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Soiree Polka



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Composed by Stephen C. Foster 1826-1864
and John van Buskirk this composition was
published in 1850.
Origins of the Polka can be traced to a Czech peasant dance, developed in Eastern Bohemia (now part of Czechoslovakia). Bohemian historians believe that the polka was invented by a peasant girl (Anna Slezak, in Labska Tynice in 1834) one Sunday for her amusement. It was composed to a folk song "Strycek Nimra Koupil Simla (Uncle Nimra brought a white horse)." Anna called the step "Madera" because of its quickness and liveliness.
In this music we have a strong European sound with some touches of Americana.
Originally for 2 pianos.
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thetiler said 4284 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
Love it M O
It feels like I can almost see an incredible 1850 type dance scene here with your wonderful arrangement and I do mean wonderful.

You provide in my opinion some of the very best most uplifting music I've heard here. Probably said that before but hearing this I wanna say this again.

You obtain such magnificent time period music it is amazing. So full sounding and orchestral in a grand way. Plus the time period images, are so appropriate.

To me one of the most exciting things this has provided is amazing talent like you. How privileged we are to have this here. Especially in a world that doesn't seem to want to go back in music history and grab a hold of what people enjoyed in those precious times. It helps bring back their joy, there hopes and dreams.

Plus polkas are some of my favorite rhythms and uplifting dances!. Because as a kid of about 11 I went to a barn dance on a regular basis and saw and heard the job of polkas.

Way to go MO!

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thetiler said 4284 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
Sorry, I meant JOY!!!!
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Bowman said 4284 days ago (August 28th, 2007)
Your orchestration...
and tempos are perfect. I could almost feel a breeze as the dancers swirled past me across the floor. Never was learning about music so much fun. Wonderful Scotty. Just wonderful.
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Feter said 4284 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
Soiree Polka
this is awesome its very related to the early
romantic era 1800s ,lively beat .but sure the
orechestration just incredible .hmmm so if I told
me girl this is Czech she won't believe it ..
she would say this is POLISH !! ..but dont they
all related ? ..thank you for sharing this here
its certainly a gem !!
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RickW said 4283 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
Most excellent Scotty!
This piece is a wonderful reminder of some fabulous music. Thank you again for another fascinating piece of music history.

BTW, while listening to the ending, I was reminded of Sousa. I wonder if he was influenced by the music of Foster?

God bless,

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drakonis said 4283 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
Careful, you'll polka eye out!
Delightful re-orchestration and good recording here. The mix sounds quite good, possibly almost tooo much reverb (making it slightly muddy), but pretty darned good sounding! As usual, I detect a lot of care in tweaking instrumentation/dynamics here, sounds very realistic. Love the ritardandos here and there, and the information on the polka! Awesome work, and great choice of music.
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said 4283 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
Great !
Mr. Scotty, this is really huge great work, really gem and the sound is so clear and well arranged !
Enjoyed this piece ! Keep up the good work

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MissChaos said 4283 days ago (August 29th, 2007)
BIG sound... great separation. I hear the subtle tempo changes. Wonderful rendition. Masterfully arranged and produced!
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guitapick said 4274 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
...how you can get a sound this great...

I've been away and my email notification system's not working. Sorry I missed this. Beautifully done...
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said 4265 days ago (September 16th, 2007)
Oh my
Quite a gem. To me this is an example of the finest interpretive musicianship. There is a creativity here that is equivalent to the composers. Amazing!
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thetiler said 4087 days ago (March 12th, 2008)
I can't believe my fan icon
didn't appear on the list above for this. Sorry MO! What a nice sweet listen ! !!
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Briguy777 said 3042 days ago (January 21st, 2011)
You have my Polish blood up! If my uncles were alive to hear this they would be clappin', yippin' & drinking.

Nicely arranged and conducted. Flawless!
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