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LEOPOLD GODOWSKY - PIANIST

Autographed 7” x 9” original matte, double-weight Fayer of Vienna photograph of the legendary pianist and composer to his assistant and student Herbert Douglas, September 6th, 1933.

To Herbert Douglas in remembrance of the Los Angeles 1933 Class with appreciative thanks, his friend Leopold Godowsky, September 6th, 1933.

 

Godowsky (1870-1938) suffered a stroke in 1930 and lost his son Gordon to suicide in 1932.  Lonely, the pianist in 1933 joined his wife Frieda who had been staying with his daughter, silent screen actress Dagmar in Berlin.  His wife who had finally been told of her son’s death was in frail health and it seemed very obvious to Leopold that Germany was not a good place for Jews, therefore they left for Cannes, staying in his friend, Josef Hofmann’s apartment.  They then left Cannes after a few weeks sailing for New York City.  When Leopold returned having spent large sums of money in Europe dealing with Dagmar and her situation with a lover there, he needed a way to replenish his coffers.  The pianist was invited by his pupil and secretary Herbert Douglas, who had settled in Los Angeles to conduct both private and master classes for the month of August.  Auditions were held and a group of “select” students were chosen. He packed Frieda up hoping the weather would cheer her and they went off to California.  When he arrived, only one pupil, Zadel Skolovsky from Canada was up to his high standards.  The trip was a money loser from the start and when it became apparent it would not be successful Godowsky attempted to cancel them, but the contract was firm.  He taught the classes for the month, apparently up to 125 voyeurs came each day.  Godowsky was asked to teach for an additional two weeks and turned the request down, spent time with friends including Edward G. Robinson and went back to New York.  His wife Frieda died several months later of a heart attack.

Note, please see the letter we are offering to Herbert Douglas. 

  Not the standard portrait of Godowsky.