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Northwest Missouri State University

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Jan. 25, 2011

Got Gottschalk? Northwest professor releases CD dedicated to pianist-composer

Got Gottschalk?

The cover of a new CD, "Got Gottschalk?" featuring pianist and Northwest Associate Professor of Music Dr. Anthony Olson.

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University Associate Professor of Music Dr. Anthony Olson pays tribute to 19th century American pianist and composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk on a CD released today, titled "Got Gottschalk?"

The disc of Gottschalk's piano music performed by Olson is available on Hestia Classical Records. It can be purchased online at CDbaby, and iTunes or by contacting Olson at

"Louis Moreau Gottschalk was perhaps the most truly American musician of the 19th century," Olson said. "His syncopated rhythms and jagged melody lines foreshadow the coming of ragtime and jazz, styles of American music that developed decades after his death."

In his music, Gottschalk frequently quotes popular folk tunes, as seen in his "Union Fantasy." The unique piece, written at the height of the American Civil War, quotes the "The Star-Spangled Banner," "Hail to the Chief" and "Yankee Doodle."

Olson has researched and performed works by Gottschalk for several years and the recording is a culmination of his work. The project was supported by a Research Assistance Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at Northwest.

See Olson playing Gottschalk's "Variations on the Carnival of Venice" during a recent concert:

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468