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Caprice-polka, RO44 Op 79

composer
1856; published in Boston in 1873

 
Published posthumously in an edition by Gottschalk’s pianist friend Nicolás Ruíz Espadero, three catchy tunes follow breathlessly on the heels of one another—the first in A flat (a favourite key of Gottschalk), the next in its relative minor, the third in D flat—before a return to the opening theme. The composer’s attention is then taken by a fourth subject (again in A flat, but not in the strict rhythm of the polka) which propels this rarely recorded gem to a conclusion.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1994

Publiées à titre posthume dans une édition d’un ami de Gottschalk, le pianiste Nicolás Ruíz Espadero, trois mélodies entraînantes se succèdent sans reprendre leur souffle: la première en la bémol (un des modes préférés de Gottschalk), la suivante dans la clef relative mineure, la troisième en ré mineur—avant de revenir au thème du début. L’attention du compositeur se tourne alors vers un quatrième sujet (de nouveau en la bémol, mais abandonnant le rythme strict de la polka) qui amène à sa conclusion ce petit bijou rarement enregistré.

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

Drei einprägsame Weisen, posthum in einer Ausgabe von Gottschalks Freund, dem Pianisten Nicolás Ruíz Espadero, veröffentlicht, folgen hart aufeinander in atemloser Jagd—die erste in As (einer Lieblingstonart Gottschalks), die nächste in ihrer zugehörigen Molltonart, die dritte in Des—und dann kehrt das Eröffnungsthema zurück. Daraufhin wendet der Komponist seine Aufmerksamkeit einem vierten Thema zu (wiederum in As, aber nicht im strengen Polkarhythmus), und damit wird dies selten aufgeführte Juwel zu seinem Abschluß getrieben.

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

Recordings

Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 2
CDA66697
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
CDS44451/88CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 13 on CDA66697 [4'36]
Track 13 on CDS44451/8 CD2 [4'36] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDA66697 track 13

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-69713
Duration
4'36
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 13
    Release date: June 1994
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 2 Track 13
    Release date: October 2011
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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