Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Louis Moreau Gottschalk

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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."show more

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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 152.7 x 235 x 33mm | 945.53g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated
  • 0252068769
  • 9780252068768

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"At last! Thanks to S. Frederick Starr, we now have a well-researched biography of the fabulous Louis Moreau Gottschalk, America's first great pianist, first classical music matinee idol, and first nationalistic composer. Mr. Starr brings the man and his period vividly to life." -- Harold C. Schonberg, former senior music critic of the New York Times "[Starr] offers the broadest picture yet of one of the most important nineteenth-century musicians, American or otherwise. Having scrupulously sifted through the extravagant and hazy Gottschalk mythology, Starr has written an engrossing, well-documented, and generously illustrated book." -- Choice "In this magesterial biography, Starr ... makes an eloquent case for Gottschalk as the first great musical democrat, a man who might well have changed the course of American music had he lived longer." -- Publishers Weeklyshow more

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