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Gustav Mahler, in his younger days, was a vegetarian. There's a story, recounted by one of his biographers, about how the composer was teased by fellow musicians in a restaurant when he refused meat, instead asking for spinach and apples.

Mahler might have caught on to this way of eating from reading an essay by none other than classical music's most nortorious veggie-head, Richard Wagner.

Jonathan Biss: Shooting Down The Schumann Detractors

Mar 27, 2013

(For our week dedicated to Robert Schumann, pianist Jonathan Biss defends this misunderstood composer in the first of three essays. Click the audio link above to hear him play Schumann and discuss the composer with Performance Today host Fred Child.)

Join us Friday as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood, the summer music festival that is both the seasonal home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a legendary destination in its own right.

(Jeremy Denk joins us all week to explore the Goldberg Variations. Read his Monday and Tuesday posts.)

The "Hallelujah Chorus," from George Frideric Handel's Messiah, is such an iconic piece of music — and is so ingrained as a Christmas tradition — that it's easy to take its exuberance and its greatness for granted.

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