Marche des Gibaros for flute ensemble
Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) was born in New Orleans to a merchant family and it was the singing and dancing of slaves that may have inspired his compositions. His parents allowed him to begin studying in Paris at the age of twelve, where Chopin declared him a “future king of the keyboard” a mere 4 years later.
The Gibaros were farmers who worked the land in the interior of Puerto Rico. Gottschalk lived there for a time and depicts musicians marching towards us playing the traditional melody, “Si me dan pasteles, denmelos calientes.” (If you give me cakes, give me hot ones.)
The music depicts their passing by and gradually disappearing into the distance. Gottschalk uses rhythms that reflect ragtime, though he composed this well before the jazz era. In performance, the tempo might start slowly and gradually liven up before it slows down again and fades away.