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.
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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.
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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.
Classic FM editor Daniel Ross' analysis of an intriguing tune hummed by British prime minister David Cameron has set off a small flood of musical inventions, at least among certain music nerds.
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.
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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.
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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.
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