Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869), the first American pianist and composer to achieve international fame, can truly be described as a musical ambassador. He toured France, Switzerland, Spain, the U.S., Canada, the West Indies and South America. But ironically, although Gottschalk’s compositions and piano virtuosity made a great impact abroad, his work received an unenthusiastic and in some cases hostile reception from the musical establishment in his native country.
Cultural Commentary: Louis Moreau Gottschalk - America's Dashing Musical Ambassador.
Bridgewater Review, 2(1), 26-27.
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