Note by the Publishers – Charles Kunkel, from the House of Kunkel Brothers, being a very intimate friend of L.M.Gottschalk, requested him to write a piece for their Catalogue. In reply to which, Mr. L.M.Gottschalk sent this beautiful poem in the form of a Mazurka, and as the piece was received but a few weeks before this immortal Genius left us forever, it is believed that it was his last Composition.
The introduction (dolce) has the four syllables of the title printed under the opening three sets of four crotchets.
On hearing the news of Gottschalk’s death, Amy Fay in one of her letters home (published as Music Study in Germany) was keen to know of anything in the papers about the composer, ‘for the infatuation that I and 99,999 other American girls once felt for him still lingers in my breast’. How appropriate, then, that Gottschalk’s ‘last composition’ should be dedicated ‘To the Ladies of the United States’.
from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2004