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Musicians, Composers and Orchestra Leaders

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  • Sting
    Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE (born 2 October 1951), known on stage as Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist. He was principal s...
  • Dave Brubeck (1920 - 2012)
    Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia David Warren "Dave" Brubeck (born December 6, 1920 - died December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist. He has written a number of jazz standards, including "In You...
  • Leonard Louis Eliezer Bernstein, [Louis Borenstein] (1918 - 1990)
    Candide Overture: Leonard Bernstein conducting , Symphonic Dances - Part 1 (from West Side Story) , Symphonic Dances - Part 2 (from West Side Story) , Leonard Bernstein Leonard Bernstein (pronounce...
  • Irving Fields (1915 - 2016)
    Legendary pianist Irving Fields died Saturday just weeks after his 101st birthday. Fields died peacefully in his sleep, according to his obituary. Even as a centenarian, Fields played four nighttim...
  • Toots Thielemans (1922 - 2016)
    Toots Thielemans Wereldvermaard jazzmuzikant en componist . Born Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans, 29 April 1922 – 22 August 2016) was a Belgian jazz musician. He ...

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.

Did you have a musical ancestor? Please add your ancestor to this project. Famous or not, musicians have had a great deal of influence in our lives, so let's recognize them here.

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