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Le chant du martyr 'Grand caprice religieux', RO49
composer
? 1854; published in Boston in 1864; under pseud. Seven Octaves

Recordings
'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 8' (CDA67536)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 8
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'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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Track 4 on CDA67536 [7'41] Archive Service; also available on CDS44451/8
Track 4 on CDS44451/8 CD8 [7'41] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Le chant du martyr 'Grand caprice religieux', RO49
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The Martyr’s Song finds Gottschalk at his most lachrymose, a production-line weepy with an insipid melody. The opening D flat major section gives way to a sturdier central B flat minor (as in Chant de Guerre) before the home key returns with both hands at the octave and marked pp celeste. Five bars before the end (ppp morendo) we encounter a lovely Gottschalkism: allontanandosi (sic), presumably an emphatic allentando.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2005

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