CLASSICAL LEXICON | Scherzo
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...
CLASSICAL LEXICON | Concertmaster
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...
CLASSICAL LEXICON | Basso Continuo
Basso Continuo | Musical term, a.k.a "continuous bass", "continuo" | A type of musical accompaniment used in the baroque era (1600-1750)...
Classical 101: The difference between chamber, philharmonic, and symphony orchestra
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?”
The origins of the Canadian National Anthem revealed in Mozart
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.
The Final Frontier - The Surprising Musical Origins of Star Trek
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.
Appreciation: Claudio Abbado 'changed water into fire at a moment’s notice, igniting the concert experience' when it really counted
Composer, conductor and pianist Dinuk Wijeratne, who moved to Toronto last year from Halifax, had his musical sensibility awakened by Claudio Abbado, who died on Jan. 20.
Busted! Beethoven did not keep conducting the Ninth after the music stopped
Our digitally connected age is amazingly good at illuminating dark places. It is even better at perpetuating lies — some of which are centuries old.
Classical Music 101: Visually, an orchestra is a lot like a duck gliding across the mill pond
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.
Classical Music 101: Keeping time doesn't necessarily mean sticking to a beat
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.
Video: Kristian Bezuidenhout explains the differences between the fortepiano and modern piano in Toronto
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.
Appreciation: Canadian Music Centre's Score Reading Club a fine introduction to new sounds
Every now and then, the Canadian Music Centre holds special events at Chalmers House, where it invites musicians, composers and the general public to look into the world of this country’s music.