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Vive la polka: quadrille brillant, sur les motifs des polkas nationales
Coindre, Victor, fl. 1838-1860 (Artist)
Schubert, Camille, 1810-1889 (Composer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1840 - 1849 (Approximate)
Place: Paris
Publisher: Prilipp
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Coi V Viv 1
Polka (Dance)
Ballroom dancing -- 19th century
Piano music
Sheet music covers
Statement of responsibility: composé pour la piano avec accompt. ad lib. par Camille Schubert ; [illustration signed on stone] Victor Coindre.
Caption title.
Numbering: Pl. no. : C. 623 P.
At upper right: à Madame Arnould de Nancy.
Statement of responsibility: Lith. Huard.
Source note: Op. 74.
Content: Score contains sections titled: La Carlota, La hongroise, Anna polka, Les plaisirs de Prague, Polka favorite de Baden-Baden.
Acquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.
Biographical/historical: Since the 1830s, the polka has 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 ; 25 x 34 cm. + music score (5 p.)
Sheet music cover illustration in two sections: at left, a couple in nineteenth-century ballroom dancing attire; at right, a couple in Polish folk costume.
Type of Resource
Still image
Notated music
RLIN/OCLC: 825075540
Publisher-assigned music number: C. 623 P. : Prilipp
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758248
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d0658380-ead2-0133-3b7d-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1838: Creator Born
  • 1840: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1860: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Vive la polka" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1840 - 1849.

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Vive la polka