Born: Sunday, February 13, 1870 in Wilno, Poland
Died: Monday, November 21, 1938 in New York, New York (USA)
Nation of Origin: Poland
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Polonaise in C Major
Godowsky was born in 1870 in Wilno, Poland which is now Vilnius, Lithuania. His father was a medical doctor. As a child he demonstrated unusual talent and he was encouraged by his family to pursue music. He studied piano and composition. He gave his first public piano performance in 1879. At the age of 13, he began two years of study at the High School for Music in Berlin. He first toured the United States in 1884. He then returned to Europe, studied in Paris with Saint-Saëns, and toured France and London. He went back to the U.S. in 1890 where he married Frieda Saxe in 1901. He lived in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. He continued to be active performing in Europe. In 1909 he taught in Vienna. In 1914 he returned to the U.S. where he taught and performed.
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