Wanda Landowska


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(b Warsaw, 1877; d Lakeville, Conn., 1959).

Polish‐born harpsichordist and pianist. Settled in Paris 1900, touring Europe and USA in recitals of baroque mus. on pf. and hpd. Head of hpd. class, Berlin Hochschule, 1913 (interned during 1914–18 war). First in 20th cent. to play continuo of St Matthew Passion on hpd. (Basle, 1919). Returned to Fr. 1919–38 as teacher and to give concerts of early mus. Falla (1926) and Poulenc (1929) comp. hpd. concs. for her. Author of Musique Ancienne (1909).

Subjects: Music.

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