Tom Huizenga

NPR Classical

Aug 2, 2021

Updated July 29, 2021 at 8:58 AM ET

Updated July 29, 2021: In a nod to the Olympics, this week's playlist spotlights five Japanese composers you should know, with expressive music from Toshio Hosokawa, Karen Tanaka, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Toru Takemitsu and Somei Satoh.

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"Deep River," the beloved spiritual, gets heard in strikingly diverse settings – from a swing version

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While steeped in the tradition of Haydn and

Louis Andriessen, the most widely acclaimed Dutch composer of his generation, died on Thursday, July 1, in a care home in Weesp, North Holland. His death was confirmed by Boosey & Hawkes, his publisher. He was 82 years old.

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.


It's been said that our young people are the hope of our future. If that's true, the future of classical music looks blazingly bright, judging from these extraordinary performances by the young musicians in this triple-play Tiny Desk (home) concert.

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"To the Sky" quietly awakens with gentle humming and a softly rumbling marimba.

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Pekka Kuusisto, "Shrink: I. Ninths"
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Does the world really need yet another violin concerto?

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There have been many misfits in classical music, but Julius Eastman stands tall among them.

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