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      Fans are mourning the loss of American composer Stephen Paulus who died on Sunday at the age of 65. Paulus wrote works for many American artists and ensembles, including Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Singers were particularly drawn to his treatment of the human voice, which garnered commissions from Deborah Voigt, Samuel Ramey, Thomas Hampson more...

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      We present an occasional and light-hearted series: a selection of 10 clips, this week our pick of classical musics best parodies, comedies and sketches. What are your own favourites? Tell us in the comments section below

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