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Steve Reich in New York City in 2005. During the coronavirus crisis, the composer has been is Los Angeles, working on a new piece. Jeffrey Herman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rachel Portman was the first woman to win an Academy Award for best original score. Her latest album ask the river is her first not written for a film or stage production. Benjamin Ealovega/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rachel Portman Steps Away From The Screen With 'Ask The River'

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's mercurial music, with its sparkle and unpredictability, was a departure from the style of his father, Johann Sebastian. De Agostini Picture Library/Getty Images hide caption

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C.P.E. Bach: Mercurial Diversions For Uncertain Times

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NPR's Scott Simon spoke with Marin Alsop about the end of her tenure as musical director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a less heralded part of her career: her 1980s swing band. Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Marin Alsop On Her Swing Orchestra And Stepping Down From The Baltimore Symphony

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In the wake of pandemics and large-scale crises, composers have responded in a broad variety of ways over the centuries. Wellcome Library, London/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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When Pandemics Arise, Composers Carry On

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Andrea Bocelli Will Offer His Easter Concert For Free On YouTube

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Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, at the opening of a music center named after him in southeastern Poland in 2013. Janek Skarzynsky/AFP / Getty Images hide caption

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Krzysztof Penderecki, Boundary-Breaking Polish Composer, Dies At 86

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Opera singer Plácido Domingo, shown here speaking in Spain last July, said earlier this month that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Ricardo Rubio/Europa Press via Getty Images hide caption

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