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Classical Music 101: A musical instrument's sound is greater than the sum of its parts

By John Terauds on January 8, 2013

Change a modern violin’s metal strings for gut, and the quality of the tone changes. This is one of the (several) things that makes a period-instrument orchestra sound so different.
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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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Too many people worry too much about preparing for a classical concert

By John Terauds on November 15, 2012

Without the benefit of reading or research, these two people are simply wandering from quarter to quarter, taking pictures that include “a beautiful old church” as well as some creative graffiti in forgotten little alcoves.
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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 | Everything You Wanted To Know About The Orchestra But Were Afraid To Ask (Part 1)

By Michela Comparey on March 2, 2016

Orchestral concerts are a lot of fun, but for those who have never been, going to see a show can raise a lot of questions. After taking some classical music newbies to see the symphony, a few common queries emerged.
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Issues: How do you describe music to people who may have no idea what you're talking about?

By John Terauds on March 14, 2013

I had a shock of recognition as I read British music critic Jessica Duchen’s post today on U.K. site CultureKicks on the difficulties of writing or speaking about music if your audience doesn’t know the basics.
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Sunday listening: The symphonic poetry of 20th century French composer Charles Koechlin

By John Terauds on July 14, 2013

Bastille Day is a fine excuse to spend a moment with underappreciated French composer Charles Koechlin (1867-1950), who is benefiting from some very fine new recordings, including an album by Toronto violist Steven Dann.
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Comparison: Bach Contrapunctus IX on the banjo? Absolutely

By John Terauds on July 17, 2013

 
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Introducing: The sophisticated atmospheres of American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes

By John Terauds on September 30, 2012

A recent addition to Naxos’ American Classics series by the Seattle Symphony and its former music director Gerard Schwarz offers an excellent opportunity to appreciate the imagination and technique of this talented man, who worked as a teacher in a private boys’ school by day, and composed by night.
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Benjamin Britten at 100, Part IV: A great pianist left quality not quantity for his instrument

By John Terauds on March 10, 2013

In this fourth peek at the legacy of Benjamin Britten during his 100th anniversary year, let’s listen to his music for solo piano. For someone who was an accomplished player, Britten didn’t write much for the instrument. It could be because he saw the piano in the way he used it: as a collaborator.
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