Artis Wodehouse Ellington/Wasserman piano Sophisticated Lady

Published on Feb 20, 2013

Artis Wodehouse performs the virtuosic Leopold Godowsky-inspired piano solo transcription arrangement by Herman Wasserman of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Lady.

Wasserman, who arrived from Europe to the US in 1915 was a pianist, arranger, teacher and composer with deep tentacles into the publishing, teaching, and performing world of the 1920s through the 1950s. A student of Leopold Godowsky and Raphael Joseffy, he is best-known for his editing and arranging of George Gershwin’s most important piano works (18 Songs Songbook, Rhapsody in Blue). However, Wasserman also transcribed and arranged numerous works by Duke Ellington, Moszkowski, Jerome Kern, Louis Alter, Pete de Rose, Malneck & Signorelli, Isaac Albenitz and many others. He taught piano to Richard Rogers and the Afro-American pianist, Phillippa Schuyler. He made piano rolls for Ampico, 78 recordings for Dominion, and was responsible for the music for at least one film, “Problem Girl”, of 1953. He was also an important instructor in the Hollywood/New York orbit, and worked most notably with Johnny Green.

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Pianist and harmoniumist ARTIS WODEHOUSE has devoted her careeer to preserving and disseminating neglected but valuable music and instruments from the past, with an emphasis on American music. Cited by the NYTimes as “savior of the old and neglected”, she received a National Endowment grant that propelled her into production of CDs and published transcriptions of recorded performances and piano rolls made by George Gershwin, Jelly Roll Morton and Zez Confrey. Her best-seller, “Gershwin Plays Gershwin”, on the Nonesuch label has sold over 500,000 copies. Beginning in 2000, Wodehouse began performing on a representative group of antique reed organs and harmoniums, toy pianos and an 1823 English square piano and an 1860 Steinway square piano that she had painstakingly restored and brought to concert condition. She founded the chamber group MELODEON in 2010 to present little known but valuable music from 19th and early 20th Century America, using her antique instrument collection as the basis for repertoire choice. Wodehouse has a BM from the Manhattan School of Music, an MM from Yale, and a DMA from Stanford.
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