Dr. Anthony Olson is currently Professor of Piano at Northwest Missouri State University. He has recorded several CDs (including one dedicated to melodramas), which are available on Amazon and iTunes.

Revisiting Long-lost Gems: American Folktunes in Nineteenth-century Piano Music

 I n the nineteenth century, classical  music was in its infancy in the United  States and uniquely American musical  voices were few and far between. Although  there were some notable exceptions—such as  pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk—most American  musicians flocked to Europe "only to return with  pale imi...
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Exploring the melodrama: Works for narrator and piano

Of all the different fusions of literature and music, the melodrama is by far the most neglected and misunderstood.  Since the late eighteenth century, composers have written works for narrator accompanied by piano, orchestra, or chamber ensemble. The first melodramas were declamations with orchestral accompaniment, but over time recitations a...
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