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Hofbrauhaus Polka arranged by Apollo Chamber Players. For String Quartet. Classical Period, Folk Music, World. Advanced Intermediate. Set of Parts, Score. Apollo CP #012. Published by Apollo CP (S0.12709).
As imparted through Bohemian folklore, the polka was birthed by a young woman named Anna Slezakova, who improvised a dance to accompany a local folk song. Immediately popular, the polka dance spread like wildfire from dance halls in Prague to the ballrooms of Vienna, France and Germany. This simple dance has proved timeless, inspiring the musical creativity of generations of composers. This arrangement was transcribed and arranged from a catchy tune played by a five-piece band in Munich's famed Hofbrauhaus (beer hall). Reminiscent of personal experiences at this German cultural mecca, we thought it fitting to highlight a genre of song - in this case the polka - so indelibly meshed in the cultural personality and mythology of Germany. This particular polka, to which we were unable to find a specific title or name, engenders folk music at its best: catchy, unique, and expressing a natural rhythmic pulse. Taking a few harmonic liberties, this arrangement features an energetically brooding, classical-style minor section, paying homage to our classical composer inspirations. Featured in Apollo's album, 'EUROPEAN FOLKSCAPES,' available on Navona Records.www.navonarecords.comwww.apollochamberplayers.org.
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