Cellists with the Playa Pops Symphony warm up before performing at Burning Man in 2014. Jaki Levy/Courtesy of Burning Man hide caption

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Anna Thorvaldsdottír's music evokes the beautifully austere landscapes of her native Iceland. Saga Sigurdardottir/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ gives a Gershwin classic an expressive, evocative twist with the đàn bâù, a traditional Vietnamese instrument. Nguyen Nhat Hoang/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Soprano Dawn Upshaw (second from right) and fellows from Tanglewood's summer program performed the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi's Carroll in Numberland July 25. Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Documentation of Roman Totenberg's Stradivarius violin. The instrument went missing after one of Roman's concerts but was rediscovered more than three decades later. Courtesy of the Totenberg family hide caption

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Tenor Placido Domingo performs the title role in a 1994 performance of Verdi's Otello at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Johan Elbers/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn star as Ada and Inman in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain at the Santa Fe Opera. Ken Howard/Courtesy of the Santa Fe Opera hide caption

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William Schimmel distills Mahler's lengthy Ninth Symphony down to under seven minutes. Illustration by Joan Chiverton hide caption

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Lalo Schifrin composed the soundtrack to the original Mission: Impossible TV series in 1966. Flickr hide caption

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