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Pianist Jonathan Biss offering free online lectures on Beethoven sonatas, starting Sept. 3

By John Terauds on July 9, 2013

It’s safe to say we’ll get far, far more than we pay for in a free online course organized by the Curtis Institute and Coursera, featuring pianist Jonathan Biss discussing all of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano sonatas. The five-week series begins on Sept. 3.
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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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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: What is a symphony?

By John Terauds on February 5, 2012

This is the first installment in an occasional, indefinite series of explanations on typical things one would find at a classical music concert for people who are new to its many, many codified forms.
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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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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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CLASSICAL MUSIC 101 | What Does It Mean To Be In Tune?

By John Terauds on April 23, 2019

How being in tune is really a combination of traditions and habits which changes throughout history.
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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 | What Does Period Instrument Mean?

By John Terauds on May 6, 2019

Nearly every instrument in an orchestra has changed over the past three centuries. Some differences are obvious, others more subtle.
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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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