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GRAEFF, Johann Georg / John George (1762 - 1829)

GRAEFF, Johann Georg / John George (1762 - 1829)

I believe this article constitutes the most that is known about J.G. Graeff, at the time of writing.When Napoleon and his forces attacked the German town of Mainz in 1793, flautist J G Graeff fled his home and escaped by swimming across the river Main with his father’s portrait tucked…

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Louis Drouet [1792 - 1873] flautist & composer

Louis Drouet [1792 - 1873] flautist & composer

Drouet was just 16 years old when he was appointed ‘Solo Flute’ for the King of Holland. Subsequently he was made First Flute to Napoleon 1st and Chapel master to the Duke of Saxe-Coburg. Drouet also spent significant time in London where he performed often and also set up a…

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Ferdinand Sabathil (1856/52? - 1937)

Ferdinand Sabathil (1856/52? - 1937)

The photograph is entitled F. Sabathil 1. Floetist der Hofkapelle in Schwerin. It shows a small, middle-aged man of light build holding a flute. His face is turned towards the camera and dark eyes stare uncompromisingly from behind a pair of spectacles. The gravity of his expression is emphasised by…

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Thoughts on Arranging Music

Thoughts on Arranging Music

With so much technology available, is arranging still a skilled art form?If you fancy doing some arranging, you can switch on a computer today and be presented with a huge panoply of tools to assist you from simple play-in/play-back software to elaborate Band-in-a-Box automatic transcriptions. No more late night sessions…

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Johanna Kinkel (1810 - 1858) composer, pianist, writer, revolutionary

Johanna Kinkel (1810 - 1858) composer, pianist, writer, revolutionary

Johanna Kinkel [1810 - 1858] was an intelligent and gifted woman who made her mark in the worlds of both music and literature. Born in Bonn (maiden name Johanna Mockel), her first music teacher was F. A. Ries (also Beethoven's teacher) who encouraged her to conduct and compose. Both Mendelssohn…

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Louis-Charles-Bonaventure Alfred Bruneau (1857 - 1934)

Louis-Charles-Bonaventure Alfred Bruneau (1857 - 1934)

What a long name Bruneau has! His studies in music started so that he could take part in chamber music with his parents and he learnt 'cello. However by the age of 15 he had progressed so well, that he went on to study at the Paris Conservatoire, where he…

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Rudolf Tillmetz (1847 - 1915), flute player and composer.

Rudolf Tillmetz (1847 - 1915), flute player and composer.

Possibly, if you are a German flute player you are entirely familiar with the name Rudolf Tillmetz. However if, like me, you are British, it’s less likely that this influential flute player will be known to you.As a young student in the late 1960’s, I listened to my teacher’s careful…

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Sir George Alexander Macfarren  - The English Mendelssohn

Sir George Alexander Macfarren - The English Mendelssohn

Sir George Alexander Macfarren (1813 - 1887) ‘saved the life of the Institution [Royal Academy of Music in London] and …. left the school in a far better position, in all respects, than he found it.’ [1] For this and his other contributions to music in England – as a…

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Paul Stanhope

Paul Stanhope

Paul Stanhope (b. 1969) is a Sydney-based composer, conductor and educator. His compositions have had prominent performances in the UK, Europe, Asia as well as North and South America. After studies with Andrew Ford, Andrew Schultz and Peter Sculthorpe in Australia, Paul was awarded the Charles Mackerras Scholarship which enabled…

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