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Unit XVII The Nineteenth-Century Piano Piece Chapter 48 Louis Gottschalk and Piano Music in America Louis Moreau Gottschalk- 1829-1869 First internationally acclaimed American composer of classical music Studied at the Paris Conservatory where he impressed Chopin and Berlioz

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Unit XVIIThe Nineteenth-Century Piano Piece

Chapter 48 Louis Gottschalk and Piano Music in America


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Louis Moreau Gottschalk- 1829-1869

  • First internationally acclaimed American composer of classical music

  • Studied at the Paris Conservatory where he impressed Chopin and Berlioz

  • Hailed as the spokesperson of the New World as most Europeans thought all Amercans to be “barbarians.”


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  • Returns to the United States with the onset of the Civil War in 1862; a staunch Unionist, he performed national tunes at his concerts as well as promoting both Classical and popular music as well as education.

  • Contracted malaria while living in Rio de Janiero and died from overdose of quinine given to him to treat the disease!


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Gottschalk’s Music

  • Remembered today almost exclusively for his solo piano music, although he wrote operas, songs, and symphonies.

  • His music is rooted in folk melodies and rhythms. See Listening Guide 29: The Banjo (Le banjo: Fantasie grotesque) pp. 261-263 for themes and description. CD 3 (5-11)


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