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Meredith Monk On Q2's 'Spaces'

Monday, November 17, 2014

The composer and singer describes her own sound as "folk music from another planet." Q2 visits the Tribeca loft that's been home to Monk's white-hot creative energies for more than 40 years.

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Uncovering The Heart Of Chopin — Literally

Monday, November 17, 2014

It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel. But a secret group of 13 gathered earlier this year to exhume the preserved heart of one of the world's most beloved composers, Frederic Chopin.

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'Twinkle' Sparks Fireworks As Fiddler Guts Violin Method

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fiddler Mark O'Connor claims Shinichi Suzuki, creator of the popular Suzuki Method of violin instruction, was a fraud. O'Connor has created his own teaching system.

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Roomful Of Teeth: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, November 10, 2014

Watch the vocal group sing new music with yelps, yodels and fine harmonies tightly spun.

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All Things Considered

'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Robert Lee Watt, the first black French horn player to join a major U.S. symphony, spent 37 years with the LA Philharmonic. He faced a lot of resistance along the way, as his new memoir recounts.

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Power And Struggle In A Soviet Symphony

Saturday, November 08, 2014

After he was publicly denounced, Shostakovich rebounded with the compelling and calculated Symphony No. 5. The music supplied a soundtrack for the Soviet people and satisfied the apparatchiks.

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Sax Ed: The NPR Music Saxophone Quiz

Thursday, November 06, 2014

From classical and rock to jazz and world music, the saxophone has invaded many cultures and styles. Try this quiz celebrating the bicentennial of the instrument's inventor, Adolphe Sax.

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Morning Edition

Happy Birthday, Mr. Sax

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Thursday marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. Miles Hoffman explains how an instrument designed for military bands became inextricably linked to jazz.

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Soundcheck's Tough Critics Weigh In On Bach's Brandenburg Concerto

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

In this edition of Tough Critics, three kids listen to and pick apart one of J.S. Bach's most popular works, the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.
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All Things Considered

Amid Hunger And Cold, An Unforgettable Symphony Premiere

Sunday, November 02, 2014

A year into the siege of Leningrad, a haggard group of musicians defiantly — and improbably — performed Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7, which was dedicated to the suffering city.

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Morning Edition

A Violin Concerto Back From Beyond The Grave

Thursday, October 30, 2014

After composer Robert Schumann died, his Violin Concerto languished in a library — until a grandniece of the man he wrote it for got out her Ouija board.

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All Things Considered

Just Who Is This Opera Star Singing At The World Series Tonight?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Joyce DiDonato — a Kansas native and lifelong Royals fan — happens to be one of the world's greatest opera singers. Here's what makes her so extraordinary.

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Ghosts In The Music: A Spooky Songs Quiz

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Think you know your musical ghouls and ghosts? From country and classical to rock and jazz, try this hair-raising Halloween puzzler.

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All Things Considered

Maya Beiser Shreds The Cello

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Beiser gives some of her favorite rock and blues numbers a modern cello workover on her new album, Uncovered.

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Danish String Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Danish String Quartet doesn't live on Brahms and Beethoven alone. Watch the versatile group play Danish folk tunes, from centuries-old Fanø wedding dances to traditional Roskilde reels.

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A Subway Symphony, Thanks To WiFi

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Composer Ljova conducted 11 subway musicians spread across New York via WiFi.
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Gig Alert: Belcea Quartet

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Belcea Quartet performs Wednesday night at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall. 

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A World Of 'Pure Imagination' Covers; Thurston Moore Plays Live; The Met's 'Death Of Klinghoffer' Ignites Controversy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cult alt-rock weirdos Primus are putting out an album of covers and originals inspired by the music of Willy Wonka. Thurston Moore plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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Opera About 1985 Achille Lauro Hijacking Draws Protests At Met

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was among those who denounced The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams, calling it anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.

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After 200 Years, A Schubert Song Still Resonates

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On Oct. 19, 1814, an Austrian teenager named Franz Schubert wrote "Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel," a boldly innovative song that remains an inspiration for singers and songwriters.

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