The Toreador march from Bizet's Carmen has popped up in some unlikely places, including the 1960s TV show Gilligan's Island. Kobal Collection/CBS-TV/UA/Gladysya Prod hide caption

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Cornetist Adam Rosbottom rehearses with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band in January. The band was founded in South Yorkshire, England, in 1917. Christopher Werth hide caption

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Osvaldo Golijov's St. Mark Passion at Carnegie Hall. Melanie Burford/NPR hide caption

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For Queen Mary II's funeral, Henry Purcell wrote a simple and stately march. Peter Lely/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Margaret Bonds in 1956. Born in Chicago in 1913, Bonds became one of the first African-American female composers to gain recognition in the United States. Carl Van Vechten/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Pope Benedict XVI addresses the audience at Milan's La Scala opera house where he heard a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Daniel Dal Zennaro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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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Deceptive Cadence

Nordic Symphonies And A $100 Guitar: Music We Love Now

Turn your ears toward three albums now tickling ours: clever Nielsen, glowing Finland and one battered electric guitar.

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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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