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People in Music

This page is about people who are (or were) involved in classical music.

It contains mainly biographical details, particularly for composers.  Details of compositions, etc., are listed elsewhere (please refer to the Music Index).

Masters of the King's (or Queen's) Music(k)

The post of Master of the King's Musick was created in 1625 by King Charles I.

The first Master of the King's Musick (1625–49 and 1660–6 – the post was abolished during the Commonwealth) Click to show or hide the answer

The k was dropped during the tenure of Edward Elgar (see below).

Apart from Lanier, you are unlikely to get asked about any appointees before Elgar – so that's where we continue.

1924–34
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1934–41 Click to show or hide the answer
1942–52 Click to show or hide the answer
1953–75 Click to show or hide the answer
1975–2003 (Australian) Click to show or hide the answer
2004–14 Click to show or hide the answer
2014-24 Click to show or hide the answer

The current incumbent is the first woman to be appointed to this post.

Other

Became principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic after Karajan's death in 1989 Click to show or hide the answer
French composer and virtuoso pianist, 1813–1888, probably most famous today for the story that he died after a bookcase fell on him (in fact it was probably a coat stand) Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Gorky, USSR (now Nizhny Novgorod) in 1937; shared the International Tchaikovsky Competition with John Ogdon in 1962; married an Icelandic fellow–pianist, and defected to the West in 1963; took Icelandic citizenship in 1972, and has lived in Switzerland since 1978 Click to show or hide the answer
Choirboy who sang Walking in the Air in the original animated cartoon film of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman (first shown on Channel 4, Christmas Eve 1982) Click to show or hide the answer
Works classified by BWV numbers (Bach–Werke–Verzeichnis – Bach Works Catalogue); fathered 20 children, 7 by his first wife and 13 by his second (10 survived into adulthood) Click to show or hide the answer
Principal Conductor of the Halle Orchestra, 1943–68 Click to show or hide the answer
Founder of the London Philharmonic (1931) and Royal Philharmonic (1946) Orchestras Click to show or hide the answer
Composer and Professor of Chemistry; founded a school of medicine for women Click to show or hide the answer
English classical guitarist and lutenist, born London 1933; made three albums of duets with his Australian–born contemporary John Williams Click to show or hide the answer
First musician to be made a life peer (shortly before his death in 1976) Click to show or hide the answer
Aldeburgh Festival (founded 1948) was inspired by the music of
Centenary celebrated at the BBC Promenade concerts in 2013
English composer, killed in action on the Somme, 1916, aged 31 Click to show or hide the answer
Catalan soprano: sang the theme of the 1992 Olympics with Freddie Mercury Click to show or hide the answer
Born Naples 1876, died Naples 1921; described (in Wikipedia) as "arguably the greatest male operatic singer in history"; achieved great commercial success, not least due to his enthusiastic embracing of recording technology; made a record 863 appearances at the New York Metropolitan Opera Click to show or hide the answer
Eric Fenby was the devoted amanuensis of Click to show or hide the answer
Resident organist at Blackpool Tower Ballroom, 1930–70 Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Spain, emigrated to Mexico (with parents) aged 13 Click to show or hide the answer
Composed the East German national anthem; won Oscars for music to Hangmen Also Die (1942) and None but the Lonely Heart (1944) Click to show or hide the answer
Music director of the English National Opera, 1979–93; Principal Conductor of the Halle Orchestra, 2000– Click to show or hide the answer
English contralto: born 1912 in Blackburn, Lancashire; died of cancer in 1953 Click to show or hide the answer
English ballet dancer: born 1919 in Reigate, Surrey; real name Margaret Hookham; had a long relationship with the composer Constant Lambert.  Married a Panamanian diplomat in 1955, and was arrested when he attempted a coup against the Panamanian government; he was shot by a rival politician in 1964 and was a quadriplegic for the rest of his life; he died in 1989 (his mistress committed suicide on the same day); she (the ballet dancer) had just been diagnosed with cancer, and died 15 months later (February 1991) in Panama City, aged 71 Click to show or hide the answer
Spanish composer and pianist: died in 1916 when HMS Sussex was torpedoed Click to show or hide the answer
Works classified by Hoboken numbers; spent much of his career as Kappelmeister (court musician) for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate in Hungary Click to show or hide the answer
Pianist (1890–1965) remembered for her morale–boosting lunchtime concerts at the National Gallery during World War II Click to show or hide the answer
Unable to support himself by his compositions, played the trombone professionally and later became a teacher – a great one, according to Ralph Vaughan Williams; served as musical director at Morley College (an adult education college in London) from 1907 until 1924, and pioneered music education for women at St Paul's Girls' School, Hammersmith, where he taught from 1905 until his death in 1934 Click to show or hide the answer
US composer (1874–1954), earned his living through the insurance company that he set up in 1907 (his music was little known in his lifetime) Click to show or hide the answer
Born in 1970; in 2016, released two albums of duets with his 15–year–old self, entitled One Voice and One Voice at Christmas Click to show or hide the answer
Principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, 1955–89; founder of the Salzburg Festival (1964) Click to show or hide the answer
Soloist in a 1989 recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, which sold over 2 million copies and topped the UK classical charts for over a year Click to show or hide the answer
Mozart's father – himself a prominent musician and composer Click to show or hide the answer
Hungarian pianist and composer: said to have been the first to play the piano side–on to the audience Click to show or hide the answer
Founder and conductor of the Academy of St. Martin's in the Fields Click to show or hide the answer
Popular Irish tenor (naturalised US citizen 1917), received the title of Papal Count from Pope Puis XI in 1928 in recognition of his work for Irish charities Click to show or hide the answer
Indian–born conductor of the 'Three Tenors' concerts (1990, 1994) Click to show or hide the answer
Australian soprano (1861–1931), had a pudding and a thin, crisp toast named after her Click to show or hide the answer
US–born violinist: founder of music festivals at Gstaad, Bath and Windsor; also founded a school for young musicians in Surrey, in 1963 Click to show or hide the answer
US electronic engineer, invented (and gave his name to) the first commercially successful music synthesiser Click to show or hide the answer
Principal Conductor of the Halle Orchestra, 1992–9 Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Kiev in 1889; described as the greatest male ballet dancer of the early 20th century; moved to St. Moritz around the end of World War I; diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1919, and never danced again; died in London in 1950 Click to show or hide the answer
Popular composer and actor, imprisoned for four weeks during World War II for misuse of petrol coupons Click to show or hide the answer
British pianist, born 1926, career interrupted by schizophrenia Click to show or hide the answer
Concert pianist and composer who became Prime Minister of Poland in 1919 Click to show or hide the answer
19th century Italian violinist, reputed to have made a pact with the Devil Click to show or hide the answer
Singer who enjoyed a long personal and professional relationship with Benjamin Britten Click to show or hide the answer
As Westminster Abbey organist, composed birthday odes (1690 and 1691) and funeral music (1694) for Queen Mary II; died himself less than one year after her, aged 36; buried at the foot of the organ in Westminster Abbey Click to show or hide the answer
Appointed Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, in 2002; previously held the same post with the City of Birmingham SO, 1980–98 Click to show or hide the answer
Oboeist who married Sir John Barbirolli Click to show or hide the answer
Composer to the Austrian court in the 1780s; Mozart's great rival (in Amadeus); claimed to have poisoned him Click to show or hide the answer
Works classified by K (Köchel) numbers: Mozart and Click to show or hide the answer
Died in 1828 aged 31, and was buried at his own request alongside Beethoven who had died 20 months earlier Click to show or hide the answer
German soprano: chose seven of her own recordings on Desert Island Discs; died in 2006 aged 90 Click to show or hide the answer
Fantasia para un Gentilhombre (Rodrigo): composed at the request of (he is presumed to be the gentleman of the title) Click to show or hide the answer
Indian sitar virtuoso and composer, made famous by his collaborations with Yehudi Menuhin and the Beatles (particularly George Harrison) Click to show or hide the answer
Czech composer: died in a mental asylum in Prague in 1884, aged 60 – possibly of syphilis – having been completely deaf for the last ten years of his life Click to show or hide the answer
London–born conductor (with a Polish father and an Irish mother) whose best–known work is in the 1940 Disney film Fantasia Click to show or hide the answer
Mozart's pupil and copyist; completed the Requiem after Mozart's death Click to show or hide the answer
Born Sydney, 1926; nicknamed La Stupenda after her performance of the title role in Handel's Alcina at La Fenice (Venice) in 1960; once described by Pavarotti as "the Voice of the Century"; died in 2010 near Montreux Click to show or hide the answer
Conductor at the opening of Carnegie Hall, New York Click to show or hide the answer
Sang Handel's Let the Bright Seraphim at Charles & Diana's wedding Click to show or hide the answer
Italian–born conductor, widely considered to be the greatest of his era; the NBC Symphony Orchestra was created for him in 1937; died in New York, 1957, aged 90 Click to show or hide the answer
Italian composer: name translates as Joseph Green Click to show or hide the answer
Sponsored by King Ludwig II of Bavaria Click to show or hide the answer
Real name Philip Heseltine; noted for his unconventional behaviour, including an interest in the occult (hence the pseudonym); the art critic Brian Sewell is said to be his illegitimate son; died in 1930 of gas poisoning, aged 34 – possibly suicide Click to show or hide the answer
Austrian composer, shot near Salzburg in 1945 for breaking curfew Click to show or hide the answer
Pianist who married Robert Schumann; also beloved of Wagner Click to show or hide the answer
Austrian pianist, lost his right arm in World War I – Ravel wrote a concerto for the left hand in his honour (1929/30) Click to show or hide the answer
Conductor who founded the Promenade Concerts in London (1895) Click to show or hide the answer

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