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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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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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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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Introducing: The Grande pièce symphonique by César Franck

By John Terauds on August 20, 2012

We have a chance to hear a live performance tomorrow of the French composition that heralded this great, golden chapter in the instrument’s history: the Grande pièce symphonique. The 30-minute work will be performed by Simon Walker, one of Toronto’s bright young organ virtuosos, at St James Cathedral, at 1 p.m.
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Introducing: Symphony No. 2 by Jean Sibelius a musical crossroads between Romantic and Modern

By John Terauds on October 21, 2012

The lifetime of Sibelius (1865-1957), like that of equally long-lived George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), spans such major changes in Western society, politics and culture, that they lived in two different worlds — the Romantic and the Modern.
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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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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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Opinion: On a single album track and the meaning of liking or disliking a piece of music

By John Terauds on February 5, 2013

Pianist Yoko Hirota offers up a magnificent interpretation of Toronto composer Brian Current‘s 2007 piece Sungods on her new album, Voces Boreales, released last night by Centrediscs at a Canadian Music Centre concert.
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Classical 101 | The Difference Between Chamber, Philharmonic, And Symphony Orchestra

By Michael Vincent on August 4, 2014

Ever wonder what the difference between a philharmonic and a symphony orchestra is? How about a chamber orchestra? Your questions answered.
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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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