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Medical Problems of a famous harpsichordist

June 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Wanda Landowska and Harpsichord

Today at the Library of Congress I spent quite a bit of time reading the teenage diaries of Wanda Landowska.  Around age 15, she developed a serious ganglion in her right wrist and had to have years of treatments for it, including a couple of surgeries.  She was devastated by this and was worried sick that it would keep her from becoming a pianist (which, originally she wanted to be.)  As a result, she actually majored in composition at the Hochschule in Berlin!  Today I saw dozens of her compositions as well as lots of medical information.

Ganglions are still a serious occupational hazard of pianists!

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