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What Makes It Great

From Beethoven to Broadway, pianist and composer Rob Kapilow reveals the heart of the music with a touch of humor and humility.

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The Octet, which Mendelssohn wrote when he was only 16, continues to inspire with its originality and genius.

February 3, 2009 For the composer's 200th birthday, hear the most remarkable 40 seconds of music by a 16-year-old.

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Simplicity, it turns out, is the secret to the success of Handel's ever-popular "Hallelujah Chorus."

December 23, 2008 Hear what makes Handel's famous chorus from Messiah an all-time favorite.

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Actress and singer Judy Garland wearing as Dorothy from director Victor Fleming's film, The Wizard of Oz.

October 15, 2008 Rob Kapilow reveals the emotional narrative in Harold Arlen's song, based on two simple notes.

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Robert Schumann's music evokes the image of a child's dreams.

June 8, 2010 The composer's intimate "Träumerei" stakes everything on one moment of epiphany, beautifully set up.

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50 GREAT VOICES

The late Hawaiian musician was best-known for his ukulele-backed cover of "Over the Rainbow."

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: The Voice Of Hawaii

The late Hawaiian musician was best-known for his ukulele-backed cover of "Over the Rainbow."

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