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Robert Schumann's music evokes the image of a child's dreams.

Listen Robert Schumann's Childhood Dreams

June 8, 2010 – The composer's intimate "Träumerei" stakes everything on one moment of epiphany, beautifully set up.

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Mourners at a funeral

Listen Barber's 'Adagio': Naked Expression Of Emotion

March 9, 2010 – From sorrow, the music builds to a climax of intensity, and finally reaches serene acceptance.

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Mazurka

Listen A World Of Expression In A Tiny Chopin Mazurka APM

March 2, 2010 – Commentator Rob Kapilow explains Chopin's condensed expression in a three-minute Mazurka. APM

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Listen 'Cheek To Cheek': The Melody Lingers On

February 2, 2010 – Hear about the clever craft behind Irving Berlin's song, written for the 1935 film Top Hat.

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With just one violin, one piano and two significant notes, Beethoven creates an entire universe within his "Kreutzer" Sonata.

Listen Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata Connections

October 14, 2009 – With just two notes, Beethoven connects the universe in his "Kreutzer" Sonata for violin and piano.

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Czech composer Leos Janacek sent a non-stop stream of more than 700 love letters to a much younger, married woman; she inspired many of his best works.

Listen Janacek's Love Letters, With Strings Attached

September 14, 2009 – Hear the composer create a rich psychological universe out of tiny, power-packed emotional nuggets.

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Mozart statue in Vienna

Listen Mozart's Deceptive Simplicity

August 13, 2009 – Mozart's music, like a hologram, flashes back and forth between the simple and the complicated.

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Aaron Copland captured the sound of America's wide open spaces with surprisingly simple techniques.

Listen Aaron Copland's American Vision

July 1, 2009 – Copland's pure, American sound flows from two simple chords in Appalachian Spring.

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The music Stravinsky wrote for the ballet Petrushka is layered with ideas of the real and the artificial.

Listen 'Petrushka': Stravinsky's Opaque Reality

May 28, 2009 – Commentator Rob Kapilow uncovers the genius beneath the layers of Stravinsky's great ballet.

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Composer Steve Reich's Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ has a percussive motor that never stops.

Listen Steve Reich: Minimalism In The Mainstream

April 20, 2009 – Commentator Rob Kapilow takes the motor-like rhythms of minimalism out for a test drive.

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clown

Listen Stephen Sondheim's Clever 'Clowns'

March 11, 2009 – In the Broadway composer's classic "Send in the Clowns," unexpected notes get surprising results.

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Winter street

Listen Debussy: A World Revealed In Two Footsteps

February 18, 2009 – Discover the simple beauty and radical sound world of Claude Debussy's "Footsteps in the Snow."

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The Octet, which Mendelssohn wrote when he was only 16, continues to inspire with its originality and genius.

Listen Felix Mendelssohn's Genius In 40 Seconds

February 3, 2009 – For the composer's 200th birthday, hear the most remarkable 40 seconds of music by a 16-year-old.

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An attention-grabbing opening can be the key to a successful composition.

Listen Bold Beginnings: The Art Of The Opening Notes

January 5, 2009 – Hear Rob Kapilow discuss the ways composers can set a tone in their works' opening seconds.

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Simplicity, it turns out, is the secret to the success of Handel's ever-popular "Hallelujah Chorus."

Listen The Pure Power Of Handel's 'Hallelujah Chorus' APM

December 23, 2008 – Hear what makes Handel's famous chorus from Messiah an all-time favorite. APM

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50 GREAT VOICES

The late Hawaiian musician was best-known for his ukulele-backed cover of "Over the Rainbow."

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: The Voice Of Hawaii

The late Hawaiian musician was best-known for his ukulele-backed cover of "Over the Rainbow."

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