Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge processing out of their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.
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March 26, 2013 Hear the march that accompanied the wedding of William and Kate — and Charles and Diana: William Walton's Crown Imperial, originally written for the Duke of Windsor.
An engraving of Moses crossing the Red Sea by 19th-century German artist Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld.
March 25, 2013 With Passover beginning, Jews around the world prepared to commemorate this major holiday with food, prayers and songs. We're on the hunt for music that helps spool out stories of enslavement and liberation.
March 25, 2013 With its bright beat and direct quote from The Star Spangled Banner, Edwin Bagley's National Emblem march is an American favorite — that almost made the trash bin.
Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein (left) and singer-songwriter Tift Merrit collaborate on the new album Night.
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March 23, 2013 Singer-songwriter Tift Merritt and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein say the challenge of their new collaborative album, Night, was creating a language they could both speak. They discuss the project and perform live.
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Composer, choreographer, filmmaker and vocalists Meredith Monk performs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
March 22, 2013 Meredith Monk's march lives up to its "Light" name — it's a pure distillation of joy.
March 22, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
The late American mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens in her signature role as Carmen.
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March 21, 2013 The mezzo-soprano with the smoky, sultry voice defined Carmen for generations — and earned Hollywood fame at the prime of her career. Stevens died Wednesday at 99.
Mahler's ironic funeral march, in his first symphony, was inspired by this woodcut of forest animals bearing the hunter to his grave.
March 21, 2013 The idea of transforming the children's song "Frère Jacques" into a funeral march was both creepy and ingenious, making Gustav Mahler's very first symphony a bold game changer.
March 20, 2013 A tiny tax hike between the World Wars started a musical revolution. Hear a community band from Wisconsin play the Iowa Band Law March, which celebrates municipal support of music.
Mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry (center) in a 2010 production of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha at the Châtelet Theater in Paris.
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March 19, 2013 While Scott Joplin was the king of ragtime, he had his heart set on writing opera. His only surviving score, Treemonisha, ends with a slow march that's "happy as a bird in June."
Lisa Batiashvili plays the Stradivarius used to help birth Brahms' great Violin Concerto in D.
March 19, 2013 New albums of music by the "Three Bs" prove that going back to the basics has its advantages. Hear a sweet-toned violin concerto, an audacious piano sonata and a solo cello suite caressed by a lute.
For his zany opera The Love for Three Oranges, Prokofiev wrote a little march that made it big.
March 18, 2013 If you fell in love with oranges, would you scour the world to find them? Prokofiev's absurdist, citrus-scented opera features zany plot lines, curious characters and one little march that made it big.
A coach and high school students work on Osvaldo Golijov's Passion According to St. Mark with the composer (right) in November 2012.
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March 17, 2013 How does an Argentine Jewish artist approach the ultimate Christian narrative? MacArthur "genius" Osvaldo Golijov says it's by creating a "Latin American Jesus." His Passion According to St. Mark was recently staged at Carnegie Hall with a diverse group of singers from New York schools.
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March 15, 2013 You read that right. Forget Friday the 13th and beware the Ides of March instead. (It was great advice, even if Julius Caesar didn't take it.) Comfort yourself in the glory that was Rome, courtesy of Respighi's blazing "Pines of the Appian Way" — performed on another momentous occasion.
March 15, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
Pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who jump-started her stalled-out career by posting videos on YouTube.
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March 14, 2013 Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa decided to rev up her stalled-out career in a very 21st-century way: by putting up dozens of videos of herself playing core repertoire. Now she's a superstar by any traditional standard. Do her major-label recordings matter?
A marching band perfroms before the introduction of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday in Vatican City.
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March 14, 2013 The composer of Faust also wrote music fit for a pope. Wednesday, before the introduction of Pope Francis, a marching band played opera composer Charles Gounod's Pontifical March. Hear the stately, serene Vatican anthem.
The newly elected Pope Francis (formerly known as opera lover and Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City.
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March 13, 2013 Pretty much the first thing that New York's Cardinal Egan shared about the new pointiff, the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires? That he loves opera.
"Putnam's Camp," by Charles Ives, depicts a small town Fourth of July fantasy.
March 13, 2013 The son of a Civil War bandmaster wrote a march as raucous as two parades colliding. See a performance of Charles Ives' "Putnam's Camp" from Three Places in New England. It's a giddy fantasy about a small-town Fourth of July.
A scene from the theatrical staging of David T. Little's Soldier Songs at the Prototype Festival in New York in January.
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March 13, 2013 A new opera by David T. Little chronicles three generations of soldiers' experiences in journalistic style — and resurrects some important questions about the function of art.
Dan Deacon at home in his practice space.
March 12, 2013 Spaces is Q2 Music's new series of documentaries that capture creative composers in their practice studios. The first installment focuses on the always eccentric Dan Deacon.
In an age when we are hearing more music than ever, are opera and ballet elitist?
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March 12, 2013 London's Covent Garden opera house hosted a debate Monday about the barriers between opera and ballet and the people. What's your opinion?
Verdi's opera Aida, set in the time of the Pharaohs, is known for its extravagance, yet its "Triumphal March" is surprisingly simple.
March 12, 2013 In an art form notorious for its excesses, Verdi's Aida can take the bigger-is-better approach to nearly laughable extremes. But its grand "Triumphal March" is built on a simple foundation.
Valdres is a friendly, lilting march with clever contrapuntal touches.
March 11, 2013 The pomp is more than circumstantial in performances of a genial Norwegian march. A drumline from the home country executes precision maneuvers while a conductor in Russia sports most excellent facial hair.
Simone Dinnerstein (left) and Tift Merritt's new album, Night, comes out March 19.
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March 10, 2013 Opposites attract in Night, a genre-blurring album that pairs alt-country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt with classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. There's a solemn intimacy to these songs, and how they're delivered, that speaks one-on-one.
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