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Giuditta (Negri) Pasta

Giuditta Pasta

Giuditta Negri was born in 1798; according to some at Saronno, near Milan, to others at Como. Her first publicity as a vocalist of eminence was attained after her marriage to Signor Pasta, a...

John Knowles Paine

John Knowles Paine

John Paine was born January 9, 1839 and died at Portland, Maine, April 15, 1906. He received his first musical instruction from Herman Kotzschmar, of Portland. In 1858 he went to the Hochschule fur...

Eugenio di Pirani

Eugenio di Pirani

Eugenio di Pirani was born at Ferrara, Italy, September 8, 1852. He studied at the Rossini Lyceum at Bologna, at the same time acquiring a general education at the Galvani Lyceum. His parents wanted...

Dom Lorenzo Perosi

Dom Lorenzo Perosi

Lorenzo Perosi was born at Tortona, Italy, December 20, 1872. He was the song of the director of music at the cathedral in Tortona, and was early destined for the priesthood. He studied music...

Ciro Pinsuti

Ciro Pinsuti

Ciro Pinsuti was born at Sinalunga, Siena, Italy, May 9, 1829, and died in Florence, March 10, 1888. He was given some instruction by his father, and at the age of eleven appeared in...

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Giovanni Battista Pergolese

The measure of a life is not its length, but is productiveness, and the best of a life’s work is in its quality, not its quantity. The history of the fine arts is rich...

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Henry Purcell

This great English musician and composer was the second son of Henry Purcell the elder, who also was a musician of some repute and a gentleman of the Chapel Royal. The younger Henry Purcell...

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Giacomo Puccini

This brilliant composer was born at Lucca, Italy, June 22, 1858. Angeloni, of Lucca, was his first instructor, but he subsequently studied under Ponchielli at Milan Conservatory. The success of his Sinfonia-Capriccio prompted Puccini,...

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David Popper

David Popper was born June 18, 1846, at Prague, and studied music at the conservatory in that city. He studied the violoncello under Goltermann, and soon attracted attention. He made his first tour in 1863,...

Gabriel Pierne

Gabriel Pierne

Pierne’s full name was Henry Constant Gabriel Pierne. Pierne was born at Metz, August 16, 1863, and studied music at the Conservatorie of Paris chiefly under Cesar Franck and Massenet. He won the first...