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

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La chute des feuilles 'Nocturne', RO55 Op 42
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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