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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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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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A montage of images taken by the Voyager spacecraft of the planets and four of Jupiter's moons, set against a false-color Rosette Nebula with Earth's moon in the foreground. NASA hide caption

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In The Shadow Of 'The Planets' Lies Gustav Holst's Sweet Little Suite

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Plácido Domingo, attending rehearsals at the Royal Opera House in London in 2015. The singer has pulled out of performances there this summer. Niklas Halle'n /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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British composer Thomas Adès leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and soloist Kirill Gerstein, in the premiere performances of his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston. Winslow Townson/Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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A scene from the 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera p r i s m, by Ellen Reid. Maria Baranova/Beth Morrison Projects hide caption

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Opera For Newbies: Busting Myths And Belting High Notes

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William Still (1821-1902), a conductor on the Underground Railroad who helped nearly 800 enslaved African Americans to freedom. Naxos American Classics hide caption

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Underground Railroad: A Conductor And Passengers Documented In Music

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