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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David Finckel is a longtime member of the Emerson String Quartet. Journeys: Tchaikovsky, Schoenberg is his last recording with the group. Christian Steiner/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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David Finckel On The Emerson Quartet's Changing Of The Guard

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Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony. Bill Swerbenski/San Francisco Symphony hide caption

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100 Years After The Riot, The 'Rite' Remains

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After his shocking ballet, The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky branched out in surprising directions. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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Igor Stravinsky's 'Rite Of Spring' Counterrevolution

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Caroline Shaw, who composed the piece Partita for 8 Voices for her vocal group Roomful of Teeth, is the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for music. Dashon Burton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Moment With Pulitzer-Winning Composer Caroline Shaw

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Jazz composer Maria Schneider (left) and soprano Dawn Upshaw collaborated on the new album Winter Morning Walks. Jimmy & Dena Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Singing The Praises Of Pre-Dawn Walks

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Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein (left) and singer-songwriter Tift Merrit collaborate on the new album Night. Lisa Marie Mazzucco/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Merritt And Dinnerstein, A Musical Odd Couple, On Bridging Their Worlds

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A coach and high school students work on Osvaldo Golijov's Passion According to St. Mark with the composer (right) in November 2012. Chris Lee/courtesy of Carnegie Hall hide caption

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How Does A Jewish Artist Tell The Ultimate Christian Story?

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Tenor Jonas Kaufmann. Petra Stadler/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jonas Kaufmann On Wagner: 'It's Like A Drug Sometimes'

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Violinist Joshua Bell conducts the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields by doing what comes naturally to him. The celebrated soloist is also the London orchestra's music director. Chris Chrisodoulou/Sony Classical hide caption

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From Bow To Baton: Violinist Joshua Bell Conducts Beethoven

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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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