Sad news: Death of a harpsichord legend

May 29, 2017 by norman lebrecht

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The Paris-based Polish harpsichordist Elisabeth Chojnacka has died, aged 78.

After graduation from the Chopin academy in 1962, she moved to Paris where she established a niche at the heart of the modernist movement. More than 80 composers wrote for her instrument, among them Ligeti, Xenakis, Nyman and Gorecki.

She was phenomenal.

Comments (1)

  1. Delphine1962 says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear this; Elisabeth Chojnacka was an extraordinary musician and her recordings – particularly the ground-breaking ones of Ligeti (Hungarian Rock and the wonderful, wonderful Continuum) will always live in memory: I always felt that Chojnacka had a direct hand in the inception of these wonderful compositions and thus in the reinvigoration (if that were needed) of what the harpsichord could do in the hands of such a consummate performer.

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