Gottschalk, Louis Moreau. (1829–1869)

"La Moissonneuse"

Mayence: Chez les fils B. Schott. 4to.  8 pp.  Lithograph cover, music engraved throughout.  [PN] 10768.  Disbound from larger volume with resultant knicks and holes along left edge. Seller's stamp visible to lower edge of cover, "Schuberth & Co. Music Depot / 257 / Broadway New York."  Else, in fine condition.  10 x 12.75 inches (25.4 x 32.38 cm.).

"Having wowed his sophisticated Parisian audiences with three Creole-inspired pieces, the nineteen-year-old Gottschalk set about producing some polished nods to Chopin before turning to the French countryside for inspiration.  La Moissonneuse (‘The Reaper’) and La Glaneuse (‘The Gleaner’, now lost) reflected subjects that were popular with the French romantic painters of the time.  Gottschalk’s reaper is a playful Parisian, rather than a Pole, the mazurka peppered with scherzando, scintillante and brillante directions. It was one of three Gottschalk works which Bizet played as a child prodigy pianist...La Moissonneuse was one of the pieces that Gottschalk included in his triumphant New York debut in February 1853." (Hyperion Records) (19709)

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