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

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Danse ossianique, RO64 Op 12
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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