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Composer William Jay Sydeman, whose first major orchestral premiere was with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963.

Read As JFK Died In Dallas, Music Was Born In Boston

November 26, 2013 – Meet the man whose music premiered on one of the saddest days of the Boston Symphony — and the U.S.


Watch Kronos Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

November 25, 2013 – The intrepid champions of new music bring a lullaby, rare blues and a work by Bryce Dessner to NPR.


Stanley Kubrick's The Shining strikes its terrifying tone with help from the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, whose music underscores several of its tensest scenes.

Watch A Sound Of Fear, Forged In The Shadow Of War

November 23, 2013 – NPR's Arun Rath says the music that made The Shining so scary was shaped by real-life horror.


In Penderecki's music there is a struggle between melody and dissonance.

Read The Sound of Struggle Tempered With Terror: Penderecki At 80

November 23, 2013 – Discover the great Polish composer's haunting, viscerally dramatic music in a Penderecki primer.

A singer takes the stage during the first performance of "Grimes on the Beach," an outdoor production of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, on June 17, 2013 in Aldeburgh, England.

Read Making Music To Be Useful, And For The Living

November 22, 2013 – The centennial of celebrated composer Benjamin Britten is being marked by concerts around the world.


Benjamin Britten takes a cup of tea during rehearsals for his War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral, in Coventry, England in May, 1962.

Read Consumed By Violence, With Hope For Peace: Britten's 'War Requiem'

November 23, 2013 – To mark Britten's centennial, Marin Alsop discovers the composer via his blood-soaked War Requiem.


Food and music mingle in Pieter Claesz's Still Life with Musical Instruments (1623).

Read The Orchestral Recipe, From The Pilgrims To Today

November 21, 2013 – Like those in a Thanksgiving dinner, the main ingredients of an orchestra have changed over time.


Tenor Nicholas Phan and harpist Sivan Magen perform at a group house in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Watch Britten Goes Back To Brooklyn With Nicholas Phan

November 20, 2013 – A tenor brings three quirky folk songs from England back to bohemian Brooklyn.

A portrait of the composer Benjamin Britten from 1948.

Read Act Like You Know: Benjamin Britten

November 19, 2013 – Britain's artistic idol would be 100 this Friday. We've got your cheat sheet to his music.

The elegant conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in a live performance from Carnegie Hall on November 13, 2013.

Read San Francisco Symphony In Concert WQXR

November 13, 2013 – Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas mixes Mozart (with pianist Jeremy Denk) and bold American works. WQXR

John Tavener's ethereal music was influenced by the Russian Orthodox traditions.

Watch Remembering 'Holy Minimalist' Composer John Tavener

November 12, 2013 – Britain's John Tavener, whose music was beloved by many far outside classical music, died Tuesday.


Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, written in response to the devastation of both World Wars, premiered in 1962.

Read First Listen: Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem'

November 10, 2013 – Britten's response to bloodshed remains as vital as it was when his Requiem premiered in 1962.

Pianist Paul Lewis is drawn to the late piano sonatas by Franz Schubert.

Watch Paul Lewis: Confronting Schubert's Nightmare WGBH

November 7, 2013 – The pianist describes this sinister, delusive music as a violent dream merging with reality. WGBH

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