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Danse des sylphes 'Caprice de concert', RO65 Op 86
composer
Op 31
arranger
? 1850/3; published in Mainz in 1877; after Godefroid; ed. N R Espadero as Op 86

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'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 6' (CDA67349)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 6
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'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
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Danse des sylphes 'Caprice de concert', RO65 Op 86
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The exact date of this brilliant and taxing piece is uncertain—either Paris 1850 or, more likely, New York 1855. In either case, Gottschalk never wrote it down and left it to his friend Espadero to issue the work posthumously in his own edition. Gottschalk was evidently taken by the music of the Belgian harpist Dieudonné Joseph Guillaume Félix Godefroid (1818–1897, whose brother Jules Joseph, 1811–1840, was also a noted harp player). Not only did he transcribe this popular harp solo (Danse des sylphes is Godefroid’s Op 31) but also Le Rêve (now lost), Godefroid’s Étude mélodique, Op 23, and La mélancolie, étude caractéristique, Op 24 (Gottschalk’s version appears as 167 in the RO catalogue, published in 1848 as ‘after F Godefroid’). The Caprice (in A flat) is a compendium of favourite Gottschalkian devices—scintillating runs at the top of the keyboard, passages for alternating hands, rapid repeated-note sections—a score to which Espadero adds liberal dashings of veloce e deciso and con impeto.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2003

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Details for CDS44451/8 disc 6 track 10
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-34910
Duration
8'58
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 10
    Release date: January 2003
    Last few CD copies remaining
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 6 Track 10
    Release date: October 2011
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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