May 8, 1829, New Orleans, Louisiana.
December 18, 1869, Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Originally in São João Batista Cemetery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; reinterred in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.
Son of an English father and French mother, and grandson of a governor of Santo Domingo, Gottschalk studied in Paris under Charles Hallé, Camille Stamaty and Maleden. He began his musical career with tours in France, Savoy, Switzerland, Spain (1852), and America. He wrote two operas, Charles IX, and Isaura de Salerno, which were never performed; the symphonies La Nuit des Tropiques & Montevideo; Escenas Campestres Cubanas, a grand march dedicated to the Emperor of Brazil; & Gran Tarantella.