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Daniel Stepner performs on the violin once owned by Mozart himself.

Watch Mozart's Violin Comes To Boston, Live In Concert WGBH

June 19, 2013 – Mozart himself never made it to America — but his violin and viola did. Hear and see them played. WGBH

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Violinist Amandine Beyer holds Mozart's own violin backstage at Boston's Jordan Hall on Monday.

Read Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

June 14, 2013 – Hearing — and holding — Mozart's own instruments is a thrill like no other.

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Mozart's Queen of the Night (portrayed here by soprano Diana Damrau), in his The Magic Flute, is one of opera's more intense mothers.

Read Moms In Opera: 5 Women On The Edge

May 9, 2013 – Why are so many operatic moms depicted as murderous women on the verge of a nervous breakdown?

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Chrome Depot

May 3, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

The Mehter Turkish Army Band, wearing traditional Ottoman Era costumes, in a 1957 photo.

Watch Marches Madness: 'Turkish' Mozart, Jazzed By An Expert

March 27, 2013 – Meta music: Mozart's Orientalist fantasy, tweaked by Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Psy Opera

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

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Next On CBS — 'Survivor: Tanglewood'

July 20, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Fathers have played an important role in shaping musical history.

Watch Tracing The Trail Of Musical Fathers

June 15, 2012 – Commentator Miles Hoffman introduces a few famous dads whose children became master musicians.

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 Clockwise from upper left: Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, The Mountain Goats, Suzanne Vega.

Read The Speak-Singing Debate: Just Sing The Damn Song!

April 3, 2012 – Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton debate the polarizing and hard-to-define art of "speak-singing."

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Conductor and composer Michael Tilson Thomas.

Read Around The Classical Internet: March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012 – Yiddish- and English-speaking mavericks, students too cool for middle school and much more.

Soprano Veronique Gens and tenor Joseph Kaiser star in a production of Gluck's Alceste at the 2010 Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Popping Opera's Bloated Bubble

March 8, 2012 – The excesses of the early 18th century take a decisive hit from a reformer.

The Musical Education Of Augustus Gloop.

Read The Musical Education Of Augustus Gloop

March 2, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Lorin Maazel conducting Mozart's Symphony No. 40 — with no score — live at Carnegie Hall on March 3, 2012.

Read The Vienna Philharmonic At Carnegie Hall WQXR

March 1, 2012 – Lorin Maazel leads Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Wagner's 'Ring' whittled down to 70 minutes. WQXR

Know your rallentando from your accelerando? Opera singers must follow the composer's musical road signs.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Musical Signposts

February 1, 2012 – Opera singers must obey the musical traffic signals, knowing an accelerando from a rallentando.

Soprano Patricia Ciofi sings an aria from Verdi's Rigoletto.

Read Talk Like An Opera Geek: Arias, Odds And Ends

January 25, 2012 – The skinny on what's sung when the singer stands alone.

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