Reflections from the Keyboard

Airs Thursdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 10 pm on WQXR.

Pianist, teacher and author David Dubal hosts a weekly exploration of classical music's piano greats.

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The Art of Transcription, Part 3

This week, David Dubal features transcriptions of well-known tunes such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Flight of the Bumblebee” and Schubert’s transcendent ”Ave Maria.”

The Art of Transcription, Part 2

Thursday, August 18, 2016

In the second part of David Dubal's series on transcriptions for the piano, we'll hear arrangements of Mozart by Busoni, Rubinstein's adaptation of Beethoven and much more.

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The Art of Transcription, Part 1

Thursday, August 11, 2016

This week, host David Dubal embarks on a four-part series looking at the rich collection of classical and operatic works that have been reimagined for the piano.

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The Art of Martha Argerich, Part 4

Thursday, July 28, 2016

In the finale of his four-part series honoring pianist Martha Argerich, host David Dubal celebrates her collaborative work with music by Bach, Chopin, Brahms and more.

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The Art of Martha Argerich, Part 3

Thursday, July 21, 2016

David Dubal continues his series on the renowned pianist Martha Argerich in the third part of his series exploring her career.

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The Art of Martha Argerich, Part 2

Thursday, July 14, 2016

This week, David Dubal continues to mine the catalog of recordings by pianist Martha Argerich, who is celebrating her 75th birthday with the release of a new box set. 

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The Art of Martha Argerich

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Tune in Thursday at 8 pm as David Dubal celebrates the renowned pianist, Martha Argerich, who just celebrated her 75th birthday and was named a Kennedy Center honoree.

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The World of Franz Schubert, Part 4

Thursday, April 28, 2016

This week, David Dubal continues to delve into Schubert's output, including Liszt's transcriptions of the composer's work.

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The World of Franz Schubert, Part 3

Thursday, April 21, 2016

David Dubal continues his exploration of Franz Schubert's great output for the piano with excerpts performed by Annie Fischer, Sergei Rachmaninoff and many others.

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The World of Franz Schubert, Part 2

Thursday, April 14, 2016

This week, host David Dubal continues to explore Franz Schubert's output for the piano, showcasing performances by Alfred Brendel, Vladimir Horowitz and many others.

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The World of Franz Schubert, Part 1

Thursday, April 07, 2016

This week, David Dubal explores the Franz Schubert's literature for piano within the context of his era, a time of great turmoil and also great inspiration. 

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The Wonderful Waltz, Part 4

Thursday, March 31, 2016

In his final chapter exploring the waltz on the keyboard, David Dubal traces its history from Russia to France highlighting rare gems along the way.

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The Wonderful Waltz, Part 3

Thursday, March 24, 2016

In his third part of his series on the waltz, David Dubal traces the dance's popularity around the globe with examples from France, the Americas, Russian and more.

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The Wonderful Waltz, Part 2

Thursday, March 17, 2016

In the second part of his series on the waltz, David Dubal explores how the dance form and the piano grew up together.

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The Wonderful Waltz, Part 1

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tune in Thursday at 8 pm as David Dubal begins the first of a four-part series exploring the 19th-century dance craze, the waltz. 

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The Life of Liszt, Part 4

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tune in at 8pm Thursday as David Dubal features highlights from the Liszt canon, played by his prime interpreters.

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The Life of Liszt, Part 3

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Tune in at 8 pm Thursday as host David Dubal continues his series on the life of Franz Liszt, presenting rarer works from the composer's literature.

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The Life of Liszt, Part 2

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tune in at 8 pm on Thursday as host David Dubal continues his series on pianist and composer Franz Liszt, exploring the inspiration behind his work.

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The Life of Liszt

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tune in 8pm Thursday as David Dubal begins a new series on the pianist and composer Franz Liszt.

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8 Greats of the Piano, Part 2

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Tune in 8pm Thursday when David Dubal continues his uncovering of great pianists with eight more impactful performers.

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8 Greats of the Piano

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thursday at 8pm and Sunday at 10pm, David Dubal takes a look at eight pianists who have had a profound impact on the composition of keyboard music.

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