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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Comment: The best new composition is an experiment followed by a lesson learned

By John Terauds on November 6, 2013

In preparing for tonight’s first local performance of this 2007 work commissioned by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, I ran across Kulesha’s blog, which is a goldmine of insights into the musical creative process, the art of making music, the act of listening and a whole web of related issues.
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