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Harry Lawrence Freeman, the Harlem Renaissance composer of the opera Voodoo. H. Lawrence Freeman Papers, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University hide caption

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Gunther Schuller, shown conducting Charles Mingus's Epitaph in 2007, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, conductor and educator. He died Sunday at age 89. Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images hide caption

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The First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival will give competitors 13-17 years old a chance at a Cliburn victory. Van Cliburn Foundation hide caption

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Composer Terry Riley (center) celebrates his 50th birthday in 1985 with his muses in the Kronos Quartet (from left) David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt and Joan Jeanrenaud. Richard McCaffrey/Courtesy of Kronos Quartet hide caption

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Mahan Esfahani's new album, Time Present and Time Past, combines Baroque and minimalist works for the harpsichord. Bernhard Musil/Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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Michael Giacchino (left), pictured with director Colin Trevorrow, composed the music for this summer's Jurassic World, the latest score in a prolific, blockbuster career. Maria Giacchino hide caption

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Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld and his wife Malwina were Wagner's original Tristan and Isolde in 1865. Joseph Albert/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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The monks of Norcia, Italy have recorded their first album, Benedicta. Christopher McLallan/Decca hide caption

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From a 2012 New York Philharmonic production of Candide, Marin Alsop conducts a cast that includes (from right) Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Paul Groves and Janine LaManna. Randy Brooke/WireImage hide caption

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Composer, librettist and conductor Matthew Aucoin in rehearsal. Jeremy Daniel/American Repertory Theater hide caption

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Pianist and composer Stephen Hough. Andrew Crowley/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After 42 years, cellist Joel Krosnick (foreground, left) is bidding farewell to the Juilliard String Quartet. Sony Classical/Simon Powis hide caption

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The Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of conductor Osmo Vanska (center) performs during a concert at the Cuban National Theater in Havana on Friday. Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Andras Schiff had a change of heart when it comes to the fortepiano. Nadia F. Romanini/ECM Records hide caption

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Sina Shahbazmohamadi places a 3-D printed copy of a recorder foot joint into a measuring device in a lab at the University of Connecticut's Center for Clean Energy Engineering. Peter Morenus/UConn hide caption

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Philip Glass photographed in New York City in 1980. Jack Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Roomful of Teeth's new album is Render, out April 28. Bonica Ayala/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On the Bang on a Can All-Stars' new album, Field Recordings, composers riff on a range of recorded sounds. Peter Serling/Bang on a Can hide caption

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Donald Palumbo became the Met's chorus master in the 2007-2008 season. He sang in choruses all his life, he says, and eventually worked his way up without any formal conservatory training. Marty Sohl/Courtesy of the Met hide caption

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