The Art of Transcription, Part 3

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Portrait of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov by Valentin Serov. Portrait of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov by Valentin Serov. (Wikipedia/Wikipedia Commons)

This week on Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal continues his exploration of classical masterpieces that have been transcribed 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 of well-known tunes such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s fiendish “The Flight of the Bumblebee” and Schubert’s transcendent ”Ave Maria.”

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


Rimsky-Korsakov/Rachmaninoff: "The Flight of the Bumblebee"
Earl Wild, piano 

Schumann/Liszt: "Widmung"
Joseph Kalichstein, piano 

Prokofiev: March from The Love of Three Oranges
Emil Gilels, piano

Vivaldi/Stradal: Organ Concerto in D minor, "Maestoso e pesante"
Valeri Kuleshov, piano

Bach/Evans: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3, BWV 1068
Lee Evans, piano

Friedman/Gartner: Viennese Dance No. 1
Ren Zhang, piano

Berlioz/Wild: "Rákóczy March"
Earl Wild, piano

Schubert/Liszt: "Ave Maria"
Lazar Berman, piano

Gottschalk: The Union: Concert Paraphrase on National Airs Star Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle, and Hail Columbia, Op. 48
Cecile Licad, piano

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