In February 1862, just after Murmures Eoliens had been published, Gottschalk wrote in his journal:
My ill will toward those publishers who, when I stood in my most need of them, continued only to discourage me, increased with my success. Returned today to New York after an absence of six years, and in a position that I have conquered inch by inch, I avenged myself by refusing all those who approached me, one to offer five hundred, another a thousand dollars for only one piece. One publisher, the one who had first bought The Last Hope … offered me one thousand dollars for my Murmures Eoliens. The sum made me smile comparing it with the thirty dollars at which I had offered my pieces in vain some years before. It then was gratifying for me to give proof of my gratitude to General Hall, with whom my contract had expired. I sent to him Murmures Eoliens, Pastorella e cavaliere, Ojos criollos [see CD 1 for the latter] and many other pieces, asking him to fix the conditions of a new contract, which I was ready to sign.
from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1997