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Louis Moreau Gottschalk
(1829 - 1869)
||Born 8 May in New Orleans, Louisiana|
||Debut at the new St. Charles Hotel, as "young X, a Creole"|
||Left to study piano and composition in Paris; while there he meets Chopin, Offenbach, Berlioz and Meyerbeer, and strikes up a friendship with Georges Bizet and Camille Saint-SaŽns|
||Returns to America|
||Travels to the West Indies, stays for three years|
||Returns to the States, possibly because of the outbreak of the Civil War; supports Union and frees the three slaves he owned|
||A scandal with a young female student drives him into exile in South America (his name was later cleared)|
||Dies 18 December, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|