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#2305886 - 07/23/14 11:09 AM Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion"
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Here is a most fervent late romantic piece by Leopold Godowsky titled Poem No. 1, “Devotion” and marked andante cantabile, although I choose to play it more con passione. He composed this piece at Evanston, Illinois on June 29, 1927 and it was published the same year by Carl Fischer, Inc. I believe this music suggests passion in the moment, not a distant nostalgia. There are three other Poems in this group: No. 2, “Avowal”; No. 3, “Adoration”; and No. 4, “Yearning”. Nos. 2 and 3 were also composed in 1927, but No. 4 was added in 1931. The writing for “Devotion” is very lush and for me the best of the set. I hope you’ll enjoy hearing it.

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#2314258 - 08/11/14 05:11 PM Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion" [Re: RachFan]
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Beautiful recording of the piece by the "Brahma of the Keyboard." An very apt approach; delicate but clear. I tried tackling some of his paraphrases of Chopin etudes back in the day. Oy! sick

#2315613 - 08/14/14 08:13 PM Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion" [Re: RachFan]
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Hi Ellsounds,

Thanks for the nice compliment on my playing. I appreciate it! Yes, you mention the etude paraphrases. The same is true of some other Godowsky pieces, such as the Java Suite. It's almost as if there were a Do Not Enter sign in front of those scores. Of course, Godowsky was a virtuosos' virtuoso. One offset though is that he wrote in many of his own fingerings. But then again, everyone's hand is different. So I used some of his suggestions, not all.

Thanks for stopping by to listen!


#2323159 - 09/02/14 02:25 PM Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion" [Re: RachFan]
Ellsounds Offline
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Registered: 07/30/07
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Loc: Timonium, MD
You are most welcome, David!

I like your "Do Not Enter" comment! I felt like that as well!

Anyway, great playing; I believe "The Brahma" would be proud.


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