Stravinsky

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A man makes a deal with the devil and, for a time, thinks he has won.

Music can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. For many, that means earbuds and isolation during a commute, workout or taking a walk.

Ballerina Misty Copeland dancing on stage in Swan Lake
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If all the world's a stage, Misty Copeland is a frequently featured performer. And as a classical dancer, Copeland is certainly comfortable in the spotlight.

black-and-white image of people in a standing ovation
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“You know, Miss Ruth was a lady," begins the famous line from the period film Fried Green Tomatoes. "And a lady always knows when to leave.”

The same holds true with musical works. How a piece ends — how it leaves the room, so to speak — will linger in your mind and spirit long after all is said and done.

Here are some of my favorite musical farewells, exit lines and parting shots. Some go out in a proverbial blaze of glory; others are strong, silent types. But all of them leave you with that feeling that you’ve just experienced something amazing.

black-an-white portrait of Igor Stravinsky
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A “long-delayed overhaul” at the St. Petersburg Conservatory has resulted in the rediscovery of an important work by Russian modernist composer Igor Stravinsky after a century-long absence, according to a story by Stravinsky expert Stephen Walsh in The Guardian.

Everyone knows that audience members at concerts are never happy.

The etiquette is to sit quietly in the dark. Suppress all emotional response and bodily noise. Looking happy or as if you are enjoying yourself is resolutely low rent... Schubert and Brahms were miserable, and you should be, too. The musicians aren’t there to entertain you. Conductors are there to flap their arms, wiggle their bottoms, and get paid a lot. Just look around you, right?

WRONG.*