Lecture: Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Portrait of a Pan-American Musician

November 14, 2019 | Chapel Art Center

The Chapel Art Center welcomes Dr. Laura Pruett, Associate Professor of Music at Merrimack College, who will present an illustrated lecture on American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Born in New Orleans in 1829, Louis Moreau Gottschalk quickly rose to fame as a virtuoso composer-pianist of the nineteenth century, drawing comparisons to Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin. After training and touring in Europe, he made his American debut in New York in 1853, going on to tour not only in the United States but also in Canada and Latin America until his untimely death in 1869. Taken as a whole, his oeuvre signifies a bold and singular vision celebrating the musical language of the Americas writ large. In works like Bamboula and Souvenir de Porto Rico, Gottschalk combined the European virtuoso tradition with syncopated rhythms and photo-ragtime harmonies, foreshadowing the innovations of jazz a half century later.

This event is presented as part of the Fine Arts Series, a collaboration between the Chapel Art Center and the Fine Arts Department at Saint Anselm College.

Reception to follow.

November 14, 2019 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM