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(b Florence, 1718/20; d Colliges [now Colligis], nr Laon, April 21, 1811). Italian tenor and composer. He studied in Naples at the Conservatorio di S Maria della Pietà dei Turchini. In 1749 he competed unsuccessfully for the post of maestro di cappella...

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John R. Weinlick

(b Dresden, May 26, 1700; d Herrnhut, May 7, 1760). German religious leader . The founder in 1722 of the Renewed Moravian Church, he was from infancy subject to the ardent Pietism of both sides of his family, which was of noble lineage. Spener, the father of Lutheran Pietism, was his godfather. The early death of his father, and his mother's remarriage, left him under the care of his maternal grandmother on a country estate, where the precocious child acquired a deep sense of personal attachment to Christ. At the age of ten he went to Francke's school at Halle; his six years there were a time of difficult adjustment, but deepened his piety and zeal for future Christian service....

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Robert Stevenson

(b Prato, 16/Oct 17, 1688; d Santa Catalina, nr Córdoba, Argentina, Jan 2, 1726). Italian organist and composer. He was the sixth child born to Sabatino Zipoli and Eugenia Varrochi. The Prato Cathedral organist-choirmasters in his youth were both Florentines: Ottavio Termini (from ...

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(b St Gallen, July 1707; d St Gallen, Aug 12, 1779). Swiss composer . He came from a St Gallen family whose history can be traced back to the 15th century. In 1728 he completed his theological education, and from that time he was active in the service of the church and school in his native city. He was often involved in disputes with the clerical authorities; in ...

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Michael Talbot

(b Casalmaggiore, nr Cremona, Nov 10, 1704; d Casalmaggiore, May 3, 1792). Italian violinist and composer. He studied the violin first in his home town, later in Parma, Guastalla and Bologna, and finally in Cremona with Gasparo Visconti. Giuseppe Gonelli taught him counterpoint. In ...

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Craig H. Russell

(b c1678; d Antequerra, Valle de Oaxaca, Dec 21, 1755). Mexican composer and organist. He probably entered the service of Mexico City Cathedral in about 1690, and quickly established a reputation as a prodigy. His name first appears in a document dated ...