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It's so easy to find oneself attracted to the music of Franz Schubert. His unmatched gift for lyricism makes him so approachable, so comprehensible; and we feel ourselves being pulled into his musical world—in my case, at a very early age. 

This may be one of the most endearing stories you've ever heard about Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who currently shares his home with three cats, and has a soft spot in his heart for all animals.

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In case you missed it, here's the amazing Google Doodle celebrating Bach's 334th birthday. You can easily compose a two-measure melody and then share it! It's the first artificial-intelligence powered Google Doodle.

As Beethoven set about composing his Third Symphony, his hearing was failing and he felt certain his life was about to get worse. That it was born in a moment of despair may help explain why the finished work, for all its grandeur, is extremely odd — employing devices that are by turns aggressive and mundane, somber and practically danceable.