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Leo Ornstein

Early 20th-century experimental musician of innovative, shocking compositions. He championed avant-garde composers. He became the 1st composer to utilize the shade cluster to great impact. A good example of this is within “Crazy Men’s Dance” from 1913-14. He deserted his popularity and vanished in the middle-1920s, but continuing writing, and then keep coming back in the 1970s. His last piano sonata was released when he was 97. He passed away when he was 108 and was survived with a daughter, a boy, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He started producing piano rolls for the Ampico label after departing his concert profession, documenting such composers as Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt.

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