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Musicians, Composers and Orchestra Leaders

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  • 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...
  • Jason Stein
    From "Interview: Amy Schumer calls Comedy Central show a dream come true" . Chicago Tribune, March 6, 2013: "Her Chicago-based brother — Jason Stein, a bass clarinetist — is also pret...
  • Paul Williams
    Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr. (born September 19, 1940) is an American composer, singer-songwriter, director, and actor. "No one sings a song like the songwriter who wrote it, and the same holds true...
  • Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951)
    Arnold Schoenberg (pronounced [ˈaːɐ̯nɔlt ˈʃøːnbɛɐ̯k]; 13 September 1874 – 13 July 1951) was an Austrian co...
  • Martha Argerich
    Martha Argerich (born June 5, 1941) is an Argentine pianist, considered one of the greatest pianists of the second half of the 20th century.[1][2] Ref: From Wikipedia retrieved 28 July 2014 Conte...

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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