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Ballade in A flat, RO271
1853; published in New York in 1876

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Ballade in A flat, RO271
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

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