Grand polka di bravura: pour piano
NamesKuhe, Wilhelm, 1823-1912 (Composer)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1840 - 1849 (Approximate)Place: ViennePublisher: C.A. Spina
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Pol 8
TopicsDancers -- 19th centuryPolkasPiano music
GenresPrintsSheet music coversScores
NotesStatement of responsibility: par Guill[aume] Kuhe.Caption title.Numbering: Pl. no. : P. M. No. 4379. Despite the plate no. for publisher Pietro Mechetti, the cover imprint is for the publisher C.A. Spina.Numbering: Oeuvre 19.At head of title: À son ami F. Schulhoff.Statement of responsibility: Lith. de la Cour Imp. et Rle. de A. Grube, Vienne.Acquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.Biographical/historical: The polka enjoyed enormous popularity both as a dance and a musical form. Although opinions about its origins differ, it is believed to have roots in Poland or Bohemia. It was brought to Prague in 1837 and made its way to Vienna, St. Petersburg, Paris, and London. Capitalizing on its growing popularity as a ballroom dance, Jules Perrot and Carlotta Grisi introduced it to the ballet stage in 1844. In the mid 1800s, it rivalled the waltz as a dance craze. It has survived into the twenty-first century, and until 2009 was included as a category in the Grammy Awards.
Physical DescriptionExtent: 1 print : lithograph, b&w ; 33 x 25 cm. + music score (9 p.)
DescriptionSheet music cover illustration including small images of three dancing couples, the largest pair only about 5 cm. high. Their costumes indicate that they are theatrical dancers, though they are framed by decorative trellises, draperies, and foliage rather than a stage set. Musicians on an elevated stand play behind the central couple. Although the dancers are not dressed in folk costume, their poses may be meant to suggest a theatricalized form of the polka.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825121781NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758990Publisher's music plate number: P. M. No. 4379Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9e45f910-89be-0134-ca83-00505686a51c
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