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

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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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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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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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Stephen Hough's newest release is the French Album. Sim Canetty-Clarke/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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 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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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic hide caption

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Naxos founder Klaus Heymann. Lam King Yin/Courtesy of Naxos hide caption

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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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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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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 WBUR

The young Berklee-trained violinist dedicates his new album to the late legend Stephane Grappelli.

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Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ignored the old rules about how to write music and created a brave new world of sonic possibilities. adoc-photos/Corbis hide caption

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Can opera survive in an era of shrinking budgets and aging audiences? Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Opera Ailing? Assessing The State Of The Art

A panel of experts takes the pulse of opera today and discuss its possibilities for the future.

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To audition for the BSO, percussionist Mike Tetreault was required to prepare musical excerpts from 50 pieces on nine different instruments, including timpani. Sean Hagwell /Mike Tetreault hide caption

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Sergei Prokofiev (pictured) wrote a Fifth Symphony that has special resonance in Sao Paulo for conductor Marin Alsop. Library of Congress hide caption

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A Grand Soviet Symphony, By Way Of Brazil

An American conductor explains why Russian music suits her Sao Paolo orchestra.

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Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. His new album Spirit Fiction was released June 19. Deborah Feingold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mandolinist Avi Avital's new album Bach was released June 12. Uwe Arens/Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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Brian Stokes Mitchell records A Lincoln Portrait at NPR's Studio 4A in April. Doriane Raiman/NPR hide caption

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Noah Stewart's debut album is entitled Noah. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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