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Landowska lecture notes

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 MS 4771
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: Landowska lecture notes
Date(s): 1929-1930
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Karger | Liz M | fl 1929-1930 | née Rosenberg | music student


Administrative/Biographical history:

Wanda Landowska (1879-1959) was a Polish keyboard player and composer. She was a champion of 17th and 18th century music and the leading figure in the 20th century revival of the harpsichord. She first played the harpsichord in public in 1903 and subsequently made concert tours in Europe. In 1909 she published her book Musique ancienne, and in 1913 she began a harpsichord class at the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin. After World War One, she returned to Paris, where she lectured at the Sorbonne and gave classes at the Ecole Normale. In 1925 she settled at Saint-Leu-la-Foret (north of Paris) where she founded an Ecole de Musique Ancienne which attracted students from all over the world to private and public courses; the summer concerts held in its concert hall (built 1927) were to become celebrated. There, in 1933, she gave the first integral performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Liz Karger (née Rosenberg) was a student of Landowska in 1929-1930 who made notes of Landowska's lessons.


Scope and content/abstract:

Notebook of Liz Karger (née Rosenberg) on lectures made by Wanda Landowska, 1929-1930, including notes on performance of various keyboard pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Conditions governing access:

Usual conditions of the Library of the Royal College of Music apply. See the RCM website or contact the RCM Library for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted at the discretion of the Archivist for research purposes only.

Finding aids:

An entry is given in volume 2 of the Manuscripts catalogue in the library of the Royal College of Music.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased from Herman Baron, Jan 1975.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Source: article by Lionel Salter, Grove Dictionary of Music.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Sep 2001

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