Composer Max Richter's new album takes on Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Erik Weiss/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Max Richter Recomposes 'The Four Seasons'
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Chopin, whose Ballade No. 1 in g minor is one of the "musical moments" that inspired a New York Times series. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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As a young classical composer, Missy Mazzoli borrows music and business strategies from the indie rock world. Stephen Taylor hide caption

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Missy Mazzoli: A New Opera And New Attitude For Classical Music
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The special effects in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's music helped forge a new cutting-edge style. /De Agostini/Getty Images hide caption

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Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music
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John Eliot Gardiner leads the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on November 17, 2012. Melanie Burford for NPR hide caption

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Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä, whose pleas to his symphony's management and players just went public. Todd Buchanan/courtesy of the Minnesota Orchestra hide caption

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

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

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From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz
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Composer Vivian Fung's new album embraces the influence of John Cage and introduces her own versatile sound. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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. Ron Scherl/Redferns hide caption

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Verdi's 'La Forza,' Born Under A Bad Sign
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This month, a symphony composed by World War II veteran Harold Van Heuvelen had its premiere. Kevin Gift hide caption

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A Veteran's Standing Ovation, 70 Years In The Making
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Flanked by composer Leonard Slatkin and soprano Jessye Norman, John Williams takes a bow during his 80th-birthday celebration at Tanglewood in August. Stu Rosner hide caption

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John Williams' Inevitable Themes
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American composer Elliott Carter, circa 1975. He died this Monday at age 103. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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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. Michael J. Lutch hide caption

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Always A Rose: Elliott Carter Remembered
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The players in the Belcea Quartet played a series of late Beethoven string quartets at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall. Melanie Burford/NPR hide caption

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Belcea Quartet Plays Beethoven At Carnegie Hall
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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Gerardo Antonio Sanchez Torres/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Composer Elliott Carter at the piano in 1989. Jacques M. Chenet/Corbis hide caption

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Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103
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Gabriela Montero takes ideas from audience members to create on the spot improvisations. Colin Bell hide caption

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Pianist Gabriela Montero's Election Improv
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