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Musicians, Composers and Orchestra Leaders

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  • Kay Swift (1897 - 1993)
    Kay Swift (1897-1993) was the first woman to write the complete score to a Broadway musical -- the hit show Fine and Dandy (1930). Trained as a classical musician, she tried her hand at popular music...
  • Leopold Godowsky, Ill (1938 - 2011)
    Pianist, composer and teacher, Leopold Godowsky III (1938--2011), heir to a great musical tradition, was the nephew of George Gershwin and grandson of the legendary pianist-composer Leopold Godowsky. ...
  • Jay Gorney (1894 - 1990)
    Jay Gorney (1894 - June 14, 1990) was a composer, songwriter ("Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?"), producer, author and teacher. Born as Abraham Jacob Gornetzsky in Białystok, Russia (now part of ...
  • Edward Everett Rice (1847 - 1924)
    Edward Everett Rice (1847–1924) was an American musical composer and theater producer active during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, known primarily for being a pioneer of American musica...
  • John Kenneth Tavener (1944 - 2013)
    John Tavener From Wikipedia Sir John Kenneth Tavener (28 January 1944 – 12 November 2013) was a British composer, known for his extensive output of religious works, including The Protectin...

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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