Hank Williams
Hank Williams

American county singer, guitarist, and songwriter
A mesmerizing performer and skilled musician, Willams had awe-inspiring songwriting abilities, and with them he defined modern country music.

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September ...

Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland

American classical composer
Departing from European styles, Copland helped define the musical identity of America, drawing on American ethnic and folk music and themes and on his assiduous study of the visual arts.

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Maybelle Carter
Maybelle Carter

American country guitarist
As part of the musical Carter family, Carter helped create modern commercial country music, familial ties giving early country music its musical flavor as well as its stage presence.

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Mississippi John Hurt
Mississippi John Hurt

American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist
Storytelling balladry and touches of ragtime were strong elements in Hurt’s music, which was deeply rooted in traditions that predated the blues.

Born:
March 8...

Frank Martin
Frank Martin

Swiss classical composer
Martin developed a highly original compositional style that incorporated numerous influences, ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach, French Impressionism, serial techniques, and folk music.

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