Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 4

Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 4

Philip Martin (piano)


This fourth volume brings to wider attention more pieces from the pen of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, the father of American composition. With their unique spontaneity and prophetic use of native syncopated rhythms—anticipating ragtime by some 50 years—these are works of intoxicating effect and great individuality.

This volume contains one of Gottschalk's most familiar titles—Morte!!, the last complete work he performed in public. As he began the next piece, he collapsed and died three weeks later.

All of the music on this album is also available as part of the specially priced box set Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music: ‘There are some fine Gottschalk albums out there, but Martin’s is the only complete survey of the composer’s works for solo piano. Not only that, he has a unique affinity for this music that shines through in every bar … Martin reminds us just how consistently assured and interesting Gottschalk’s keyboard writing really is. Indeed, that’s why I found it so easy to listen to all 109 tracks in a single day. Sensitively planned and lovingly played, this set contains some of the most varied and enchanting piano sounds imaginable … a must-buy for pianophiles and LMG fans alike’ (MusicWeb International).

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