Wanda Landowska (Landowska Wanda)( Polish harpsichordist.)
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Biography Wanda Landowska (Landowska Wanda)
Born July 5, 1879 in Warsaw. To play the piano, she studied at the Warsaw Institute of Music in Berlin. Landowska almost single-handedly managed to return the harpsichord in the modern musical life. Her interpretation, especially the works of Bach, was marked by a rare dramatic expressiveness and performer brought a great success. In 1912, Landowska began to teach the game on the harpsichord at the Berlin Graduate School of Music (in the class, specifically designed for Landowska). In 1925 founded the School of Early Music at Saint-le-la-Foret, near Paris. From 1941 she lived and worked in the U.S.. Many appeared in print on the interpretation of ancient music, co-authored with her husband G. Liu, a specialist in Jewish folklore, wrote the book The Ancient Music (La Musique ancienne, 1909). Landowska - by cadenzas for the clavier concertos by Mozart and Haydn, as well as a number of instrumental and choral compositions. Among the works written specially for her - Concerto for harpsichord M.de Fali (first performed in 1926) and Countryside Concert (Concert champtre) F. Poulenc (1928). Landowska died in Leykville (pc. Connecticut) 16 August 1959.