I hope that you are enjoying or looking forward to your Summer Holiday.
Anne has uploaded two new arrangements to Music Scores this week.
The first one an ensemble of Ponchielli’s: Dance of The Hours Daytime:
Flute, Oboe, 3 Clarinets, Bassoon, Trumpet, 2 Violins, Viola and Cello
This adds to a number of arrangements added recently. Please click here to view them.
The second arrangement is by
Louis Moreau Gottschalk: O ma charmante, epargnez moi:
Louis Moreau Gottschalk was an American composer and pianist, who spent most of his time outside of US spending time living in South America and the Caribbean.
Traditionally Gottschalk is remembered as a virtuoso and composer of popular (sentimental) music. However many say there was more to him than being a sentimentalist – As one of his biographers has put it, Gottschalk was “both an arch-romantic and a rationalist, a sentimentalist and a pragmatist, at once America´s first regionalist composer, its first multiculturalist, and its first true nationalist.”
Despite being a true American patriot he was quite outspoken with his views on slavery and the Civil War.
His works were very popular during his lifetime, but unfortunately many were either destroyed or lost after his death in 1869. His compositions included Bamboula, La Savane, Le Bananier and Le Mancenillier and Grand Tantelle, Uniting Creole and Latin American dance. The Bamboula theme was used as a melody in his Symphony No.1: A Night in the Tropics.
He had 6 brothers and 5 sisters and was born of a Jewish businessman from London and Creole mother. He later moved in with relatives which included his maternal grandmother and nurse both from Haiti – which influenced his music. He played the piano from an early age.
His father recognised his talent and realising a need for classical training took him to France, but the Paris Conservatoire rejected him before even listening him based on his nationality!! Fortunately through contacts he managed to gain access.
After a concert at the Salle Pleyel, Paris Frédéric Chopin remarked: “Give me your hand, my child; I predict that you will become the king of pianists.” Franz Liszt and Charles-Valentin Alkan, too, recognised Gottschalk’s extreme talent.
He travelled extensively and by the 1860’s he was one of the best known pianists in the world. Despite being very busy he took on a few students, one of which lead to his being forced to leave the US due to a scandalous affair.
During one of his many concerts in South America, this time in Brazil he collapsed from Yellow Fever after he had finished playing his romantic piece Morte! He never recovered and died 3 weeks later aged 40, probably from an overdose of quinine.