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Union 'Paraphrase de concert on the national airs Star-Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle, and Hail Columbia', RO269 Op 48
composer
1852/62; published in New York in 1863; based on El Sitio de Zaragoza, 1852

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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Union 'Paraphrase de concert on the national airs Star-Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle, and Hail Columbia', RO269 Op 48
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Some of the material for this celebrated piece appears in an earlier work (National Glory—Bunker’s Hill, RO31). This synthesis of patriotic airs, however, was first performed in New York on Washington’s birthday, 1862, and excited its auditors to frenzied enthusiasm, appearing as it did after one year of civil war. Amid cannonades and grapeshot emerges a disguised, minor key ‘Yankee Doodle’, then a beautiful harmonization of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and ‘Hail Columbia’, the latter triumphantly juxtaposed at the last with ‘Yankee Doodle’ in the major. It is dedicated to General George McClellan. Gottschalk, though a Southener, was a staunch abolitionist—he had freed all his family’s slaves on the death of his father—and played this fantasy to President and Mrs Lincoln in 1864.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1990

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Details for CDS44451/8 disc 1 track 14
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ISRC
GB-AJY-91-45914
Duration
7'39
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 14
    Release date: June 1991
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: October 2011
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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