Martha Goldstein
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Martha Goldstein

Martha Goldstein
Martha Goldstein Erard piano 1851.jpg
Goldstein standing behind an 1851 Erard piano
Martha Svendsen

June 10, 1919[1]
DiedFebruary 14, 2014 (2014-02-15) (aged 94)[1]
OccupationHarpsichordist and pianist
Allen A. Goldstein[1]

Martha Goldstein (born Martha Svendsen; June 10, 1919 - February 14, 2014)[1] was an American harpsichordist and pianist, who gave concerts in the United States, North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.[2] She performed works by George Frideric Handel, Frédéric Chopin, Georg Philipp Telemann, Franz Liszt, Ferruccio Busoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, and others.[3]


Born in Baltimore, Maryland,[1] Goldstein was trained at the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School and studied with Audrey Plitt, Eliza Woods, James Friskin and Mieczys?aw Munz. She taught at the Peabody Conservatory for 20 years and at the Cornish College of the Arts.[2][3] She also performed as a guest artist with the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet,[4] wind quintet-in-residence at the University of Washington School of Music since 1968.[5]

Many of Goldstein's recordings were first released on LP by Pandora Records, which was founded in 1973 and active for more than ten years. The company went out of business with the advent of the CD. The entire archive of recordings is now available for download without restriction and can be found at many download sites, including resource (see Commons:Category:Martha Goldstein).[6] Often her recordings reflect historically informed performance, employing original period instruments and tunings.[7][8]

She died in Seattle, Washington on February 14, 2014. She had two sons, one of whom predeceased her, and was also survived by her husband of more than fifty years, Allen A. Goldstein, four stepchildren, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Martha Goldstein obituary". The Seattle Times. February 27, 2014. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Liner notes for The Sound of the Italian Harpsichord". Pandora Records. 1973. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Martha Goldstein - Pianist at Piano Society". Piano Society. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ "Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet - Artists" at Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  5. ^ Megan Lyden (2000). "The Story of the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet", DMA diss, Seattle: University of Washington, 338 pages. OCLC 46797558.
  6. ^ Pandora Records
  7. ^ Chopin: Etudes, Op. 10 and Op. 25. Played on an Erard piano from 1851. (Audio files: commons:Études (Chopin). Further information and biography at Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  8. ^ a b PAN 101 is mentioned by the American Record Guide as a pioneering example of the use of historically informed tunings, in a review of Early Italian Harpsichord Music (1520–1670); Edward Parmentier, harpsichord; Wildboar WLBR 8001 (Harmonia Mundi): "Still in print is a Martha Goldstein recording of German and Italian music from Pandora (PAN 101). Goldstein uses a modern instrument in various tempered tunings, anticipating Parmentier's performance in his previous Wildboar release of Bach's Italian Concerto in Werckmeister temperament." American Record Guide, January/February 1986, p. 42.
  9. ^ Reviewed by Stereo Review, April 1976, pp. 110–111.

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