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FRANCISZEK LUKASIEWICZ (1890-1950)
Polish pianist



Franciszek Lukasiewicz studied with Theodor Leschetizky, Leopold Godowsky, and Ferruccio Busoni.  We have four examples of his playing here, all of works by Chopin.  Of the four, my favorite is the Fantasie Impromptu which I find to be an exemplary performance of a so often massacred piece.  One can hear the stylistic exaggerations to which students of Leschetizky are prone, but in the Fantaisie, they work.  I suspect the subsequent influences of Godowsky and Busoni may well have had a tempering effect on his playing.

His repertoire was extensive, ranging from Bach to the music of his own contemporaries.  His playing has been described as erratic, sometimes sublime, sometimes uninteresting, leaving his audiences disappointed.



Chopin  Fantasie Impromptu, Op 66, posth

recorded in the late 1940s



Chopin  Mazurka in D major, Op 33~2

recorded in the late 1940s




Chopin  Grande Valse Brillante in E♭ major, Op 18

recorded in 1946




Chopin  Waltz 14 in E minor, Op posth

recorded in the late 1940s










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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