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Clearly, pianist Richard Glazier is passionate about early
20th Century American music, with particular emphasis
on the tunes in the Broadway/Tin Pan Alley/Movie Musical
genres. He has parlayed his enthusiasm into a series of
lecture/recital programs, which he’s performed throughout
the United States. I recently watched a PBS broadcast
of one of these programs released last year, under
the Sophie Productions label.

Glazier studied piano at Indiana University with
Menahem Pressler (1923 – ), pianist of the famed Beaux
Arts Trio, and earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from
the Cleveland Institute of Music. From the evidence of
this DVD, Glazier’s piano “chops” are as impressive as
his credentials. He has combined these skills with a
disarmingly natural ability as a raconteur/storyteller.
The reminiscences of his past included a meeting with
Ira Gershwin (1896-1983), which developed into a long
correspondence.

In fact, the music of George Gershwin (1898-1937)
receives the lion’s share of footage on this 56-minute
disc, which includes arrangements of “The Man I Love,”
“Embraceable You” and a 13-minute solo piano
performance of “Rhapsody in Blue.” Also on tap were
Jerome Kern’s (1885-1945) “All the Things You Are,”
Richard Rodgers’(1902-1979) “Where or When,” and
Harold Arlen’s (1905-1986) “The Man That Got Away.”
There’s even footage of actor Mickey Rooney (1920 – )
recording an impromptu version of Roger Edens’
(1905-1970) “Dear Mr. Gable/You Made Me Love You,”
in a nod to Rooney’s earlier musical career.

A three and one-half minute interview/portrait of
Glazier was included, bringing the total running time
of this disc to one hour. It was a highly enjoyable
and informative DVD. I would recommend “From
Ragtime to Reel Time: Richard Glazier in Concert”
to everyone, particularly those with an interest in
Broadway/Movie Musicals of the Golden Era.