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Are you a fan of Wanda Landowska?

June 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Wanda Landowska and Harpsichord

Are you a fan of the harpsichord? If you are then you probably have heard of Wanda Landowska, famous Polish harpsichordist who almost single-handedly revived the harpsichord after it had fallen into oblivion after the piano was invented in 1710. I’ve been a fan of the harpsichord since I first heard one back in the 60’s. In the 1980’s when I was working on my Ph.D., I decided to do my dissertation on “Wanda Landowska and the Revival of the Harpsichord.” I was fortunate enough to get a grant from Sallie Bingham’s Kentucky Foundation for women that allowed me to go to Paris for 6 weeks and do research at the Bibliotheque Nationale! There I found almost everything I needed for my
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dissertation. The rest of the information was in the hands of Landowska’s lifelong student and companion, Denise Restout.

For 20 years I’ve been waiting to see Landowska’s annotated scores to the Well-Tempered Klavier and to the Goldberg Variations, as well as her teen-age diaries and photographs from her more private life!
Last week I finally got a chance to view these documents at the Library of Congress where they now reside. Soon I will publish my own biography of Landowska from a view-point never before known or seen. I’ll also be speaking in several locations on this topic. If you’re interested either in having a copy of my dissertation or in having me speak for YOUR association or organization, please contact me at chantdoc@healingmusicenterprises.com.


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