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Animals are fun to pet. They also make great guest appearances in music.

Read Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz

April 22, 2014 – For Earth Day, try to spot the animal sounds songwriters and composers work into their music.

Early music specialist Jordi Savall has turned his attention to the widely varied music of the Balkans. "For me," he says, "it's one of the most exciting projects that happened in the last 20 years."

Read Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey

April 20, 2014 – The viol master explores the rich musical traditions of a region steeped in culture and conflict.


Look, Ma! Behind our backs!

Watch Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted

April 17, 2014 – Watch a bout of musical (and very physical) one-upwomanship that's gone viral.

Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion was first heard on Good Friday, 1727 in Leipzig, Germany.

Listen A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion'

April 17, 2014 – Take a guided tour of Bach's sacred masterpiece with acclaimed singers, scholars and conductors.


Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams has won the Pulitzer Prize for music with an homage to the sea called Become Ocean.

Listen Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

April 14, 2014 – Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.


Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas.

Read A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

April 12, 2014 – An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.


Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.

Watch Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

April 9, 2014 – Seventy-five years ago, Marian Anderson sang before a crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial.


Jonathan Carney is the concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Read Fiddle In A Pickle: Jonathan Carney's Concertmaster Quiz

April 8, 2014 – Test your knowledge of symphonic violin solos with the concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony.

Rick Blaine, the sentimental tough guy in Casablanca, pined for "As Time Goes By."

Watch Play It Again And Again, Sam

April 7, 2014 – 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before.


Antique bows were often made with a small piece of ivory that clamps the bow hairs onto the wood.

Read Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

April 7, 2014 – Tighter regulations on ivory coming in and out of the U.S. could have a serious impact on musicians.


Kristine Opolais made her Madama Butterfly debut as Cio-Cio-San, only to get a last-minute call to play Mimi in La Boheme.

Read Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours

April 7, 2014 – Soprano Kristine Opolais made Metropolitan Opera history singing back to back Puccini roles.


Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures

Watch A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood

April 4, 2014 – Violinist Yevgeny Kutik based his latest album on an artifact from his family's journey to the U.S.


Was playing a much-maligned instrument — or writing about it beautifully — part of Kwasi Enin's secret? (Not that he is playing the 'Archinto' Stradivarius pictured here.)

Read How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola.

April 3, 2014 – Star student Kwasi Enin says music is at the core of his happiness — and his achievements.

Gods, monsters and Rhinemaidens populate Richard Wagner's 16-hour epic Ring cycle.

Read Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company

April 1, 2014 – Get Richard or die trying: An opera company is performing Wagner continuously to raise $8 million.

Valentina Lisitsa's new Chasing Pianos features Michael Nyman's music for the Oscar-winning film The Piano.

Read First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos'

March 30, 2014 – The pianist, the composer, his tunes and her talent: Valentina Lisitsa plays Michael Nyman's music.

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