The Dying Poet (Meditation)
Gottschalk wrote on November 1st 1864, 'I am composing five new pieces....', one of which was the almost embarrassingly sentimental work, The Dying Poet for piano. This struck a special note with the American public of the day, becoming one of the most popular pieces of the Civil War era, so much so that for a period of about five years, this was the most performed piece of classical music in the USA. It works very well as a flute solo, too.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).