The royal polka
NamesBrandard, John, 1812-1863 (Attributed name)Jullien, Louis Antoine, 1812-1860 (Composer)W. Sharp & Co (Lithographer)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1840 - 1849 (Approximate)Place: BostonPublisher: Charles Bradlee & Co.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Bra J Roy 1
GenresPrintsSheet music coversScores
NotesStatement of responsibility: composed by Jullien.Caption title.Statement of responsibility: W. Sharp & Co. Lith.On p. 3: Jullien's celebrated polkas. This is the only correct description of Jullien's polka [description of dance movements].Biographical/historical: This print reproduces an image signed on stone by John Brandard, and published in London in the 1840s as the music cover to Jullien's celebrated polkas, No. 2, the Royal Polka. George Chaffee, in the article cited above, suggests that it may represent the ballerinas Fanny Cerrito and Camille.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 DescriptionChromolithographsExtent: 1 print : chromolithograph on tinted ground, color ; 33 x 25 cm. + music score (4 p.)
DescriptionSheet music cover illustration depicting two female dancers in folk costume.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825120820NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758956Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 56ec03c0-ead2-0133-d32d-00505686a51c
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