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Jacqueline Gachet

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Adolf Layer and Stephan Hörner

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Sven Hansell and Emilia Zanetti

(b ?Milan, c1692; d Milan, 1776). Italian theorist and composer. He was living in Holland in the mid-1730s but then moved to London, where he stayed for more than two decades and wrote his treatise L’Arte armonica: or, A Treatise on the Composition of Musick...

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(b Venice, c1704). Italian composer. According to Caffi he was closely associated from childhood with Baldassare Galuppi. It is likely that they both received early musical training from Galuppi’s father, a barber by trade and a part-time violinist. A libretto of 1727...

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( fl 1719–42). Italian choreographer and dancer . He was probably a native of Florence, since he is often cited in librettos as ‘Francesco Aquilanti, Fiorentino’ or ‘da Firenze’. His early choreographic work was concentrated in Venice, where he provided ballets for 17 operas at the Teatro S Giovanni Grisostomo (...

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Pablo L. Rodríguez

(b Peralta, Navarra, bap. Jan 21, 1676; d León, Dec 17, 1738). Spanish composer. Between 1700 and 1714 he was maestro de capilla of the collegiate church of S Antolín, Medina del Campo. He competed for the post of maestro at the cathedrals of Calahorra and Zamora in ...

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Lowell Lindgren

(b Bologna, Nov 5, 1666; d London, before Sept 3, 1729). Italian composer. From about 1672 to about 1684 he was a chierico (altar boy) at S Petronio, where he most likely received his musical training. By 1682 he had substituted Clemente for his baptismal name Malachia. As Frate Ottavio he entered the monastic Order of Servites on ...

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Guy Bourligueux

(b Puente La Reina, Navarra, bap. June 11, 1691; d Avila, Dec 15, 1733). Spanish composer. From 1705 to 1714 he was a siese in the choir of the church of the Primature of Toledo, where he was a pupil of Miguel de Ambiela. In ...

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Philip Weller

( fl 1704–7). French soprano . After making her début at the Paris Opéra in 1704, as Venus and La Jeunesse in Destouches’ Le carnaval et la folie, she sang Iris in the revival of Lully’s Isis later that year. She created the role of Electra in Desmarets and Campra’s ...

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G.B. Sharp

(b Mühlberg, nr Gotha, Sept 9, 1670; d Erfurt, Dec 31, 1699). German composer and organist. He studied law as well as music. He held organ posts at Erfurt, successively at the Reglerkirche, Andreaskirche and Kaufmannskirche. Although he wrote little because of his early death, his chorale-preludes were very popular in his day, judging from the numbers of manuscript copies of them circulating in Germany. ...

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James L. Jackman and Angela Lepore

(b Bologna, Dec 15, 1667; d Bologna, 1717). Italian organist and composer. The son of Giulio Cesare Arresti, on 6 April 1684 he became a member of the Accademia Filarmonica, Bologna; his musical attainments were sufficiently distinguished for him to serve there as its ...

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John Walter Hill

(b Florence, Dec 5, 1697; d Florence, Aug 18, 1744). Italian lutenist, theorbo player and composer. Although he may have directed music for the Prince of Carignan in his early years, his name is principally associated with Florence. By at least 1718 he was a member of the musicians’ company there. He is listed as a theorbo player at an oratorio performance on ...

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Dennis Libby

(b ?Rome, c 1720; d after 1755). Italian soprano . She is first found in comic opera in Naples in 1735–6, and was expelled from the kingdom for unknown reasons, probably her sexual conduct. She was seconda donna in opera seria in Parma in Carnival ...

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Alfred Loewenberg, Frank Walker and Nicolò Maccavino

(b Augusta, Sicily, March 20, 1680; d ?Madrid, 1757). Italian composer. Before Volkmann’s research his biography (as given by Fétis, for example) was largely a tissue of colourful legend. Over the last 50–60 years, sparked by Volkmann’s work, other important contributions have been made by Frank Walker, Ottavio Tiby, Roberto Pagano, Juan Josè Carreras and Berthold Over which have brought some clarity to many events in Astorga’s life....

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David Cummings

(b Graglia, nr Vercelli, 1720; d Turin, Oct 28, 1757). Italian soprano. After study with Bravio in Milan she made her début at the Teatro Regio, Turin, in Il Ciro riconosciuto by Leonardo Leo (1739). She sang at the Teatro S Samuele, Venice, from ...

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Elizabeth Keitel and Marc Signorile

French family of violinists and composers. They were active in Paris during the 18th century.

(b Paris, Sept 30, 1689; d Belleville, nr Paris, 17/May 18, 1753). He was probably a son of Jean Aubert, a member of the 24 Violons du Roi until his death in ...

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Guy Bourligueux

(b Barjols, Provence, bap. Sept 24, 1680; d Marseilles, Aug 8, 1762). French composer and priest. The son of Jean-Baptiste Audiffren and Marguerite Fabre, he presumably received his initial musical training as a choirboy at Barjols church; in 1694 he entered the service of the chapter of the Old Cathedral in Marseilles, where he was taught by the precentor, Melchior Barrachin. In ...