Leopold Godowsky

Born 13 February 1870. Died 21 November 1938
Leopold Godowsky
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1870-02-13
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Leopold Godowsky

Leopold Godowsky Biography (Wikipedia)

Leopold Godowsky (13 February 1870 – 21 November 1938) was a Polish-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 technic – principles later propagated by Godowsky's pupils, such as Heinrich Neuhaus.

He was heralded among musical giants as the "Buddha of the Piano" and was probably the most astonishing instance of a self-taught performer and creator in the history of art. Ferruccio Busoni claimed that he and Godowsky were "the only composers to have added anything of significance to keyboard writing since Franz Liszt."

As a composer, Godowsky is best known for his Java Suite, Triakontameron, Passacaglia and Walzermasken, alongside his transcriptions of works by other composers: best known work in the field is 53 Studies on Chopin's Études (1894–1914).

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Leopold Godowsky
Alt-Wien (Triakontameron)
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Alt-Wien (Triakontameron)
Leopold Godowsky
Alt Wien for string quartet
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Alt Wien for string quartet
Isaac Albéniz
Tango (Espana)
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Tango (Espana)
Franz Schubert
Moment Musical no 3 in F Minor
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Moment Musical no 3 in F Minor
Robert Schumann
Excerpt from Nachtstücke, Op 23: no 4 (Rundgesang)
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Excerpt from Nachtstücke, Op 23: no 4 (Rundgesang)
Leopold Godowsky
The Gardens of Buitenzorg
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The Gardens of Buitenzorg
Leopold Godowsky
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Strauss's Die Fledermaus
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Symphonic Metamorphosis on Strauss's Die Fledermaus
Leopold Godowsky
Impression No 1, Larghetto Lamentoso
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Impression No 1, Larghetto Lamentoso
Leopold Godowsky
7 Etudes (based on Chopin's Etudes Op.10)
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7 Etudes (based on Chopin's Etudes Op.10)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suite No 3 in C major, BWV 1009 arr Godowsky (Bourrée 1 and 2)
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Cello Suite No 3 in C major, BWV 1009 arr Godowsky (Bourrée 1 and 2)
Camille Saint‐Saëns
The Swan (Carnival of the Animals)
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The Swan (Carnival of the Animals)
Leopold Godowsky
Alt Wien, waltz
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Alt Wien, waltz

Alt Wien, waltz

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Albert Mamriev
Leopold Godowsky
Toccata in G flat major, Op 13 'Perpetual Motion'
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Toccata in G flat major, Op 13 'Perpetual Motion'
Leopold Godowsky
Alt Wien - trad., arr. for piano
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Alt Wien - trad., arr. for piano

Alt Wien - trad., arr. for piano

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Brodsky String Quartet
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The Gardens of Buitenzorg
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The Gardens of Buitenzorg
Frédéric Chopin
Transcription for left hand in C Sharp minor
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Transcription for left hand in C Sharp minor
Leopold Godowsky
Alt-Wien
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Alt-Wien
Leopold Godowsky
Java Suite (The Gardens of Buitenzorg)
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Java Suite (The Gardens of Buitenzorg)
Leopold Godowsky
Alt Wien - trad., arr. for piano
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Alt Wien - trad., arr. for piano
Leopold Godowsky
Alt Wien
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Alt Wien
Fredrik Ullén
Minute Waltz (feat. Leopold Godowsky)
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Minute Waltz (feat. Leopold Godowsky)
Camille Saint‐Saëns
The Swan (Carnivals of the Animals)
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The Swan (Carnivals of the Animals)
Benjamin Grosvenor
Le Cygne arr. Godowsky for piano (feat. Leopold Godowsky)
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Le Cygne arr. Godowsky for piano (feat. Leopold Godowsky)
Leopold Godowsky
Triakontameron - 30 moods & scenes for piano
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Triakontameron - 30 moods & scenes for piano

Triakontameron - 30 moods & scenes for piano

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Brodsky String Quartet
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Leopold Godowsky
The Gardens of Buitenzorg (Java Suite)
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The Gardens of Buitenzorg (Java Suite)
Leopold Godowsky
Alt-Wien
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Alt-Wien
Leopold Godowsky
The Salon (Triakontameron, No.21)
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The Salon (Triakontameron, No.21)
Leopold Godowsky
Renaissance, Book 3: Sarabande in A minor (Rameau)
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Renaissance, Book 3: Sarabande in A minor (Rameau)
Leopold Godowsky
Contrapuntal Paraphrases on 'Invitation to the Dance' by Weber
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Contrapuntal Paraphrases on 'Invitation to the Dance' by Weber
Leopold Godowsky
Toccata in G flat major Op 13
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Toccata in G flat major Op 13
Leopold Godowsky
The Gardens of the Buitenzorg
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The Gardens of the Buitenzorg
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1997: Prom 28
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Royal Albert Hall
1997-08-10T01:19:34
10
Aug
1997

Proms 1997: Prom 28

Royal Albert Hall

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