On the Keys

Classical Stations: Thu, 8-9 pm

On the Keys is about the most versatile of instruments, the piano. But it also features the organ, the harpsichord and most anything that has a keyboard or manual. All genres are fair game, including song cycles, concertos, sonatas, amplified piano, even the piano in the symphony orchestra.

How the show works: 

Most weeks the program is divided into movements or sections. At the top of the hour a segment of musical storytelling is called Around the Piano. Somewhere in the middle  you’ll hear the newest pieces for the piano. We are calling this movement Your Compositions. If you have written for the piano and want your work to be considered for broadcast, send David Kiser an email at keys@scpublicradio.org. Near the end David Kiser features old recordings in the Great Pianists of History movement.  Make sure to "Have a Musical Week" and listen to the program.

 

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Songs about the Pisgah National Forest

Oct 5, 2016
Courtesy of artist

Jon Grier's piece Pisgah Songs captures the beauty of the NC National forests. The poets kindly allowed their poems to be posted below.

  

Looking Glass (Keller Cushing Freeman)

I send you winter love:

ice crystals glittering like mica

in the stiff red clay; the caught breath

of a silent creek, turned glass

by last night's cold; the oldest stars

shivering light from distances

re-marked in years; lines

a severe wind drew and then erased,

tracks a-cross the landscape of a face,

How Sonata Form Works: A Guided Tour Part Two

Sep 29, 2016
IMSLP

On this two-part series on tonality and sonata form, David Kiser gives the microphone over to Professor of Piano at Converse College, Douglas Weeks who guides us through the sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven.  In the course of this series you’ll learn about tonality and the importance of key structure. Douglas Weeks likens it to moving to different rooms of the house, where “Tonic” is the hearth, home base, the center of the house.

How Sonata Form Works: a Guided Tour Part One

Sep 22, 2016
Converse College

On this two-part series on tonality and sonata form, David Kiser gives the microphone over to Professor of Piano at Converse College, Douglas Weeks who guides us through the sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven.  In the course of this series you’ll learn about tonality and the importance of key structure. Douglas Weeks likens it to moving to different rooms of the house, where “Tonic” is the hearth, home base, the center of the house.

The New Sergei Rachmaninoff?

Aug 29, 2016
Photo by Marco Borggreve

      

 Ivan Moshchuk is a Detroit based pianist and winner of the 2010 Gilmore Young Artist award. He is also a fine composer, or was a composer. Hear his lovely piece,  Album Leaf that's reminiscent of Sergei Rachmaninoff and learn why he can't focus on too many things at once. Currently he is a pianist, but let's hope this program is an encouragement to him to continue composing.  Piano Concerto any one? 

Your Compositions featured on On The Keys

Aug 25, 2016
Carla Rees

This week on On the Keys, the Canadian composer Chris Harman's piano piece After Schumann I will be featured on the Your Compositions movement of the show. 

Have you written piano piece  after  the year 2000? Your Compositions is open to submissions. Please send inquires to host David Kiser at keys@scpublicradio.org.

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