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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

In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores comes out Nov. 11.

Read First Listen: Hilary Hahn, 'In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores'

November 3, 2013 – The resourceful young violinist asked for brand-new encores — and, boy, did she get them.

Pianist Maria João Pires realized in a shock onstage that she'd been booked to play another piece of music altogether.

Watch And You Think You're Having A Bad Day

October 29, 2013 – What's your worst memory of performance panic? (Imagine showing up with the wrong solo.)

This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II.

Read Bach Unwigged: The Man Behind The Music

October 29, 2013 – In his new book, conductor John Eliot Gardiner hunts for the personality of the great composer.

Kronos Quartet's new album, Aheym, comes out Nov. 5. All the music on this album was composed by Bryce Dessner (center) of the rock group The National.

Read First Listen: Kronos Quartet, 'Aheym'

October 27, 2013 – The National's Bryce Dessner composed all the music for this album.

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.

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

October 27, 2013 – An ancient secret language spoken among women in his home province inspired Tan's latest work.


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