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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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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Joseph Calleja performed a Tiny Desk Concert November 26. Abbey Oldham/Abbey Oldham/NPR hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

Robert Ashley: Opera's Misunderstood Innovator

The composer's operas for TV completely rethought the structures of the old European model for a new generation.

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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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