A late piece in which Gottschalk reverts to his European style and writes in the dark key of D minor, which he employed rarely. Here it is used in a Chopinesque first subject (an impression that is underlined by the frequent emphasis on the third beat of the bar in a 34 metre). The trio, though, is pure Gottschalk (his sentimental side that is), a tender song in the relative major with many ‘tranquillo’ and ‘misterioso’ requests to the player. The end is an unbridled tour de force à la Moszkowski.
from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1994