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Classical 101 | Why Is The Oboe Used To Tune The Orchestra?

By Hye Won Cecilia Lee on September 5, 2019

Have you ever wondered why orchestras tune with the oboe? Follow along as we uncover the history behind this curious convention.
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CLASSICAL 101 | Why Is There No Saxophone In The Orchestra?

By Hye Won Cecilia Lee on August 7, 2019

With so many standard instruments included in the orchestra, where is the saxophone? The answer may surprise you.
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CLASSICAL 101 | How Can Violins Sound So Sad?

By Anya Wassenberg on July 25, 2019

There is no doubt that there is something about the achingly sweet sound of the violin that makes it the ideal means of expressing sorrow and sadness.
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Classical Music 101: What Does A Conductor Do?

By John Terauds on June 17, 2019

Timekeeper, herder, tastemaker, cheerleader and scold. Those are the five primary jobs of a conductor. He or she is where the musical buck stops.
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Classical Music 101 | What Does Period Instrument Mean?

By John Terauds on May 6, 2019

Nearly every instrument in an orchestra has changed over the past three centuries. Some differences are obvious, others more subtle.
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CLASSICAL MUSIC 101 | What Does It Mean To Be In Tune?

By John Terauds on April 23, 2019

How being in tune is really a combination of traditions and habits which changes throughout history.
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Classical Music 101 | The Birth And Evolution Of The Modern Orchestra

By John Terauds on April 10, 2019

An evolutionary sketch of how the orchestra came to be, from 16th-century consorts to the modern orchestra we know today.
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CLASSICAL 101 | Why We Say "Break A Leg"

By Michael Vincent on December 15, 2018

Lucky underwear, lucky ties, lucky dresses. But whatever you do, don't say, "Good luck".
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CLASSICAL 101 | A Guide To Classical Music Slang

By Michael Vincent on July 4, 2017

Thanks to Ludwig Van, you'll have lots of talking points the next time you mingle with the classical music crowd, young and old!
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Classical 101 | Your Voice-type And How To Find It

By Brian Chang on January 25, 2017

Angelic soprano? Heroic Tenor? Boomy Alto? Earth-shattering Bass? Your voice-type and how to find it.
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