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Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer.

Watch Treasures In The Attic: Finding A Jazz Master's Lost Orchestral Music

February 2, 2013 – Conductor Marin Alsop retraces her steps in uncovering symphonic work of James P. Johnson.

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Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn relied on each other to shape their very different musical careers.

Watch Meet The Musical Mendelssohns: Felix And Fanny

January 28, 2013 – String quartets by the siblings are featured in a new album by the venturesome Ebène Quartet.

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Petra Haden's new album is titled Petra Goes to the Movies.

Read Petra Haden Covers Classic Film Scores With A Single Voice

January 26, 2013 – Haden's new album, Petra Goes to the Movies, recasts movie scores in an a cappella setting.

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Marin Alsop conducted the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a beachfront concert Sunday for 20,000 people in Santos, Brazil.

Read Marin Alsop: A Utopian Musical Dream From South America

December 22, 2012 – The conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony is inspired by Brazil's commitment to classical music.

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Myrlie Evers-Williams leads her three children — Reena (from left), Van and Darrell — at the family piano, circa 1965.

Read A Civil Rights Figure's Long Road — To Carnegie Hall

December 15, 2012 – An educator and activist for decades, Myrlie Evers-Williams is fulfilling a long-held musical dream.

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Andre Rieu's latest release is an album and DVD of Christmas music called Home for the Holidays.

Read Andre Rieu On The Allure Of The Waltz

December 15, 2012 – The Dutch violinist and conductor is one of the most successful classical artists in history.

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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.

Read A Classical Musician's Game Theory

December 10, 2012 – Violinist Angèle Dubeau has added the music of Halo and Angry Birds to her repertoire.

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein

Read Alisa Weilerstein Plays Elgar: Exploring Music With An Intense Past

December 4, 2012 – The celebrated young American cellist walks us through her recording of a "devastating" concerto.

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Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

Read Michel Van Der Aa Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

November 25, 2012 – Watch an excerpt of a cello concerto/short film that has earned the Dutch composer the prize.

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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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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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.

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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First Listen

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First Listen: Pixies, 'Indie Cindy'

The songs here form a worthwhile, frequently terrific document of a band forever in transition.

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After a deal with his old record label, Prince will reissue <em>Purple Rain</em> for its 30th anniversary.

Prince Fans, Prepare For The Deluge

After a deal with his old record label, Prince will reissue Purple Rain for its 30th anniversary.

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

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