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by S. Frederick Starr

Author: S. Frederick Starr
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 5, 1995)
Pages: 608 pages
Category: Biographies
Rating: 4.1
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Louis Moreau Gottschalk was an American original. I got a copy of Bamboula after getting to know some of the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk was an American original. A spellbinding piano virtuoso, he was America's first internationally recognized composer. This is because there is so much information packed into each page of the book that it turns into an itinerary rather than a biography. S. Frederick Starr begins his book at the send, literally, with Gottschalk's death. He proceeds with excellent chapters on Gottschalk's family origins and the musical world of New Orleans.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk, born in New Orleans in 1829, remains a controversial figure in American music.

The life and times of Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Oxford, NY, pp. 22 et seq. ^ "Notes of a Pianist". Bamboula by Abel Beauregard's Orchestre Créole Matou is included on Biguine, Anthologie de la tradition musicale antillaise (1930-1954) Volume 4 (Frémeaux et Associés). The first classical piano recording of Bamboula (Danse Des Nègres) can be found on the Slavery in America 1914-1972 set with booklet notes by musicologist Bruno Blum. A spellbinding piano virtuoso, he was America's first internationally recognized composer, whose "classical" works received accolades from Hector Berlioz and Victor Hugo, and whose arch-romantic melodies became for Americans the standardexpressions of common emotions.

The Life and Times of Louis Moreau Gottschalk (Oxford University Press, 1995) and include chapters of the book . The S. Frederick Starr Papers were donated to the Music Division by Mr. Frederick Starr in December of 1995. Processing Information

Administrative Information. Processing Information. The collection was processed and cataloged in 2007. Frederick Starr Papers. Frederick Starr (b. March 24, 1940; his first name, seldom used, is Stephen) is an American academic specializing in international relations, and is also a noted musician.

In 1869, when 40-year-old composer and piano virtuoso Louis Moreau Gottschalk died in Rio de Janeiro, South America .

In 1869, when 40-year-old composer and piano virtuoso Louis Moreau Gottschalk died in Rio de Janeiro, South America and much of Europe went into mourning. In his native United States, newspaper retrospectives portrayed his career as a descent from genius into triviality and scandal.

One doesn't have to read far into S. Frederic Starr's biography of Louis Moreau Gottschalk to learn three things.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk was an American original. A spellbinding piano virtuoso, he was America's first internationally recognized composer, whose "classical" works received accolades from Hector Berlioz and Victor Hugo, and whose arch-romantic melodies became for Americans the standard expressions of common emotions. Perhaps most important, his immensely popular Louisiana and Caribbean pieces--such as Danza, Pasquinade, or Bamboula--anticipated ragtime by fifty years. Indeed, the colorful and exotic textures of Gottschalk's music establish him at the head of what is today the mainstream of popular American culture. In Bamboula!, S. Frederick Starr presents an authoritatively researched, engagingly written biography of America's first authentic musical voice. Starr paints for us a striking portrait of Gottschalk's childhood in 1830s New Orleans, a city madly devoted to music, where opera companies, music halls, fiddlers and banjo-pickers, church choirs, and Army bands all contributed to what Starr calls "the most stunning manifestation of Jacksonian democracy in the realm of culture to be found anywhere in America." We meet Gottschalk's African-American nurse Sally, who regaled him with the creole songs, legends, and lore of her native Haiti, which would inform some of his finest music. We travel with Gottschalk to Paris, where he was a sensation, playing in fashionable salons for the likes of Lamartine, Gautier, and Dumas; and we join his flight from the Revolution of 1848 to a town north of Paris, where he composed his first great works--Bamboula, La Savane, Le Bananier, and Le Mancenillier--all published over the name "Gottschalk of Louisiana." Starr describes Gottschalk's successful return to New York City in the early 1850s, where he enjoyed a degree of popularity never before accorded to an American performer or composer, becoming our first homegrown concert idol. But Starr also examines the life-long struggle between the Catholic Gottschalk and earnest Protestant champions of "serious" music, a battle that pitted the austere values of northern Europe against the brighter sensibilities of Paris, Louisiana, and the West Indies. Based on extensive research, including hundreds of letters written by Gottschalk (in French, Spanish, and English) which are used here for the first time, Bamboula! illuminates an exotic but tragic life, as well as one of the most democratic phases of American cultural life, a world of bustling impresarios and America's first bohemian circle. A major biography in every sense, it will help reestablish Gottschalk's place in American musical history.