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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: 2 minutes 33 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)

Hurrah galop 'Galop de concert, pas redoublé, caprice de concert', RO118
composer
1859; published in Boston in 1863; under pseud. Seven Octaves

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The third of the three pieces composed in Matouba in 1859, the Hurrah Galop is not a schottische but a lively and maddeningly catchy redoublé (quick step). It has more than a little in common with the composer’s own Tournament Galop (1854; CD 3) apart from sharing the same key (E flat) and a middle (grandioso) section in A flat. This is another piece composed by ‘Seven Octaves’, but Gottschalk’s cover is blown by his publisher printing the name ‘L.M.Gottschalk’ beneath it! Most strikingly, the piece is dedicated to General Ulysses S Grant (‘a small man, of ordinary appearance’, Gottschalk described him, ‘slender, modest’). Grant’s knowledge of music is enshrined in the bon mot he uttered to Lincoln when the President commented favourably on a military band conducted by George Ives (the father of Charles). ‘I only know two tunes’, said Grant. ‘One of them is “Yankee Doodle” and the other isn’t.’

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
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