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We have a 1921 Iowa state law to thank for an increased interest in band music.

Watch Marches Madness: Hurray For Taxes!

March 20, 2013 – Hear a Wisconsin band play the Iowa Band Law March, which celebrates municipal support of music.

Mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry (center) in a 2010 production of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha at the Châtelet Theater in Paris.

Watch Marches Madness: High-Stepping To Scott Joplin

March 19, 2013 – Scott Joplin's only opera ends with a slow march that's "happy as a bird in June."

Lisa Batiashvili plays the Stradivarius used to help birth Brahms' great Violin Concerto in D.

Read Music We Love Now: New Albums Of Bach, Beethoven And Brahms

March 19, 2013 – New albums of music by the "Three Bs" prove going back to basics has its advantages.

For his zany opera The Love for Three Oranges, Prokofiev wrote a little march that made it big.

Watch Marches Madness: Freshly Squeezed Oranges In 4/4 Time

March 18, 2013 – An opera about oranges offers a jaunty little march and one of Prokofiev's best-loved melodies.

A coach and high school students work on Osvaldo Golijov's Passion According to St. Mark with the composer (right) in November 2012.

Watch How Does A Jewish Artist Tell The Ultimate Christian Story?

March 17, 2013 – An Argentine composer's vivid Passion According to St. Mark presents "a Latin American Jesus."


Watch Marches Madness: Beware Friday The 15th!

March 15, 2013 – For the Ides of March, Respighi's blazing "Pines of the Appian Way" will make you feel like Caesar.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Stradivari Is My Co-Pilot

March 15, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who jump-started her stalled-out career by posting videos on YouTube.

Watch The Classical Pianist With 55 Million YouTube Hits

March 14, 2013 – First get millions of fans, then the recording contract: still a new idea in classical music.

A marching band perfroms before the introduction of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday in Vatican City.

Watch Marches Madness: Heralding The Pope

March 14, 2013 – Before the introduction of Pope Francis, a marching band played Charles Gounod's Pontifical March.

The newly elected Pope Francis (formerly known as opera lover and Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City.

Read Breaking: Pope Francis Loves Opera

March 13, 2013 – Pretty much the first thing that Cardinal Egan shared about the new pontiff? That he loves opera.

"Putnam's Camp," by Charles Ives, depicts a small town Fourth of July fantasy.

Watch Marches Madness: Patriotic Pandemonium

March 13, 2013 – The son of a Civil War bandmaster wrote a Fourth of July march as raucous as colliding parades.

A scene from the theatrical staging of David T. Little's Soldier Songs at the Prototype Festival in New York in January.

Read Can Effective And Affecting Art Come Out Of War?

March 13, 2013 – A new opera by David T. Little chronicles three generations of soldiers' experiences.

Dan Deacon at home in his practice space.

Watch Dan Deacon's Practice Space WQXR

March 12, 2013 – Watch a documentary on the eccentric composer's practice space, which used to be a concert venue. WQXR

In an age when we are hearing more music than ever, are opera and ballet elitist?

Read Tell Us: Are Ballet And Opera Elitist?

March 12, 2013 – Is it the music that's elitist, or just those who go to hear it? Join the discussion.

Verdi's opera Aida, set in the time of the Pharaohs, is known for its extravagance, yet its "Triumphal March" is surprisingly simple.

Watch Marches Madness: Walk Like An Egyptian

March 12, 2013 – For all the grand excess of Verdi's Aida, its "Triumphal March" is surprisingly simple.

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