Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer. William Gottlieb hide caption

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Treasures In The Attic: Finding A Jazz Master's Lost Orchestral Music
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Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn relied on each other to shape their very different musical careers. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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Meet The Musical Mendelssohns: Felix And Fanny
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Petra Haden's new album is titled Petra Goes to the Movies. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Petra Haden Covers Classic Film Scores With A Single Voice
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Marin Alsop conducted the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a beachfront concert Sunday for 20,000 people in Santos, Brazil. Desiree Furoni hide caption

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Marin Alsop: A Utopian Musical Dream From South America
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Myrlie Evers-Williams leads her three children — Reena (from left), Van and Darrell — at the family piano, circa 1965. Courtesy of the Evers family hide caption

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A Civil Rights Figure's Long Road — To Carnegie Hall
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Andre Rieu's latest release is an album and DVD of Christmas music called Home for the Holidays. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Andre Rieu On The Allure Of The Waltz
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The epic strings and chanting monks of the Halo series are just some of the video-game sounds reinterpreted by Angèle Dubeau on her new album, Game Music. Microsoft hide caption

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A Classical Musician's Game Theory
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Alisa Weilerstein Plays Elgar: Exploring Music With An Intense Past
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Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Marco Borggreve/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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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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An autographed portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music
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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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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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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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Stephen Hough's newest release is the French Album. Sim Canetty-Clarke/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Stephen Hough's 'French Album,' A 'Musical Dessert Trolley'
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Over the past four decades, Benoit Rolland has made more than 1,400 bows for violins, violas and cellos. Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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The MacArthur 'Genius' Bow Maker Who Makes Violins Sing
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The traditional Jewish Kaddish prayer gets turned on its head in Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3. Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Leonard Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony: A Crisis Of Faith
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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic hide caption

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Gustavo Dudamel On The Magic Of Stravinsky's 'Crazy Music'
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Naxos founder Klaus Heymann. Lam King Yin/Courtesy of Naxos hide caption

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Klaus Heymann: On 25 Years Of Naxos — And Changing The Classical Music Business
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Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli uncovers the music of Agostino Steffani, a 17th-century composer who led a double life as a diplomat. Decca hide caption

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Cecilia Bartoli's Latest 'Mission' Rediscovers Agostino Steffani
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Jonny Greenwood is responsible for the score of The Master and There Will Be Blood. S. Katan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Radiohead's Guitarist Adapts To Life In Widescreen
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Classically trained violinist Ben Powell makes the leap to jazz in his album New Street, a tribute to the late Stephane Grappelli. Ryan MacDonald/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty
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