B1653. Octavia Hensel [Mary Alice Ives Seymour]. Life and Letters of Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Boston, Ditson, 1870, First Edition. 213pp. An extraordinary copy for this vintage!
“Having grown up in opera-mad New Orleans in a household in which Creole tunes were probably common currency, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, after finishing school in Paris, gave free rein to his captivating and spontaneous fantasy and melodic charm. As Frederick Starr convincingly shows, his music was brilliant and original. And it leaves, when sympathetically presented, an indelible impression of his genius.”
- Lawrence Gushee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, author OF PIONEERS OF JAZZ: THE STORY OF THE CREOLE BAND