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Mahler's ironic funeral march, in his first symphony, was inspired by this woodcut of forest animals bearing the hunter to his grave.

Watch Marches Madness: Mahler's Twisted Nursery Rhyme

March 21, 2013 – Crafting a funeral march out of a children's song made Mahler's very first symphony a game changer.

Composer Peter Lieberson wrote his Neruda Songs for his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

Read Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters

February 14, 2013 – For ages composers have written love letters, but not with words on paper. Their language is music.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read And RuPaul Is From Poulenc

January 4, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

What happens when musicians slow the music way down?

Read How Slow Can You Go?

August 20, 2012 – It's good to take it easy during these dog days of summer. But how slow is too slow?

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená collaborated with a conductor she knows well, the Berlin Philharmonic's Simon Rattle — who's also her husband.

Read Magdalena Kozena's Labor of 'Love And Longing'

August 7, 2012 – The mezzo-soprano's mastery of expression in a wide variety of music shines on her new album.

The English contralto Kathleen Ferrier had a voice like no other. She was born 100 years ago.

Read Kathleen Ferrier: A Voice Not Forgotten

May 15, 2012 – A new 14-CD set marks the centenary of the great English singer's birth.

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the L.A. Philharmonic in a rehearsal of Mahler's Symphony No. 4, on tour last month in Caracas, Venezuela.

Read Mahler For The People: The L.A. Philharmonic In Caracas KUSC

March 1, 2012 – The L.A. musicians played for thousands and saw Venezuela's "El Sistema" music education up close. KUSC


Simon Rattle conducts Mahler and Wolf at Carnegie Hall Saturday, February 25, 2012.

Read The Berlin Philharmonic At Carnegie Hall WQXR

February 24, 2012 – Simon Rattle leads a performance of Mahler's immense and searching Second Symphony. WQXR

Fiction by the Ebene Quartet was one of our favorite albums this year.

Read Top Classical Albums Of 2011

December 8, 2011 – From modernism to Mendelssohn and the massive sound of Mahler, a wide-ranging top 10 list.

Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.

Watch Which Composer Is The Biggest Badass?

June 27, 2011 – An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate.

All the classical news that's fit to link.

Read Around The Classical Internet: June 10, 2011

June 10, 2011 – A dissolved orchestra, handsomely paid CEOs and a viola melee: all the classical news fit to link.

Your weekly classical music news fix.

Read Around The Classical Internet: May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011 – Tussling in Philadelphia, springing for music, remembering Mahler and much more.

The 111-year-old Philadelphia Orchestra is facing crippling deficits.

Watch Philadelphia Orchestra Close to Bankruptcy? APM

April 15, 2011 – The 111-year-old orchestra may decide Saturday morning to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. APM

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel

Watch Milk Duds And Dudamel: The L.A. Philharmonic Hits The Multiplexes

January 6, 2011 – Will Gustavo Dudamel's dynamic conducting pay off in live concerts transmitted to movie theaters?


Read First Listen: Mahler, 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' WGBH

December 12, 2010 – Hear baritone Thomas Hampson's new recording of Gustav Mahler's 'Wunderhorn' songs in its entirety. WGBH

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