This presentation will address a range of topics in Brahms's music for piano, including issues and challenges in repertoire frequently assigned to students (such as the Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2, and the Rhapsody in G Minor, Op. 79, No. 2), the performance implications of metric dissonance, issues of musical meaning in Brahms's works, and what might be learned from comparisons between the various genres that Brahms composed for.
Dr. David Keep is an Assistant Professor of Music at Hope College where he specializes in piano and music theory. David grew up in Traverse City, where he began studying piano with Barb Coulter and Nancy Larson. He later attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, and holds degrees from Lawrence University, Indiana University, and the Eastman School of Music, where he received his PhD in music theory. His research interests focus on Brahms, music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, performance and analysis. He is currently engaged in a performance cycle of the complete works of Brahms for solo piano.
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