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!

OrKidstra Documentary on OMNI-TV
January 20, 2012

Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to see the documentary film “Teaching the Life of Music,” which features The Leading Note Foundation’s OrKidstra and the amazing story of the Venezuelan youth music program that inspired it.

Teaching the Life of Music

Public broadcast premiere on

OMNI TV1 (Rogers Cable 14)

Sunday, January 22nd at 9:00 pm

About the film:

The music education program El Sistema, founded 30 years ago in the barrios of Caracas, now has over 300,000 young people playing in orchestras throughout Venezuela. Ottawa’s OrKidstra, five years old and expanding fast, has 200 inner-city children taking free music lessons and making music together in orchestral ensembles and choirs. In this film, the Glenn Gould Foundation brings OrKidstra and El Sistema together… and magic happens!

Don’t miss this engaging film about the power of music to enrich the lives of children and create social change.


Produced by Noemi Weis | Directed by David New | Narrated by Cory Monteith
Director of Photography John Tran & Chris Romeke | Edited by Eugene Weis

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

OrKidstra in the News
January 9, 2012

Bruno Schlumberger, The Ottawa Citizen

The Leading Note Foundation‘s OrKidstra program performed their annual Holiday Concert this past December and we are so proud of what the kids have accomplished.  Many thanks to Steven Mazey at the Ottawa Citizen for his wonderful coverage of this event!  Here is a sample of what he had to say:

“The smallest children plucked the strings of their miniature violins to Pop Goes the Weasel. Tiny choir members sang carols. The advanced string players offered a Telemann concerto and Vivaldi’s Winter. The young performers wrapped it up with a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells that brought the crowd to its feet. . . .

“Ottawa’s music community has been a huge supporter from the beginning, with many  musicians and ensembles giving fundraising concerts. Part of the proceeds of the  Viennese Opera Ball in February will go to the program. A few Orkidstra  trumpeters will perform at the event, alongside the professional players.”

A beautiful photo spread and article appeared in the print edition of the Citizen today.  There is also a short video that can also be found with the online edition of the Citizen’s article.  Stay tuned for more exciting events as OrKidstra celebrates its 5th anniversary!