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Caprice-polka, RO44 Op 79
1856; published in Boston in 1873

'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 2' (CDA66697)
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Caprice-polka, RO44 Op 79
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

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