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Lives of the Great Composers by Dana Gioia | Tuesday, October 03, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Herr Bruckner often wandered into church to join the mourners at a funeral. The relatives of Berlioz were horrified. “Such harmony,” quoth Shakespeare, “is in immortal souls …. We cannot hear it.” But the radio is playing, and outside rain splashes to the pavement. Now and then the broadcast fails. On nights like these Schumann... Read more »