This fourth volume brings to wider attention more pieces from the pen of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, the father of American composition. With their unique spontaneity and prophetic use of native syncopated rhythms—anticipating ragtime by some 50 years—these are works of intoxicating effect and great individuality.
This volume contains one of Gottschalk's most familiar titles—Morte!!, the last complete work he performed in public. As he began the next piece, he collapsed and died three weeks later.