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Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz

Know your bird calls from barnyard bellowing? For Earth Day, test your ear at recognizing the animal sounds songwriters and composers work into their music, from funk classics to classical sonatas.


Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey

Early music specialist Jordi Savall explores different periods and cultures, mashing them together for surprising results. His new project finds fruitful varieties all in one spot: the Balkans.


Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted

We're guessing some yoga and Pilates classes preceded a round of musical and physical one-upwomanship that's gone viral.


A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion'

Join tenor Ian Bostridge, conductor Ton Koopman and other singers, conductors and scholars for a guided tour of Bach's sacred masterpiece, first heard on Good Friday in Leipzig in 1727.


Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams, whose music is rich with references to and concern about nature, won for his orchestral Become Ocean. The judges said it "suggests a relentless tidal surge."


A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled high with ambition, self-reflection and fear. Conductor Marin Alsop shares her approach to Mahler's multilayered music.


Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Seventy-five years ago, Marian Anderson made history when she sang to crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial. The Daughters of the American Revolution had denied her the use of Constitution Hall.


Fiddle In A Pickle: Jonathan Carney's Concertmaster Quiz

What is a concertmaster? The orchestra's lead violinist who plays all those tricky solos. Test your knowledge of fiddling against Jonathan Carney, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony.


Play It Again And Again, Sam

We're all seduced by repetition, music research suggests — 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before. Beyond music, this bias toward familiarity holds up in every culture. What gives?


Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

Tighter regulations on ivory coming in and out of the U.S. could have a profound impact on musicians who travel with antique instruments.


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