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Mariangela Donà

(b Milan, c1570; d Milan, 1630). Italian composer and organist. We know from the dedication of his Partitura del 2o libro delli motetti (1599) that he was Milanese and a pupil of Claudio Merulo, with whom he probably studied between ...

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Lini Hübsch-Pfleger

(b Nuremberg, Dec 28, 1625; d Nuremberg, Dec 10, 1696). German poet and theologian. He spent virtually his entire life at Nuremberg. He was educated at the St Egidien Gymnasium (whose director from 1642 was J.M. Dilherr), and from 1644 at Altdorf University. He gained the master's degree at Jena in ...

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Nona Pyron and Peter Allsop

(b Bologna, Feb 26, 1619; d Bologna, July 17, 1701). Italian organist and composer. He spent his entire life in Bologna. He was a pupil of Ottavio Vernizzi whom he succeeded as second organist at S Petronio in 1649, being promoted to first organist ten years later. In ...

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Josef-Horst Lederer

(b S Vito al Tagliamento, March 10, 1597; d S Vito al Tagliamento, June 8, 1675). Italian composer and organist. There is no evidence that he was related to Carlo Arrigoni. From 1632 to 1638 he is recorded as an organist in the Hofkapelle, Vienna. After ...

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Almonte Howell

(b southern France; fl 1609–14). Spanish liturgist of French birth. A Dominican friar, educated at the monastery at Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, Provence, he served as cantor in a number of houses of his order in France, Aragon and Castile, including S Pablo at Valladolid and finally S María de Atocha in Madrid. He was commissioned to prepare a new simplified processional for the Spanish Dominicans, ...

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Karl-Ernst Bergunder

(b Stettin [now Szczecin], Dec 29, 1654; d Jena, Dec 13, 1732). German composer and violinist. He was taught the violin by his father, a Stettin town musician, and in 1668 he received composition lessons from Johann Theile. He studied with J.H. Schmelzer in Vienna in ...

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Gary R. Boye

(b probably in Reggio nell’Emilia, fl 1674–6). Italian composer and guitarist, ancestor of Bonifazio Asioli. He is known by two collections of guitar music, both printed by Giacomo Monti: Primi scherzi di chitarra (Bologna, 1674/R) and Concerti armonici per la chitarra spagnuola...

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Robert L. Kendrick

(b ?Pavia, c1590; d Lomello, after 1618). Italian composer and nun. Assandra alluded to Pavia as her birthplace in the dedication of her surviving motet book, Motetti à due, & tre voci, op.2 (Milan, 1609³, 1 ed. in Bowers, 1996), which is dedicated to G.B. Biglia, the Bishop of Pavia. Her musical talents were noted early by the publisher Lomazzo in the dedication to G.P. Cima’s ...

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José Quitin

(fl 1622–30). Flemish composer and organist. The title-page of his first publication shows that in 1622 he was chaplain and organist of the collegiate church of St Paul, Liège. From 17 October 1623 he held a benefice at Liège Cathedral. On the title-page of his volume of ...

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Alice Ray Catalyne

(b c?1657; d Puebla, Mexico, March 1726). Mexican composer, probably of Spanish birth. He became a priest, and by 1695 ranked among the leading musicians at Mexico City Cathedral. In 1710 he officially protested against the selection of Zumaya as substitute for the ailing choirmaster Salazar, noting that he himself was considerably older than Zumaya, and indeed had substituted for Salazar in ...

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(d London, bur. Feb 12, 1671). English violinist and composer. He became one of the king's band of violins in 1660 and served until his death early in 1671. His widow Sarah (whom he had married in 1639) was in receipt of his back pay for several years thereafter. Although John Playford did not publish any of his songs, several, mostly drinking-songs, survive (in ...

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Diana Poulton and Robert Spencer

(fl 1622; d ?Ross, Herefordshire, c1640). English lutenist and composer. In his book of ayres Attey described himself as ‘Gentleman, and Practitioner in Musicke’, while in the dedication to the Earl and Countess of Bridgwater he wrote that his songs were for ‘the best part composed under your roofe while I had the happiness to attend the service of those worthy and incomparable young Ladies your daughters’. John Egerton (...

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John H. Baron

(b Pontoise [now Cergy-Pontoise], c1592; d Paris, March 22, 1660). French composer. The son of a wine merchant, Auget had the money and social connections to obtain quickly a musical position worthy of his talents. He found favour with Jean-François de Gondi, Abbé of St Autin and ...

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(fl 1691–6). Italian singer. She is described in contemporary documents as ‘torinese’, although that may refer to her service in the court of Turin; she is also described as ‘ musica di camera to His Royal Highness of Savoy’ in the libretto of ...

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Thomas Walker and Norbert Dubowy

(b Murano, Venice; fl 1652–1708). Italian librettist. He wrote some 50 librettos, including a few adaptations. Until 1687 he seems to have lived mainly in Venice (except for a brief sojourn in 1659 at the Viennese court), where he was a member of the Accademia Delfica and the Accademia degli Imperfetti, both of them probably offshoots of the famous Accademia degli Incogniti, among whose members there were many librettists. From ...

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(b ?Amiens, c1590; d Paris, c1656). French composer and singer. Although his birthplace is not known, there were families bearing this name in Amiens; a member of one, a relative of the composer, served as mayor of the town. Aux-Cousteaux studied under Jean de Bournonville at the choir school of the collegiate church at Saint Quentin. From ...

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Eleanor Selfridge-Field

(b Rimini, c1600; d Rimini, c1678). Italian composer and author. He was a priest and maestro di cappella of Rimini Cathedral. From 1649 he was librarian of the Biblioteca Gambalunghiana, Rimini. He wrote literary and historical works; all his music dates from his early years. He had some connection with the pseudonymous composer Accademico Bizzarro Capriccioso, to each of whose opp.1 and 2 (...

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Josef-Horst Lederer

(fl 1657). Italian theorist and ?composer. His treatise Regole di musica, divise in cinque trattati (Rome, 1657) indicates that in 1657 he was Predicatore in the Minori Osservanti – an order of strict Franciscans – in the province of Terra Lavoro. In some reference works he is mentioned as a composer of lute music, but there are no known compositions. The ...

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Harald Müller

(b Eilenburg, bap. Nov 17, 1584; d after 1638). German composer, organist and poet. He enrolled at Leipzig University in 1599 as the son of a schoolmaster, Thomas Habermann, and was later tutor to the von Malnitz family at Berreuth, near Dippoldiswalde. In ...