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Musicians, Composers and Orchestra Leaders

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  • Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Baronet (1848 - 1918)
    Hubert Parry From Wikipedia: Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Baronet (27 February 1848 – 7 October 1918) was an English composer, teacher and historian of music. Parry's first maj...
  • Cecil Williams Agustus Melville (1909 - 1961)
    Esther Beckford was the midwife? Cecil was "real redskin." (Carmen M. Welsh, 4-10-09).
  • Katherine K. Davis (1892 - 1980)
    Katherine Kennicott Davis (June 25, 1892 - April 20, 1980) was a composer, pianist, and author of the famous Christmas tune "The Little Drummer Boy". Biography She was born in St. Joseph, Mis...
  • William Walton (1902 - 1983)
    Sir William Turner Walton OM In 1911 census living with Parents and Siblings at 93 Werneth Hall Road, Oldham, Lancashire From Wikipedia Sir William Turner Walton OM (29 March 1902 – 8 Ma...
  • John Dowland (c.1563 - 1626)
    John Dowland From Wikipedia John Dowland (1563 – buried 20 February 1626) was an English Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer. He is best known today for his melancholy songs such as...

A musician (or instrumentalist) is a person who is talented in making music or performing music creatively, or one who composes, conducts, or performs music, particularly instrumental music.

Musicians can specialize in any musical style, and some musicians play in a variety of different styles. Examples of a musician's possible skills include performing, conducting, singing, composing, arranging, and the orchestration of music.

A composer (Latin com+ponere, literally "one who puts together") is a person who creates music, either by musical notation or oral tradition, for interpretation and performance.

An orchestra is a large instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. A smaller-sized orchestra, about fifty musicians or fewer, may be called a chamber orchestra. A full-size orchestra, with about 100 musicians, may sometimes be called asymphony orchestra or philharmonic orchestra."

In modern times, the musicians are usually directed by a conductor, although early orchestras did not have one, giving this role instead to the concertmaster or the harpsichordist playing the continuo.

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