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Le bananier 'Chanson nègre', RO21 Op 5

? 1848; published in Paris in ? 1850

The Banana Tree, one of the ‘Louisiana trilogy’ which made Gottschalk’s name in Europe, is based on the Creole air ‘En avan’, grenadié’ (a colloquial contraction of ‘En avant, grenadiers’ a well-known popular song) and, though an early success, features the kind of brilliant figurations and hummable melody which characterise so much of his later work. Offenbach, interestingly, transcribed it for cello. The subtitle was inserted, presumably, to enhance its exotic appeal.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1990

Le Bananier, une des pièces de la «trilogie de la Louisiane» qui établit la réputation de Gottschalk en Europe, est basé sur l’air créole «En avan’, grenadié» (air populaire bien connu «En avant, grenadiers»). Bien que ce soit un de ses premiers succès, il comprend le genre d’embellissements brillants et de mélodie facile à fredonner qui caractérisent tant de ses œuvres ultérieures. Il est intéressant de noter qu’Offenbach transcrivit cet air pour violoncelle. On peut supposer que le sous-titre fut ajouté pour accroitre son charme exotique.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 1990
Français: Alain Midoux

Der Bananenbaum, Teil der „Louisiana-Trilogie“, die Gottschalk in Europa einen Namen machte, beruht auf dem kreolischen Lied „En avan’, grenadié“ (eine umgangssprachliche Verkürzung von „En avant, grenadiers“, Titel einer wohlbekannten Volksweise), und obwohl es ein frühes Erfolgsstück ist, weist es die gleichen brillanten Figurationen und die singbare Melodie auf, die einen erheblichen Teil seiner späteren Werke auszeichnen. Es mag interessieren, daß Offenbach es für das Cello transkribiert hat. Der Untertitel wurde vermutlich hinzugefügt, um den exotischen Reiz des Werks hervorzuheben.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 1990
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 1
CDA66459Archive Service
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
CDS44451/8Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only


Track 13 on CDA66459 [2'41] Archive Service
Track 13 on CDS44451/8 CD1 [2'41] Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66459 track 13

Recording date
20 September 1990
Recording venue
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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  1. Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (CDA66459)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: June 1991
    Deletion date: July 2015
    Archive Service
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: October 2011
    Deletion date: January 2021
    Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
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