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Souvenir de Lima 'Mazurka', RO247 Op 74
1860; published in Boston in 1873

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Souvenir de Lima 'Mazurka', RO247 Op 74
Not to be confused with the earlier Souvenir d’Andalousie or Havana and Puerto Rico. Clearly Gottschalk had had an unhappy time in Lima, for his normally high spirits are decidedly subdued with flashes, even, of anger. There is scarcely a bar without a tempo or dynamic indication (‘rubato’, ‘a tempo cantato’, ‘rapido’, ‘agitato brill.’). Perhaps it is not surprising that the mazurka’s theme (in F minor) should be redolent of Chopin. A second, yearning subject leads to a lively central section (F major) whose dotted rhythm is incorporated into the opening theme on its return. The coda, with echoes of a Hungarian lassù, ends with an abrupt major chord of defiance.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1994

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