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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67478
Recording details: December 2003
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2004
Total duration: 4 minutes 35 seconds

'Even the most devoted of Gottschalk's admirers will make some arresting discoveries among the less familiar works here … those who have enjoyed the series so far will want to add this disc to their collections, too' (International Record Review)

'Gottschalk is never abstruse or merely technical, but it is obvious from the elegance of his writing that he was a wonderful pianist. He is still underestimated, I think—as a composer, too. I can listen to his music for hours, and I don't feel that way about much piano music. The piano sound is simply wonderful—Hyperion manages to convey an individual instrument's personality in piano recordings' (Fanfare, USA)

Forget me not 'Mazurka caprice', RO99
? 1869; published in St Louis in 1870; alternative title: Ne m'oubliez pas

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Beneath the title ‘Forget me not. Ne m’oubliez pas.’ we read:

Note by the Publishers – Charles Kunkel, from the House of Kunkel Brothers, being a very intimate friend of L.M.Gottschalk, requested him to write a piece for their Catalogue. In reply to which, Mr. L.M.Gottschalk sent this beautiful poem in the form of a Mazurka, and as the piece was received but a few weeks before this immortal Genius left us forever, it is believed that it was his last Composition.

The introduction (dolce) has the four syllables of the title printed under the opening three sets of four crotchets.

On hearing the news of Gottschalk’s death, Amy Fay in one of her letters home (published as Music Study in Germany) was keen to know of anything in the papers about the composer, ‘for the infatuation that I and 99,999 other American girls once felt for him still lingers in my breast’. How appropriate, then, that Gottschalk’s ‘last composition’ should be dedicated ‘To the Ladies of the United States’.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2004

Other albums featuring this work
'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
MP3 £35.00FLAC £35.00ALAC £35.00Buy by post £38.50 CDS44451/8  8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
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