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Nov. 13, 2018

Olson contributes article about American folk tunes to piano journal

By Tara Garcia, communication assistant

Dr. Anthony Olson

Dr. Anthony Olson

Dr. Anthony Olson, a professor of music at Northwest Missouri State University, has contributed an article in Clavier, a piano magazine offering resources for pianists, piano teachers and piano enthusiasts.

Olson’s article, “Revisiting Long-Lost Gems: American Folk Tunes in Nineteenth-Century Piano Music,” explores piano music written by European pianists who immigrated to the United States. Immigrant musicians started a new life in the United States by becoming private teachers and sought academic appointments within America’s universities.

“The pedagogues composed new music and incorporated American folksongs to meet the needs of their American students,” Olson said. “Unfortunately, most of this literature is forgotten today and repertoire contains charming works that engage students.”

Olson studied a variety of books and articles about various aspects of life in the 1800s, from economics and immigration to piano manufacturing and teaching.

“I loved learning more details about music making in the United States during the 19th century,” Olson said. “I also enjoyed learning how the massive waves of immigrants contributed to this activity and to the betterment of the quality of life in our country.”

Olson will perform some of the pieces discussed in the article during a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. The recital also will be streamed on Olson’s YouTube channel,

Olson joined the Northwest faculty in 2000, and his academic interests include piano music of the 19th century. He has previously taught at Imperial College in London, Teikyo University in Tokyo and the Roosevelt Academy in the Netherlands. He is a member of the College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, World Piano Teachers Association and the European Piano Teachers Association.


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