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September 28   -  

Newlywed Composer Christopher Rouse On His Encoded Musical Love Letters

In a piece on his latest album, the Pulitzer-winning composer uses a code of musical notes to spell out the name of his wife, Natasha. Another composition is inspired by her remarkable resilience.

September 24   -  

'It's Familiar To All The Women In My Family:' Adapting Von Trier For The Opera

Composer Missy Mazzoli wouldn't call Lars von Trier's film Breaking the Waves, a feminist project. But its portrayal of a woman's experience was part of what drew her to help reimagine it onstage.

September 22   -  

James Horner's Posthumous Works Tell A Story Of His Life

The composer passed away a little over a year ago. Two final works, a film score for The Magnificent Seven and a horn concerto, prove that his emotional approach to storytelling endures.

September 22   -  

Composer Julia Wolfe Awarded MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

The New York composer is one of 23 individuals picked this year for the prestigious annual prize, which comes with $625,000.

September 22   -  

First Listen: John Adams, 'Scheherazade.2'

Violence against women, and a smart storyteller from the Arabian Nights, inspired John Adams' "dramatic symphony," featuring violinist Leila Josefowicz.

September 21   -  

Songs We Love: Pavel Kolesnikov, Chopin: 'Mazurka In A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4'

Everything about this Mazurka is dreamy, floating along as if Chopin made up the music on the spot in a great opium cloud.

September 15   -  

Critical Condition: Revisiting Composer Virgil Thomson's Masterful Prose

A remarkable American composer was also one of the country's finest critics. Another leading critic reflects on both his predecessor's work and music journalism today.

September 15   -  

Life After A Brain Injury: 'I'm Not Terrified Of Death Anymore'

Pulitzer-winning music critic Tim Page had been good at pretty much everything, until he had a life-threatening traumatic brain injury. He talks with NPR about piecing together a new life.

September 15   -  

Review: Ryuichi Sakamoto, 'Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son'

The veteran composer crafts a masterfully emotional and poignant score to Yoji Yamada's heartbreaking new film. The 28 tracks here are so patient, they can make the world seem to move in slow motion.

September 14   -  

From Trash to Triumph: The Recycled Orchestra

Young musicians from a Paraguayan slum have toured the world with instruments made of garbage. They've played with Stevie Wonder and for the Pope. Now they're in a documentary.
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