printer. He worked initially at Leuven (1562–72) but by 1574 was settled in Douai, where he had moved to avoid political turmoil; in both towns his sign was the Bible d’Or. At Leuven he printed ‘with the authority of the University’ and at Douai he became University Printer, receiving in ...

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(b Gandía, Valencia province, Oct 28, 1510; d Rome, Sept 30, 1572). Spanish administrator and composer. He came of an illustrious family and served the Emperor Charles V, who appointed him viceroy and captain-general of Catalonia in 1537; he became Duke of Gandía in ...

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(b Waldershof, nr Marktredwitz, Upper Franconia, Oct 28, 1517; d Brand, nr Marktredwitz, Jan 22, 1570). German composer and administrator. He came from an Upper Palatinate family of landed gentry and administrators, traceable back to the early 13th century. He matriculated at the Palatinate University of Heidelberg in ...

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Manfred Boetzkes

(b Florence, c1531; d Florence, June 6, 1608). Italian architect, stage designer, engineer and painter. He studied with Vasari and in 1574 succeeded him as director of all the elaborate productions staged at the Florentine court; the theatre that he built in ...

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Lawrence F. Bernstein

(b ?Ghent, c1500–1510; d Prague, Feb 15, 1561). South Netherlands composer and imperial Kapellmeister. Although several places have been suggested for his place of birth, Ghent now seems the most likely candidate. A letter concerning Canis’s retirement in 1555 (cited below) mentions that he was to join his parents in Ghent, which could suggest that, as the family residence, Ghent might also have been the composer’s place of birth. Moreover, the earliest documentary evidence concerning his career identifies Canis (Cornelius de Hondt) as ‘zangmeester’ and teacher of the choirboys in ...

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Marie Louise Göllner

(b Nuremberg, 1524; d Frankfurt an der Oder, Aug 21, 1583). German printer and book dealer. He probably learnt the printing trade in his native city, and he entered the University of Frankfurt an der Oder in 1547. Two years later he took over Nicolaus Wolrab's printing press and within a few years it became one of the main publishing houses in eastern Germany. He soon became official printer for the university and was made a member of the city council in ...

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Frank Dobbins

(fl Paris, 1538–66). French printer and bookseller. He was active in Paris as a publisher from 1538 to 1566, dealing specifically with music between 1551 and 1558. From the Hostel d’Albret on Mont St Hilaire he published literary works by François Habert (...

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Samuel F. Pogue and Frank Dobbins

(fl Lyons, 1550–84). French music printer, bookseller, composer and instrumentalist. In 1551 he prepared the third in a series of four books of music for guitar printed in Paris by Robert Granjon and Michel Fezandat (RISM 1551²²). In the dedication Gorlier wrote apologetically of the four-course guitar and his reasons for composing for an inferior instrument, saying that he wanted to show that it was as capable as larger instruments of reproducing music in two or three parts. Besides being an ‘excellent joueur’ on the guitar, as cited on the title-page, he evidently played the spinet; in a pamphlet (now lost) concerning Loys Bourgeois’ ...

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Teresa Chylińska

(b Rothenburg, c?1467; d Kraków, 7 or Oct 8, 1525). Polish publisher and bookseller of German birth. Granted the first royal privilege issued in Poland, he began its earliest publishing business in Kraków in 1494. In 1503 he issued the Missale Wratislaviense...

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Allan W. Atlas

(b Noyon, early 16th century; d Rome, 27–31 Dec 1573). French choir director and composer, active in Italy. The earliest known documents concerning his career indicate that he was a chaplain at S Maria Maggiore and the director of its Cappella Liberiana. As such, he may have had the young Palestrina in his charge. On ...

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Thomas W. Bridges and Tim Carter

(d Florence, April 1602). French bookseller and printer, active in Italy. Resident in Florence from the mid-1550s, on 7 April 1558 he matriculated in the Arte dei medici e speziali and became associated with Lorenzo Torrentino, the ‘stampatore ducale’. By 1563 he was commissioning the Torrentino firm to print books on his behalf, and some time later he acquired the firm’s equipment and stock. His production contains nothing of musical interest until Francesco Bocchi’s ...

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Allan W. Atlas and Eric Jas

( b Cambrai, c 1475; d Cambrai, Sept 21, 1528). South Netherlandish choir director and composer . In 1485 he was an enfant de choeur at Cambrai Cathedral, where he remained as a singer until 10 October 1494. By the middle of the following year, he had become the director of the children’s choir at St Denis, Liège. He returned to Cambrai in ...

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Clare Iannota Nielsen

(b Lona, c1510; d Venice, ?1576). Italian printer and bookseller. He was active in Venice and worked in the parish of S Giovanni Novo, with a shop on the calle delle Rasse. In 1572 he was elected Prior of the Guild of Booksellers and Printers, succeeding Girolamo Scotto. Working mainly on commission for others, Rampazetto produced at least 190 books in Italian, Latin, Greek or Spanish; literary works, notably reprints, figure prominently in his output....

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David Greer

(b 1567/8; d London, May 5, 1623). English court musician, composer and theatrical manager. In a lawsuit concerning Dowland’s Second Booke of Songs in 1601 he gave his age as 33. He was appointed lutenist at the court of James I in ...

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(d Nuremburg, 1557). German brass instrument maker and dealer in woodwind and percussion instruments. He was the adopted son or perhaps the nephew of Hans Neuschel the younger; he assumed the Neuschel family name in 1535. See Neuschel.

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(b Buchau [now Bochov], nr Carlsbad [now Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia], c probably 1530; d Eger [now Cheb, Czechoslovakia], mid-Feb 1592). Bohemian music editor, poet, printer, bookseller and ?composer. He may have attended the Lateinschule at Eger or the one at Joachimsthal (now Jáchymov). In ...

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Miriam Miller

(d 1587). English printer, publisher and bookseller of French birth . He was a Huguenot refugee who settled in London (c1562) and worked in London and Edinburgh. He ran a general printing and publishing business, and in 1570 he published an English edition of Lassus's ...

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Walther Lipphardt and Clytus Gottwald

(b Biberach, nr Heilbronn, c1480; d Halle, April 1539). German monk and theologian . He entered the Dominican order about 1500 and was made prior of the monastery in Wimpfen. In 1506 he belonged to the monastery in Heidelberg, where he studied and took the doctorate of theology in ...