Red coat polka
NamesPease, Harry E (Engraver)Warren, George William, 1828-1902 (Composer)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1858Place: Albany, N.YPublisher: J.H. Hidley
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Pea H Red 1
TopicsBallroom dancing -- United States -- 19th centuryPolka (Dance)Piano musicPolkas
GenresPrintsSheet music coversScores
NotesStatement of responsibility: composed for the piano and dedicated to the Albany Burgesses Corps by George William Warren ; engraved & printed in colours by Harry E. Pease.Caption title.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.Biographical/historical: Harry E. Pease and Richard H. Pease were printmakers and proprietors of the Pease Great Variety Store in Albany, New York. They are credited with printing the first Christmas card in the United States in 1851.
Physical DescriptionChromolithographsExtent: 1 print : 35 x 28 cm. + music score (5 p.)
DescriptionSheet music cover illustration depicting a ball in a grand ballroom hung with red, white, and blue bunting. The women wear ballgowns and jewels; some of the men wear military uniforms, while others are dressed in evening attire. At center, a uniformed man and a woman join hands, apparently to commence the dance.
Type of ResourceStill imageNotated music
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825075851NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758250Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6f8729f0-89be-0134-6314-00505686a51c
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