Classically trained composer Guo Yong says it took him years to see the value of his Buyi minority music, such as blowing on leaves to mimic birdsong. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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Jordi Savall has long been a major figure of early music. His new album focuses on the musical interchange between Spain and the New World. Getty Images hide caption

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