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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: 7 minutes 39 seconds

'A very enjoyable disc indeed' (The Good CD Guide)

'The best Gottschalk disk currently available' (Fanfare, USA)

'An important and recommendable issue … to be welcomed wholeheartedly' (CDReview)

Union 'Paraphrase de concert on the national airs Star-Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle, and Hail Columbia', RO269 Op 48
1852/62; published in New York in 1863; based on El Sitio de Zaragoza, 1852

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Some of the material for this celebrated piece appears in an earlier work (National Glory—Bunker’s Hill, RO31). This synthesis of patriotic airs, however, was first performed in New York on Washington’s birthday, 1862, and excited its auditors to frenzied enthusiasm, appearing as it did after one year of civil war. Amid cannonades and grapeshot emerges a disguised, minor key ‘Yankee Doodle’, then a beautiful harmonization of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and ‘Hail Columbia’, the latter triumphantly juxtaposed at the last with ‘Yankee Doodle’ in the major. It is dedicated to General George McClellan. Gottschalk, though a Southener, was a staunch abolitionist—he had freed all his family’s slaves on the death of his father—and played this fantasy to President and Mrs Lincoln in 1864.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1990

Other albums featuring this work
'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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