The article presents the figure of Leopold Godowski (1870-1938) and his achievements in the field of piano playing, teaching, and composition. It focuses on various aspects of his 53 Studies on Chopin etudes, such as the circumstances of their creation, their structure, their typology as proposed by the composer himself, and the analysis of that cycle from the point of view of a formal similarity of particular transcriptions to their originals. In addition the article discusses the details of the reception of that cycle in Godowski's lifetime, after his death, and in the present time.
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