Soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan has performed more than 80 world premieres. Elmer de Haas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Morris Robinson in the Los Angeles Opera's 2009 production of The Magic Flute. Los Angeles Opera hide caption

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Serge Rachmaninoff, photographed in 1919, somewhere outside of San Francisco. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Rachmaninoff: An American Without Assimilation

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop muses on both the Russian and American sides of Sergei Rachmaninoff and his Third Symphony.

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Leonard DiCaprio stares down a treacherous winter wasteland in the new film The Revenant, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu. Kimberley French/20th Century Fox hide caption

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Composer Patrick Castillo leads the Third Sound ensemble in a Havana performance in November 2015. Anastasia Tsioulcas/NPR hide caption

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A New Music Journey From The U.S. To Havana

A misunderstanding morphed into an exciting idea: Take 10 American composers to Cuba. Hear their Havana concert.

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Organist Cameron Carpenter is a composer and performer who plays everything from Bach to pop. Heiko Laschitzki/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel star in Youth as the fictional composer Fred Ballinger and his filmmaker friend Mick Boyle. Gianni Fiorito/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Behind The Music Of 'Youth'

David Lang was tasked with writing music for Michael Caine's character, an elderly composer who gets abruptly called out of retirement.

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Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman in 2009, playing his Stradivarius during a rehearsal with musicians from the Simón Bolívar National Youth Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela. Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna composed the music for the new Pixar film The Good Dinosaur. "The entire process of making a music score is additive, so every little detail becomes part of the whole," Mychael says. Cassandra Church/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Good Dino-Score: Behind The Music Of Pixar's Latest

Writing music for The Good Dinosaur was a seven-month journey for brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna, not all of it glamorous.

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John Adams' latest album features works inspired by Beethoven. Deborah O'Grady/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Adams Mines Beethoven's Mind

Almost every composer, sooner or later, must come to grips with Beethoven. John Adams is inspired by the master's wit and rhythm.

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Joyce DiDonato stars in the new opera Great Scott as a world-famous diva who returns to her hometown and finds its opera company struggling to stay afloat. Karen Almond/Dallas Opera hide caption

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In 'Great Scott,' Joyce DiDonato Leads An Opera Within An Opera

The new Dallas Opera production is a meta-story about the value — and cost — of great art.

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"This is a guy who's up for the challenge," says film composer Harry Gregson-Williams, describing Matt Damon's stranded astronaut character in The Martian. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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An Alpine Symphony, by Richard Strauss, depicts a dawn to dusk climb up a mountain. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Teddy Abrams conducts the Louisville Orchestra in his first concert as Music Director in Spring 2014. O'Neil Arnold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pianist Anthony de Mare commissioned 36 composers to rework songs by Stephen Sondheim for the new album Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from The Piano. Paolo Soriani/ECM Records hide caption

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Zuhal Sultan is the founder of the Iraqi National Youth Orchestra. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The official recording of the piece was released this week. Peter Serling/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Max Richter has written Sleep, an eight-hour lullaby for our fast-paced lives. Rhys Frampton/Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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Trouble Sleeping? A Composer Wants To Help

If counting sheep isn't working, British composer Max Richter's latest piece might. Sleep is eight hours long and designed to help listeners get some shut-eye.

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The Rifleman Who Fiddled For Truman, Churchill And Stalin

Stuart Canin was one of many GIs in Europe after World War II, but his violin made him different.

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Dinnerstein's performance in Cuba followed the release of Broadway-Lafayette, an album of piano concertos. Lisa-Marie Mazzucco/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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