Subscribe today to support our mission and contributors. Brady, circa to T hough he spent much of his career outside the United States, renowned nineteenth-century composer and pianist Louis Gottschalk was born in New Orleans, and many of his compositions were inspired by the multicultural milieu of the city. Often cited as the first American composer to gain international recognition, Gottschalk wrote more than three hundred compositions and earned acclaim as a piano virtuoso. He uniquely incorporated diverse musical traditions—from African American to Caribbean, to South American—in his compositions. Dominguan descent. By it was clear that the precocious young pianist had learned all he could in New Orleans and should pursue studies in Paris. By , after entertaining many Paris aristocrats in their salons, Gottschalk gave a free concert in a public hall. Gottschalk in fact became the pianist of kings, playing for and even with members of several European royal families as he toured France, Switzerland, and Spain in the early s.
Click here for story and videos. Five renowned sculptors have been chosen to participate in a competition to recreate the " Angel of Music ," an intricate sculpture that once graced the gravesite of legendary 19th century American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk The angel disappeared under unknown circumstances from Brooklyn's Historic Green-Wood Cemetery more than 50 years ago.
Gottschalk Piano Works
Composer or Director: Louis Moreau Gottschalk. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information. During his latter years Louis Moreau Gottschalk favoured the bright and penetrating sound of pianos by the American firm of Chickering but as Richard Burnett points out in his notes, he grew up with and made his first hugely successful concert tours using instruments by Erard. For nine of the pieces in this collection Burnett uses a sonorous Erard of , and for some of the others a no less fine Broadwood the remaining three puzzlingly enough, are played on a Graf, a Viennese instrument built before Gottschalk was born. The objective is to reinstate Gottschalk as ''a true poet of the keyboard'' and to rescue him from his reputation as ''a dazzling if superficial pyrotechnician''. Burnett's performances are certainly colourful.
Le Mancenillier , Op. Based on a Saint-Domingue 's eight-bar folk tune titled Chanson de Lizette, the Creole melody Ou som souroucou and either the Louisiana's Ma mourri or the Martinique's Tant sirop est doux, its title refers to the manchineel , a tree from the tropics which grows poisonous small apple-like fruits. It can't be burned for the smoke might cause blindness and one standing beneath its branches during a rainfall might have the skin blistered by its sap. Although Gottschalk called the piece a "serenade", it was written as a ballad in the ABA form. The introductory melody is established under a staccato accompaniment on the left hand with the middle section marked by the contrasts of the staccato rhythm of left hand over the melodic phrases of the right, followed by a series of modulations.