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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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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: 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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Introducing: J.S. Bach's Musical Offering a series of puzzles wrapped in great sounds

By John Terauds on September 23, 2012

 
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CLASSICAL 101 | Why We Say "Break A Leg"

By Michael Vincent on February 18, 2016

Lucky underwear, lucky ties, lucky dresses. Whatever works, but just don't say "Good luck".
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Banff Day 1: Old speaks to new as 10 string quartets begin competing this afternoon

By John Terauds on August 26, 2013

Torontonian Tamara Bernstein explains it all in an essay included in the competition programme, where Banff competition director Barry Schiffman recalls the day when he and fellow St Lawrence String Quartet founding violinist Geoff Nuttall listened to a recording of quartets by Joseph Haydn performed on period instruments by Austrians, the Quatuor Mosaïques.
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CLASSICAL 101 | The Surprising Origins of the Door Knocking Song

By Michael Vincent on April 29, 2015

Ever wonder where the door knocking song comes from? We have the answer.
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How to enjoy opera without trying too hard: a simple guide for the curious

By John Terauds on October 1, 2012

Sometimes we get caught in a vicious circle where people are intimidated by classical music or opera and, in return, those who love it try too hard in the wrong way to find the right introduction.
I was reminded of this yesterday over the course of two hours with Canadian Opera Company music director Johannes Debus in a Q&A session for the Toronto Opera Club.
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Classical Music 101: The birth and evolution of a strange beast that is the European orchestra

By John Terauds on October 9, 2013

The evolution of the orchestra is not a quick or simple story: It took American music history scholars John Spitzer and Neal Zaslaw 15 years to research, write and rewrite The Birth of the Orchestra: History of an Institution, 1650-1815 (Oxofrd University Press, 2004). but I thought it would be fascinating to scape together a quick evolutionary sketch.
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Choosing the right instrument is much easier and much more difficult that many people believe

By John Terauds on September 29, 2013

Sherkin’s was a Steingraeber & Söhne baby grand, a high-end piano packed with goodies to raise the highest of brows. Thanks to his sponsor, Grand Piano House Inc., he will have a full concert-size instrument to work with whenever he plays at the Jane Mallett Theatre this season.
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