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Ballade in A flat, RO271

composer
1853; published in New York in 1876

 
Light-years away from Chopin’s dramatic tone poems of the previous two decades and Liszt’s contemporaneous Ballade in B minor, Gottschalk means ‘ballad’ as in ‘song’—a simple melody of sixteen measures, reminiscent of part of a well-known tune by Haydn! The key changes from A flat to D flat for a placid second subject before the ‘hymn tune’ returns twice in more elaborate guise.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1994

À des années-lumière des poèmes symphoniques dramatiques de Chopin des vingt années précédentes et de la Ballade contemporaine en si mineur de Liszt, Gottschalk conçoit une «ballade» comme une «chanson»: une simple mélodie de seize mesures qui rappelle un extrait d’un morceau bien connu de Haydn! La clef passe de la bémol à ré bémol pour un calme deuxième sujet avant que le motif de cantique ne revienne deux fois sous une forme plus compliquée.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 1994
Français: Madeleine Jay

Gottschalk benutzt „Ballade“ im Sinne von „Lied“—einer einfachen Melodie von sechzehn Takten, die an den Teil einer wohlbekannten Weise von Haydn erinnert! Damit befindet er sich in unermeßlicher Distanz zu Chopins dramatischen Tongedichten der voraufgehenden zwei Jahrzehnte und zu Liszts zeitgenössischer Ballade in h-moll. Die Tonart wechselt von As zu Des, um einem gelassenen zweiten Thema Raum zu geben, und dann wird die „Kirchenlied-Melodie“ zweimal in komplizierterer Form wiederaufgenommen.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 1994
Deutsch: Angelika Malbert

Recordings

Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 2
CDA66697Download currently discounted
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
CDS44451/88CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 10 on CDA66697 [4'46]
Track 10 on CDS44451/8 CD2 [4'46] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44451/8 disc 2 track 10

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-69710
Duration
4'46
Recording date
20 October 1993
Recording venue
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (CDA66697)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: June 1994
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 2 Track 10
    Release date: October 2011
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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