"Even people who come in cold without any knowledge — you still hope that somehow the music will speak to them," Christopher Rouse says. Jeffrey Herman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Newlywed Composer Christopher Rouse On His Encoded Musical Love Letters

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Breaking the Waves explores the relationship between a deeply religious young woman named Bess (played by Keira Duffy) and a Nordic oil worker named Jan. Dominic M. Mercier/Opera Philadelphia hide caption

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'It's Familiar To All The Women In My Family:' Adapting Von Trier For The Opera

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James Horner in 2011. The composer, responsible for more than 100 film scores over 40 years, died in a plane crash in 2015. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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James Horner's Posthumous Works Tell A Story Of His Life

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On his new album, pianist Pavel Kolesnikov arranges Chopin's Mazurkas like a mixtape. Colin Way/Hyperion Records hide caption

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09Mazurka, in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and celebrated critic Virgil Thomson, photographed in 1972. The Library of America has brought out a second volume of his writings on music. Jack Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Virgil Thomson: On being a composer

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From Trash To Triumph: The Recycled Orchestra

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In 1959, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was performed for the first time by an all-Chinese orchestra and sung in Mandarin. Courtesy of China National Symphony Orchecstra hide caption

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Tracing The People's Republic Of Beethoven

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The members of The Westerlies call themselves "an accidental brass quartet." Michael George hide caption

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Songs We Love: The Westerlies, 'Saro'

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang on the balcony of David Geffen Hall while 1,000 people gathered below him on the Lincoln Center Plaza, in New York to sing one of his new pieces. Noriko Okabe hide caption

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On The Steps Of Lincoln Center, A Choir The Size Of An Army

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As an instrumental Fellow, Miles Salerni plays timpani with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Hilary Scott/Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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If At First (Or Fourth) You Don't Succeed, Join The Tanglewood Stage Crew

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Marin Alsop and John Adams at a performance of Adams' Dr. Atomic at the Cabrillo Festival in 2008. Cabrillo Festival hide caption

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A Parting Gift — With Legs — For Marin Alsop At The Cabrillo Festival

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Polish composer Henryk Górecki, in Zakopane, Poland, in 1994 — two years after a recording of his Symphony No. 3 became a surprise hit. Górecki died in 2010. Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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13Hej, z gory, z gory

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    Very Best of Gorecki
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Timothy Laughlin (Aaron Blake, left) meets Hawkins Fuller (Joseph Lattanzi) in Cincinnati Opera's world premiere production of Fellow Travelers, based on the novel by Thomas Mallon. Philip Groshong/Cincinnati Opera hide caption

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A New Opera Illuminates The 'Lavender Scare,' A Little-Explored Era In Gay History

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James Maddalena (right) as Richard Nixon and John Duykers as Mao Tse-tung in the 1987 Houston Grand Opera world premiere of Nixon in China by composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman. Jim Caldwell/Houston Grand Opera hide caption

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An American Opera Impresario Takes His Final Bow

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs live in New York City on June 7, 2015 at a special NPR Music event. Quincy Ledbetter/NPR hide caption

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Watch Yo-Yo Ma Play A Moving Tribute To Going Home

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Kronos Quartet has commissioned 50 pieces of music for its latest project, Fifty for the Future. Jay Blakesberg/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kronos Quartet Wants To Give You Free Music — And Teach You How To Play It

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