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Glenn Gould and an overlooked extra dimension in recorded sound

By John Terauds on October 3, 2012

The piece had been captured on eight tracks, on four sets of microphones. In the editing suite, Gould and his engineers would mix and fade the different sound perspectives to create sort of an audio equivalent of close-ups and wide-angle shots of the music.
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Classical Music 101: What you see isn't what you hear with printed score

By John Terauds on August 16, 2012

It makes for a great soundbite, but when a musician modestly says “I’m only transmitting the notes from the composer to you,” he or she is lying.
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Classical Music 101: What is a prepared piano?

By John Terauds on February 10, 2012

This does not mean a quick polish or two-hours of warmup, or even a last-minute tuning.
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Classical 101 | Is It A French Horn or Just A Horn?

By Michael Vincent on December 3, 2015

"French Horn" or "Horn?" The instrument with a name we can't agree on.
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Classical Music 101: What does period performance mean?

By John Terauds on February 22, 2012

Nearly every instrument in an orchestra has changed over the past three centuries. Some differences are obvious: a harpsichord, in which the strings are plucked by a mechanical quill, evolved into a piano, where the strings are struck by a felt-padded hammer; the French horn sprouted valves; the bassoon grew larger.
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Introducing: The exquisite miniatures of Sergei Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives

By John Terauds on October 31, 2012

It is quite the art to create a miniature — be it a small painting, a short story or piece of music. All the elements of balance, composition, colour and texture need to be there, but expressed as concisely as possible. One set of gorgeous miniatures we don’t get to hear live very often is Sergei Prokofiev’s 20 piano pieces known as Visions Fugitives.
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Is disappointment the jet fuel of creativity?

By John Terauds on November 24, 2012

This little bit of interview conversation by Cate Blanchett contains what I think could possibly be the kernel of the whole artistic impulse.
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The Origins Of The Canadian National Anthem Revealed In Mozart

By Michael Vincent on June 25, 2014

Looking into the controversy over the origins of Canada's national anthem, O Canada.
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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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Classical Music 101: The fascinating relationship between tone and the method of attack

By John Terauds on February 22, 2013

As someone who moves between a percussion instrument (piano) and a wind instrument (pipe organ), I’ve long been conscious of how our sense of rhythm and tempo is affected by the presence or absence of attack, that split-second moment when a note begins to sound.
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