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On 'Fanfare For The Common Man,' An Anthem For The American Century

July 19, 2018

Written in the thick of WWII, Aaron Copland's piece seems to have hope woven between its notes. Mandalit del Barco asks why so many who hear it, from presidents to prog rockers, are still so moved.

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Insects have been an inspiration in music for centuries, starring in pieces from "Flight of the Bumblebee" to Mastodon's "March of the Fire Ants."

Oliver Knussen, Composer And Conductor, Dies At 66

July 9, 2018

Knussen, who wrote symphonies, chamber music and operas, is likely best known for his collaborations with children's author Maurice Sendak on adaptions like 1979's Where The Wild Things Are.

François Clemmons: From Mozart to Mister Rogers

June 29, 2018

AMA heads to the Nantucket Film Festival with François Clemmons. Known for his role as Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, he reflects on his life and the film Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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June 19, 2018

America's top orchestras are presenting little if any music written by women next season. Why is that?

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