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Monastic Life At The Top Of The Charts

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'Philomena' And The Power Of A Quiet Film Score

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Tom Randle (left) and Daniel Okulitch in the opera Brokeback Mountain. Javier del Real/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cowboys In Love: 'Brokeback Mountain' Saddles Up For Opera

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94 Years After Her Death, Maud Powell Finally Wins A Grammy

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Schubert's 'Winterreise' Paints Bleak Landscape For Bill T. Jones

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A Chinese student at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, where speakers playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony were rigged up to drown out government broadcasts. Battle Hymns Productions hide caption

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The 'Ode To Joy' As A Call To Action

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Left to right: Kamala Sankaram as Mukhtar Mai, Steve Gokool, Theodora Hanslowe, Leela Subramaniam, Kannan Vasudevan, Manu Narayan. Prototype Opera Festival hide caption

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Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan?

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Pianist Lang Lang sits down with his own revered mentor Gary Graffman, to discuss what makes great teachers — and bad ones. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters

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The Hilliard Ensemble, active in the early music world since 1973, will end its long tenure in 2014 with one last world tour. Marco Borggreve/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Leaders In Early Music Face A Final Curtain, With Grace

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From left: Video director Joe Sabia, bassist Michael Thurber and recording engineer Matt McCorkle of CDZA. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Classical Pranksters Don't Just Play Music: They Play With It

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Yuja Wang: Rooted In Diligence, Inspired By Improvisation

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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. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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Consumed By Violence, With Hope For Peace: Britten's 'War Requiem'

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Food and music mingle in Pieter Claesz's Still Life with Musical Instruments (1623). Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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The Orchestral Recipe, From The Pilgrims To Today

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Jeremy Denk played Mozart at Carnegie Hall Wednesday with the San Francisco Symphony. Eric Thayer for NPR Music hide caption

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'The Biggest Jazz Riff Ever Written:' Jeremy Denk's 'Goldberg Variations'

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This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II. courtesy of William H. Scheide, Princeton, N.J. hide caption

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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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A scene from the revival of Einstein on the Beach. Los Angeles Opera hide caption

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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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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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Emily Bear is a classical and jazz pianist. At 12, she is what many call a prodigy. Nick Suttle/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Don't Call This 12-Year-Old Concert Pianist A Prodigy

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Antonio Pompa-Baldi's new album is a tribute to Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf. Steinway & Sons hide caption

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David Robertson, a passionate champion of new music, conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on tour in Berlin. Dilip Vishwanat/St. Louis Symphony hide caption

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The American Symphony: Music And Ideas With David Robertson

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Chris Thile's new album, Sonatas and Partitas, draws from material written by Johann Sebastian Bach in the early 1700s. Brantley Gutierrez /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Chris Thile Looks Back To Bach

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Nathan Gunn and Sasha Cooke star in the new opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene as Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus) and the title character. San Francisco Opera hide caption

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A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

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