Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Louis Moreau Gottschalk was born in New Orleans, La., May 8, 1829.
When twelve years old he went to Paris, where he studied under Halle and Maleden and acquired mastery of the pianoforte. Gottschalk then began to turn his musical ability to practical account. He toured Europe (1845-52) with remarkable success, and in 1853 returned to the United States, where he met with even greater triumphs, which were repeated in Cuba and South America. His compositions, of which he left a great variety, have in many instances originality and charm. Of his pianoforte pieces, numbering about ninety, a few favorites constitute his chief title to remembrance as a composer.
He died near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 18, 1869.