The Art of Transcription, Part 4

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

This week on Reflections from the Keyboard, David Dubal concludes 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 by great pianists, including Franz Liszt, Vladimir Horowitz and more.

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

Program Playlist:

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Morning
Ivan Davis, piano 

Rossini/Liszt: La danza (Tarantella) from Soirées Musicales
Kemal Gekić, piano 

Busoni: Elegy No. 4, Turandots Frauengemach (Intermezzo)
Stanley Waldoff, piano 

Tchaikovsky/Pletnev: Le Fin from The Sleeping Beauty
Mikhail Pletnev 

Verdi/Liszt: Rigoletto Paraphrase
Rexa Han, piano 

Chopin/Godowsky: Studies on Etude Op. 10 No. 5 and Op. 25 No. 9
Marc-André Hamelin 

Wild: Jarabe Tapatio, Mexican Hat Dance
Earl Wild, piano

Falla: The Ghost, Dance of Terror
Ruth Laredo, piano 

Ginastera: Milonga from Dos Canciones, Op. 3
Barbara Nissman, piano

Schubert/Liszt: Wanderer Fantasy, Allegro
Joshua Pierce, piano

Marcello/Wild: Adagio
Earl Wild, piano 

Sousa/Horowitz: The Stars and Stripes Forever
Vladimir Horowitz, piano

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