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Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Louis Moreau Gottschalk (arr. Di Scala)

This work bears the designation Op. posth. 67.

General Info

Year: 1858 / 2015
Duration: 8:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript

Cost: Score and Parts - contact Nick Di Scala,


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (2 on a part)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef)
Double Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Timpani
  • Xylophone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Piatti
  • Castanets
  • Guiro
  • Maracas
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Whip


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This popular, nonstop whirlwind appeared first in 1858 in a version for violin and piano, then later in arrangements for piano solo, piano duet, piano trio (with violin and cello), and piano quintet (keyboard with string quartet). A year before his death in 1869, Gottschalk was planning a version for piano and orchestra to be presented as a musical gift to Princess Margherita of Italy.

The premiere of the piano-orchestra version did not take place until 24 November 1869, with the composer as soloist. Ironically, the score itself was lost after Gottschalk's death, just three weeks after the first performance. (The work in this form waited almost a century for its resurrection in the form of a reconstructed orchestration by Hershey Kay.)

- Excerpted Program Note from La Jota Aragonesa and Other Favorites for Piano Four Hands

This present arrangement combines the solo piano and accompaniment components.

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Troy Davis, conductor) – 20 July 2014

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Excerpted Program Note by Joseph Banowetz, (2002). La Jota Aragonesa and Other Favorites for Piano Four Hands. Dover Publications, Inc.: New York/