Soupirs des fleurs polka and the Camellia polka mazurkaAdditional title: Soupir des fleursAdditional title: La camellia
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1840 - 1849 (Approximate)Place: LondonPublisher: Musical Bouquet
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Sou 1
TopicsBallroom dancing -- 19th centuryPolkasPolka-mazurkas
GenresPrintsSheet music coversScores
NotesCaption title.Statement of responsibility: The cover and score for Soupirs des fleurs polka (p. 2-3) identify the composer as Strauss.Statement of responsibility: The score for The camellia polka mazurka (p. ) identifies the composer as Julie Masson.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.Biographical/historical: The polka-mazurka, a ballroom dance that first became popular in the 1840s, consisted of polka steps danced to the 3/4 time of the mazurka.
Physical DescriptionExtent: 1 print : lithograph?, b&w ; 34 x 26 cm. + music score (3 p.)
DescriptionSheet music cover illustration depicting an elegant ballroom filled with well-dressed ladies and gentlemen. In the middle distance, a few couples are dancing. The illustration is surrounded on three sides by a decorative frame, the top portion of which contains two small figures of female ballet dancers, one of whom wears wings similar to those of Marie Taglioni's Sylphide. A dancing couple, possibly in Spanish folk costume, is depicted at center.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825120921NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758959Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2effdcb0-b0d2-0133-5f18-00505686a51c
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