Spectacular job on these quirkily original
Gottschalk gems, Bill! Thoroughly convincing,
and beautifully rendered.
Especially enjoyed Le Banjo... loved it!
I don’t know Gottschalk. His treatment of the patriotic songs remind me a little of Alkan while “The Banjo” and the Gallop are a very romantic proto-ragtime with a few hints (in the banjo) of what Copland might be doing almost a hundred years later. Interesting music and well rendered.
Trent P. McDonald
That was a rousing bit of Americana! I enjoyed each piece, although the patriotic themes and the banjo are pretty hard to resist. I will look up Gottschalk, he's got to be an interesting story. Great job on these, and a great looking presentation too! Regards, John
I'd never come across Gottschalk before either. Thanks for introducing him to me! These would make great encore pieces.
Your rendering shows off the power of the Steinway magnificently.
Thanks for sharing these
Le Banjo is very quirky, lol. Of the three, it was the most fun and the biggest challenge. That melody at the end is driving me crazy. I know I've heard it somewhere else but I can't place it. My better half thinks it might be a Northern Cavalry song.Especially enjoyed Le Banjo... loved it!
Hi, I listened to these again today after reading a few bios about Gottschalk. He certainly was a virtuoso! And if you're playing these in, you must be one as well. The melody I hear at the end of Le Banjo is Stephen
Foster's "Camptown Races" or something very similar.
Again Bill, you sure did a bang up job on these! John
Ya gotta love these Gottschalk pieces the way you
rendered them. The Steinway sounded marvelous and
the character of the pieces makes anyone happy and,
at the same time, in awe of such virtuosity.
BRAVO again for some really fine music, Bill.
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