Gottschalk, Louis Moreau. (1829–1869)
Carte de visite photograph of the important American composer and virtuoso pianist. He is shown standing next to a small table in a portrait by Silsbee, Case & Co. of Boston. His name and the number 22 are penned at the foot of the image in an unknown hand. Fine. 2.5 x 4 inches (6.1 x 10.1 cm).
Gottschalk was one of the first figures in American music to attain an international reputation. His colorful keyboard works, often inspired by the Creole music he heard in his Louisiana childhood, pioneered the use of ethnic source materials in American ‘classical’ music.