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A harrowing symphony for a rape survivor

The distinguished American composer Christopher Rouse, introducing his third symphony on NPR, let on that he recently got married. The symphony contains a code that spells out his wife’s name, over and over, ‘a kind of physical portrait of her,’ he called it. Then he went on to say: ‘[Natasha] was sexually abused as a […]
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