The Company

Great Galloping Gottschalk

Great Galloping Gottschnlk was commissioned by American Ballet Theater in 1982. It was inspired by the piano pieces of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a composer of Jewish  and  Creole  descent.  Gottschalk toured extensively in South America, and he traveled by train across the United States with his piano in tow during the Civil War, entertaining in both the North and  the South. Gottschalk was dark, handsome, and charismatic, not unlike a rock star of today. Smitten young women bought his sheet music and fought to sit in the front  row of his concerts, and it is reported  they often swooned  and had to be carried out.