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The special effects in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's music helped forge a new cutting-edge style.

Read Calculated Instability: The Pioneering Sonatas Of C.P.E. Bach

November 20, 2012 – The quirky music of J.S. Bach's most impressive son delights in an album by pianist Danny Driver.

An autographed portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Read Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music

November 19, 2012 – A leading conductor and an author explain the resonances behind a famous phrase in music.


Hunting and gathering music for your Thanksgiving holiday? Check out our playlist.

Read Don't Forget The Music: A Well-Seasoned Thanksgiving Soundtrack

November 19, 2012 – Our suggestions for a Turkey Day playlist, brimming with American sounds.

John Eliot Gardiner leads the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on November 17, 2012.

Listen Gardiner Leads Beethoven's Missa Solemnis WQXR

November 17, 2012 – The celebrated English conductor leads a performance of one of Beethoven's most expansive works. WQXR

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Harmonic. Phil Harmonic.

November 16, 2012 – Friday's are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä, whose pleas to his symphony's management and players just went public.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 16, 2012 – Vänskä pleads for both sides to work together in Minnesota and a monocled (!) tenor signs to DG.

Ambient music composer William Basinski says the four-volume work, now a box set, saved his life.

Listen Divinity From Dust: The Healing Power Of 'The Disintegration Loops'

November 15, 2012 – Ambient music composer William Basinski's masterpiece is the sound of audio tapes falling apart.

From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.

Listen From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

November 15, 2012 – Hear an eclectic mix of music as the adventurous cellist spins his favorites in the studio.


Composer Vivian Fung's new album embraces the influence of John Cage and introduces her own versatile sound.

Read Classical Lost And Found: The Versatile Sound Of Vivian Fung

November 13, 2012 – The young composer's recent works are played with precision and heart by the Metropolis Ensemble.

Composer Elliott Carter, who died on Nov. 5 at age 103.

Read Daniel Barenboim Remembers Elliott Carter

November 12, 2012 – The world-renowned conductor and pianist reflects on his late friend and colleague Elliott Carter.

Soprano Maria Slatinaru and bass Paul Plishka perform in a 1986 production of Verdi's La Forza del Destino at the San Francisco Opera.

Read Verdi's 'La Forza,' Born Under A Bad Sign

November 10, 2012 – The opera flopped on its first run, and carries the stigma of cursing those who perform it.


This month, a symphony composed by World War II veteran Harold Van Heuvelen had its premiere.

Read A Veteran's Standing Ovation, 70 Years In The Making

November 10, 2012 – This week, Harold Van Heuvelen finally saw the debut of a symphony he wrote during World War II.


Flanked by composer Leonard Slatkin and soprano Jessye Norman, John Williams takes a bow during his 80th-birthday celebration at Tanglewood in August.

Read John Williams' Inevitable Themes

November 10, 2012 – Perhaps the world's most recognized contemporary composer, Williams calls retiring "unthinkable."


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Young Nate Silver Picks A Career

November 9, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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