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Published on Nov 29, 2006
Filmed at Wanda Landowska's home in St. Leu-La-Foret near Paris, 1927 by Karol Liszniewski (my late father's piano teacher).
Wanda Landowska, 1879--1959, Polish-French harpsichordist and pianist, studied at the Warsaw Conservatory. She taught piano (1900--1912) at the Schola Cantorum, Paris, and harpsichord (1912--19) at the Berlin Hochschule. She established her École de Musique ancienne in Paris in 1925. In 1940, she came to the United States, settling in Lakeville, Conn., where she taught and made recordings. Largely responsible for the revival of interest in the harpsichord and its music, she was the teacher of many noted contemporary harpsichordists. Manuel de Falla and Francis Poulenc wrote (1926 and 1929) the first 20th-century harpsichord concertos for her.See her Landowska on Music (1969); documentary film, Landowska: Uncommon Visionary (1999), dir. by B. Attie. The music on this 1927 home movie is Scarlatti's Capriccio (which was composed for the harpsichord) played by pianist David Edward Smith, available on this channel at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qaCwJ...