Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion was first heard on Good Friday, 1727 in Leipzig, Germany. Getty Images hide caption

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Take a guided tour through the 'St. Matthew Passion'

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Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams has won the Pulitzer Prize for music with an homage to the sea called Become Ocean. Evan Hurd Photography hide caption

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John Luther Adams: 'Become Ocean' (excerpt courtesy of the Seattle Symphony)

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Valentina Lisitsa's new Chasing Pianos features Michael Nyman's music for the Oscar-winning film The Piano. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Chasing Pianos: The Piano Music of Michael Nyman

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Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, captured around 1733, in a portrait by one of his relatives, Gottlieb Friedrich Bach. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty

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Robert Ashley's operas for television redefined the genre. Joanne Savio/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83

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Violinist Augustin Hadelich pairs a classic concerto with a contemporary one on this new album. Rosalie O'Connor hide caption

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Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos

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Soprano Ailyn Perez and tenor Stephen Costello met in music school. Now married, the couple sings together around the world — as in Gounod's Romeo and Juliet at Opera Philadelphia in 2001. Kelly & Massa Photography/Opera Philadelphia hide caption

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