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Flamingoes (detail) (1907) by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)
Track(s) taken from CDA66915
Recording details: June 1996
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: March 1997
Total duration: 7 minutes 32 seconds

La chute des feuilles 'Nocturne', RO55 Op 42
composer
1860; published in New York in 1860; alternative title: Mélodie de N R Espadero de la Havane

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Inspired by some lines by Millevoye, The Falling of the Leaves finds Gottschalk at his most refined and tasteful:

Tombe, tombe, feuille éphémère!
Voile aux yeux ce triste chemin,
Cache au désespoir de ma mère
La place où je serai demain …

It is a beautifully-wrought example of cultivated piano writing that could have come straight from the salons of mid-nineteenth-century Paris. After an unexpected outburst in the middle of the work, the central theme returns decorated with languorous demisemiquavers delicately evoking the falling leaves. This is among Gottschalk’s finest works.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1997

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'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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