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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 Music 101: Pemi Paull's viola cam proves best listening is behind the conductor

By John Terauds on April 7, 2012

Violist Pemi Paull set up a viola cam during rehearsals for yesterday’s performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion by Ensemble Caprice at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in downtown Montreal.
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Classical Music 101: The fascinating relationship between tone and the method of attack

By John Terauds on February 22, 2013

As someone who moves between a percussion instrument (piano) and a wind instrument (pipe organ), I’ve long been conscious of how our sense of rhythm and tempo is affected by the presence or absence of attack, that split-second moment when a note begins to sound.
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Take a moment to smell the polyphonic roses with English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis

By John Terauds on August 11, 2013

Tallis’s music has had a small bump in notoriety over the past couple of years as that motet, Spem in alium, is also part of the soundtrack to amorous adventures in Fifty Shades of Grey.
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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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Comparison: Bach Contrapunctus IX on the banjo? Absolutely

By John Terauds on July 17, 2013

 
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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 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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Two CD releases show off the art of composer Camille Saint-Saëns

By John Terauds on August 14, 2012

French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who bridged the Romantic and Modern eras thanks to an 86-year lifespan, was treated as a relic of a bygone age by his obituarists and university lecturers.
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A brave new world of entertainment and learning in Touch Press app of Beethoven's Ninth

By John Terauds on June 1, 2013

The free download offers only 2 minutes of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, but that’s enough to get anyone with more than passing curiosity hooked on a new app from Britain’s Touch Press that brings together four great Deutsche Grammophon recordings of the full work from the last 55 years together with a pile of commentary, background and interactivity.
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