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Anthony J. Greening

(b Ely, bap. Aug 24, 1579; d Ely, bur. July 28, 1641). English composer and organist. He was born into a family which had close connections with the music of Ely Cathedral; a Michael Amner, who was a lay clerk there from 1576 to 1588...

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Renato Bossa

(b Sciacca, nr Agrigento, c1650; d Naples, c1695). Italian composer. He went from his native Sicily to Naples to complete his musical education and remained there until his death. He was maestro del coro of S Paolo Maggiore and later of the Conservatorio di S Onofrio (...

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(fl 1617–25). Italian composer. His name has sometimes been incorrectly spelt ‘Anagnino’ and ‘Agnanino’. He was an Augustinian monk and lived for part of his life in Naples. He published several volumes of music but only two survive (and the second of these is incomplete): ...

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Rudolf A. Rasch

(b Oberweissbach, Thuringia, 1657; d Amsterdam, bur. March 14, 1714). Dutch composer, organist, violinist and carillonneur of German origin. He settled at Amsterdam and became organist at the Lutheran church in 1683, but was dismissed for bad behaviour and drunkenness in 1694; he was frequently asked for advice about organs and bells and was also a musician at the city theatre. He seems to have played an important part in ...

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Charles Beare, Carlo Chiesa and Duane Rosengard

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Friedrich Baser

(d ?Irsee, nr Kaufbeuren, Swabia, 1627). German composer. He was a monk at the Benedictine abbey at Irsee and was its abbot from 1610 until his death. He helped, together with Johann Seytz and Gregor Stemmelius, to make the abbey a leading south German centre for the cultivation of liturgical music in the early 17th century, and a number of vocal works and transcriptions for organ by him survive in manuscript. Most are signed ‘FCA’ (‘Frater Carolus Andreae’) and must therefore date from before his appointment as abbot. A slightly later work, however, is the ...

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Tim Carter and Anne MacNeil

(b Milan, Jan 1, 1583; d Bologna, 1629–30). Italian actor, singer and poet, first wife of G.B. Andreini. When they married in 1601, Virginia and her husband formed the Compagnia del Fedeli, in which she assumed the role of prima donna innamorata. Her stage name derived from her performance in Giovanni Battista’s tragedy ...

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Colin Timms and Anne MacNeil

(b Florence, Feb 9, 1576; d Reggio nell’Emilia, June 7, 1654). Italian actor, dramatist and poet. He was the son of Isabella and Francesco Andreini, famous commedia dell’arte players, and was educated at the University of Bologna. In 1594, taking the stage name ‘Lelio’, he joined the Compagnia dei Gelosi, the comic troupe to which his parents belonged, and in ...

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(b Padua, 1562; d Lyons, June 10, 1604). Italian actor, dramatist and poet, mother of G.B. Andreini. After her marriage in the late 1570s to Francesco Andreini, they joined the renowned Compagnia dei Gelosi, assuming the roles of prima donna innamorata and Lelio ...

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Lini Hübsch-Pfleger

(b Mansfeld, probably before 1570; d Buchenbach, nr Freiburg, before Oct 1636). German theologian and writer. The first two names of his pseudonym are equivalents of Wolfhart Spangenberg, his original name, and Andropediacus derives from the name of his birthplace. He was the son of Cyriac and grandson of Johann Spangenberg. His father having been obliged to leave his position as court preacher at Mansfeld in ...

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Guy Bourligueux

(b Lerín, Spain, c1650; d Madrid, Spain 1686). Spanish organ builder. He worked with his father-in-law, Gabriel de Ávila, maker to the royal chapel at Madrid, on the construction of the organ in Charles II’s palace (1675–6), and succeeded him in his court office. In ...

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Klaus Fischer

(b Rome, c1567; d Graz, bur. June 12, 1630). Italian composer and organist, younger brother of Felice Anerio.

He spent much of his life in Rome. From letters of Ancina it appears that from at least 1583 he was closely connected with Filippo Neri's Congregazione dell'Oratorio. He decided at an early age to become a priest and received the tonsure on ...

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(b Paris, June 20, 1650; d Paris, 26/April 28, 1710). French violinist, father of Jean-Jacques-Baptiste Anet ( see Baptiste ). He was the son of Claude Anet, an instrumentalist. In his youth he studied under Lully. By 1673, when he entered into the first of his three marriages, he was in the service of Louis XIV’s brother, the Duke of Orléans. His first wife, Jeanne Vincent, was the mother of Baptiste. Anet remained in the service of the Duke of Orléans (and later that of the duke’s son) but also served in the 24 Violons du Roi from ...

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(fl 1678–91). Italian composer. He is known mainly for seven masses for small groups of voices and continuo, which he published in two volumes, three in the first, op.1 (Milan, 1678), and four in the second, op.2 (Milan, 1691). The first volume also contains a ...

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Giuseppe Vecchi

( b Rivotorto, nr Assisi, 1632; d Assisi, Dec 23, 1697). Italian composer . He bore as a sobriquet the name of his birthplace. He first studied at the monastery there and later at Perugia, Assisi and, in 1655–6, Bologna. As a member of the Franciscan order he held a series of appointments as ...

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Traute Maass Marshall and Lothar Hoffmann-Erbrecht

(b Breslau [now Wrocław], Dec 1624; d Breslau, July 9, 1677). German poet. He received an excellent education and his first exposure to the budding vernacular literature at the Elisabeth Gymnasium, Breslau. He attended the universities of Strasbourg, Leiden and Padua, at the last of which he received the degrees of MD and PhD in ...

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French musician, son of Jean Henry D’Anglebert .

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Josef-Horst Lederer

(b Cremona; d 1630). Italian theorist. He was a Franciscan tertiary and studied composition with Claudio Merulo. According to Lucchini, he was maestro di cappella at the Florentine court in 1622, but this cannot have been so, as Marco da Gagliano held the post at that time. In his treatise ...

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Nigel Fortune and Tim Carter

(b ?Milan, between c 1610 and 1615; d Florence, May 11, 1674). Italian composer and instrumentalist. He joined the court musicians of the Grand Duke of Tuscany at Florence on 16 March 1639. For several years he was also in the household (as ...

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Robert Stevenson

(fl 1611). Portuguese composer. He studied with Manuel Mendes at the Évora Cathedral choir school. Around 1600, having already joined the order of S João Evangelista, he succeeded Pedro Thalesio as mestre de capela at the Hospital de Todos-os-Santos in Lisbon. In March 1611...