Appreciating Louis Moreau Gottschalk

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Louis Moreau Gottschalk pictured on an 1864 Publication of The Dying Poet for piano(Photo: Oliver Ditson Company, Boston)
Louis Moreau Gottschalk pictured on an 1864 Publication of The Dying Poet for piano(Photo: Oliver Ditson Company, Boston)

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about the under-appreciated composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk, an American composer and pianist. He was born to a Jewish businessman from London and a Creole mother in New Orleans, where he was exposed to a variety of musical traditions.

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Highlights From This Interview:

Boyce: “One of the first big music stars in terms of performance was Gottschalk, really calling upon the (Caribbean) islands music.”

Albert-George: “And you realize that his stuff was written in 1836, and here we are doing it still, thinking ‘Oh, my. This stuff really cooks.’ They already rocked in 1836; we just didn’t know about it.”

Boyce: “And a lot of people don’t take him as seriously as they should. He really was a musical voice for America.”

Albert-George: ” I agree. He was not primarily a symphonist. (Aaron) Copeland was not really a symphonist, either. It’s in the same level: (their music) was really American, I think.”

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