Today is Schubert’s Birthday!
January 31, 2012

Schubert is the composer of over 600 songs, world-famous piano music, nine (or ten) symphonies, chamber music, sacred music, and so much more. He did all this before the age of 31 when ill health finally took his life. The lesson? Don’t be a composer or it will lead to health problems.

To celebrate Schubert’s birthday we have compiled a list of popular publications for your perusal:

1. Impromptus for piano solo

Two competing editions of this collection lead our Schubert top-seller list, Henle and Bärenreiter.  Henle’s collection is a little more expensive but also includes another set of Schubert’s compositions, Moments musicaux.

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60 x 60 New Music Concert
January 27, 2012

Don’t miss out on your chance to attend this exciting and innovative listening experience featuring two Leading Note staff members!


Sixty one minute composition by sixty composers played by a live chamber ensemble featuring Whitney O’Hearn (mezzo-soprano), Aura Giles (flute), Rebecca Danard (clarinets), Brigit Knecht (violin), Joan Harrison (cello), Nick Rodgerson (piano) and Margaret Ashburner (harp).

In this continuous hour of music, each piece will be matched with a single still image, chosen either by the composer or the performers. Composers include students from De La Salle, members of Ottawa New Music Creators, as well as renowned and emerging composers from across Canada and around the world.

Here are the details:

When: Monday, January 30, 7:30pm

Where: De La Salle Auditorium, 501 Old St. Patrick St.

Get your tickets here:

Advance tickets $20 (students $15)
Tickets at the door $25 (students $20)
For more information about this and other ONMC concerts, please visit:

Hope to see you there!

Top 10: Books for Oboe
January 18, 2012

In honour of the University of Ottawa’s Oboe Weekend, taking place this Saturday, we’ve put together a Top 10 list of our best-selling titles for oboe.

1. Barret: Oboe Method

First published in 1862, The oboe method by Apollon Barré (know to English speakers as Barret) is still widely used today. The standard edition by Boosey & Hawkes is a facsimile of the original publication. Full of technical excercises, tips on reed making, and practical advice on general musicianship, the famous method has yet to be supplanted in the oboe repertoire. Barret also includes forty pieces in progressive order that are accompanied by an unfigured bass. (Read more…)

Fun Friday: The Joy of Books
January 13, 2012

In the midst of the so-called digital revolution, all of here at Leading Note still have a big fondness for print, be it sheet music or books. Type Books, an independent bookstore in Toronto, created the following video bringing their bookshelves to life.  Should we try this with our print music titles? To paraphrase: “There’s nothing quite like a real score”!

Want to join the world’s largest choir?
January 10, 2012

Want to join the world’s largest choir? On February 21st, 2012, author and pianist Ervin Lásló will conduct the One Earth Choir, featuring singers from around the world.  A video of Lásló will be available for download 3 days before the event; singers are to synchronize their watches and begin singing at exactly 11:00 A.M., Greenwich Mean Time.  The One Earth Choir will perform a piece by Anna Bacchia, titled ÌNIN 2012: On the Path of the Peoples

One Earth Choir finds its expression in the cultural values affirmed by voices in all continents, connected by one unique creative act in form of music. The sensibility towards a humanistic evolution of culture can take voice today, becoming a symphony, thus expressing the common substratum of humanity, of creativity, of collective memories and of resonances with Earth’s vital eloquence and with the evolution of knowledge.

Find out more about the One Earth Choir at