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Caprice élégiaque, RO38 Op 56
composer
? 1868/9; published in Mainz in 1870

Recordings
'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 6' (CDA67349)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 6
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'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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Track 5 on CDA67349 [5'00] Archive Service; also available on CDS44451/8
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Caprice élégiaque, RO38 Op 56
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Another San Isidro work which, like the , Op 54, eschews any folk idioms, is in 34 time and reverts to Gottschalk’s Chopinesque salon style. A derivative mazurka in B minor opens and closes the work (its semiquaver runs are printed with a simple chordal ossia above them) while the central section in B major with its bass melody is marked fiero. sonoro. [sic] and martellato.

It is a pleasant enough trifle but makes one regret more interesting-sounding works from this same period that are now lost—several Lieder, variations on Gottlieb Reissiger’s La Dernière Pensée, a Mouvement perpétuel, a Ballade and, saddest of all, a Septet for piano and strings.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2003

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