Beautiful Piano Music: Grande Tarantelle by Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Beautiful piano music by Louis Moreau GottschalkBeautiful piano music, do you enjoy the sound of this familiar RHYTHM instrument?  

Yes, the piano is a percussion instrument, played with tiny hammers (although they are hidden like elves within its respectable wooden body.)

Perhaps you will like this beautiful piano music piece, the Grande Tarantelle, not popularly known, written and performed here by American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk (May 8, 1829 – December 18, 1869) lived only 40 years.  Gottschalk was the son of a Jewish businessman from London and a Creole mother in New Orleans, where he heard a number of musical traditions.

Did you hear the beautiful ragtime piano in there?  I sure do!

If you liked this version, by Louis Gottschalk himself, give a listen to the full orchestra version which includes the beautiful piano music of the original, augmented by counter melodies.

Nadia Weintraub plays Gottschalk’s Grand Tarantella

(I would have embedded this video but it was not allowed by YouTube.  Still, it’s beautiful piano music by a talented performer with incredible arms and talent)

More about the composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk:

At age 13, Gottschalk left the United States and sailed to Europe, where he and his father attempted to enroll him in classical training at the Paris Conservatoire.  He was rejected  without hearing him because he was an American.  Pierre Zimmermann, head of the piano faculty, commented that “America is a country of steam engines.”

Like the little engine that could, Gottschalk didn’t give up.  He eventually gained access to the musical establishment and had a career travelling and playing, mostly outside the United States.

A supporter of the Union cause during the American Civil War, Gottschalk always introduced himself as a New Orleans native.

At the age of 40, he died at the age of 40 in Rio de Janeiro, probably from an overdose of quinine.  Quinine is used to treat malaria, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.

Here’s another version that’s beautiful piano music syncopated with an orchestra.  Start at 1:30 to get right to the piano part.

Photo and article facts from Wikipedia.

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