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Danse ossianique, RO64 Op 12
composer
? 1850; published in Paris in 1851: alternative catalogue number: RO63

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 8 on CDS44451/8 CD6 [3'40] 8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Danse ossianique, RO64 Op 12
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This is a revised and retitled version of Gottschalk’s Op 1, his Polka de salon, composed in 1844 and published in Paris two years later (featured on CD 5 of this series). For notes on Ossian, the ‘legendary Gallic poet’ (in reality, the eighteenth-century Scottish poet James Macpherson), the reader is referred to CD 4 of this series where Gottschalk’s two Ossian Ballades are discussed. Many of Gottschalk’s idiomatic harmonies and figurations are already present, albeit modestly, in the Danse ossianique, a slight but pretty nod to Chopin—the favoured key of A flat, a merry triplet motif, brilliant runs in octaves and repeated-note passages. There is little Caledonian about it and indeed, as noted in CD 5 by Gottschalk’s biographer S Frederick Starr, ‘if the bass line were changed to a habanera rhythm, the piece as a whole would be transformed into a jaunty Caribbean dance’.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2003

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Details for CDS44451/8 disc 6 track 8
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-34908
Duration
3'40
Recording date
30 May 2002
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. 6 (CDA67349)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: January 2003
    Deletion date: October 2014
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44451/8
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 6 Track 8
    Release date: October 2011
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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