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Leopold Godowsky - Metamorphosis of Der Fledermaus

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15.1 Leopold Godowsky was born in the tiny town of Žasliai (or Soshly), near Vilnius, in 1870.

As a composer, he was best known for his paraphrases of piano pieces by other composers, which he enhanced with ingenious contrapuntal devices and rich chromatic harmonies. The pieces are among the most difficult piano works ever written, and only a few pianists have ventured to perform any of them.

Here, from his Symphonische Metamorphosen Johann Strauss'scher Themen, is number two of three, Der Fledermaus, written in 1912.

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