Polka

Wikipedia, The polka: Dance in duple time originating in the Czech Republic around 1830. Polka means half step or short quick step.

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking the polka is not antique because you can hear the Beer Barrel Polka at any October fest. Except polka mania hit Europe in the mid 19th century, so most any polka you hear today is over 100 years old. This brings back a childhood memory.

When I was eleven I wanted to play a Chopin polonaise on piano but my hands were too small. A friend suggested I learn Weinberger's Schwanda the Bagpiper Polka which he demonstrated with great gusto. I remember thinking, polkas are not cool. But a few months later I learned it and discovered that not only was it fun and interesting but very difficult because Weinberger loads it up with frequent key changes and chromatic passages. Most polkas are played on accordion with tuba (sometimes by the same musician.) Schwanda is one of a few fully orchestrated polkas. So here is a brand new fully orchestrated polka with key changes and chromatic passages. Hope you enjoy it.

Polka.mp3

Polka.pdf

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  • Really excellent. I certainly feel the dance rhythm in my body.

    Congrats

    Kjell

  • Lots of fun. The opening (first 22 seconds) were especially enjoyable with so much fresh air! Made me think of mountain meadows in the spring. 

  • I didn't time the beginning but 22 seconds seems too long.  I hate long intros and especially long endings.  I went back to Swanda and the intro was 18 seconds, so I'm in the ballpark.  Thanks for listening.
     
    Manfred Goop said:

    Lots of fun. The opening (first 22 seconds) were especially enjoyable with so much fresh air! Made me think of mountain meadows in the spring. 

    Polka
    Wikipedia, The polka: Dance in duple time originating in the Czech Republic around 1830. Polka means half step or short quick step. I know what you'r…
  • I'm not a fan of polkas, but Schwanda is an exception.  This is supposed to be similar.  Thanks for listening.
     
    Kjell Prytz said:

    Really excellent. I certainly feel the dance rhythm in my body.

    Congrats

    Kjell

    Polka
    Wikipedia, The polka: Dance in duple time originating in the Czech Republic around 1830. Polka means half step or short quick step. I know what you'r…
  • I would never characterize a polka as graceful, but an orchestra can sound a little more colorful than an accordion and tuba.  Thanks for listening and commenting.

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