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Pryor, Arthur Willard (22 September 1870–18 June 1942), virtuoso trombonist, conductor, and composer, was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, the son of Samuel Daniel Pryor, a bandleader, and Mary “Mollie” A. Coker, a pianist. Beginning his musical study as early as age six, Pryor studied piano, violin, string bass, cornet, alto horn, and valve trombone. By age eleven he was quite accomplished on the latter instrument, playing solos with his father’s band. At fifteen he taught himself to play the slide trombone utilizing only two positions instead of the usual seven. Later in his career, to his advantage, he used this technique of playing some notes in “false” or “wrong” positions, developing a facility that is often considered the greatest of all time; he also developed a technique for playing chords (multiphonics)....

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Timm, Henry Christian (11 July 1811–05 September 1892), pianist, conductor, and musical factotum, was born in Hamburg, Germany. After completing studies with the composer Albert Gottlieb Methfessel and with Jacob Schmitt, he made his debut as a pianist in 1828. In 1835 he immigrated to New York City; he made his American debut at the Park Theatre on 19 July 1836, performing Johann Nepomuck Hummel’s Rondo Brilliante in A Major. Critical reaction to this performance was not encouraging, and he joined the theater’s orchestra as second horn player. For several years after 1836 he toured in New England and in the South as conductor of an itinerant opera troupe. He then settled briefly in Baltimore, where he held a position as a church organist....