History Of The Piano

Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.

1877, Kimball Organ
C. 1880, Wurlitzer Piano

1879, Landowska

Wanda Landowska playing the harpsichord at a concert in Lwów, 1937.
Wanda Landowska, 1937. 1

Wanda Landowska (1879 – 1959): Polish Virtuoso Pianist, Harpsichordist, Composer

  • Founded Ecole de Musique Ancienne in Saint-Leu-la-Foret, Center for Performance and study of old music, which housed her extensive collection of keyboard instruments, books, and manuscripts.
  • Noted for her revival of the harpsichord and the first person to record Bach’s Goldberg Variations on it.
  • Manuel de Falla & Francis Poulenc wrote works for her.
  • Wrote Music of the Past (Musique Ancienne) (1909), “a pioneering book about the harpsichord and its repertory.” [ 2 ]

Page Sources

Gregory of nyssa.  "Wanda Landowska Playing the Harpsichord at a concert in Lwów, 1937."  Photograph.  Original in The Illustrated Daily Courier – Archive Illustration, National Digital Archives, Warsaw.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 22 Aug. 2015.  Web.  29 Oct. 2015.  Public Domain.
Thomson, Virgil.  "Wanda Landowska."  The New York Review of Books.  NYREV, Inc., 28 Jan. 1965.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.
Additional References:
  • "Wanda Landowska."  Naxos.  Naxos Digital Services Ltd., n.d.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.
  • Kim, Quentin.  "The Legacy of Wanda Landowska."  The Juilliard Journal.  The Juilliard Journal, April 2009.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.
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