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Louis Moreau Gottschalk was America's first musical superstar. Library of Congress hide caption

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01Le Banjo

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    Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics - Solo Piano Music
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    2015

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Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ gives a Gershwin classic an expressive, evocative twist with the đàn bâù, a traditional Vietnamese instrument. Nguyen Nhat Hoang/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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11Mahler 9

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    William Schimmel/Wynton Marsalis
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Pianist Ivan Moravec was known for his lyrical playing and recordings of Chopin and Mozart. Anost Nosek hide caption

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A rehearsal for the first fully staged U.S. production of Ethel Smyth's 1904 opera The Wreckers at the Bard Music Festival in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Cory Weaver/Bard SummerScape hide caption

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One Feisty Victorian Woman's Opera Revived

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The Icelandic group Nordic Affect has commissioned new works for its forthcoming album, Clockworking. David Oldfield hide caption

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01Clockworking

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    Dorian Sono Luminus
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