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Classical Music 101: A musical instrument's sound is greater than the sum of its parts

By John Terauds on January 8, 2013

Change a modern violin’s metal strings for gut, and the quality of the tone changes. This is one of the (several) things that makes a period-instrument orchestra sound so different.
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Too many people worry too much about preparing for a classical concert

By John Terauds on November 15, 2012

Without the benefit of reading or research, these two people are simply wandering from quarter to quarter, taking pictures that include “a beautiful old church” as well as some creative graffiti in forgotten little alcoves.
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Classical Music 101: I will never know much, but at least I hope to learn something

By John Terauds on October 26, 2013

Whether a person is making it or listening to it, music is like the clichéd river whose waters are different every time one steps into it.
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Keyboard works of C.P.E. Bach show how messy rules of interpretation really are

By John Terauds on July 22, 2012

But we’ve all played the telephone game, right?
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Classical Music 101: Keeping time doesn't necessarily mean sticking to a beat

By John Terauds on January 10, 2014

We also don’t read aloud much, if ever, so even the natural rhythms of language and speech are not really natural in a big, 21st century city.
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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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Busted! Beethoven did not keep conducting the Ninth after the music stopped

By John Terauds on January 17, 2014

Our digitally connected age is amazingly good at illuminating dark places. It is even better at perpetuating lies — some of which are centuries old.
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Classical Music 101: To realise or to interpret?

By John Terauds on September 22, 2013

Classical musicians are taught that, with any piece not attached to a living composer, there is a performance tradition to follow in each act of interpretation. Each composer, style and period imposes certain parameters of  convention and taste — even in instances where all we have are diary entries and broad sketches to provide clues about the practices of yore.
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Two CD releases show off the art of composer Camille Saint-Saëns

By John Terauds on August 14, 2012

French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who bridged the Romantic and Modern eras thanks to an 86-year lifespan, was treated as a relic of a bygone age by his obituarists and university lecturers.
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Classical Music 101: The voice and the violin as inspirations for the pianist's fingers

By John Terauds on October 19, 2012

To paraphrase John Donne, no pianist is an island. Using one of the more versatile of Western instruments, this musician sits in front of a wide range of tonal possibilities — and also faces a bewildering array of choices that are not always about the piano itself.
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