Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy. Victor Drees//Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 2 - 'Allegro sanguineo' (London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis, cond.)

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Jonas Kaufmann On Wagner: 'It's Like A Drug Sometimes'

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Violinist Joshua Bell conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields by doing what comes naturally to him. The celebrated soloist is also the London orchestra's music director. Chris Chrisodoulou/Sony Classical hide caption

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From Bow To Baton: Violinist Joshua Bell Conducts Beethoven

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Composer Peter Lieberson wrote his Neruda Songs for his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Johansen Krause/Peter Lieberson hide caption

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Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters

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Hear Nadia Sirota Play Greenstein's 'In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves'

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Plays Chopin and Medtner

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Cantus: Tiny Desk Concert

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Afghanistan's youth orchestra performs in Kabul on Jan. 31. The orchestra is coming to the U.S. and will appear at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

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Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 live at Carnegie Hall on February 3, 2013. Melanie Burford for NPR hide caption

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Carnegie Hall Live: Daniel Barenboim Leads The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

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Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer. William Gottlieb hide caption

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

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After a decade of lobbying by musicians, it will finally be easier for cellos to fly as comfortably as the people who play them. Flickr/modenadude hide caption

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Daniel Barenboim And Members Of The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

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