The Art of Transcription, Part 2

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Arthur Rubinstein at Carnegie Hall (YouTube)

This week on Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal continues to look at masterworks of the classical repertoire that were arranged particularly for the piano. Since the 18th century, composers and pianists have made arrangements of symphonies, overtures, opera arias and solo songs. Since recorded music was not yet available and travel to concert halls was difficult, transcriptions allowed music to be enjoyed in private sitting rooms.

This episode features transcriptions by famous pianists, including Zoltán Kocsis, Arthur Rubinstein, Arcadi Volodos and Ferruccio Busoni.

Reflections from the Keyboard airs Thursdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 10 pm on WQXR.

Program Playlist:

Rachmaninoff/Kocsis: Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
Zoltán Kocsis, piano

Beethoven/Rubinstein: Die Ruinen von Athen, "Turkish March"
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler 

Mozart/Busoni: Overture to Die Zauberflöte
Elizabeth Bergmann, piano; Marcel Bergmann, piano

Busoni/Hopi: He-Hea Katzina Song
Jeni Slotchiver, piano 

Trad./Grainger: Shepherd’s Hey
John Contiguglia, piano; Richard Contiguglia, piano

Bach/Kempff: "Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland"
Wilhelm Kempff

Shostakovich: Polka
Oscar Levant, piano

Bernstein: Masque after The Age of Anxiety
David Bar-Illan, piano

Mozart/Volodos: "Turkish March"
Arcadi Volodos, piano 

Tchaikovsky/Feinberg: Symphony No. 6, Scherzo
Arcadi Volodos, piano

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