“Rachmaninoff as Émigré: Man, Music, and Reception, 1918–1943.” Translated by V. B. Val’kova. In Rachmaninoff and World Culture, edited by I. N. Vanovskaia, 104–22. Tambov, Russia: S. V. Rachmaninoff’s Estate-Museum “Ivanovka,” 2018. Published in Russian.

“Piatigorsky Comes to Los Angeles.” In program book of the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, May 2016, 20–23.


“Rachmaninoff in Music Lexicons, 1900–2013: Toward a History of the Composer’s Reception.” PhD diss., University of Southern California, 2016. (Click here to view the abstract.)


“‘A Ghost Wandering in a World Grown Alien’: Rachmaninoff and the ‘Contemporary Problem,'” symposium “Prokofiev and the Russian Tradition,” Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, February 27, 2016.

“Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky in Los Angeles to 1943,” conference “Russian Los Angeles: Dancers, Artists, Musicians, and Impresarios in Southern California, 1920–50,” Villa Aurora in Beverly Hills, April 18, 2015.

“‘The Blind Abyss’: A Symbolist Reading of Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini, symposium “Scriabin Among the Symbolists,” University of California, Los Angeles, March 13, 2015.

Dr. Reesor is preparing the texts of these presentations for eventual publication and kindly requests that any persons wishing to cite them first obtain his permission.

Sample Program Notes

Mahler, Symphony No. 9


3 thoughts on “Writings

  1. I absolutely adore your playing, Keenan. I first heard you at the 2013 Waring Competition (VWIPC); attended every session; saw the final concert. I heard you play with the Coachella Valley Symphony; at The Annenburg Estates (Sunnyland) and finally last November at the Six Hands Three Pianos concert. That concert was a HOME RUN. Congratulations on your tenure with Southern Virginia University. I know you will be asset to them. God bless you ABUNDANTLY! Ellie Dzuro, Desert Hot Springs, CA


    • Many thanks, Ellie! The Desert owes its vibrant musical life to individuals such as yourself, and it’s always been a pleasure to perform there. Thank you for your kind words and wishes, and please accept mine in return.


  2. Your welcome, Sweetheart. All the best to you and your family as you open up a new chapter in your life. I hope that sometime you will be invited back to the desert for a concert.


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