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Souvenir de Cuba 'Mazurka', RO245 Op 75
composer
1859; published in Boston in 1873

Recordings
'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 4' (CDA67118)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 4
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'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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Details
Track 6 on CDA67118 [3'13]
Track 6 on CDS44451/8 CD4 [3'13] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Souvenir de Cuba 'Mazurka', RO245 Op 75
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Gottschalk and his younger brother Edward, then seventeen years old, left New Orleans for Cuba in February 1854. Despite letters of introduction and decorations from Queen Isabella II, it was not an auspicious time for an American to visit the island for Spain and the United States were locked in conflict. Added to which the onset of Lent meant a dearth of concerts. Gottschalk had little money when he landed in Cuba; he was paying off his father’s debts and his mother, nearly destitute in Paris, was living by selling off her jewellery. Soon after his arrival, Gottschalk was advertising his Pleyel grand, so desperate was he for funds. Gradually, the Cubans took to him—he stayed on the island for exactly a year—and it was during the early part of this visit that he wrote this melancholy mazurka which, despite its title, is a ‘Souvenir’—indeed, a pastiche—‘de Chopin’. It is cast in the sombre key of C sharp minor.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2000

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Details for CDA67118 track 6
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-99-11806
Duration
3'13
Recording date
13 May 1999
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 4 (CDA67118)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: February 2000
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 4 Track 6
    Release date: October 2011
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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