Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Marco Borggreve/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The special effects in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's music helped forge a new cutting-edge style. /De Agostini/Getty Images hide caption

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From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

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Belcea Quartet Plays Beethoven At Carnegie Hall

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Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103

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Pianist Gabriela Montero's Election Improv

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For violinist Gidon Kremer's new album, he commissioned 11 composers to rework and build on keyboard music by J.S. Bach. Courtesy of ECM records hide caption

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Bass Boris Christoff plays Philip II of Spain in Verdi's Don Carlo. Although the real Philip was a successful politician, he bankrupted his government four times. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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The original production of John Adams' Nixon in China (at Houston Grand Opera) celebrates the 25-year mark. Jim Caldwell /Houston Grand Opera hide caption

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After a contentious labor duspute, the Indianapolis Symphony returns to the stage this weekend. Thomas J. Russo /Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Partita No. 1 in B-flat

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Violin Concerto [1. Mirage]

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