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8ème Ballade, RO16 Op 90
? 1860s; published in Mainz in 1877

'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 5' (CDA67248)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 5
'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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Track 6 on CDA67248 [10'34]
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8ème Ballade, RO16 Op 90
The un-numbered Ballade (RO271) from 1853 can be heard on CD 2 of this series, while the 6ème Ballade, Op 85 (RO14) is contained on CD 1. The RO catalogue does not list a Second, Third, Fourth or even Fifth Ballade, though there is a 7ème Ballade (RO16) mentioned. Ballades 6, 7 and 8 were published posthumously but nothing is known of the circumstances of their composition. The model of Chopin is obvious without the Polish master’s original and inimitable powers of expression: in this Eighth Ballade (E major) the main theme threatens to break into one of the nocturnes; after a brillante passage in which, unusually, Gottschalk (or his editor?) offers the player a cut of twenty bars, there is an episode in the relative minor that resembles a mazurka; this is followed by a chorale-like episode in D flat before an octave restatement of the opening theme.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2001

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