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Introducing: The Cello Sonata by Richard Strauss as a model of fine structure

By John Terauds on September 9, 2012

This is beautiful, late-Romantic music that reveals more and more as one looks below the surface — yet it doesn’t demand any work to connect with if all you feel like doing is listening passively.
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Performer biographies are useless contributions to printed concert programmes

By John Terauds on November 22, 2012

Sometimes solutions to problems sit right under our noses.
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We worry too much about liking classical music

By John Terauds on May 12, 2013

When  you think about it, liking something is a pretty big expectation to put on anyone who takes a chance on a concert of art music or opera.
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Classical Music 101: Visually, an orchestra is a lot like a duck gliding across the mill pond

By John Terauds on January 15, 2014

But before we jump to multimedia conclusions, it may be worth taking a fresh look at that boring old orchestra. The big picture may be static, but, as is the case with a duck gliding across the mill pond, there’s an awful lot going on underneath.
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Classical Music 101: A guide to the subtler charms of a string orchestra in a noisy age

By John Terauds on August 5, 2013

A visit to Bob Shingleton’s excellent blog, On an Overgrown Path, has inspired a little ode to the charms of the string orchestra, a deceptively simple-seeming collection of violins, violas, cellos and double-basses.
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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: 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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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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Toronto Mahler Society celebrates 10th anniversary of spreading Mahleria

By Open Submission on April 25, 2013

Dr Patrick P.L. Lam, a member of the Toronto Mahler Society, offers an invitation to join the organization’s 10th anniversary celebration on May 8:
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The Final Frontier - The Surprising Musical Origins of Star Trek

By Michael Vincent on May 29, 2014

The words “Space: the final frontier”, and the opening notes of Star Trek’s theme song written by Alexander Courage in 1964, have become ingrained in the imaginations of all of us.
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