Ballroom polkasAdditional title: New Orleans polka
NamesWebster, F. J (Arranger)Guérard, Eugène Charles François, 1821-1866 (Associated name)Desmaisons, Emilien, 1812-1880 (Associated name)Peters & Field (Publisher)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1846Place: LouisvillePlace: CincinnatiPublisher: Peters & Field
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Pol 2
TopicsDumilâtre, Adèle, 1821-1909Polka (Dance)PolkasPiano music
GenresPrintsSheet music coversScores
NotesStatement of responsibility: by various authors, as danced by the pupils of Monsr. Ernest and other distinguished & fashionable circles.Caption title.Content: On score: The New Orleans polka, as danced by the pupils of Madam Arraline Brooks, arranged for the Piano Forte & dedicated to Miss Mary Trabue, by F.J. Webster.Acquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.Biographical/historical: This print reproduces an image originally published as a hand-colored lithograph by Desmaisons after Guérard in 1844 as part of the series Les annales de l'Opéra. It depicts the ballerina Adèle Dumilatre performing the polka at the Paris Opéra.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 : steel engraving, b&w ; 34 x 28 cm., image 9 x 8 cm. + music score (3 p.)
DescriptionSheet music cover illustration depicting a female dancer in an outdoor setting.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825120324Publisher's music plate number: 944 : W.C. PetersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758954Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 91cf6150-89be-0134-c35d-00505686a51c
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