To commemorate this sad event he revised a Marche funèbre that he had written some years earlier (‘for a careful exposition of these two variant editions’, notes Starr, ‘see Doyle, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, D-90, D-90a, D-90b, D-90c’). The source of its inspiration is obvious, its key the predictable B flat minor, yet its powerful central (G minor) section and some surprising harmonic progressions make it an effective example of its type.
In December 1853, Gottschalk retreated to his birthplace and thence to Cuba where, for the next three years, he struggled to rebuild his life.
from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2003
Marche funèbre RO147 Op 61 [5'05]
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