Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.
Richard Chronister (1930 – 1999): American Piano Pedagogue
- Studied music at University of Tulsa, receiving his Bachelors in 1952 and his Masters in 1955.
- Taught at Westminster Choir College in 1956 and University of Tulsa in 1959, where he founded and directed the piano pedagogy program (the first to be recognized by the National Association of Schools of Music).
- In 1961, appointed educational director in charge of teacher training at the New School for Music Study.
- In 1968, co-founder and educational director for the National Keyboard Arts Associates, while also director of piano pedagogy for Westminster Choir College.
- In 1980, co-founder and executive director for the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy.
- Founding Board member for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.
- Founder, editor and publisher of Keyboard Companion.
- Published posthumously: A Piano Teacher’s Legacy (Selected Writings by Richard Chronister), containing previously unpublished lecture notes from 1970 – 1999, articles and addresses.
- "Richard Chronister." Clavier Companion. The Piano Magazine Clavier Companion, 1999. Web. 18 Sept. 2015.
- "Richard Chronister." Piano Pedagogy. The New School for Music Study, n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2015.
- Chronister, Richard, and Edward Darling, ed. A Piano Teacher’s Legacy – Selected Writings by Richard Chronister. Kingston: The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, 2005. GoodReads. Web. 18 Sept. 2015.
- "A Piano Teacher’s Legacy – Selected Writings by Richard Chronister." The Free Library By Farlex. Farlex, Inc. n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2015.
1930, Wurlitzer Golden Age
The 1930’s – 1940’s considered golden age for Wurlitzer with the purchase of the patented music box mechanism (jukebox) along with hiring inventor Homer Capehart and designer Paul Fuller with the slogan “Music for Milllions.”
- "Wurlitzer Jukebox Company History." Archive Gibson. Gibson Guitar Corp., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2015.
- "Wurlitzer, 150 Years in as Many Words." Jukebox UK. Jukeboxes Unlimited, 2013. Web. 18 Sept. 2015.
Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930): American Composer, Lyricist – 20th Century Period
Otis Spann (1930 – 1970): American Blues Pianist, Singer
Ahmad Jamal (b. 1930): American Jazz pianist, Composer – 20th Century Period (Cool Jazz)
Alfred Brendel (b. 1931): Austrian of German, Italian and Slavonic descent Classical Pianist
Glenn Gould (1932 – 1982): Canadian Classical Pianist, Writer, Composer – 20th Century Period
Nina Simone (1933 – 2003): American Classical and Jazz Pianist, Singer, Songwriter – 20th Century Period
Van Cliburn (1934 – 2013): American Classical Pianist (Cliburn Competition named after him.)
Karl Heller (b. 1935): German Musicologist
- Studied at Musikhochschule in Weimer, University of Jena, and University of Leipzig. Received his doctorate in 1965 from Rostock University.
- Professor at Rostock of 17th and 18th century instrumental music with an emphasis on J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi.
- Wrote several books on Vivaldi (including his dissertation), the latest being Antonio Vivaldi: The Red Priest Of Venice (1991), and several on J.S. Bach.
- Kaden, Christian. "Heller, Karl (Wilhelm)." Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, 2007 – 2015. Web. 18 Sept. 2015.