Leopold Godowsky


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(b Soshly, nr. Vilna, 1870; d NY, 1938). Polish-born pianist and composer (Amer. cit. 1891). Toured USA 1884–6 (début Boston 1884) and again in 1890, after which he became a pf. teacher in Philadelphia and, in 1894, dir. of pf. sch. at Chicago Cons. 1895–1900. Returned to Berlin 1900–9, teaching and touring as recitalist. Dir., Master sch. of pf.-playing, Vienna Acad., 1909–14. Returned to USA 1912, settling there 1914. Career ended by illness 1930. Comps. incl. 53 Studies on Chopin Études, Triakontameron (30 pf. pieces each comp. on a different day), the Java Suite (12 pieces), 4 symphonic metamorphoses for pf., and numerous pf. transcrs.

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