12:05pm Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
The word 'sonata' simply means 'sounded', but when it comes to the classical period in music, there's a lot more to it than that.
12:02pm Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
In this episode, Peter explores Robert Schumann's nostalgic Scenes of Childhood. The set of thirteen pieces paints different pictures of the composer's idealized childhood.
12:00pm Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
George Frideric Handel's Passacaglia is a series of wonderfully distinctive variations showing that the composer was all about that bass.
11:34am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Time to whip up a nice fugue. First, mix yourself a short musical theme.
11:08am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Viennese composer Franz Schubert's music formed a kind of bridge between the majestic compositions of Beethoven and the deeply expressive Romanticism of Johannes Brahms.
11:04am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
What if you took a long, metal string, stretched it out taut, and then plucked it with a feather quill? Admittedly, just one string pluck has a puny sound compared with the modern-day piano.
10:56am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
These days, if you have a tough time falling asleep, you might grab yourself a melatonin, turn in early and hope for the best.
10:52am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
You've probably heard about Impressionist painters, but what about Impressionist composers?
10:47am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Remember Donny and Marie Osmond's TV theme song "A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll"?
10:38am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
When you think back on 17th century palace parties, you might picture a lot of stuffy aristocrats standing around in uncomfortable clothing with pointy shoes.
10:31am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
How did we get the title Classical to refer to an era in music? We can thank the ancient Greeks and Romans for this umbrella term.
10:26am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Brahms was composing in the late 19th century, but he worshipped music of the past. In this episode, Peter shows us how Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven all find their way into Brahms' music.
Steinway recording artist and Wake Forest University Professor of Music Peter Kairoff has performed as piano and harpsichord soloist all over the world, and he brings his talent, knowledge, and accessible style to each Kairoff at the Keyboard episode.
Peter makes classical music engaging, easy to understand, and his passion for the music is infectious. What makes Romantic music romantic? Who was Bach, and what made him so great? What exactly is musical form? Find out the answer to these questions and everything else you ever wanted to know about Classical music but were afraid to ask with Kairoff at the Keyboard.