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Gottschalk, Louis Moreau

Born: 1829 AD
Died: 1869 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Composers

1829 – Born of a Jewish businessman from London and a white Creole Haitian in New Orleans on the 8th of May.

1840 – He gave his informal public debut at the new St. Charles Hotel.

1853 – His return to the United States, Gottschalk travelled extensively.

1860 – Gottschalk had established himself as the foremost pianist in the New World.

1865 – He was forced to leave the United States as the result of what was regarded as a scandalous affair with a student at the Oakland Female Seminary.

1869 – During one of these concerts, in Rio de Janeiro onthe 24th of November, he collapsed, the result of a burst appendix. Much was made of the fact that, just before his collapse, he had finished playing his romantic piece Morte.

         – Gottschalk never recovered from the collapse and three weeks later, on the 18th of December, died at his hotel in Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.