Alexander Lipsky, pianist, composer and teacher, was born in Poland in 1901. He came to the US and graduated from Columbia University. He undertook further studies in Berlin where he worked with Franz Schreker in composition and Leonid Kreutzer in piano. Lipsky's name is known to many pianists for his translations into English of Hans Bischoff's notes to the latter's scholarly edition of the keyboard works of J.S. Bach, reprinted in this country by Kalmus and still available.
Many of Lipsky's students praised his remarkable ability to devise comfortable and musically logical fingerings for the standard piano literature. A gift from Lipsky's pupil Richard Land, MD, consists of photocopies of Dr. Land's scores to numerous works of Beethoven, Chopin and others with extensive, detailed fingerings and pedallings from Lipsky. Copies of these Lipsky-annotated scores may be obtained from IPAM on request. Contact the Curator for complete details.