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How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Twenty years ago, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti gave a sold-out concert at LA's Dodger Stadium. It still echoes today in both the music business and public TV.

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'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler

Monday, July 14, 2014

From movies and musicals to hit songs, the French national anthem has been appropriated in many contexts. Are you enough of a Francophile to spot them?

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Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A second-generation American, he was one of the most prominent conductors of the post-World War II era, leading orchestras and opera companies on both sides of the Atlantic. He died Sunday at 84.

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Richard Reed Parry Turns Musicians Into Metronomes

Sunday, July 13, 2014

On the Arcade Fire member's solo classical debut, the body drives the beat — not the other way around.

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A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90

Friday, July 11, 2014

A birthday salute to a famed Italian tenor who knew how to guard his vocal resources. Not as loud or imposing as his rivals, Bergonzi sang with elegance and intensity for decades.

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Christina Vantzou, 'VHS'

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Composer Christina Vantzou makes the kind of music that leaves listeners questioning reality. Her latest video unfolds in a void, where a dimly lit figure chases its own reflection.

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Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello!, wrote dozens of songs for those shows and others that never saw the stage.

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After 36 Years, A Trumpeter Sounds His Last Note In New York

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Philip Smith — principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, former teacher of Wynton Marsalis and hero to brass nerds everywhere — is retiring. Hear what makes him so idolized.

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Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Know your Sylvan Esso from your Future Islands, or Ana Tijoux from André Laos? Test your knowledge of current music in this puzzler and discover the year's best songs.

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NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

Monday, June 30, 2014

A selection of 25 deep, joyful, rewarding albums from every genre, out of every corner of the world, from the first six months months of 2014, picked by NPR Music.

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Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Watch the innovative musician play his mini Stratocaster of a violin in pieces that celebrate complex textures — and NPR News themes.

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Julius Rudel, Longtime Director Of New York City Opera, Dies At 93

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The conductor served as musical and administrative head of New York's second-largest opera company at a time when American talent was flowering.

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All Things Considered

New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Glenn Dicterow became the youngest concertmaster in New York Philharmonic history in 1980, when he was just 31. After spending more than half his life leading the violin section, he says goodbye.

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What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The sale of the most expensive musical instrument in history could be announced Wednesday. And it's a viola. (Will the viola jokes stop now?)

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Sounds Of A Summer Night Puzzler

Monday, June 23, 2014

To mark the changing of the season, test your ears in a musical puzzler inspired by warm summer evenings and the promise of romance.

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Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A new opera from composer Ricky Ian Gordon, best known for his adaptation of The Grapes Of Wrath, uses tiny moments to tell the story of a big personality.

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Morning Edition

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Swaying triple time has besotted dancers and musicians alike around the globe. But the quintessential high-society dance has surprisingly indecent roots.

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The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Know your "Marseillaise" from your "God Save the Queen?" If you fancy yourself a World Cup know-it-all, try matching the team to its national anthem in this musical puzzler.

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Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A classical virtuoso and an equally captivating flamenco player combine for a set of duets. Whether playing music by Bach or Peña, they're undeniably brilliant.

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All Things Considered

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Friday, June 13, 2014

Army Pvt. Danny Chen fatally shot himself in Afghanistan in 2011. The real-life tragedy has inspired a new production by the Washington National Opera with a libretto by playwright David Henry Hwang.

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