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  • Lionel Newman (1916 - 1989)
    Lionel Newman (January 4, 1916 – February 3, 1989) was an American conductor, pianist, and film and television composer. He was the brother of Alfred Newman and Emil Newman, uncle of Randy Newman, Da...
  • Alfred Newman (1900 - 1970)
    Alfred Newman (March 17, 1901 – February 17, 1970) was an American composer, arranger, and conductor of film music. In a career spanning more than four decades, Newman composed the scores for over 20...
  • Björk
    Björk Guðmundsdóttir OTF (/bjɜːrk/ BYURK, Icelandic: [pj%C5%93r%CC%A5k ˈkvʏðmʏntsˌtouʰtɪr̥] (About this soundlisten); born 21 November, 1965) is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, record producer, actres...
  • Beth Slater Whitson (1879 - 1930)
    Songwriter Beth Slater Whitson was born in Goodrich, Hickman County, in 1879. Her parents were John H. Whitson and Anna Slater Whitson; her father was coeditor of the Hickman Pioneer newspaper. Beth ...
  • Joe Porcaro
    Joe Porcaro is an American jazz drummer. Porcaro has recorded with Natalie Cole, Don Ellis, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Gladys Knight, Madonna, The Monkees, Gerry Mulligan, Pink Floyd, Howard Roberts...

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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