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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge processing out of their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.

Watch Marches Madness: Royal Wedding Edition

March 26, 2013 – Hear the march that accompanied the wedding of William and Kate — and Charles and Diana.

An engraving of Moses crossing the Red Sea by 19th-century German artist Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld.

Read Beyond 'Dayenu': What's Your Music Of Liberation?

March 25, 2013 – With the beginning of Passover, we're on a search for music that's right for Seder.

Edwin Bagley's popular march, National Emblem, was rescued from the trash can.

Watch Marches Madness: From Trash Can To Flagpole

March 25, 2013 – One of America's best-loved marches, the National Emblem, was almost thrown away.

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein (left) and singer-songwriter Tift Merrit collaborate on the new album Night.

Read Merritt And Dinnerstein: Bridging Their Worlds

March 23, 2013 – The new album Night is the collaborative effort of an alt-country singer and a classical pianist.


Composer, choreographer, filmmaker and vocalists Meredith Monk performs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Watch Marches Madness: A Dancer's Joy

March 22, 2013 – Meredith Monk's march lives up to its "Light" name — it's a pure distillation of joy.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Unannounced Symphony

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.

Watch Remembering Risë Stevens, A Star Of Opera And Pop Culture

March 21, 2013 – The mezzo with the smoky, sultry voice defined Carmen for generations. 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.

Watch Marches Madness: Mahler's Twisted Nursery Rhyme

March 21, 2013 – Crafting a funeral march out of a children's song made Mahler's very first symphony a game changer.

We have a 1921 Iowa state law to thank for an increased interest in band music.

Watch Marches Madness: Hurray For Taxes!

March 20, 2013 – Hear a Wisconsin band 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.

Watch Marches Madness: High-Stepping To Scott Joplin

March 19, 2013 – Scott Joplin's only opera 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.

Read Music We Love Now: New Albums Of Bach, Beethoven And Brahms

March 19, 2013 – New albums of music by the "Three Bs" prove going back to basics has its advantages.

For his zany opera The Love for Three Oranges, Prokofiev wrote a little march that made it big.

Watch Marches Madness: Freshly Squeezed Oranges In 4/4 Time

March 18, 2013 – An opera about oranges offers a jaunty little march and one of Prokofiev's best-loved melodies.

A coach and high school students work on Osvaldo Golijov's Passion According to St. Mark with the composer (right) in November 2012.

Watch How Does A Jewish Artist Tell The Ultimate Christian Story?

March 17, 2013 – An Argentine composer's vivid Passion According to St. Mark presents "a Latin American Jesus."


Watch Marches Madness: Beware Friday The 15th!

March 15, 2013 – For the Ides of March, Respighi's blazing "Pines of the Appian Way" will make you feel like Caesar.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Stradivari Is My Co-Pilot

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.

Watch The Classical Pianist With 55 Million YouTube Hits

March 14, 2013 – First get millions of fans, then the recording contract: still a new idea in classical music.

A marching band perfroms before the introduction of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday in Vatican City.

Watch Marches Madness: Heralding The Pope

March 14, 2013 – Before the introduction of Pope Francis, a marching band played Charles Gounod's Pontifical March.

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.

Read Breaking: Pope Francis Loves Opera

March 13, 2013 – Pretty much the first thing that Cardinal Egan shared about the new pontiff? That he loves opera.

"Putnam's Camp," by Charles Ives, depicts a small town Fourth of July fantasy.

Watch Marches Madness: Patriotic Pandemonium

March 13, 2013 – The son of a Civil War bandmaster wrote a Fourth of July march as raucous as colliding parades.

A scene from the theatrical staging of David T. Little's Soldier Songs at the Prototype Festival in New York in January.

Read Can Effective And Affecting Art Come Out Of War?

March 13, 2013 – A new opera by David T. Little chronicles three generations of soldiers' experiences.

Dan Deacon at home in his practice space.

Watch Dan Deacon's Practice Space WQXR

March 12, 2013 – Watch a documentary on the eccentric composer's practice space, which used to be a concert venue. WQXR

In an age when we are hearing more music than ever, are opera and ballet elitist?

Read Tell Us: Are Ballet And Opera Elitist?

March 12, 2013 – Is it the music that's elitist, or just those who go to hear it? Join the discussion.

Verdi's opera Aida, set in the time of the Pharaohs, is known for its extravagance, yet its "Triumphal March" is surprisingly simple.

Watch Marches Madness: Walk Like An Egyptian

March 12, 2013 – For all the grand excess of Verdi's Aida, its "Triumphal March" is surprisingly simple.

Valdres is a friendly, lilting march with clever contrapuntal touches.

Watch Marches Madness: Sticking Together

March 11, 2013 – Drumline or mustache? You have your pick in a pair of performances of a charming Norwegian march.

Simone Dinnerstein (left) and Tift Merritt's new album, Night, comes out March 19.

Read First Listen: Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt, 'Night'

March 10, 2013 – There's a solemn intimacy to these songs, and how they're delivered, that speaks one-on-one.

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