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The Toreador march from Bizet's Carmen has popped up in some unlikely places, including the 1960s TV show Gilligan's Island.

Watch Marches Madness: 'Carmen' And The Castaways

March 8, 2013 – A song for a Spanish toreador from French opera is a favorite of filmmakers — and the shipwrecked.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Well-Limbered Clavier

March 8, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

In Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, he imagines his own march to the guillotine.

Watch Marches Madness: Off With His Head!

March 7, 2013 – In Hector Berlioz's creepy symphonic fantasy, brass snarl and winds shriek like feral beasts.

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

Read Britain's Brass Bands: A Working-Class Tradition On The Wane

March 6, 2013 – A matter of civic pride since the 19th century, the U.K.'s coal-town brass bands are dying out.


Osvaldo Golijov's St. Mark Passion at Carnegie Hall.

Listen Carnegie Hall Live: Golijov's 'St. Mark Passion' WQXR

March 6, 2013 – Hear one of the most vibrant pieces of 21st-century music: a new retelling of Jesus' last days. WQXR


For Queen Mary II's funeral, Henry Purcell wrote a simple and stately march.

Watch Marches Madness: Mourning Queen Mary II

March 6, 2013 – Henry Purcell's music for a royal funeral inspires composers more than 400 years later.

Soprano Veronica Cangemi with members of the Emsemble Matheus at their Zankel Hall performance on March 6, 2013.

Listen Ensemble Matheus At Carnegie Hall WQXR

March 6, 2013 – Hear a top French chamber orchestra bring passionate life to works by Handel and Vivaldi. WQXR


Charles Gounod's quirky march about marionettes found new life as the theme music to Alfred Hitchcock's suspense show on TV.

Watch Marches Madness: Puppets And A Funeral

March 5, 2013 – Surprisingly jaunty music about the death of a puppet finds its way to Alfred Hitchcock's TV show.

Van Cliburn in concert in 1993.

Read Memories Of Van Cliburn From Medalists

March 4, 2013 – Van Cliburn competition winners remember the great pianist, who died last month at age 78.

A wedding ceremony: as close as many of us get to the theatrical stage.

Watch Marches Madness: Marriage As Theater

March 4, 2013 – Forget basketball this month: there's greater drama at weddings, as Mendelssohn reminds us.

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.

Read At 100, Composer Margaret Bonds Remains A Great Exception

March 3, 2013 – The late Bonds is still one of few black female composers to gain recognition in the United States.


Circa 1910: A program advertising John Philip Sousa and his band.

Watch Marches Madness: John Philip Sousa's 'Washington Post'

March 1, 2013 – We're kicking off a month of music that will make you want to kick up your heels.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Critical Miss

March 1, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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.

Watch Benedict And Beethoven: The Outgoing Pope's Musical Life

February 27, 2013 – With retirement imminent, the Pope will have more time to indulge in his love of music.

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves court in Paris Tuesday after attending a hearing regarding his seizure request for a new book by Argentinian-born Marcela Iacub detailing their liason.

Read The Operatic Potential Of DSK, A Modern Don Giovanni

February 26, 2013 – Could Dominique Strauss-Kahn's fall from grace make a compelling opera?

The late conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch, captured in rehearsals for a recording of Wagner's Die Meistersinger.

Watch Remembering A Conductor Who Blossomed In Philadelphia

February 25, 2013 – A conductor formed in postwar Germany had a surprising late-life renaissance in the U.S.

Emmanuelle Riva in Michael Haneke's Amour.

Watch Music, The Food Of 'Amour'

February 23, 2013 – The Best Picture nominee about love at the end of life uses music sparingly but crushingly.

Wilkommen, Bienvenue ... Whatever.

Read Wilkommen, Bienvenue ... Whatever

February 22, 2013 – Friday's are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy.

Read History As Symphony: The African-American Experience In Jazz Suites WFIU

February 21, 2013 – Composers such as Duke Ellington have captured black history in long-form works. Hear five examples. WFIU

Conductor Colin Davis concludes his cycle of Carl Nielsen's symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra.

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

February 20, 2013 – Three albums in our ears: clever Nielsen, glowing Finland and a battered electric guitar.


Tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

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

February 16, 2013 – The man called the greatest living Wagnerian tenor says he's bound by duty to honor the composer.


Harmony — it's in the ear of the beholder, Australian researchers say.

Read Can You Learn To Like Music You Hate?

February 15, 2013 – A new study says that when you don't understand music, you don't even really hear it.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Jailhouse Bach

February 15, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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