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Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Andreas Daams, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Andreas Daams was born in 1971 on the lower Rhine.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ben Daglish, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Ben Daglish was born in 1966 in England. He may be most noted for his compositions on the Commodore 64 for various video games, especially for Gremlin Graphics. He since began writing music for theater and dance.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jean-François Dandrieu, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1682-1738) He became one of the royal chapel organists in 1721. Highly regarded as a harpsichord composer, he issued several books of suites beginning about 1704
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Dainius Danilaitis, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Lithuanian composer Dainius Danilaitis was born in 1973.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1813-1869) Russian Nationalist composer of operas and songs. He had a profound effect on the course opera was to take because of his belief that "The music's task...had to consist in the emphasis laid on all shades of spoken intonation, make them more tangible and definite, disclose the words' implication and increase the effect of the actor's ordinary words, pronounced on the stage."
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ivor Darreg, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Ivor Darreg (1917-1994) was born Kenneth Vincent Gerard O'Hara in Portland Oregon. His principal musical interest was in non-12 tone equal tempered scales and in making instruments that could play such music. All of his music is written or recorded on tape and some is available on a CD titled Detwelvulate! (de-twelv-ulate).
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gábor Darvas, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Hungarian composer Gábor Darvas (1911-1985) was one of his nation's first electronic composers while his musicological interests (with studies under Zoltán Kodály) took him to the 15th and 16th Centuries. While he wrote some early works in the 1930s, his compositional career fully began only after the Second World War. Darvas was also a noted conductor.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Félicien-César David, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Félicien-César David's (1810-1876) major influence was upon those who followed his lead in introducing oriental themes into western music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Mario Davidovsky, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1934- ), Mendanos, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He came to New York City in 1960 where he is best known for his series of works for instruments and tape called Synchronisms. Synchronisms no.6 for Piano and Tape won him the 1971 Pulitzer Prize.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Anthony Davis, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer and pianist Anthony Davis was born in 1951. His operatic, symphonic, choral, chamber, and piano works defy easy classification.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Peter Davison, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Peter Davison scored a number of films and television programs and produced CDs intended to produce relaxation, enlightenment, and other emotional and spiritual responses.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Antonio da Costa, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Father Antonio da Costa (c.1740-c.1780) was known as a guitarist in his native country of Portugal as well as in Spain and Italy.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Claude Debussy, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
French composer Claude Debussy, born in 1862 and died in 1916, was founder of the Impressionist movement. His works include those for solo piano and a variety of other instruments and various songs and other choral pieces.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Stephen DeCesare, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer (19xx - ) specializing in sacred hymns.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Edmond Dédé, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Edmond Dédé (1827-1903) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Savings and the help of friends led him to study in Europe. Jacques-Francois Halevy was an instructor at the Paris Conservatory of Music. He finished his studies, moved to Bordeaux, France, married, and remained in France until his death.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Léo Delibes, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French Romantic composer Léo Delibes (1836-1891) is most noted for his ballets, including La source and Coppélia. He also wrote operas, of which Lakmé is most famous.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Frederick Delius, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Composer Frederick Delius (1862-1934) was born in England, lived and worked in Florida, Germany, Norway and France, and is buried in England. His works include songs, small-scale instrumental pieces, orchestral pieces and operas.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Norman Dello Joio, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1913- ), New York, NY. Studied composition with Bernard Wagenaar at Juilliard and Paul Hindemith at Yale. He won several prizes for composition including the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Meditations on Ecclesiastes. Among his compositions are several operas.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of David Del Tredici, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Born in 1937 in Cloverdale, California, Del Tredici attended the University of California at Berkeley and Yale University, studying composition with Earl Kim, Seymour Shifrin and Roger Sessions. He has had commissions from nearly every major American and European orchestra. His many prizes include the 1980 Pulitzer for In Memory of a Summer Day.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Stuart Dempster, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Stuart Dempster (1936-) was born in Berkeley, California. He has been a faculty member of the University of Washington since 1968. He has focused much of his attention on the trombone. His works are often improvisational in character.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of André Cardinal Destouches, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1672-1749) French composer. He was director of the Opéra and, as a composer, a disciple of its first leading composer, Lully. He wrote several operas, some of which survive.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Robert Nathaniel Dett, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
African American composer, pianist and professor, 1882-1943). His family moved from Canada to Niagara Falls, New York in 1893. His compositions consist principally of piano and choral music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of François Devienne, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1759-1803) He was a flutist and bassoonist. He wrote much music for those instruments and also operas.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Frédéric Devreese, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Dutch-born Belgian composer Frédéric Devreese (1929-), the son of composer Godfried Devreese, has written stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, and piano works but may be best known for his film scores and his conducting. Among his other works are the operas Willem van Saefthingen (TV) and Le Cavalier bizarre and the award-winning Piano Concerto No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 4.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Godfried Devreese, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Although less well known than his son Frédéric, Belgian violinist, conductor, and composer Godfried Devreese (1893-1972) still had a noteworthy career. Although he wrote during the 20th Century, his music reflects strong Romantic tendencies. He is not widely known outside his native country.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Anton Diabelli, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
A minor Austrian composer, Anton Diabelli (1781-1858) also taught music. He became a music publisher, establishing his reputation through his relationship with Schubert. Beethoven either honored or lampooned him by taking the theme from a waltz as the basis of his thirty-three Diabelli Variations.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of David Diamond, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1915- ) Composer of eleven symphonies and other orchestral music as well as chamber music, vocal music, and dramatic works. Winner of many awards, his music has been recorded by many of the premier ensembles of the United States and Europe.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Dickson, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
John Dickson, born in Big Spring, Texas, is a Hollywood-based composer and arranger working in the areas of film and television music. His credits include more than sixty films and TV shows. He wrote for such artists as Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, and Alanis Morrisette, became Chick Corea's orchestrator and rehearsal assistant in 1995, and has performed with, among others, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Ray Charles, Alanis Morrisette, Wynonna Judd, Shirley Horn, Harry Connick, Jr., Lionel Richie, Selena, and Chick Corea.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of James Dillon, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
James Dillon was born in Scotland in 1950. Works include orchestral and electronic music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Zade Dirani, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Zade Dirani (1981?-) is a Jordanian pianist and composer who was established in his homeland by age 17 and soon thereafter began attracting international acclaim for his compositions that blend the Eastern Arabic scales with Western Classicism.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Hugo Distler, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Hugo Distler (1908-1942) was a deeply religious and spiritual man at a time when the Nazis suspected all such people as dangers to the Reich. Distler's suicide was a reaction against Nazism and the oppression he felt entrapped him.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1739-1799) "Austrian violinist and composer, in service to various noble patrons; friend of Haydn and Mozart. Composed symphonies, string quartets, church music, etc.; also more than 40 operas." The Penguin Dictionary of Music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Michael Doherty, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Michael Andrew Doherty (1973-) was born in Burlington, North Carolina. He is a largely self-taught, he studied music for a time at Colorado State University, later earning B.A. in philosophy and religious studies.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Ernö Dohnányi, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Composer Ernö Dohnányi (1877-1960) was born in Pozsony, Hungary (known in German as Pressburg and now called Bratislava and part of Slovakia). He was composer, pianist, educator, and conductor. According to many, Dohnányi is counted among Hungary's four greatest composers, along with Lizst, Kodály, and Bartók. He moved to the United States in 1949, teaching at Florida State University.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of František Domažlický, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Czech composer František Domažlický (1913-1997) was also an accomplished violinist and violist. Imprisoned during the Second World War, he wrote songs, choral pieces, and his Song without Words for string quartet. Later output includes a number of instrumental and orchestral works.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Sara Doncaster, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Sara Doncaster.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Gaetano Donizetti, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian Romantic composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) wrote chamber, piano, and church music as well as various songs. However, he is most remembered for his many operas, some of which are still standards in the repertoire, or which have various portions beloved by specific parts. Notable operas include Lucrezia Borgia, Lucia di Lamermoor (from the Sir Walter Scott novel), Don Pasquale, L'elisir d'amore, La Favorita, and La Fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment).
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Dowland, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
English Renaissance and early Baroque composer and lutenist John Dowland was born in England or Ireland in 1563 and died in 1626. He worked abroad in Kassel and in the court of Christian IV of Denmark.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Andrew Downes, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
English composer Andrew Downes (1950-) won a choral scholarship to St. John's College, Cambridge, from which he later earned a Master of Arts specializing in composition. Works involve a number of genres, especially vocal and choral.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Felix Draeseke, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German Romantic composer Felix Draeseke (1835-1913) was considered by Brahms to stand with himself and Bruckner in ability for sacred and symphonic composition. Yet because of circumstances, including the changes in 20th century music, Draeseke's works became less known as time passed. His masterpiece is considered to be the oratorio Christus, a work that took five years to complete and takes five hours to perform.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Domenico Dragonetti, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1763-1846) Venetian double bass virtuoso. He wrote concertos for double bass and many string quintets.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jacob Druckman, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1928-1996), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied with Bernard Waganaar, Vincent Persichetti and Peter Menin at Juilliard. He was commissioned to compose music for several major orchestras and won many awards including the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Windows for orchestra.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Guillaume Dufay, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Guillaume Dufay was a Franco-Flemish composer who bridged the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Born around 1400, he died in 1474. His polyphonic music was carried throughout much of Europe during and after his life.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Arthur Duff, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Irish composer Arthur Knox Duff (1899-1956) wrote a ballet, music to Yeats' poetry and plays, and various orchestral works. He was also himself a singer, organist, and accomplished conductor. He worked as Assistant Music Director for Radio Éireann and promoted younger musicians, conductors, and composers. He received his Doctorate from Trinity College, Dublin in 1942.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Paul Dukas, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Paul Dukas (1865-1935) was born in Paris, France. At the Paris Conservatory, he studied piano, harmony, and composition. He was the music critic for the Revue Hebdomadaire and Gazette des Beaux-Arts while also a professor of orchestration at the Conservatoire. His strong critical sense caused him to destroy a number of his compositions, allowing only a relatively small number to be published. His symphonic scherzo L'Apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) is his most popular work, especially since it was a central part of Walt Disney's Fantasia with Mickey Mouse in the title role. Dukas also wrote the ballet La peri and the opera Ariane, about Bluebeard's sixth wife.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Trevor Duncan, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Englishman Leonard Charles Trebilco (1924-) was a BBC engineer, a musician, and a member of the Royal Air Force during and after World War Two. Gifted with natural talent, he also studied various instruments at a young age. His compositional skills are largely those learned on his own, often by-products of his engineering work for musicians on the radio. He assumed the pseudonym Trevor Duncan because of BBC rules against its employees having their music broadcast. His most recognized work may not be strictly a concert piece but the music from the 1958 science fiction movie Plan Nine from Outer Space.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of John Dunstable, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Medieval composer John Dunstable (c.1390-1453) likely received his surname from his probable place of birth, Dunstable, Bedfordshire in England. Little is known about his life, although a fair bit of second-hand information corroborates other sources. Some 60 of his works are known, among them being Quam pulchra es, Ave regina caelorum, and Veni Sancte Spiritus. Dunstable helped define early Renaissance music in northern Europe as his compositions spread through England and much of the continent.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Henri Duparc, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French late-Romantic composer Henri Duparc (1848-1933) left a legacy of only thirteen songs, including Chanson triste, Soupir, and the dramatically sinister La manoir de Rosemonde, yet their continuing popularity ensures his memory. Much of what Duparc wrote he later destroyed as mental health problems dogged him for much of his life.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Marcel Dupré, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
French early 20th Century organist and composer Marcel Dupré (1886-1971) was himself the son of an organist father and a cellist mother. His memory and improvisational skills were as advanced as his compositional ability. At the tender age of 18, he won the Prix de Rome for his cantata Psyché. In 1920, in a series of 10 recitals, he played the complete organ works of J. S. Bach from memory, gaining world renown. Throughout his life, audiences would gather to marvel at his improvisations.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Edouard Dupuy, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Swiss-born Classical era composer Jean Baptiste Edouard Dupuy (c. 1770-1822) was banished from Sweden for his politics and from Denmark for an illicit romance, worked for a while in France, then returned to Sweden, where he later died.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Pasquale Francesco Durante, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Italian composer Pasquale Francesco Durante, of the Baroque period, was born in 1684 and died in 1755. He is mainly known for his church music, along with some vocal chamber and instrumental works. His students included Pergolesi, Anfossi and Piccinni. Paisiello, Jommelli, Guglielmi, and Sacchini also felt his influence.
Please submit sites about Louis Durey. Sites about Les Six belong at Arts/Music/Composition/Composers/Contemporary_Classical/Les_Six/.
French contemporary composer, born in 1888 and died 1979. Louis Durey joined Les Six but left after a year to allow time for his political affiliations. He was Secretary General of the Fédération Musicale Populaire and the Association Française des Musiciens Progressistes.
French composer (1902-1986)
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jan Ladislav Dussek, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
(1760-1812) Czech virtuoso pianist and composer. He spent his life in various parts of Europe, principally Paris and England where he gained popularity as a piano vituoso. Most of his compositions are for piano.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Antonín Dvořák, including biographies, discographies, analyses of his compositions, or bibliographies.
Czech Romantic composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák was born in 1841 and died in 1904. His best known work is probably his ninth and last symphony, From the New World. His influences included Czech folk music, American pentatonic themes and flattened 7ths, and earlier musicians whom he admired.
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