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Columbia 'Caprice américain', RO61 Op 34
composer
1859; published in New York in 1860

Recordings
'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 1' (CDA66459)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 1
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'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
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Track 11 on CDA66459 [5'49] Last few CD copies remaining
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Columbia 'Caprice américain', RO61 Op 34
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This exuberant treatment of Stephen Foster’s My Old Kentucky Home is among Gottschalk’s most appealing works. Its catchy tune and rhythmic bounce stay in the mind for days. Although it sounds easy, it is an exacting piece to play, needing a left hand of machine-like accuracy and not a little stamina to cope with the athletic leaping of the accompaniment, punctuated by coruscating runs in the treble. With the finishing post in sight, Gottschalk piles on further pianistic pressure requesting, in tempo, left hand jumps of two octaves. Columbia, in this writer’s experience, is the earliest example of what was later to be called ‘stride piano’, a style developed in the 1930s.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1990

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Details for CDA66459 track 11
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-45911
Duration
5'49
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 11
    Release date: June 1991
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: October 2011
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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