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International Piano Archives at Maryland

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9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Contact:

Donald Manildi
IPAM Curator

Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
University of Maryland
2511 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD 20742-1630
(301) 405-9224
E-mail: godowsky@umd.edu


IPAM Resources, Reviews, and Links

  • Published in the USSR in 1964, Lev Oborin by Sofia Hentova. English translation by Margarita Glebov describes the career of one of the most significant Soviet pianists who was the teacher of Ashkenazy, Voskresensky and many others. The book, written by a former pupil of Oborin, also provides much detail about pianistic training at the Gnesin School in Moscow and about the interpretation of Chopin's music by various Soviet pianists including Flier, Gilels, Ginzburg and others. (PDF)


  • The Joyce Hatto Scandal - The now-infamous series of some 100 Hatto CDs, produced by Ms. Hatto's husband William Barrington-Coupe on the Concert Artist label, was discovered to consist almost entirely of other pianists' recordings. Research in progress by pianophile Farhan Malik has conclusively identified the actual pianists whose work was issued under Hatto's name on over half of these CDs. Audio WAV-file evidence may be viewed at the website of independent researcher Farhan Malik.

  • The Vladimir Horowitz Website, now maintained by collector/enthusiast Bernie Horowitz (no relation), contains detailed, up-to-date information about Horowitz's commercial and non-commercial recordings as well as comprehensive data on his concert programs and various aspects of his career.


  • A detailed, penetrating article by Mark Arnest called "Why Couldn't They Play With Their Hands Together?" explores the practice of pianists trained in the 19th century to play certain passages with de-synchronization of the hands (usually the left before the right). (PDF)

  • A remarkable, previously-unpublished 7000-word letter from Leopold Godowsky to his wife, dated April 21, 1901. This is one of the most extraordinary letters from a great pianist of the past that has survived. It gives us rare glimpses of Godowsky in his personal and professional life at the height of his fame. (PDF)


  • The 2002 book by Mark Mitchell, Vladimir de Pachmann: A Piano Virtuoso's Life and Art (Indiana University Press) was found to contain extensive sections lifted without acknowledgment or permission from an unpublished Pachmann biography by Edward Blickstein. Under the threat of legal action, IU Press withdrew the book in 2006 and sent Blickstein a letter of apology. Transcripts of the correspondence with Indiana University, plus documented evidence against Mitchell, may be found at www.intlpianoarchives.com.

  • A review by IPAM Curator Donald Manildi of The Pianist's Craft: Mastering the Works of Great Composers, edited by Richard Paul Anderson (Scarecrow Press, 2012).

  • A review by IPAM Curator Donald Manildi of Moriz Rosenthal in Word and Music by Allan Evans and Mark Mitchell (Indiana University Press, 2006).

  • A review by IPAM Curator Donald Manildi of Maurice Hinson's A Pianist's Dictionary (Indiana University Press, 2004).

  • A review by IPAM Curator Donald Manildi of  David Dubal's The Art of the Piano (Amadeus Press, third edition, 2004).