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Requiem for the Mixtape

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Monday, November 23, 2009

For a generation of Americans, nothing said love like a mixtape. But after iPods and file-sharing conquered the cassette, seduction was never quite the same. Today: an art form that combined DJ skills, amorous intentions -- and good penmanship. Plus: Haydn might be history's most underrated composer. We revisit his legacy with The Haydn Trio Eisenstadt and author Fred Plotkin.


Fred Plotkin

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The Underrated Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn is considered the father of the symphony and the string quartet. He might also be history’s most underrated composer. As the music world marks the bicentennial of Haydn's death, we explore how the composer’s gift for humor may be at the root of why he’s not taken ...

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