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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (June 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691127166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691127163
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Exactly what it took to become a musical superstar in the mid-19th century is vividly documented in Notes of a Pianist, Gottschalk's charming and fascinating diaries, which are now back in print for the first time in decades. . . . Notes of a Pianist is informative, above all, as a document of our cultural adolescence, a time when Americans knew the were supposed to want good music, but weren't quite sure how to enjoy it."--Adam Kirsch, New York Sun



"First published in 1881, this work is an invaluable first-hand look at the music and culture of the 19th century."--H.J. Kirchhoff, Toronto Globe and Mail



"As well as a pianist and composer, Gottschalk was a superb writer of prose. . . . Notes of a Pianist is a work of the highest importance, the first book of permanent interest by an American artist who was not a fulltime author and matchlessly vivid document of American musical life during the Civil War."--Terry Teachout, Commentary



"Louis Moreau Gottschalk had something resembling rock-star status in 19th-century America, but the pianist-composer's most important contribution might not be musical; rather, it might be his tumultuous, trenchant, Zelig-like diary. . . . His perspective is singularly significant."--David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By R. Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 23, 2006
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Louis Moreau Gottschalk was sometimes called the American Chopin, or the Chopin of the Creoles. He wasn't. His music, mostly piano pieces, is by turns jovial, stormy, sentimental, or lachrymose, and is a surprising blend of European, African-American, and Latin music, with plenty of quotations from American national ballads thrown in. It isn't superficial, but its appeal is frank and obvious, which is perhaps why he isn't heard often these days. If his works are absent from concert performances now, they can easily be found in recordings, and they are worth listening to. His pieces were enormously popular at the time around the Civil War. People bought his sheet music if they could not hear him. To hear him, they often did not have to go far out of their way, because Gottschalk traveled all over to give solo concerts or to organize concerts by others (sometimes Monster Concerts of 650 musicians). He was wildly popular, mostly because he worked hard to be, but he caught on as a matinee idol. It would be wonderful to hear him play; even those who objected to his compositions were amazed by his proficiency at the piano, and caricatures of him playing show hundreds of fingers flying over the keys. We can't hear him play, but we can read what he had to say about playing and about the life of a nineteenth century musical superstar in his collection of notes, diary entries, and articles that was first published eleven years after his death in 1869 and is now back in print. _Notes of a Pianist: The Chronicles of a New Orleans Music Legend_ (Princeton University Press) is a delightful book. Gottschalk was masterful with words as well as with musical notes.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Illinois girl on March 12, 2010
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This is a great account of what it was like to be the first concert pianist in America. Since Gottschalk was performing during the Civil War and his comments and commentary on life as it was then are priceless. He is truly an American original. More people should take the time to discover this lost piece of Americana.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Woody on September 13, 2009
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This is a great book! Gottschalk was a truly gifted individual and ahead of his time in many ways. It is so nice that he kept a journal and it is also wonderful that this material has been published. This is very good reading and will appeal to many different tastes.
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By Chelsea McCamon on April 6, 2014
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I received this book in a fantastic amount of time, it was brand new, and completely worth the buy!

Since I ordered it for a research project paper, it was perfect, I have Moreaus' personal notes.
Even after I finish the report, I am going to continue to read this book!

Great buy!
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