The Past and Future of Musical Overtures To get the new year off to a good musical start, NPR's Bob Edwards talks with commentator Miles Hoffman about overtures. There once was a time when you couldn't start an opera or a ballet without one. But some overtures, such as the "William Tell," have much more staying power than these longer musical works.
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The Past and Future of Musical Overtures

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The Past and Future of Musical Overtures

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The Past and Future of Musical Overtures

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To get the new year off to a good musical start, NPR's Bob Edwards talks with commentator Miles Hoffman about overtures. There once was a time when you couldn't start an opera or a ballet without one. But some overtures, such as the "William Tell," have much more staying power than these longer musical works.

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