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Pasquinade 'Caprice', RO189 Op 59

composer
? 1863; published in New York in 1870

 
A catchy, strutting tune (D flat), a forerunner of the cakewalk, might tempt the unwary into believing that here, at last, is a piece of Gottschalk that can be mastered with reasonable ease. But no. Gottschalk teasingly then keeps the right hand at least two octaves away from the left for the remainder of the piece, with quintessential glittering passagework and repeated notes guaranteed to make the most determined amateur lose heart

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1994

Une mélodie entraînante, pleine d’assurance (ré bémol), qui semble annoncer le cakewalk, pourrait faire croire aux imprudents qu’il y a là, enfin, un morceau de Gottschalk assez facile à maîtriser. Mais non. Gottschalk les taquine en gardant la main droite à une distance d’au moins deux octaves de la gauche pendant le reste du morceau, avec des passages brillants et subtils et des notes répétées propres à décourager l’amateur le plus résolu.

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

Eine einprägsame, stolzierend einherschreitende Melodie (in Des), ein Vorläufer des Cakewalk, könnte Unvorsichtige zur Annahme verleiten, daß sie es hier endlich mit einem Stück von Gottschalk zu tun haben, welches einigermaßen leicht zu beherrschen ist. Aber nein! Gottschalk hält nämlich dann auf neckische Art für den Rest des Stücks die rechte Hand wenigstens zwei Oktaven entfernt von der linken, und dazu kommen schillerndes Passagenwerk, welches wesentlich für die gesamte Komposition ist, sowie Tonwiederholungen, die dazu angetan sind, selbst den entschlossensten Amateur den Mut verlieren zu lassen.

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

Recordings

Creole Belles
CDH88009Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 2
CDA66697Download currently discounted
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
CDS44451/88CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 17 on CDA66697 [3'43]
Track 5 on CDH88009 [3'27] Archive Service
Track 17 on CDS44451/8 CD2 [3'43] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44451/8 disc 2 track 17

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-69717
Duration
3'43
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 17
    Release date: June 1994
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 2 Track 17
    Release date: October 2011
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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