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December 22   -  

A Year Of Listening Desperately: 10 Classical Albums That Saved 2016

The contentious presidential election colored the listening habits of NPR's classical producer. (Image credit: Elmer de Haas)

December 19   -  

In Memoriam 2016

NPR Music remembers musicians — singers, songwriters, instrumentalists — and other visionaries we lost in 2016. Explore and celebrate their musical legacies. (Image credit: Getty Images)

December 16   -  

At TubaChristmas, An Underdog Instrument Shines

The event now gathers musicians across the U.S. and in several countries abroad. It all started in December 1974, when a tuba enthusiast organized a concert of about 300 tubas in Rockefeller Plaza. (Image credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

December 12   -  

When It Comes To CDs In 2016, Mozart Outsells Beyonce, Adele And Drake

Mozart sold the most CDs of any artist in 2016. Quartz reporter Amy Wang says that figure can help shed light on the state of the recording industry. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

December 6   -  

'Morricone 60': An Orchestra-Infused Look At A 60-Year Career

Film composer Ennio Morricone, known for his use of harmonica and whistling on Western scores, has re-imagined his most popular sounds with help from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

December 4   -  

'Jackie' Shows A First Lady Behind Closed Doors — But The Music Is Front And Center

The score for the new film, which stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy grappling with the death of her husband, was written by 29-year old English composer Mica Levi (a.k.a. Micachu).

December 3   -  

'Half Of Humanity Has Something To Say': Composer Kaija Saariaho On Her Met Debut

Saariaho isn't the first woman composer to stage an opera at New York's Metropolitan Opera — just the first in more than a century. Her opera, L'Amour de Loin, has its New York premiere this week.

December 1   -  

Bringing A Christmas Classic To Wonderful Life — On Stage

Librettist Gene Scheer says the drama of George Bailey's life is "an operatic story." So he, along with composer Jake Heggie, turned It's a Wonderful Life into an opera.

November 28   -  

Andrew Norman Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

The young California composer's expansive, boisterous Play pushes the orchestra to its limits in music both chaotic and serene.

November 27   -  

Remembering Pauline Oliveros, Composer Known For 'Deep Listening'

American composer Pauline Oliveros died Thursday at the age of 84. Inspired by all kinds of sound, she was a pioneer of electronic music, committed to changing the way people listen.
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