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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: 3 minutes 10 seconds

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Tournament galop, RO264
composer
? 1850/1; published in New York in 1854

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Tournament Galop is a high-spirited circus galop ‘as played by Gottschalk at all his Concerts throughout the United States’. ‘Presto’ and ‘con bravura’ are the opening requests by the composer with many ‘con molto fuoco’, ‘Molto animato grandioso’ and ‘tutta la forza possible [sic]’ markings along the way. There are any number of similar end-of-recital galops from this period guaranteed to bring the house down, Liszt’s Grand galop chromatique being, perhaps, the best known. But none bears a closer similarity to Gottschalk’s than Mazeppa, étude-galop de concert, Op 21, by the obscure French pianist and composer Alfred Quidant (1815–1893). The key (E flat) is the same as the Tournament Galop, the first four bars are exactly the same and, with the exception of one quaver, the first eight bars of Quidant’s second theme match Gottschalk’s third theme note for note. Plagiarism or just a coincidence?

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1997

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