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Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer.

Watch Treasures In The Attic: Finding A Jazz Master's Lost Orchestral Music

February 2, 2013 – Conductor Marin Alsop retraces her steps in uncovering symphonic work of James P. Johnson.

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The traditional Jewish Kaddish prayer gets turned on its head in Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3.

Read Leonard Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony: A Crisis Of Faith

September 29, 2012 – Conductor Marian Alsop muses on her mentor's most religious symphony, which raises many questions.

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Sergei Prokofiev (pictured) wrote a Fifth Symphony that has special resonance in Sao Paulo for conductor Marin Alsop.

Read A Grand Soviet Symphony, By Way Of Brazil

July 21, 2012 – An American conductor explains why Russian music suits her Sao Paolo orchestra.

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British composer Edward Elgar, seated at his desk at Severn House in Hampstead. His Symphony No. 1 was hailed as the best British symphony ever when it debuted in 1908.

Read Elgar's Belated Symphony: Majestic, Noble And Perfectly British

May 5, 2012 – Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the enduring qualities of the English composer's first symphony.

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Richard Strauss' iconic opening to Also Sprach Zarathustra evokes a sense of vastness and power, Marin Alsop says.

Read Alsop Sprach Zarathustra: Decoding Strauss' Tone Poem

January 14, 2012 – Marin Alsop investigates the alluring power behind the grand opening of Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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Actress Jean Seberg plays Joan of Arc in the 1957 Otto Preminger film Saint Joan.

Read Arthur Honegger's Joan Of Arc For The Ages

November 5, 2011 – Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the timelessness of France's national hero and her musical story.

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Giuseppe Verdi poured operatic drama into his Requiem, written in 1874 in memory of his friend Alessandro Manzoni.

Read Verdi's Requiem: An Opera In Disguise

June 4, 2011 – Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the human story and vivid drama Verdi packed into his Requiem Mass.

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Samuel Barber

Listen Building A Career On Barber, The Enigmatic American

October 30, 2010 – Conductor Marin Alsop discovers there's more to Samuel Barber than his famed Adagio.

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Gustav Mahler, composer

Listen A Composer On The Couch: Mahler Meets Freud

July 3, 2010 – Conductor Marin Alsop's latest adventure muses on a meeting between Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud

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Listen Marin Alsop's Shared Musical Roots

November 14, 2009 – The Baltimore conductor programs a season that explores cultural and musical connections.

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Listen An Oasis Of New Music At The Cabrillo Festival

August 1, 2009 – The revered Santa Cruz festival may be almost 50 years old, but each year the music is brand-new.

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Listen Jennifer Higdon And Me: A Musical Friendship

May 23, 2009 – Alsop and Jennifer Higdon had never talked about gender in the classical-music world, until now.

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Listen Copland: Early Music From America's Composer

December 27, 2008 – Conductor Marin Alsop explores the bold and bucolic sides of Aaron Copland's early music.

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Listen Revisiting Bernstein's Immodest 'Mass'

September 27, 2008 – Conductor Marin Alsop uncovers the personal philosophy within Bernstein's most controversial work.

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Listen Robert Schumann: Music Amid The Madness

June 21, 2008 – Conductor Marin Alsop muses on her fascination with music by the mentally unstable Robert Schumann.

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