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Steinway & Sons' pianos have become such a recognized standard amongst (classical) musicians that there are even official "Steinway Artists" which include the likes of George Gershwin and Billy Joel.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms are three of the most influential musicians in Western history and as such, are credited with putting their mutual home country, Germany, "on the musical map".
In the classical days, ebony, a hardwood found primarily in West Africa, was used to make the black keys on pianos. In modern times however, plastic is mostly used to make piano keys, both black and white.
Answer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Despite being a musical genius Pyotr Tchaikovsky had his mental issues. For instance, he was a hypochondriac who actually held his head with his chin while conducting after once imagining that it may actually fall off!
Though born in France and raised in the United States, Yo-Yo Ma was actually born to Chinese parents, with both his mother and father having professional music backgrounds.
Despite ultimately proven to be a charlatan, British oculist John Taylor (1703-1772) was respected enough during his day to have worked on the eyes of both J. S. Bach (1750) and George Handel (1758). Taylor's surgeries resulted in Bach going blind and seemingly contributed to Handel's death. Later in life, Taylor would also go blind.
Most of Frédéric Chopin's works are solo piano pieces. However, he did occasionally deviate, such as his "Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C Major for Cello and Piano", which he composed for Prince Antonin Radziwill of Poland and his daughter, Princess Wanda.
Singspiel is an opera form that originated circa the early 17th century. Renowned German composer Johann Adam Hiller is considered to be the orignator of this art form.
Beethoven's hearing starting deteriorating in his late 20s, and by the time he was in his mid 40s, he was practically deaf. However, this impairment did not prevent him from composing music, albeit in lower notes than he had prior.
"The Five" (Mily Balakirev, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Borodin), also known as "the Mighty Handful" and "the New Russian School", were instrumental in shaping the form of classical Russian music in the 19th century.