Famous Organists in History (Part 3)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 415

  • 1859-09-17 Richard Henry Warren, American organist and composer, born in Albany, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1861-01-18 Raymond Huntington Woodman, American organist, choirmaster (Brooklyn First Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, 1880–1941), and hymn composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1943)
  • 1861-01-22 Karel Stecker, Czech organist, pedagogue, and composer of organ and sacred music, born on Kosmanos, Bohemia, Austrian Empire (d. 1918)
  • 1861-10-14 Bjarni Thorsteinsson, Icelandic organist, composer, musical folklorist, and priest, born Melur, Mýrasýsla, Iceland (d. 1938)
  • 1862-09-25 Leon Boellmann, French organist and composer (Variations Symphoniques), born in Ensisheim, France (d. 1897)
  • 1863-01-17 Henry Charles Tonking, British organist and composer, born in Camborne, Cornwall (d. 1926)
  • 1863-09-15 Horatio Parker, American organist and composer, born in Auburndale, Massachusetts (d. 1919)
  • 1863-11-04 William Faulkes, English organist, transcriber and composer, born in Liverpool on 4 November 1863 (d. 1933)
  • 1865-09-09 Edwin H. Lemare, British organist and composer (Andantino in D-flat, also known as "Moonlight and Roses"), born in Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight (d. 1934)
  • 1867-02-09 Edward Naylor, English composer and organist, born in Scarborough (d. 1934)
  • 1867-05-04 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer and organist, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1949)
  • 1867-12-21 John Winter Thompson, American organist, born in Michigan (d. 1951)
  • 1868-10-27 Annie Patterson, Irish organist, composer, and musicologist born in Lurgan, Ireland (d. 1934)
  • 1870-01-22 Charles Arnold Tournemire, French organist and composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1939)
  • 1870-10-08 Louis Vierne, French organist (Notre-Dame, 1900-37), and composer (Messe solennelle), born in Poitiers, France (d. 1937)
  • 1873-01-06 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1950)
  • 1873-03-19 Max Reger, German concert pianist, organist, composer (Hebbel Requiem), and professor (Royal Conservatory - Leipzig, 1907-16), born in Brand, Bavarian Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1873-12-14 Joseph Jongen, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonie concertante, Op. 81), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1953) [1]
  • 1873-12-26 Hubert Cuypers, Dutch organist, composer, and choir conductor (Minstrels), born in Baexem, Netherlands (d. 1960)
  • 1875-02-09 Sydney Hugo Nicholson, British choir director, organist, composer, and founder of the Royal School of Church Music, born in London (d. 1947)
  • 1875-10-05 Cyril Rootham, English organist, composer, and educator born in Redland, Bristol (d. 1938)
  • 1877-02-07 Feliks Nowowiejski, Polish organist and composer, born in Wartenburg, East Prussia, German Empire (d. 1946)
  • 1877-03-29 Reginald Goss-Custard, British organist, arranger and composer (Chelsea Fayre), born in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, England (d. 1956)
  • 1877-09-17 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, born in Gien, Loire (d. 1930)
  • 1878-02-28 Artur Kapp, Estonian organist, composer (Peace Symphony; Paradise and Peri), and educator, born in Suure-Jaani, Russian Empire (now Estonia) (d. 1952)
  • 1879-01-27 Sven Holger Körling, Swedish organist, music teacher, and composer of children's songs, born in Ystad, Sweden (d. 1948)
  • 1879-07-22 Gustaf Heintze, Swedish pianist, organist, pedagogue and composer, born in Jönköping (d. 1946)
  • 1879-09-30 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist and critic, born in Zurich (d. 1944)
  • 1879-12-19 Otto Emanuel Olsson, Swedish organist and composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1964)
  • 1880-02-18 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1953)
  • 1880-10-02 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, born in Franklin, Tennessee (d. 1953)
  • 1880-10-12 (James) Healey Willan, British-Canadian organist, composer, and educator, born in Balham, London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1880-12-19 Nemesio Otaño, Spanish organist, choral director, educator, and composer (Basque Suite), born in Azcoitia, Spain (d. 1956) [1]
  • 1882-04-16 Seth Bingham, American organist and composer (Six Pieces for Organ), born in Bloomfield, New Jersey (d. 1972)
  • 1882-08-18 Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, French organist and opera composer (Le Bon Roi Dagobert), born in Paris (d. 1955)
  • 1883-03-07 Carl Deis, American composer and organist, born in New York City (d. 1960)
  • 1883-06-17 Alexandre Eugène Cellier, French organist and composer, born in Molières-sur-Cèze, France (d. 1968)
  • 1883-11-10 Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann, Czech organist and composer, born in Ivanovice na Hané, Czech Republic (d. 1951)
  • 1884-03-02 Léon Jongen, Belgian organist, composer, and academic, born in Liège (d. 1969)
  • 1885-01-01 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist (d. 1954)
  • 1885-07-24 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist and composer, born in Nagybecskerek, Hungary (d. 1945)
  • 1885-08-28 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, born in Rautavaara, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 1886-02-12 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist & composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1949)
  • 1886-03-13 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1886-05-03 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1971)
  • 1886-05-24 Paul Paray, French organist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1951-62), and composer, born in Le Tréport, France (d. 1979)
  • 1886-08-08 Pietro Alessandro Yon, Italian organist and composer, born in Settimo Vittone, Italy
  • 1887-08-28 Daniel Zamudio, Columbian organist, composer and folklorist, born in Bogata (d. 1952)
  • 1887-11-23 Paul Malengreau, Belgian organist, composer, and educator (Brussels Conservatory, 1813-53), born in at Trélon, Nord, France
  • 1887-12-30 Henry George Ley, British organist, composer, and teacher (Eton, 1926-45), born in Chagford, England (d. 1962)
  • 1888-06-08 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1949)
  • 1891-08-25 Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre, Basque priest, organist and composer of religious music, born in Yurre, Viscaya, Spain (d. 1928)
  • 1892-09-17 Hendrik Andriessen, Dutch organist and composer (Ballade of Merel), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1893-02-27 Joseph Messner, Austrian organist and composer, born in Schwaz, Tyrol (d. 1969)
  • 1893-07-28 Rued Immanuel Langgaard, Danish composer and organist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1952) [1]
  • 1893-08-18 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian organist, conductor and composer, born in Etobicoke, Ontario (d. 1973)
  • 1893-10-12 Páll Ísólfsson, Icelandic organist and composer, born in Stokkseyri, Iceland (d. 1974)
  • 1893-10-23 Jean Absil, Belgian organist and composer (Benedictions; Peau d'Ane), born in Bonsecours; (d. 1974)
  • 1894-03-02 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), born in Lierre, Belgium (d. 1969)
  • 1895-05-01 Leo Sowerby, American organist and composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1946), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • 1896-06-18 George Thalben-Ball, Australian-English organist (Birmingham City Organist, 1949-83), and composer (Elegy), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1987)
  • 1896-09-29 Štefan Németh-Šamorínsky, Slovak organist, choirmaster, composer and pedagogue (Birch Trees), born in Šamorín, Slovakia, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1975)
  • 1896-12-03 Bolesław Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, born in Radoryż (d. 1979)
  • 1897-01-09 Luis Gianneo, Argentine pianist, organist, conductor, composer, and teacher, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1968)
  • 1897-04-16 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat Mater), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • 1898-01-22 Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist and composer (The Resurrection Symphony), born in Hälsingborg, Sweden (d. 1966)
  • 1898-06-15 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist and composer, born in Peterborough, England (d. 1994)
  • 1898-10-15 Gunther Ramin, German organist and composer, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1956)
  • 1899-01-19 [John] Herbert Whitton Sumsion, organist/composer
  • 1899-06-20 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1965)
  • 1900-01-23 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor & organist, born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 1988)
  • 1900-02-25 Hartzell "Tiny" Parham, American jazz pianist, theater organist, and bandleader, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (d. 1943)
  • 1902-01-05 Pierre Palla, Dutch pianist & organist, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • 1902-01-11 Maurice Duruflé, French organist (St. Etienne-du-Mond, 1929-75), composer (Requiem, Op. 9), and teacher (Paris Conservatory, 1943-70), born in Louviers (d. 1986)
  • 1902-02-01 Carlo Borbolla, Cuban pianist, organist, and composer, born in Manzanillo, Cuba (d. 1990)
  • 1902-04-30 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist and composer, born in Carouge, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • 1903-02-09 Georg Trexler, German composer, choirmaster, and organist (St. Trinitatis, Leipzig, 1930-70), born in Pirna, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1903-06-01 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, born in Chatham (d. 1946)
  • 1903-07-04 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), born in Tielen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1903-07-05 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), born in Iowa City, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1903-07-25 André Fleury, French organist and composer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1995)
  • 1903-10-08 René Guillou, French organist and composer (L'Autre mère), born in Rennes, Brittany, France (d. 1958)
  • 1904-02-21 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet
  • 1904-07-02 Carl Weinrich, American organist and composer, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1904-10-16 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, born in Sheffield, Britain, (d. 1985)
  • 1905-06-09 Walter Kraft, German composer and organist, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1906-02-03 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), born in Borge, Norway (d. 2001)
  • 1906-03-29 E. Power Biggs, English organist and composer (CBS), born in Westcliff-on-Sea, England (d. 1977)
  • 1906-08-15 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, born in Fuglebjerg, Næstved (d. 1987)
  • 1906-12-14 Helmut Bornefeld, German organist and composer, born in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1907-02-07 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1907-02-15 Jean Langlais, French organist, and composer (Missa Salve Regina), born in La Fontenelle, Brittany, France (d. 1991)
  • 1907-10-27 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1908-01-15 Roberta Bitgood, American organist & composer, born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1908-03-30 Camille Schmit, Belgian organist, composer, and educator, born in Aubange (d. 1976)
  • 1908-06-24 Hugo Distler, German organist, choral conductor and composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1942)
  • 1909-08-16 Paul Smith Callaway, American organist, conductor and composer (Great Organ of Washington Cathedral), born in Atlanta, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1910-02-16 Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Mexican organist, composer and pedagogue (Tata Vasco; Tres Cartas de México), born in Morelia, Mexico (d. 1956)
  • 1910-04-26 Ernst Tittel, Austrian organist and composer, born in Sternberg, Moravia (d. 1969)
  • 1910-08-18 Herman Berlinski, Polish-American organist, composer and choral conductor (The Tetragrammaton), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2001) [1]

Deaths in Music

Deaths 201 - 300 of 311

  • 1953-07-12 Joseph Jongen, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonie concertante, Op. 81), dies at 79 [1]
  • 1953-11-24 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, dies at 73
  • 1954-01-13 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1955-06-11 Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, French organist and opera composer (Le Bon Roi Dagobert), dies at 72
  • 1956-01-09 Paul Malengreau, Belgian organist, composer, and educator (Brussels Conservatory, 1813-53), dies at 71
  • 1956-02-27 Gunther Ramin, German organist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1956-04-20 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat mater), dies at 59
  • 1956-04-29 Nemesio Otaño, Spanish organist, choral director, educator, and composer (Basque Suite), dies at 75
  • 1956-06-13 Reginald Goss-Custard, British organist, arranger and composer (Chelsea Fayre), dies at 79
  • 1956-07-26 Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Mexican organist, composer and pedagogue (Tata Vasco; Tres Cartas de México), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1958-07-14 René Guillou, French organist and composer (L'Autre mère), dies at 55
  • 1959-03-17 Raffaele d'Alessandro, Swiss pianist, organist, and composer, dies of a ruptured aorta on his 48th birthday
  • 1960-09-09 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, dies at 75
  • 1964-09-01 Otto Emanuel Olsson, Swedish organist and composer, dies at 84
  • 1964-11-05 (Edwin) "Buddy" Cole, American jazz and session pianist, Hammond organist, orchestra leader, and composer ("Truth Or Consequences"), dies at 47
  • 1966-12-17 Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist and composer (The Resurrection Symphony), dies at 68
  • 1968-02-16 (James) Healey Willan, British-Canadian organist, composer, and educator, dies at 87
  • 1968-08-16 Luis Gianneo, Argentine pianist, organist, conductor, composer, and teacher, dies at 71
  • 1968-11-11 Jeanne Demessieux, French organist and composer (Te Deum), dies at 47
  • 1969-06-05 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), dies at 75
  • 1969-07-03 Brian Jones, British blues and rock guitarist, organist and sitar player (Rolling Stones, 1962-69), drowns in his swimming pool at 27
  • 1969-11-18 Léon Jongen, Belgian organist, composer, and academic, dies at 85
  • 1973-03-12 Esther Williamson Ballou, American organist, composer and educator, dies at 57
  • 1973-05-06 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian organist, conductor and composer, dies at 79
  • 1974-02-02 Jean Absil, Belgian organist and composer (Benedictions; Peau d'Ane), dies at 80
  • 1974-11-23 Páll Ísólfsson, Icelandic organist and composer, dies at 81
  • 1975-01-31 Štefan Németh-Šamorínsky, Slovak organist, choirmaster, composer and pedagogue (Birch Trees), dies at 78
  • 1975-05-12 Joe Mooney, American jazz and pop accordionist, organist, and vocalist, dies at 64
  • 1977-02-26 Maxime Jacob, French composer and organist, dies at 71
  • 1977-05-07 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • 1977-05-09 Walter Kraft, German organist & composer, dies at 71
  • 1979-08-27 Bolesław Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1979-10-10 Paul Paray, French organist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1951-62), and composer, dies at 93
  • 1980-10-25 Virgil Fox, American organist, dies at 68
  • 1981-04-12 Hendrik Andriessen, Dutch organist and composer (Te Deum), dies at 88
  • 1981-05-13 Carl Weinrich, American organist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1982-05-11 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist & conductor (Neth Chamber Orchestra), dies at 70
  • 1982-12-19 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1985-05-09 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • 1986-02-07 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/lyricist, dies at 81
  • 1986-06-16 Maurice Duruflé, French organist (St. Etienne-du-Mond, 1929-75), composer (Requiem, Op. 9), and teacher (Paris Conservatory, 1943-70), dies at 84
  • 1986-07-04 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), dies at 83
  • 1987-01-18 George Thalben-Ball, Australian-English organist (Birmingham City Organist, 1949-83), and composer (Elegy), dies at 90
  • 1987-02-10 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, dies at 80
  • 1987-03-13 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1988-02-10 Don Patterson, American jazz organist (Hip Cake Walk; Holiday Soul), dies at 51
  • 1988-04-07 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1988-05-03 Johannes Driessler, German organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1988-11-11 William Ifor Jones, Welsh conductor & organist (b. 1900)
  • 1990-07-16 Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and organist (b. 1908)
  • 1991-05-08 Jean Langlais, French organist, and composer (Missa Salve Regina), dies at 84
  • 1991-06-29 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist (Misty), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1991-08-11 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), dies at 83
  • 1992-05-30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1992-11-24 Xavier Darasse, French organist and composer, dies at 58
  • 1993-02-25 Jan D Boeke, Dutch organist/conductor, dies
  • 1993-09-12 Herman Nieland, organist/pianist/composer, dies at 82
  • 1994-06-26 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist (Christ College, Oxford), dies at 96
  • 1995-03-07 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer teacher organist, dies at 69
  • 1995-05-18 Gordon Reynolds, English organist & master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, dies at 74
  • 1995-05-18 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist & composer, dies at 93
  • 1995-08-06 André Fleury, French organist and composer, dies at 92
  • 1995-08-11 Herbert Whitton John Sumsion, organist/composer, dies at 96
  • 1995-12-18 Brian Brockless, English organist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1996-11-18 Douglas Guest, British organist (For the Fallen), dies at 80
  • 1996-11-21 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, dies at 80
  • 1997-06-04 [John Robert] Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1998-02-25 Rockin' Sidney [Simien], American zydeco and R&B singer-songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, organist, and harmonica player ("My Toot-Toot"; "You Ain't Nothing But Fine"), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • 1998-03-17 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, dies at 83
  • 1998-12-01 Albert de Klerk, Dutch organist, composer, and conductor, dies at 81
  • 1999-09-24 Torsten Nilsson, Swedish organist, choral director, and composer (Out of the Night of the Earth), dies at 79
  • 2000-09-21 Bengt Hambraeus, Swedish Canadian composer and organist, dies at 72
  • 2001-01-23 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 2001-01-24 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, dies at 78
  • 2001-04-22 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), dies at 95
  • 2001-06-15 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • 2001-06-15 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), dies at 85
  • 2001-09-27 Herman Berlinski, Polish-American organist, composer and choral conductor (The Tetragrammaton), dies at 91 [1]
  • 2003-09-26 Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 2005-02-08 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), dies at 79
  • 2006-12-18 Daniel Pinkham, American organist, composer (Signs of the Zodiac) and educator (New England Conservatory), dies at 83
  • 2010-02-04 Allan Wicks, British cathedral organist and choral conductor (Canterbury, 1961-88), dies at 86
  • 2010-07-14 Gene Ludwig, American jazz organist (b. 1937)
  • 2010-12-19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • 2011-12-08 Dick Sims, American Hammond B-3 organist (Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), dies of cancer at 60
  • 2012-01-16 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • 2012-03-10 Heinz Wunderlich, German organist and composer, dies at 92
  • 2012-11-18 Philip Ledger, British organist, composer, conductor, and academic (King's College Cambridge), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2014-03-10 Shirley Scott, American swing and blues organist (with Stanley Turrentine), dies of heart failure at 67
  • 2014-06-09 Gerd Zacher, German composer and organist, dies at 84
  • 2014-12-08 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian organist, choral composer, and conductor, dies at 99
  • 2015-03-11 Jimmy Greenspoon, American session and touring rock organist (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), dies of metastatic melanoma at 67
  • 2015-03-22 Norman Scribner, American organist, conductor, choral director (St. Alban's, 1960-2007; Choral Arts Society of Washington, 1965-2012), and composer (Song for St. Cecilia), dies at 79
  • 2015-04-03 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, dies at 86
  • 2015-08-12 Per Hjort Albertsen, Norwegian organist, composer, and educator, dies at 96
  • 2015-10-12 Armin Kircher, Austrian organist, composer, and conductor, dies of heart failure at 48
  • 2016-01-25 Leif Solberg, Norwegian organist, choral conductor and composer, dies at 101
  • 2016-03-20 Peter Williams, British organist and musicologist, dies at 78
  • 2016-03-30 Bram Beekman, Dutch organist, composer and teacher (Brabants Conservatory, 1980-2012), dies at 66
  • 2016-09-01 Raymond Daveluy, Canadian organist (St. Joseph's Montreal, 1960-2002), composer and educator, dies at 89

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