He is considered to have been one of the greatest composers of distinctively American music. This is mainly seen in some of his major compositions such as String Quartet in F Major. This song he later rebranded as American Quartet since it is influenced by American music. This song adapted the Native American songs and dances that Dvorak saw during 1893 summer. The String Quintet in Et-Flat also more likely used the Native American tune he heart while on tour in Spillville, Iowa (Burgess and University of North Texas 22).
Louis M. Gottschalk
Louis M. Gottschalk was born in 1829 in New Orleans, la, in the United States of America and later died in 1869 in Brazil. He is one of the most celebrated composer and pianist in America’s history. He began his music career at a tender age when introduced to the music of New Orleans Latin American and Caribbean population (World Book, Inc 2). After completing his music study in France, he quickly became popular across Europe as a composer of exotic piano music and piano virtuoso. After returning to US in 1853, he took part in several tours of US, South America and West Indies. He composed many symphonies and operas and is known for more than 200 pieces of piano works. Among then are, Le Bananier, La Bemboula, The Dying Poet, Le banjo and L’union among others. He was the first pianist in America to achieve an international recognition and also the first to compose and employ Creole folk rhythms and themes. In most of his compositions, he brought in many aspects of native America. This is evident in his composition such as in Le Banjo (World Book, Inc 8).
In conclusion, in my opinion, incorporating folk music in a song does not necessarily equal national composition. These are the elements common in compositions of Louis M. Gottschalk and Antonin Dvorak. Therefore, Charles Edward Ives deserves the MOST credit for writing distinctly American sound.
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