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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Time to Refresh

On this episode of Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal features a light and refreshing mix of pieces from the vast piano literature.

The Piano in Winter

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Piano music depicting the holiday season and the winter months. Evoking the snowy landscape and Christmas cheer are pieces like Fanny Mendelssohn's December and Chopin's Winter Wind Etude.

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Mostly Slavic

Thursday, December 12, 2013

On this episode of Reflections, David Dubal features a few golden nuggets of the endless piano literature, and with a slightly Slavic twist.

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Inspiration & Craftsmanship

Thursday, December 05, 2013

David Dubal reaches deep into his record collection to feature various solo piano literature, including some comparative performances, all surrounding the idea of craftsmanship.

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American Solo Piano

Thursday, November 28, 2013

On this edition of Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal brings an All-American solo piano program to the Thanksgiving Table.

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Mozartians, from Haskill to Horszowski

Thursday, November 21, 2013

On this all-Mozart edition of Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal shares some of Amadeus' compositions played by the great piano Mozartians.

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A Mozart Piano Mix

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Add a dash of concerto, a pinch of sonata, healthy tablespoons of allegretto movements, and a dollop of Vladimir Horowitz, and you get a delicious combination of solo piano works composed by Mozart.

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The Fortepiano was Mozart's Forte

Thursday, November 07, 2013

On this episode of Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal highlights Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s solo piano works, some of which were composed when he was just 5 years old.

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How to Make an Opera Aria Sing on the Piano

Thursday, October 24, 2013

David Dubal digs deeper to unpack several more operatic transcriptions for the piano. We hear versions by Earl Wild, Jorge Bolet, Stanley Waldoff and others.

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When Opera is Translated for Piano

Thursday, October 17, 2013

This edition of Reflections from the Keyboard focuses on operatic transcriptions for the piano, complete with a few rarities.

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Verdi Transcriptions from Franz Liszt

Thursday, October 10, 2013

On this edition of Reflections from the Keyboard, we celebrate the music of Giuseppe Verdi through Franz Lizst's paraphrases of Verdi operas.

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Wagneriana

Thursday, October 03, 2013

This week, Reflections from the Keyboard considers Richard Wagner with piano transcriptions of his work. We’ll see if you like your Wagner piano-ized instead of vocalized and orchestrated.

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'S Wonderful Gershwin

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tonight at 8, host David Dubal features several fine piano transcriptions of George Gershwin's work.

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Maurice Ravel: Textured Melodies

Thursday, September 19, 2013

On this edition of Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal features Maurice Ravel and pianists who achieved critical acclaim playing his music.

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Mozart and Clementi: A Pianistic Duel

Thursday, September 12, 2013

David Dubal continues the tale of Mozart and Clementi's famous duel and plays music from the legendary piano competition.

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Mozart vs. Clementi: A Pianistic Duel

Thursday, September 05, 2013

It was one of classical music's most famous pianistic battles: Mozart vs. Clementi. Tonight at 8 pm, David Dubal looks at this spirited face-off with music by both composers.

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Debussy and the Piano: Part V

Thursday, August 29, 2013

For the final installment of this series focusing on Debussy and the piano, host David Dubal takes a deep dive into the personal life of the composer during the period he spent composing his greatest works.

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Debussy and the Piano: Part IV

Thursday, August 22, 2013

In this, the fourth of five installments of a series on Debussy and the piano, host David Dubal examines the composer’s life through his correspondences with patrons and colleagues.

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Debussy and the Piano: Part III

Thursday, August 15, 2013

In this, the third of five installments of a series that takes a deep dive into Debussy and the piano, host David Dubal presents performances of Debussy’s piano music, and a comparative performance of “The Dance of Puck” with a performance by the composer.

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Debussy and the Piano: Part II

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Host David Dubal explores Debussy’s piano music that deals with pictures of the natural world, and also reveals how Debussy was a man of difficult ways.

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Debussy and the Piano: Part I

Thursday, August 01, 2013

In this, the first of five installments on Debussy and the piano, host David Dubal presents a vintage recording of Debussy playing from the Children’s Corner Suite.

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