Roger Moseley

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Roger Moseley’s recent research focuses on intersections between keyboard music, digital games, and the diverse ways in which they can be played. In 2017, his first book, Keys to Play: Music as a Ludic Medium from Apollo to Nintendo, received the American Musicological Society’s Otto Kinkeldey Award, which recognizes “a musicological book of exceptional merit by a scholar beyond the early stages of his or her career.” Published under a Creative Commons license by the University of California Press and featuring audiovisual materials including footage of digital games and music by Mozart, Beethoven, Bizet, Louis Couperin, and others recorded by Moseley and his Cornell colleagues Malcolm Bilson, Ariana Kim, Shin Hwang, and Matthew Hall, the book is available here as a free download in a variety of formats.

Moseley has published essays on topics including the music of Brahms (on which he wrote his PhD dissertation), Mozart, eighteenth-century keyboard improvisation, Guitar Hero, and media archaeology. He is also active as a collaborative pianist on modern and historical instruments. In 2017, he performed Mozart’s Keyboard Concerto in F, K. 459, on fortepiano with the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Chris Younghoon Kim, which can be heard and viewed here. Read more…