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Souvenir des Ardennes 'Mazurka de salon', RO243
composer
1846; published in New York in 1860; alternative title: Les Ardennes

Recordings
'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 7' (CDA67478)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 7
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA67478  Archive Service; also available on CDS44451/8  
'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
Buy by post £38.50 CDS44451/8  8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
Details
Track 4 on CDA67478 [4'24] Archive Service; also available on CDS44451/8
Track 4 on CDS44451/8 CD7 [4'24] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Souvenir des Ardennes 'Mazurka de salon', RO243
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Lying in the south of Belgium, the picturesque Ardennes region is one of deep valleys, high forests, historic cities and medieval castles. Perhaps Gottschalk visited there, but the music’s title as stated in some catalogues is not Souvenir des Ardennes, but simply Ardennes Mazurka. It is a relatively simple and effective piece that combines Chopin’s Paris-refined Polish dance with the piquancy of Louis Moreau’s harmonies. The key is A major with a brief section in D major, its delicate charm ruptured by the final unexpected dynamic markings.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2004

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