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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.

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. See if you like your Wagner piano-ized instead of vocalized and orchestrated.

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'S Wonderful Gershwin

Thursday, September 26, 2013

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

Host 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. Host 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

The final installment of this series focusing on Debussy 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

The third of five installments of a series that takes a deep dive into Debussy and the piano.

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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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Wagneriana

Thursday, July 25, 2013

This week, Reflections from the Keyboard pays tribute to Richard Wagner with piano transcriptions of some of Wagner’s work written by Liszt, Busoni, Gould and more.

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Southpaws

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pianists use every limb for their instrument, with both hands at the keyboard and both feet on the pedals. Most of the time. 

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A Bastille Day Celebration With French Composers

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Host David Dubal presents an all-French program for Bastille Day. The show begins with Jean-Philippe Rameau and extends to Debussy, Ravel, Milhaud and other composers.

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American Original: A Salute to Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Thursday, July 04, 2013

July 4th provides an ideal opportunity to focus on the adventurous life and music of American pianist and composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

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