Gottschalk, Louis F(erdinand)
- Warren M. Sherk
(b St. Louis, MO, Oct 7, 1869; d Los Angeles, CA, July 15, 1934). American Composer and conductor. Shortly after Gottschalk’s birth, his father was elected governor of Missouri. After graduating from high school in St. Louis in 1885, he studied composition with Heinrich Urban and conducting with Gustav Kogel in Berlin. In 1891, based in Los Angeles, he wrote a comic opera, Yorktown. By 1896 he was musical director at the Los Angeles Theater, conducting The Pirates of Penzance and other comic operas. A recital of his music compositions took place in Los Angeles in 1897. Between 1899 and 1912 in New York he was music director for more than a dozen Broadway musical comedies, revues, and operettas, many by Victor Herbert. He was the music director for the American premiere of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow in 1907. By 1913 he was back in Los Angeles for the premiere of ...