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Brett Dean, Anna Nicole Smith, Musical Notation

Tom Service interviews Australian composer and viola player Brett Dean. Plus a review of Turnage's opera Anna Nicole Smith, and a discussion about the pitfalls of musical notation.


45 minutes


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