In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores comes out Nov. 11. Michael Patrick O'Leary/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In 27 Pieces

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Chinese composer Tan Dun's latest work, Nu-Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, was inspred by an ancient language spoken in a remote area of Tan's home province of Hunan. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From 'Crouching Tiger' To 'Secret Songs': Composer Tan Dun's Next Move

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Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, shown here conducting the New York Philharmonic orchestra in 1963, was a legend in American music. Letters to and from Bernstein have been compiled into The Leonard Bernstein Letters, a new book edited by Nigel Simeone. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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Energetic, Intimate 'Letters' Reveal Private Leonard Bernstein

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Electronic artists such as Mason Bates (pictured above), Aphex Twin and Tiësto have blended classical music into their dance beats. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Composer Ned Rorem in 1953 in Paris, where he lived for nearly a decade and wrote his infamous Paris Diary. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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LA's Own 'Amazing And Unique Instrument' Turns 10

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Hear Miloš Karadaglić On Song Travels

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The Minds Behind 'Einstein On The Beach' Talk Shop

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Morton Subotnick performs at New York's La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in 2004. The pioneering electronic composer recently created a mobile app for children. Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images hide caption

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Electronic Music's Godfather Isn't Done Innovating

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Giuseppe Verdi's operas have an uncanny ability to probe into our contemporary psyche. Leemage/Universal Images Group/Getty Images hide caption

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Verdi's Operas: A Vigorous Soundtrack To Human Nature

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Australian conductor Simone Young, the outgoing artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera. Klaus Lefebvre/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Don't be caught fishing for facts about Verdi on the bicentennial of his birth. Getty Images/DeAgostini hide caption

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In his operas, Giuseppe Verdi had a knack for empowering marginalized people — like the title character of Aida, who is an enslaved Ethiopian princess (played in this 2011 French production by American soprano Indra Thomas). Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Verdi's Gift: Wringing Catchy Music From Touchy Subjects

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Soprano Angela Meade made her professional debut in the role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera. Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Guest DJ Angela Meade: Hitting The Big Time With Help From Verdi

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Cellist and composer Erik Friedlander's new album is titled Claws & Wings. Angelo Merendino/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Returning To Music, Tested By Loss

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Johan Botha as the title character and Renée Fleming as Desdemona in the Metropolitan Opera's fall 2012 run of Verdi's Otello. Ken Howard /Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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How Verdi Improved On Shakespeare

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In Minneapolis, demonstrations in support of musicians have drawn regular support during the yearlong Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute. Euan Kerr/Minnesota Public Radio hide caption

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It's Been A Really Bad Week For Classical Music

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Lawrence Brownlee performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013. Hayley Bartels/NPR hide caption

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Lawrence Brownlee: Tiny Desk Concert

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