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  • n. United States harpsichordist (born in Poland) who helped to revive modern interest in the harpsichord (1879-1959)


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  • The exhibition's centerpiece is an original 1927 harpsichord by Pleyel, the French make favored by Landowska, that is demonstrated every hour.

    Remembering the Heroine of the Harpsichord

  • She became the English "Landowska" in her passionate and compelling desire to understand and bring back to light the particular beauty of the harpsichord. Featured Content

  • They reveal Landowska's conviction that Bach should not be played with stiff reverence.

    Remembering the Heroine of the Harpsichord

  • The exhibition "Memories of Wanda Landowska" marks the 100th anniversary of a "musical battle" between the piano and the harpsichord held November 1911 in Eisenach.

    Remembering the Heroine of the Harpsichord

  • Some of Landowska's belongings lend a shrine-like aspect, including the shoes that she wore while playing concerts she wore long dresses that kept her pedal work a secret.

    Remembering the Heroine of the Harpsichord

  • Her name might not exactly ring bells these days outside musical and scholarly circles, but Landowska was a tireless advocate for an instrument that, at the time, was considered an inferior predecessor to the piano, as well as a pioneer of what is now called authentic performance practice.

    Remembering the Heroine of the Harpsichord

  • EISENACH, Germany—When Polish harpsichordist Wanda Landowska 1879-1959 met the cellist Pablo Casals, she famously told him, "You play Bach your way and I'll play Bach his way."

    Remembering the Heroine of the Harpsichord

  • Roger Viollet/TopFoto Landowska at her Pleyel harpsichord in Saint-Leu-la-Forêt in 1933.

    Remembering the Heroine of the Harpsichord

  • While her dogmatic assertion might seem a little quaint today, a new exhibition at the Bach House, the composer's birthplace makes clear just how influential Landowska has been in the way we think about and appreciate Bach's music.

    Remembering the Heroine of the Harpsichord

  • A fortuitous encounter with Wanda Landowska, who was then living and teaching in Berlin, prompted Weiss-Mann to focus her attention on the harpsichord and, with such other early Landowska students as Alice Ehlers and Eta Harich-Schneider, she was in the forefront of the early music revival in Germany in general and the revival of the harpsichord in particular.

    Edith Weiss-Mann.


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