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    Polka for 2 recorders

    Dear friends,

    After a number of 'serious' baroque pieces, here's is a little light music.
    It's one of the many short dances that I've found in attics and cellars of local bands with an ancient history. Most of our music societies have their origin in the first half of the 19th century. Their original scores have mostly disappeared, but now and then some merry piece emerges from oblivion and see daylight again. That was the case with this little polka. Unfortunately, I only had the main instrument score (thematic lines), so I had to do some orchestral reconstruction. I arranged it in the tradition of folk dances like the popular ensembles used to improvise in our country at the end of the 19th century.

    Scoring:
    2 soprano recorders and 1 clarinet (Bb)
    6 violins (3 first, 3 second)
    1 double bass (fundamentals and rhythm)

    Enjoy the 'Recorder Polka'!

    Max

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    Re: Polka for 2 recorders

    Ah, that was just perfect on this crisp October day in Maine. Wonderful virtual realization (as always), Max. I'm not usually too fond of polkas, but this was sufficiently un-polka-like that I hardly noticed. Thanks for this delightful little aperitif.

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    Re: Polka for 2 recorders

    Max,

    I liked your Polka for two recorders. Your arrangement was quite nice.

    Some of my earliest musical memories are of polka music that was performed by local folks at the country grange hall who were still speaking a little broken english.

    The music listened to by the local hispanics in my area has polka influences. People call it Mexican country western.



    Phil

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    Re: Polka for 2 recorders

    Hi Michael and Phil,

    First, thank you for listening and commenting.

    I guess there's a difference between polkas in the States and in Europe. The European version originates from Poland in the 18th and 19th century. There are many variations (a slow variation, known as "scottish", a quick variation known as polka and a very rapid variation known as (polka) galop). The Strauss dynasty composed a great number of famous orchestral polkas and galops for the Vienna society, which are regularly being performed by the Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra on New Year's day. The genre remained very popular here until the sixties (20th century). From then on, it lost interest, but the scottish is still regularly danced during wedding feasts. Almost all music societies had a selection of polkas, waltzes in their repertoires and a lot of good composers wrote wonderful examples.
    This one (original name: Polka voor fluiten (Polka for Flutes) is one of the many.

    I'm glad you enjoyed it.
    Max

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    I found myself stomping my feet and laughing out loud. Great,great.It is our luck that you found only the main theme, and YOU had to do the orchestration. Just Max good, Max brilliant.
    By the way, I was following the Chopin piano competition in Varsaw on Medici TV. Since I am crazy about the first and second concertos, and in general about Chopin, and you are so knowlegable about so many things, could you recomend a good biography of Chopin? I simply can not imagine, even given him the genius title, how he actually managed to put this amount of production on paper? Did he sleep at all? Did he gave out some to be written down by others? How much of his hand-written pieces survived? Did he orchestrate himself? These are the questions I wish to have some answers...
    Again, really, thanks for this polka, it just made my day.
    Ted

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedvanya View Post
    I found myself stomping my feet and laughing out loud. Great,great.It is our luck that you found only the main theme, and YOU had to do the orchestration. Just Max good, Max brilliant.
    By the way, I was following the Chopin piano competition in Varsaw on Medici TV. Since I am crazy about the first and second concertos, and in general about Chopin, and you are so knowlegable about so many things, could you recomend a good biography of Chopin? I simply can not imagine, even given him the genius title, how he actually managed to put this amount of production on paper? Did he sleep at all? Did he gave out some to be written down by others? How much of his hand-written pieces survived? Did he orchestrate himself? These are the questions I wish to have some answers...
    Again, really, thanks for this polka, it just made my day.
    Ted
    Thanks Ted,

    I'm glad you liked the little piece and its humor.
    About Chopin, I know a little something about him (I've been a music teacher...), but definitely not enough to inform you about his ways of working. Indeed, he wrote an enormous amount of magnificent music and he used a copyist (Fontana), but not for all his works. As far as I remember, he wrote the manuscripts and realised his orchestrations himself. They seem to be somewhat controversial. Some say they are boring or not original. But these 'some' often forget that his music was designed for other pianos (less powerful) and other orchestras in different concert halls (everything much smaller and weaker). With this in mind, some conductors specialised in romantic music discover quite different things in his orchestrations and far more original than assumed. Just have a look at his 'popular' works (all kinds of dancing tunes elaborated to incredible rich orchestral works). In my eyes, he is never boring, very inspiring in fact.

    Maybe this could give you some more interesting information: http://www.8notes.com/biographies/chopin.asp

    Kindly,
    Max

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