La belle savoyarde polka: arrangée pour le piano forte [one piano] et dediée aux demoiselles Dora A. Mumford et Clara S. Jackson
NamesBlessner, Gustav, 1808-1888 (Composer)J.H. Bufford's Lith (Printer of plates)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1847Place: New YorkPublisher: Charles Holt Jr.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Bel 1
TopicsPiano musicPolkasPolka (Dance)
GenresPrintsSheet music coversScores
NotesStatement of responsibility: par Gustave Blessner.Caption title.Statement of responsibility: J.H. Bufford's Lith., Boston.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 DescriptionLithographsExtent: 1 print : lithograph on tinted ground, hand-colored ; 33 x 25 cm. + music score (3 p.)
DescriptionSheet music cover illustration depicting a woman and a man in ethnic costume, dancing in an interior furnished with a chandelier, tasseled draperies, and tall freestanding lamps. They face front, joining hands; her left foot and his right leg are raised in a dance movement.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825067827NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758184Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4a5e5300-ada1-0133-9815-00505686a51c
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