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Rayons d'azur 'Polka de salon', RO220 Op 77
1855; published in Boston in 1873; alternative title: Shade of evening

'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 11 on CDA67248 [3'35]
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Rayons d'azur 'Polka de salon', RO220 Op 77
Another Gottschalk polka—but with a difference. This one is in six sharps (its central section has five) and needs a bravura technique to bring off, peppered with leggiero repeated notes and requests for a brillante and scintillante touch, hardly reflective of its sub-title ‘Shades of evening’. Unmistakably by Gottschalk, it was first heard at the fifth of the composer’s Dodsworth’s Hall, New York recitals in February 1854 and published posthumously.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2001

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