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The Monkeys by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67248
Recording details: January 2001
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: September 2001
Total duration: 3 minutes 17 seconds

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Réponds-moi 'Danse cubaine, caprice brillant', RO226 Op 50
1859; published in Havana in 1861; alternative title: Dí que sí; piano four hands as RO225
circa 1868; solo piano arrangement

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
For background on Gottschalk’s ‘Cuban dances’ see the CD 3 of this series and the notes for O ma charmante, épargnez-moi!. This, Ojos criollos, Souvenir de la Havane (both on CD 1), El Cocoyé and Réponds-moi are but five examples of Gottschalk’s use of Cuban themes and the habanera rhythm, some time before Bizet and Saint-Saëns were attracted to them. In a sense, these and other pieces such as the final movement of Gottschalk’s Symphony No 1 ‘La Nuit des tropiques’ are successors to his four Louisiana pieces of 1849–51—Le Mancenillier, Le Bananier (both CD 1), La Savane (CD 2) and Bamboula (CD 3) which draw on Creole melodies and rhythms. If anything defines the quintessential Gottschalk, it is the Creole and Cuban works. Réponds-moi might well be mistaken for something by Scott Joplin (there are even a couple of Gershwinesque moments, too), though the treacherous repeated demisemiquavers of the final pages could not.

The work was originally written for four hands (RO225, New York, 1864) and was composed during a rich period of creativity when Gottschalk was living in the mountain village of Matouba in Guadaloupe during the summer of 1859. It is dedicated to the widow of the piano manufacturer Jonas Chickering (1798–1853) who had helped to save the young artist’s career during a rocky patch in 1853. In gratitude, Gottschalk switched from Pleyel and Érard (his preferred Parisian instruments) to Chickering, remaining the firm’s loyal champion for the remainder of his career.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2001

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