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The original Redowa waltz
W. Endicott & Co. (Lithographer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1840 - 1850 (Questionable)
Place: New York
Publisher: Firth, Pond & Co.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFB Cer F Viv 15
Cerrito, Fanny
Saint-Léon, Arthur, 1821-1870
Vivandière (Choreographic work : Cerrito and Saint-Léon)
Redowa (Dance)
Redowa waltz (Dance)
Sheet music covers
Statement of responsibility: composed and dedicated to Mons. E. Coulon by Jullien.
Content: "As taught by Mr. Barrett of New York, late from England."
Statement of responsibility: C. & W. Endicott Lith. [i.e., G. & W. Endicott Lith.?]
Biographical/historical: The dancers portrayed in this print are said to be Fanny Cerrito and Arthur Saint-Léon, dancing the Redowa from their ballet La vivandière (first performed in 1844).
Biographical/historical: Redowa is the German term for a folk dance of Bohemian origin. Its two parts were known in Czech as the rejdovák (danced at a moderate tempo in 3/4 or 3/8 time) and the rejdovačka (danced at a quicker tempo in 2/4 or 4/8 time). It became popular in Prague in the early 1830s, and spread to other European cities. Most printed examples of its music were published in the 1840s and 1850s. The distinction between the Redowa waltz or valse and the Redowa polka may reflect the different meters of the original two-part dance. The dance performed in La vivandière is usually identified as the Redowa polka.
Physical Description
Extent: 37 x 27 cm., line border 33 x 23 cm.
Sheet music cover illustration depicting a dancing couple in Slavic folk costume.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19606977
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 482605c0-14d4-0131-98fe-58d385a7b928
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1840: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The original Redowa waltz" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1840 - 1850. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/67a24ba0-3388-0131-419d-58d385a7bbd0

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The original Redowa waltz" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 23, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/67a24ba0-3388-0131-419d-58d385a7bbd0

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1840 - 1850). The original Redowa waltz Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/67a24ba0-3388-0131-419d-58d385a7bbd0

Wikipedia Citation

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The original Redowa waltz