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The Snake Charmer by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)
Track(s) taken from CDA66459
Recording details: September 1990
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: June 1991
Total duration: 4 minutes 6 seconds

Le banjo 'Fantaisie grotesque, an American sketch', RO22 Op 15
composer
? 1854/5; published in New York in 1855; alternative title: Le caprice américain; dedicated to Richard Hoffman

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With its vamp-till-ready passages and jaunty cakewalk strut, The Banjo is Gottschalk’s exuberant portrait of a virtuoso banjo player in a minstrel show. Like many other of his compositions, the pianistic difficulties increase in the final pages, marked prestissimo, with their echoes of Stephen Foster’s De Camptown Races, published just four years earlier. The piece is dedicated to Richard Hoffman.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1990

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