Louis Moreau Gottschalk

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University of Illinois Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 564 pages
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"Innovating American composer, virtuoso pianist, and swashbuckling Romantic hero, Louis Moreau Gottschalk produced immensely popular works combining the French, Hispanic, and African influences of his native New Orleans. Many of his syncopated compositions anticipated ragtime by half a century. S. Frederick Starr's biography, originally published as Bamboula!, is the most extensive chronicle available of Gottschalk's eventful life. Starr examines Gottshalk's music, his frenetic life on the road, his virtuosity as a performer, his effect on his audiences, and the scandals surrounding his romantic dalliances. He also reveals a generous and compassionate man who sponsored a host of young musicians and provided financial support for his many siblings."
 

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Contents

A Death in Rio
3
II
6
Origins
15
Young Gottschalk and Musical Democracy in New Orleans
32
A Creole in Paris
46
Bamboula and the Louisiana Quartet
62
Celebrity
78
The Siege of Spain
97
Ada Clare
244
Souvenir de Porto Rico
257
Nights in the Tropics
272
Havana Twilight
289
The Union 1862
310
The Automaton in Wartime 186265
330
America through Gottschalks Eyes
351
Anatomy of a Scandal
368

Financial Music and Democracy
118
New York Debut
127
Defeat in New England
144
Mr Dwights Crusade
159
An Untimely Visit to Cuba 1854
170
Last Hopes Dying Poets
195
Taking Root in New York 1855
206
The Dodsworths Hall Concerts and the Great NonBattle with Thalgerg
221
Peru and Chile 186566
384
A PanAmerican on the Rio de la Plata 186768
400
Prestissimo del mio Finale
422
Gottschalk through the 125 Years
438
Notes
455
Bibliography
539
Index
557
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