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Welcome to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s, ‘Illustrated Theory of Music’. This series of short, informal videos animate the stories behind music theory and provoke new questions about what we think we know. What does a ‘quaver’ really mean? Why do we use bars? Why does it have to be so slow? The series is led by the OAE’s dedicated musicians but audiences are invited to ask questions, challenge conventional wisdom and help to build a new understanding of music. Please share your thoughts in the comment box below!
In this episode, OAE’s Claudia Delago-Norz shows us the versatility of the canon, from the catchy rhymes we all recognise from our childhood to the mathematically complex canons by composers throughout music history.
Special thanks to OAE Principal Harpsichord Steven Devine, Soprano Miriam Allan, Soprano Zoe Brookshaw and Tenor Edward Ross