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LOUIS MOREAU GOTTSCHALK  

(1829 - 1869)

A child prodigy pianist who was touring Europe as a virtuoso concert soloist while still a teenager, Louis Moreau Gottschalk provides one of the most colourful chapters in the history of American music. He had received considerable support from his father, both in financial and personal terms. His visit to Europe was a triumph, with his playing being compared with all the great virtuoso pianists of his day. Sadly his youth was shattered by the death of his father, requiring the young man to find the money to support his six brothers and sisters, following his father’s death. This demanded endless tours around the States, playing hundreds of concerts per year, many in locations that hardly merited his skills. The stress was to great and eventually his health and mental stamina faltered and he withdrew from the concert stage. The period was brought to an end with his need to earn money, and he resumed his crazy workload. To supplement his income he composed easy salon pieces to meet the growing market for piano music. Eventually a scandal with a young female student eventually drove him into exile in South America. There he met with some renewed success in Brazil, where he organised concerts, among them the monster piano concerts, where thirty-one pianists took part. That hectic life caught up with him, and he died in Brazil at the age of 40. His compositions were of varied quality; those written for orchestra show a composer of who could create memorable and catchy tunes, though whether is unusual orchestration was a matter of skill or an equivalent lack of knowledge is still questionable. The result is never profound or subtle, but has a fresh and uninhibited atmosphere.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AMERICAN CLASSICS SAMPLER Naxos
8.559118
Orchestral
GOTTSCHALK, L.M.: Night in the Tropics (A) / Celebre Tarantelle / Berceuse (Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony, Rosenberg) Naxos
8.559036
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
GOTTSCHALK, L.M.: Orchestral and Instrumental Music (A Gottschalk Festival) (List) Vox Box
CDX-5009
Instrumental, Orchestral, Instrumental, Orchestral, Opera, Instrumental, Orchestral
GOTTSCHALK, L.M.: Piano Music - A Night in the Tropics (S. Mayer) Naxos
8.559693
Instrumental
GOTTSCHALK: Orchestral Works (Complete) Naxos
8.559320
Orchestral, Vocal, Concertos, Opera, Orchestral
GOTTSCHALK: Piano Music Naxos
8.559145
Instrumental
Harp and Piano Recital: Duo Praxedis - EILENBERG, R. GOTTSCHALK, L.M. / LEHÁR, F. / NICOLAI, O. / ROSSINI, G. (From Praxedis With Love) Paladino Music
PMR0080
Chamber Music
JACK-IN-THE-BOX - A Collection of Amusing and Entertaining Works by Classical Composers Naxos
8.570124-25
Instrumental
LISTEN, LEARN AND GROW: Playtime Fun and Games Naxos Educational
8.555812
Orchestral
Piano Recital: Fischer, Thomas - CERVANTES, I. / FONTANA, J. / GOTTSCHALK, L.M. / LECUONA, E. (Cuba Piano) Naxos
8.551297
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Fischer, Thomas - GLUCK, C.W. / LISZT, F. / THALBERG, S. / GOTTSCHALK, L.M. / BERTINI, H. / CZERNY, C. (Opera for Piano) Naxos
8.551062
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Fischer, Thomas - LECUONA, E. / MASARNAU, S. de / GOTTSCHALK, L.M. / GRANADOS, E. / ALBENIZ, I. (Hola Espana) Naxos
8.551209
Instrumental
STORY OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558164-65
Orchestral
Role: Arranger 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
GOTTSCHALK: Orchestral Works (Complete) Naxos
8.559320
Orchestral




 
 
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