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Reflets du passť 'RÍverie', RO223 Op 28
composer
? 1853; published in New York in 1857

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'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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Track 15 on CDA67118 [5'06]
Track 15 on CDS44451/8 CD4 [5'06] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Reflets du passť 'RÍverie', RO223 Op 28
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This berceuse with its central gentle habanera, though hugely indebted to Chopin, finds Gottschalk at his reflective best. Inspired by some lines of Victor Hugo (‘Dans ce monde de mensonges / Moi j’aimerai mes douleurs / Si mes rêves sont tes songes / Si mes larmes sont tes pleurs’), a first version of Reflets du passé was composed in 1847 but has since been lost. This second version from nearly a decade later was published as No 3 of a projected series of twelve ballades entitled Rayons et Ombres. The title page tells us that No 1 is called La Sérénade (which I have been unable to identify) while No 2 is Ricordati. What the other nine pieces were (to have been) must remain a mystery. Reflets du passé is dedicated to someone with the unlikely name of ‘Ratheb Nags’.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2000

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