Leopold Godowsky (13 February 1870 – 21 November 1938) was a Polish-American virtuoso pianist, composer, and teacher. He was one of the most highly regarded performers of his time – known for his theories concerning the application of relaxed weight and economy of motion within pianistic technic – principles later propagated by Godowsky's pupils, such as Heinrich Neuhaus.
He was heralded among musical giants as the "Buddha of the Piano" and was probably the most astonishing instance of a self-taught performer and creator in the history of art. Ferruccio Busoni claimed that he and Godowsky were "the only composers to have added anything of significance to keyboard writing since Franz Liszt."
As a composer, Godowsky is best known for his Java Suite, Triakontameron, Passacaglia and Walzermasken, alongside his transcriptions of works by other composers: best known work in the field is 53 Studies on Chopin's Études (1894–1914).
Birth and Death Data: Born February 13, 1870 (Žasliai), Died November 21, 1938 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, arranger, composer
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 159 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-11941||12-in.||4/26/1912||Etude, op. 10, no. 12||Vladimir de Pachmann||Piano solo||arranger|
|Victor||B-16987||10-in.||1/8/1916||Wienerisch||Fritz Kreisler||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||C-16987||12-in.||1/8/1916||Wienerisch||Fritz Kreisler||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-24477||10-in.||9/17/1920||Waltz in D major||Jascha Heifetz||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-31640||10-in.||1/9/1925||Tambourin||Shura Cherkassky||Piano solo||arranger|
|Victor||BVE-31640||10-in.||6/11/1925||Tambourin||Shura Cherkassky||Piano solo||arranger|
|Victor||BVE-32526||10-in.||4/20/1925||Tambourin||Guiomar Novaës||Piano solo||arranger|
|Victor||BVE-32527||10-in.||4/20/1925||Tango||Guiomar Novaës||Piano solo||arranger|
|Victor||BVE-49147||10-in.||11/30/1928||Nocturnal Tangier||Fritz Kreisler||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49811||10-in.||1/30/1929||Alt Wien||Isabelle Yalkovsky||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-81353||10-in.||2/3/1934||Alt wien||Jascha Heifetz ; Arpad Sandor||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BS-066112||10-in.||6/16/1941||Rendezvous||Reginald Stewart||Piano solo||composer|
|Columbia||36693||12-in.||4/10/1913||Two songs without words||Leopold Godowsky||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||36694||12-in.||4/10/1913||Campanella||Leopold Godowsky||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||36695||12-in.||4/10/1913||Prelude in D-flat||Leopold Godowsky||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||36696||12-in.||4/10/1913||Hark! Hark! The lark||Leopold Godowsky||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||36697||12-in.||ca. 1913-1917||Polonaise in A-flat||Leopold Godowsky||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||36698||12-in.||ca. 1913||Prelude in B-flat major||Leopold Godowsky||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||36699||12-in.||ca. 1913||Waltz in C-sharp minor||Leopold Godowsky||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||36700||12-in.||4/10/1913||Berceuse||Leopold Godowsky||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||36701||12-in.||ca. 1913||Nocturne in E-flat||Leopold Godowsky||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||36890||12-in.||ca. 1914||Gnomenreigen||Leopold Godowsky||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||36891||12-in.||3/4/1914||Waltz in G flat||Leopold Godowsky||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||48547||12-in.||1/21/1916||Etude in F minor||Leopold Godowsky||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Godowsky, Leopold," accessed February 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102653.
Godowsky, Leopold. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102653.
"Godowsky, Leopold." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 February 2023.
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