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Pensive 'Polka-rédowa', RO196 Op 68
composer
? 1862/3; published in Boston in 1864; under pseud. Seven Octaves

Recordings
'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 8' (CDA67536)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 8
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA67536  Archive Service; also available on CDS44451/8  
'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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Details
Track 3 on CDA67536 [4'16] Archive Service; also available on CDS44451/8
Track 3 on CDS44451/8 CD8 [4'16] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Pensive 'Polka-rédowa', RO196 Op 68
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This is one of a number of Gottschalk pieces written on automatic pilot to feed the public appetite for polkas and waltzes, daintily charming but hardly inspired. A redowa is a lively Bohemian dance in 34 time, not dissimilar to a polka-mazurka. Gottschalk emphasizes the ‘pensive’ of the title with a tempo instruction of Andante con grazia, molto moderato. Not a polka to be danced to.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2005

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