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Grand polka di bravura: pour piano
Kuhe, Wilhelm, 1823-1912 (Composer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1840 - 1849 (Approximate)
Place: Vienne
Publisher: C.A. Spina
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Pol 8
Dancers -- 19th century
Piano music
Sheet music covers
Statement 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 Description
Extent: 1 print : lithograph, b&w ; 33 x 25 cm. + music score (9 p.)
Sheet 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 Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825121781
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758990
Publisher's music plate number: P. M. No. 4379
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9e45f910-89be-0134-ca83-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1823: Creator Born
  • 1840: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1912: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Grand polka di bravura" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1840 - 1849.

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Grand polka di bravura