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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.

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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.

Valdres is a friendly, lilting march with clever contrapuntal touches.

Watch Marches Madness: Sticking Together

March 11, 2013 – Drumline or mustache? You have your pick in a pair of performances of a charming Norwegian march.

Simone Dinnerstein (left) and Tift Merritt's new album, Night, comes out March 19.

Read First Listen: Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt, 'Night'

March 10, 2013 – There's a solemn intimacy to these songs, and how they're delivered, that speaks one-on-one.

The Toreador march from Bizet's Carmen has popped up in some unlikely places, including the 1960s TV show Gilligan's Island.

Watch Marches Madness: 'Carmen' And The Castaways

March 8, 2013 – A song for a Spanish toreador from French opera is a favorite of filmmakers — and the shipwrecked.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Well-Limbered Clavier

March 8, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

In Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, he imagines his own march to the guillotine.

Watch Marches Madness: Off With His Head!

March 7, 2013 – In Hector Berlioz's creepy symphonic fantasy, brass snarl and winds shriek like feral beasts.

Cornetist Adam Rosbottom rehearses with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band in January. The band was founded in South Yorkshire, England, in 1917.

Read Britain's Brass Bands: A Working-Class Tradition On The Wane

March 6, 2013 – A matter of civic pride since the 19th century, the U.K.'s coal-town brass bands are dying out.

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Osvaldo Golijov's St. Mark Passion at Carnegie Hall.

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March 6, 2013 – Hear one of the most vibrant pieces of 21st-century music: a new retelling of Jesus' last days. WQXR

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For Queen Mary II's funeral, Henry Purcell wrote a simple and stately march.

Watch Marches Madness: Mourning Queen Mary II

March 6, 2013 – Henry Purcell's music for a royal funeral inspires composers more than 400 years later.

Soprano Veronica Cangemi with members of the Emsemble Matheus at their Zankel Hall performance on March 6, 2013.

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March 6, 2013 – Hear a top French chamber orchestra bring passionate life to works by Handel and Vivaldi. WQXR

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Charles Gounod's quirky march about marionettes found new life as the theme music to Alfred Hitchcock's suspense show on TV.

Watch Marches Madness: Puppets And A Funeral

March 5, 2013 – Surprisingly jaunty music about the death of a puppet finds its way to Alfred Hitchcock's TV show.

Van Cliburn in concert in 1993.

Read Memories Of Van Cliburn From Medalists

March 4, 2013 – Van Cliburn competition winners remember the great pianist, who died last month at age 78.

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