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Joseph Jean-Baptiste Laurent Arban (Composer)
Born: 28th February 1825, Lyon, France
Died: 8th April 1889, Paris, France
Joseph Jean-Baptiste Laurent Arban was a cornetist, conductor, composer, pedagogue and the first famed virtuoso of the cornet à piston or valved cornet. He was influenced by Niccolò Paganini's virtuosic technique on the violin and successfully proved that the cornet was a true solo instrument by developing virtuoso technique on the instrument.