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La chute des feuilles 'Nocturne', RO55 Op 42
composer
1860; published in New York in 1860; alternative title: Mélodie de N R Espadero de la Havane

Recordings
'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 3' (CDA66915)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 3
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'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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Details
Track 10 on CDA66915 [7'32]
Track 10 on CDS44451/8 CD3 [7'32] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

La chute des feuilles 'Nocturne', RO55 Op 42
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Inspired by some lines by Millevoye, The Falling of the Leaves finds Gottschalk at his most refined and tasteful:

Tombe, tombe, feuille éphémère!
Voile aux yeux ce triste chemin,
Cache au désespoir de ma mère
La place où je serai demain …

It is a beautifully-wrought example of cultivated piano writing that could have come straight from the salons of mid-nineteenth-century Paris. After an unexpected outburst in the middle of the work, the central theme returns decorated with languorous demisemiquavers delicately evoking the falling leaves. This is among Gottschalk’s finest works.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1997

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Details for CDS44451/8 disc 3 track 10
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-91510
Duration
7'32
Recording date
27 June 1996
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 3 (CDA66915)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: March 1997
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 3 Track 10
    Release date: October 2011
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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