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Madama Butterfly is one of many unhappy moms in opera.
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May 8, 2014 Mothers in opera tend to be, well, operatic — stressed, dramatic, expressive. Try identifying the manic moms in this Mother's Day puzzler.
Composer Marc Blitzstein (left) with Leonard Bernstein studying the score of a Blitzstein work during a 1947 recording session.
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August 20, 2013 The middle of the 20th century was a golden age for American symphonic music. From William Grant Still's celebration of African-American culture to Marc Blitzstein's ode to aviation and the U.S. military, Harvard scholar Carol Oja explores a compellingly diverse group of American symphonies.
From Kentucky to Carnegie Hall: the musicians on their way to their New York debut, 1950.
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May 25, 2011 A new documentary tells the amazing story of Louisville, Kentucky, where new music was the catalyst for a city's resurgence.
October 23, 2008 Commentator Miles Hoffman offers a classical variation on a political theme: insults and endorsements among the great composers. Invectives hurled at their colleagues and competitors were effective means of shaping public opinion. Whether positive, negative or the all-too-common flip-flop, classical-music criticism, just like political commentary, is little more than biased opinion in time.
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June 10, 2008 Tired of paying too much for gas? Take a virtual road trip with some of America's greatest composers. Stops include Leonard Bernstein's New York and Charles Ives' New England, Ferde Grofe's Grand Canyon and Virgil Thomson's Great Plains.
February 5, 2008 A nation's topography can be linked to its identity and its cultural expression in the arts. In the case of the U.S., the "West" has exercised a central fascination and influence, which is audible in the lean, uncluttered "Western" idiom of symphonic speech.
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