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Leo Ornstein

piano music

Composer, born in Kremenchug, C Ukraine. A child prodigy at the piano, his parents settled in the USA in 1906, and he made his US debut at 16. In the years following 1915, he composed much music that placed him among the avant garde, and he has had considerable influence upon younger American composers, with renewed interest in his work in the 1970s. His later works, which include a symphony and various pieces of piano music, are more traditional in style.

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