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Le banjo 'Fantaisie grotesque, an American sketch', RO22 Op 15

? 1854/5; published in New York in 1855; alternative title: Le caprice américain; dedicated to Richard Hoffman

With its vamp-till-ready passages and jaunty cakewalk strut, The Banjo is Gottschalk’s exuberant portrait of a virtuoso banjo player in a minstrel show. Like many other of his compositions, the pianistic difficulties increase in the final pages, marked prestissimo, with their echoes of Stephen Foster’s De Camptown Races, published just four years earlier. The piece is dedicated to Richard Hoffman.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1990

Avec ses passages d’improvisations jusqu’à une version parfaite et son allure crâneuse, Le Banjo est le portrait exubérant d’un joueur virtuose de banjo dans un spectacle de musiciens de répertoire nègre. Comme beaucoup d’autres des compositions de Gottschalk, les difficultés pianistiques augmentent dans les pages finales, qui sont marquées prestissimo, avec leur écho de De Camptown Races de Stephen Foster, qui avait été publié quatre ans auparavant. Le morceau est dédié à Richard Hoffman.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 1990
Français: Alain Midoux

Das Stück mit seinen zur Improvisation vorgesehenen Passagen und seinem kecken Cakewalk-Rhythmus ist Gottschalks Porträt eines virtuosen Banjospielers in einer amerikanischen Minstrel-Truppe. Wie bei vielen anderen seiner Kompositionen nimmt der pianistische Schwierigkeitsgrad auf den prestissimo bezeichneten letzten Seiten zu, die Anklänge an Stephen Fosters gerade vier Jahre zuvor erschienene Komposition De Camptown Races enthalten. Das Stück ist Richard Hoffman gewidmet.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 1990
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 1
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Recording date
20 September 1990
Recording venue
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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  1. Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (CDA66459)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: June 1991
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    Release date: October 2011
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