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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: 2 minutes 41 seconds

Le bananier 'Chanson nègre', RO21 Op 5
composer
? 1848; published in Paris in ? 1850

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Banana Tree, one of the ‘Louisiana trilogy’ which made Gottschalk’s name in Europe, is based on the Creole air ‘En avan’, grenadié’ (a colloquial contraction of ‘En avant, grenadiers’ a well-known popular song) and, though an early success, features the kind of brilliant figurations and hummable melody which characterise so much of his later work. Offenbach, interestingly, transcribed it for cello. The subtitle was inserted, presumably, to enhance its exotic appeal.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1990

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