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Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15 [7. Träumerei]
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Adagio for strings, Op. 11
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Mazurka for piano No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17/4, CT. 63
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Hear What Makes Berlin's 'Cheek To Cheek' So Great
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Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47
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Hear What Makes 'Appalachian Spring' So Great
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Send in the Clowns
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