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Classical 101 | Is It A French Horn or Just A Horn?

By Michael Vincent on December 3, 2015

"French Horn" or "Horn?" The instrument with a name we can't agree on.
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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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CLASSICAL LEXICON | Scherzo

By Musical Toronto on February 25, 2015

Scherzo | Noun | ˈskeət.səʊ | (plural scherzos or scherzi) | a fast-moving humorous composition that originated from the early 17th century in various musical forms, but made famous by Beethoven as an alternative to the minuet in symphonies, sonatas and other instrumental forms...
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CLASSICAL LEXICON | Concertmaster

By Musical Toronto on February 15, 2015

Concertmaster | Noun | \ˈkän(t)-sərt-ˌmas-tər\ | The Concertmaster is the principle first violin, typically seated closest to the audience to the left of the Conductor/Music Director...
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CLASSICAL LEXICON | Basso Continuo

By Musical Toronto on February 13, 2015

Basso Continuo | Musical term, a.k.a "continuous bass", "continuo" | A type of musical accompaniment used in the baroque era (1600-1750)...
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Classical 101: The difference between chamber, philharmonic, and symphony orchestra

By Michael Vincent on August 4, 2014

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Michael Vincent

Michael Vincent has worked as a senior editor for La Scena Musicale and web editor for Norman Lebrecht. On January 21, 2014, he went to lunch and left as the publisher of Musical Toronto. Later that year he found himself as a freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star, the former employer of his favourite author Ernest Hemingway.
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I recently had a discussion with a friend who asked about the difference between the term chamber, philharmonic, and symphony orchestra. “What makes one a philharmonic and another a symphony orchestra, he asked?  “Also, what is a chamber orchestra exactly?”
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The Origins of the Canadian National Anthem Revealed in Mozart

By Michael Vincent on June 25, 2014

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the first time “O Canada” was sung, on June 24, 1880. 100 years later, on July 1, 1980, it was adopted as Canada’s official national anthem. The music was composed by Calixa Lavallée, and its English lyrics have changed a few times over the years.
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The Final Frontier - The Surprising Musical Origins of Star Trek

By Michael Vincent on May 29, 2014

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Michael Vincent

Michael Vincent has worked as a senior editor for La Scena Musicale and web editor for Norman Lebrecht. On January 21, 2014, he went to lunch and left as the publisher of Musical Toronto. Later that year he found himself as a freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star, the former employer of his favourite author Ernest Hemingway.
Michael Vincent
The words “Space: the final frontier”, and the opening notes of Star Trek’s theme song written by Alexander Courage in 1964, have become ingrained in the imaginations of all of us.
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Busted! Beethoven did not keep conducting the Ninth after the music stopped

By John Terauds on January 17, 2014

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John Terauds

John Terauds is a founder of Musical Toronto, and one of Canada’s most influential voices in classical music writing. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988 as a classical music critic between 2005 to 2012, and is a teacher, organist and choir director. He is also the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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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: Visually, an orchestra is a lot like a duck gliding across the mill pond

By John Terauds on January 15, 2014

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John Terauds

John Terauds is a founder of Musical Toronto, and one of Canada’s most influential voices in classical music writing. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988 as a classical music critic between 2005 to 2012, and is a teacher, organist and choir director. He is also the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
John Terauds
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: Keeping time doesn't necessarily mean sticking to a beat

By John Terauds on January 10, 2014

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John Terauds

John Terauds is a founder of Musical Toronto, and one of Canada’s most influential voices in classical music writing. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988 as a classical music critic between 2005 to 2012, and is a teacher, organist and choir director. He is also the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
John Terauds
We also don’t read aloud much, if ever, so even the natural rhythms of language and speech are not really natural in a big, 21st century city.
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Video: Kristian Bezuidenhout explains the differences between the fortepiano and modern piano in Toronto

By John Terauds on December 5, 2013

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds is a founder of Musical Toronto, and one of Canada’s most influential voices in classical music writing. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988 as a classical music critic between 2005 to 2012, and is a teacher, organist and choir director. He is also the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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Ahead of the first of four concerts with Tafelmusik in his Toronto début this week, fortepiano master Kristian Bezuidenhout eloquently answered questions about what makes his instrument different from a modern concert grand.
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