Books: The Visionary Musician

LANDOWSKA ON MUSIC by Wanda Landowska, edited and translated by Denise Restout and Robert Hawkins. 434 pages. Stein & Day. $12.50.

Few who heard her could forget her. Wanda Landowska saw to that. A tiny black-clad priestess, palms pressed together in prayer, she would float in hushed silence to her altar, the harpsichord. A Romantic who played pre-Romantic music, she got shadings and majestic effects seemingly impossible on her instrument, and no one could equal her in bringing to independent life Bach's intertwined melodies. She took great liberties in interpretation, serenely confident of the...

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