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Leopold Godowsky

Leopold Godowsky

Born: 13th February 1870, Vilnius, Lithuania

Died: 21st November 1938, New York, U.S.A

Nationality: American, Polish

Leopold Godowsky was a Russian-born American virtuoso pianist, composer and teacher. He was one of the most highly regarded performers of his time, known for his theories concerning the application of relaxed weight and economy of motion within pianistic technique – principles later propagated by Godowsky's pupils, such as Heinrich Neuhaus.

He was heralded among musical giants as the "Buddha of the Piano".

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Recording of the Week, Leopold Godowsky and the virtuoso pianist

Marc-André Hamelin explores original compositions and transcriptions by the Polish-born pianist and composer (1870-1983) in an ‘attractive and strangely compelling’ recital on Hyperion.

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