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Gabriela Montero takes ideas from audience members to create on the spot improvisations.

Listen Pianist Gabriela Montero's Election Improv

November 5, 2012 – In concert, hear the pianist make up a tune on the spot featuring the two presidential candidates.

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Composer Elliott Carter at the piano in 1989.

Watch Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103

November 5, 2012 – The composer, who won two Pulitzers for his adventurous music, died in New York.

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Read Young Cellist With An Old Soul Plays Elgar, Elliott Carter

November 6, 2012 – Hear an excerpt from an excellent album of cellist Alisa Weilerstein playing music classic and new.

The players in the Belcea Quartet played a series of late Beethoven string quartets at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall.

Listen Belcea Quartet Plays Beethoven At Carnegie Hall WQXR

November 7, 2012 – The acclaimed Quartet performs two of Beethoven's grand and enigmatic final string quartets. WQXR

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Elliott Carter at Tanglewood in 2008 on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz is sitting right behind Carter.

Watch Always A Rose: Elliott Carter Remembered

November 7, 2012 – Carter's vital new ideas changed 20th-century music. The composer died Monday at 103.

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Mark Ivanir, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener as the Fugue String Quartet.

Read 'A Late Quartet': Melodrama With A Pounding Musical Heart

November 8, 2012 – Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener try to make beautiful music.

American composer Elliott Carter, circa 1975. He died this Monday at age 103.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 9, 2012 – Lamenting Carter's death, trouble in Spokane and another award for Dudamel: what you need to read.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Young Nate Silver Picks A Career

November 9, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Flanked by composer Leonard Slatkin and soprano Jessye Norman, John Williams takes a bow during his 80th-birthday celebration at Tanglewood in August.

Read John Williams' Inevitable Themes

November 10, 2012 – Perhaps the world's most recognized contemporary composer, Williams calls retiring "unthinkable."

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This month, a symphony composed by World War II veteran Harold Van Heuvelen had its premiere.

Read A Veteran's Standing Ovation, 70 Years In The Making

November 10, 2012 – This week, Harold Van Heuvelen finally saw the debut of a symphony he wrote during World War II.

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Soprano Maria Slatinaru and bass Paul Plishka perform in a 1986 production of Verdi's La Forza del Destino at the San Francisco Opera.

Read Verdi's 'La Forza,' Born Under A Bad Sign

November 10, 2012 – The opera flopped on its first run, and carries the stigma of cursing those who perform it.

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Composer Elliott Carter, who died on Nov. 5 at age 103.

Read Daniel Barenboim Remembers Elliott Carter

November 12, 2012 – The world-renowned conductor and pianist reflects on his late friend and colleague Elliott Carter.

Composer Vivian Fung's new album embraces the influence of John Cage and introduces her own versatile sound.

Read Classical Lost And Found: The Versatile Sound Of Vivian Fung

November 13, 2012 – The young composer's recent works are played with precision and heart by the Metropolis Ensemble.

From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.

Listen From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

November 15, 2012 – Hear an eclectic mix of music as the adventurous cellist spins his favorites in the studio.

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Ambient music composer William Basinski says the four-volume work, now a box set, saved his life.

Listen Divinity From Dust: The Healing Power Of 'The Disintegration Loops'

November 15, 2012 – Ambient music composer William Basinski's masterpiece is the sound of audio tapes falling apart.

Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä, whose pleas to his symphony's management and players just went public.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 16, 2012 – Vänskä pleads for both sides to work together in Minnesota and a monocled (!) tenor signs to DG.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Harmonic. Phil Harmonic.

November 16, 2012 – Friday's are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

John Eliot Gardiner leads the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on November 17, 2012.

Listen Gardiner Leads Beethoven's Missa Solemnis WQXR

November 17, 2012 – The celebrated English conductor leads a performance of one of Beethoven's most expansive works. WQXR

Hunting and gathering music for your Thanksgiving holiday? Check out our playlist.

Read Don't Forget The Music: A Well-Seasoned Thanksgiving Soundtrack

November 19, 2012 – Our suggestions for a Turkey Day playlist, brimming with American sounds.

An autographed portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Read Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music

November 19, 2012 – A leading conductor and an author explain the resonances behind a famous phrase in music.

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The special effects in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's music helped forge a new cutting-edge style.

Read Calculated Instability: The Pioneering Sonatas Of C.P.E. Bach

November 20, 2012 – The quirky music of J.S. Bach's most impressive son delights in an album by pianist Danny Driver.

Chopin, whose Ballade No. 1 in g minor is one of the "musical moments" that inspired a New York Times series.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 21, 2012 – The microcosmic movements that move us to a first-timer tweeting from a live classical concert.

Thanksgiving Soundtrack by Pablo Helguera.

Read Ode To Joy Of Cooking

November 21, 2012 – Thanksgiving prep is funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Composer Max Richter's new album takes on Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Read Max Richter Recomposes 'The Four Seasons'

November 21, 2012 – The composer has done a brave thing for any artist in any medium: He's messed with a classic.

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