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Classical Music 101 Video: Anton Kuerti takes us inside the magic of the piano

By John Terauds on February 13, 2012

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Classical Music 101: A beginner's survey of music education, composition and appreciation apps

By Open Submission on September 18, 2013

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Issues: How do you describe music to people who may have no idea what you're talking about?

By John Terauds on March 14, 2013

I had a shock of recognition as I read British music critic Jessica Duchen’s post today on U.K. site CultureKicks on the difficulties of writing or speaking about music if your audience doesn’t know the basics.
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CBC Radio 2 host Paolo Pietropaolo fêted for excellent series on the keys of music

By John Terauds on September 26, 2013

CBC Radio 2 In Concert host Paolo Pietropaolo has won his second Prix Italia for the Signature Series, his compelling, accessible and entertaining ongoing series on the character of each key in Western music.
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Comment: Classical musicians do themselves a disservice by shutting out other genres

By John Terauds on October 17, 2012

The flap over changes in administration at the Banff Centre attracted a lot of online commentators, many of whom heaped scorn on the idea of including other genres of music in the residencies. It’s an ethos of exclusivity and, by inference, superiority that I believe diminishes the artform.
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Classical Music 101: What came before is contained in how we play and what we hear today

By John Terauds on February 7, 2013

The question completely broadsided me, because the idea of a world without Early Music seems as bereft as a world without Renaissance history, with the paintings of Titian banished to decommissioned nuclear bomb shelters, and St Mark’s Church in Venice hidden behind tall plywood hoardings.
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Latest interactive app from Touch Press features pianist Stephen Hough and Liszt Piano Sonata

By John Terauds on July 11, 2013

Want to experience a performance from several different visual perspecitves? Sure. Need historical background? No problem. All these bits and pieces come together in another slick little app from Touch Press, one of the rare developers to pay attention to art music.
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A brave new world of entertainment and learning in Touch Press app of Beethoven's Ninth

By John Terauds on June 1, 2013

The free download offers only 2 minutes of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, but that’s enough to get anyone with more than passing curiosity hooked on a new app from Britain’s Touch Press that brings together four great Deutsche Grammophon recordings of the full work from the last 55 years together with a pile of commentary, background and interactivity.
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Benjamin Britten at 100, Part I: Early orchestral music

By John Terauds on February 17, 2013

Britten, born 100 years ago on Nov. 22, was modern but comprehensible. He wrote for professionals as well as amateurs.
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Introducing: Piano Quintet, Op. 84, by Edward Elgar

By John Terauds on August 5, 2012

This is the first in a weekly look at an indisputably great piece of music not frequently heard in concert. We’re starting with the Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84, completed by Edward Elgar in January 1919.
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