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Interviews & Profiles

Robert Schumann's music evokes the image of a child's dreams.

June 8, 2010 The composer's intimate "Träumerei" stakes everything on one moment of epiphany, beautifully set up.

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Mourners at a funeral

March 9, 2010 From sorrow, the music builds to a climax of intensity, and finally reaches serene acceptance.

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Mazurka

March 2, 2010 Commentator Rob Kapilow explains Chopin's condensed expression in a three-minute Mazurka.

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

February 2, 2010 Hear about the clever craft behind Irving Berlin's song, written for the 1935 film Top Hat.

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With just one violin, one piano and two significant notes, Beethoven creates an entire universe within his "Kreutzer" Sonata.

October 14, 2009 With just two notes, Beethoven connects the universe in his "Kreutzer" Sonata for violin and piano.

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Czech composer Leos Janacek sent a non-stop stream of more than 700 love letters to a much younger, married woman; she inspired many of his best works.

September 14, 2009 Hear the composer create a rich psychological universe out of tiny, power-packed emotional nuggets.

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Aaron Copland captured the sound of America's wide open spaces with surprisingly simple techniques.

July 1, 2009 Copland's pure, American sound flows from two simple chords in Appalachian Spring.

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Composer Steve Reich's Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ has a percussive motor that never stops.

April 20, 2009 Commentator Rob Kapilow takes the motor-like rhythms of minimalism out for a test drive.

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clown

March 11, 2009 In the Broadway composer's classic "Send in the Clowns," unexpected notes get surprising results.

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An attention-grabbing opening can be the key to a successful composition.

January 5, 2009 Hear Rob Kapilow discuss the ways composers can set a tone in their works' opening seconds.

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Verdi trumps Shakespeare by inserting a hauntingly beautiful "Ave Maria" into his operatic version of Othello.

December 4, 2008 Hear how Verdi's remarkably beautiful "Ave Maria" transforms his opera Otello.

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Actress and singer Judy Garland wearing as Dorothy from director Victor Fleming's film, The Wizard of Oz.

October 15, 2008 Rob Kapilow reveals the emotional narrative in Harold Arlen's song, based on two simple notes.

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August 21, 2008 Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin"

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December 9, 2005 Can you tell if a piece is by Mozart or Haydn? Take a quiz, and hear a Rob Kapilow commentary.

Czech Composer Antonin Dvorak (1841 - 1904).

July 5, 2004 Commentator Rob Kapilow offers a guide through the "American" Quartet by Antonin Dvorak.

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

February 2, 2010 Hear about the clever craft behind Irving Berlin's song, written for the 1935 film Top Hat.

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Aaron Copland captured the sound of America's wide open spaces with surprisingly simple techniques.

July 1, 2009 Copland's pure, American sound flows from two simple chords in Appalachian Spring.

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America's amber waves of grain inspired teacher Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem later used in the song "America the Beautiful."

November 4, 2008 Election Day is a fine time to explore this anthem's timeless pull on America's heartstrings.

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Actress and singer Judy Garland wearing as Dorothy from director Victor Fleming's film, The Wizard of Oz.

October 15, 2008 Rob Kapilow reveals the emotional narrative in Harold Arlen's song, based on two simple notes.

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February 5, 2007 A new concerto for orchestra and tap dancer showcases the beauty of a form enjoying a revival.

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NPR Artist Directory

Chopin

Frederic Chopin

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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hear and watch exclusive performances from the guitar-playing Mexican duo.

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Hear essential recordings and performances from the lauded quartet.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

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Schumann: Kinderszenen; Kreisleriana; Humoreske

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  • Album: Schumann: Kinderszenen; Kreisleriana; Humoreske
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Barber: Adagio for Strings

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  • Artist: Leonard Slatkin
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Essential Fred Astaire

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Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas

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  • Album: Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas
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Janácek: Streichquartette Nos. 1 & 2; Wolf: Italienische Serenade

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  • Album: Janácek: Streichquartette Nos. 1 & 2; Wolf: Italienische Serenade
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A Copland Celebration Vol. 1

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Steve Reich: Works 1965-1995 [Box Set]

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  • Album: Steve Reich: Works 1965-1995 [Box Set]
  • Artist: Michael Tilson Thomas
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  • Released: 1997
 

Little Night Music [Original Broadway Cast]

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Side by Side by Sondheim

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  • Album: Side by Side by Sondheim
  • Artist: Original London Cast
  • Label: RCA
  • Released: 1976
 

Copland: Appalachian Spring; Gould: Fall River Legend

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  • Album: Copland: Appalachian Spring; Gould: Fall River Legend
  • Artist: Various
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R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Rosenkavalier Suite; Don Juan

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  • Album: R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Rosenkavalier Suite; Don Juan
  • Artist: Lorin Maazel
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Bernstein Century: Gershwin

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  • Album: Bernstein Century: Gershwin
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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Otello

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  • Title: Otello
  • Director: Renee Fleming /PlacidoDomingo
 

Star Spangled Banner [2001]

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  • Album: Star Spangled Banner [2001]
  • Artist: Whitney Houston
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  • Released: 2001
 

Battle Cry of Freedom

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  • Album: Battle Cry of Freedom
  • Artist: Robert Shaw Chorale
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  • Released: 1962
 

America, the Beautiful

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  • Album: America, the Beautiful
  • Artist: Ruby Braff/Dick Hyman
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  • Released: 1984
 

The Essential Leontyne Price

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  • Released: 1996
 

The Wizard of Oz [Rhino Original Soundtrack Deluxe Edition]

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